Cybersecurity news headlines for December 1-31, 2019

In the last edition of cybersecurity news headlines of the year 2019, we have a few stories to report on. Music streaming service Mixcloud suffered a data breach, as did LifeLabs, a clinical laboratory services provider. A series of hacks of Ring security cameras left many homeowners terrified, and Russia has successfully tested disconnecting from the worldwide Internet.…

What is Discordhookhelper.exe

What is Discordhookhelper.exe
Discordhookhelper.exe is a legitimate executable that belongs to Discord, a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) application. Discord is designed for video gaming communities and specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat. According to user reports, anti-virus programs Avast and AVG sometimes detect the file (located at C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\discord\version\modules\discord_hook) as malicious and quarantine it.…

How to remove PC Power Plus

What is PC Power Plus?
PC Power Plus is promoted as a system optimization tool that can be used to better your system overall performance. It is supposed to find and remove unnecessary files, shortcuts, and other items. Although the application has an official website, where you can download it, the app can also be acquired through other means like software…

What is Driver Navigator?

Despite what its developers, Easeware, may claim, Driver Navigator is classified as a potentially unwanted application. It may be advertised as a useful tool, but, in reality, it performs unreliable scans that show users made up results that are always overwhelmingly negative. This is done in order to trick the user into purchasing the full version of the unwanted program. There…

How to remove Theyscan.com

What is Theyscan.com
Theyscan.com is a browser hijacker, also called a redirect virus. While it’s not a virus, nor is it a particularly malicious infection, hijackers are often referred to as viruses by users because of their behaviour. They install via software bundling, make unwanted changes to browsers and redirect users to questionable websites in order to make revenue. However, they…

Remove DiskFixer

What is DiskFixer
DiskFixer is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), advertised as a system optimizer which can supposedly speed up your Windows computer. The reason the program is classified as a PUP is because it can install without explicit permission, and once it’s installed it uses scare tactics to pressure users into purchasing the full version. There are hundreds of programs…

What is WinZip Malware Protector

What is WinZip Malware Protector
WinZip Malware Protector is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), advertised as a system protection program for Windows computers. PUPs are often disguised as security software and try to trick users into purchasing useless programs by scaring them with scan results. They install on a computer without users noticing and then start showing notifications about supposed…

Drive by Exploit email – What you need to know

Drive by Exploit email is part of a spam campaign that extorts money
Drive by Exploit email or “Your computer was infected with my private malware” is a spam email that blackmails users into paying large sums of money. If you have received such an email, the scammer that sent it to you is likely claiming to have hacked your computer…