Special-promotion.online redirect removal instructions
What is special-promotion.online?
special-promotion.online is one of many rogue websites, most of which are very similar. Some examples of other websites of this type are nuclearlytu.info, mybestmv.com, and pohs2oom.com. Note that special-promotion.online redirects visitors to other untrustworthy (potentially malicious) websites, however, most users arrive at this site unintentionally - potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) cause redirects to it. Most PUAs are installed inadvertently (without users' knowledge). PUAs deliver intrusive ads and gather browsing-related (and other) data.
PUAs continually force browsers to open new tabs/windows and redirect users to special-promotion.online, which then causes even more redirects to other (approximately 2-3) untrustworthy/deceptive websites, some of which might be malicious. Therefore, redirects to and from special-promotion.online can lead to computer infections. PUAs also deliver intrusive ads such as pop-ups, coupons, banners, etc. These are usually displayed through tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. Intrusive ads are annoying and, if clicked, often redirect users to dubious websites. Some download and install unwanted apps. PUAs can also record browsing-related data such as IP addresses, keystrokes, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. They might also collect personal/sensitive details. Later, developers share this data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of unwanted apps might lead to computer infections, reduced browsing quality, privacy/browsing safety issues, or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall these apps immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
To eliminate special-promotion.online pop-up our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Most PUAs are promoted as capable of providing 'useful' features, tools, and so on, however, these are merely attempts to trick users into downloading and installing them. They deliver none of the functionality promised and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers by causing redirects, delivering ads, and gathering data.
How did adware install on my computer?
Users often install PUAs inadvertently through clicked intrusive ads or when software developers use "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps together with regular software. Developers achieve this by hiding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the download/installation processes. Despite this, users who skip installation steps without checking settings are mostly responsible for installing unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Do not use third party downloaders, installers, or torrents to download software. The best way to download software is to use trustworthy, official sources, and direct links only. Take your time and study each installation dialog window. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other options when installing software. Opt-out of offers to install or download unwanted software and only then finish the installation. Avoid clicking intrusive ads even if they seem legitimate - once clicked, some redirect users to untrustworthy websites. If you often encounter these ads and are redirected to suspicious websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.), go through the list of installed extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser and remove suspicious entries. Also remove unwanted programs from your operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and click "Block"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Notifications"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the bottom of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of special-promotion.online pop-up:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of special-promotion.online pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is special-promotion.online?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes special-promotion.online redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the special-promotion.online pop-up, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the special-promotion.online pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with special-promotion.online pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove special-promotion.online pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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