TV search engine TVEyes hit by a ransomware attack

TV search engine TVEyes suffers a ransomware attack
Broadcast television search engine TVEyes revealed it suffered a ransomware attack that temporarily brought down the service. TVEyes tracks TV and radio broadcasts, and allows one to search for keywords in past broadcasts, as well as set up email alerts in case of future keyword mentions. The platform is often used by political…

Cybersecurity news headlines for January, 2020

Cybersecurity news headlines for January, 2020
In the first edition of cybersecurity news headlines of 2020, we report on three stories. Currency exchange company Travelex suffered a cyberattack at the beginning of the year and is still dealing with the aftermath. Adult website SextPanther leaked personal information of thousands of models and sex workers. And Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince…

How to remove Y2meta

What is Y2meta
Y2meta is a free YouTube video converter and downloading service, whose site hosts highly questionable advertisements. y2meta.com allows users to download YouTube videos in various formats, and is a popular website among those looking for such services. A slightly different website y2mata.com is among the top results in Google if searching for YouTube download services. Sites providing such…

Norton renewal center scam

What is Norton renewal center scam
Norton renewal center scam refers to a scam pop-up notification that claims your Norton subscription has expired and you need to renew it. The pop-ups appear after users are redirected to a website that tries to imitate a legitimate Norton one. Norton anti-virus, developed by Norton, is a security program that protects devices from various…

What is Sppextcomobjpatcher.exe

What is Sppextcomobjpatcher.exe
Sppextcomobjpatcher.exe is a file associated with illegal copies of Windows. The file is used to activate Microsoft products illegally, so if you notice it on your system or if your anti-virus programs are detecting it, it’s likely your computer is running a pirated copy of Windows. The file itself should not cause trouble and should be safe. The reason…

What is Avlaunch.exe

What is Avlaunch.exe
Avlaunch.exe is a file that belongs to anti-virus program Avast free Anti-virus. As is implied by the file name, Avlaunch.exe is used to launch Avast and is an essential part of the program. The file is unlikely to cause any issues and the reason you’re aware of it is likely because you checked your Task Manager and the…

Remove Win Magician

What is Win Magician
Win Magician is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), advertised as a security program that can supposedly clear your computer of malware and junk. These kinds of PUPs are relatively harmless to the computer but they can scam you. They are made to seem like they’re legitimate security programs but when they’re installed, they show fake scan results…

“You will find a trojan” scam email

What is “You will find a trojan” scam email
“You will find a trojan” scam email refers to emails that claim users’ computers have been infected with a trojan. The email is essentially a scam that wants to trick users into paying $500. These kinds of spam email campaigns are very common, although they are usually more elaborate than this. This “You…