What is dz4link[.]com?
dz4Link[.]com is a URL shortener, a website designed to transform long links into short links. This website presents the opportunity for people to make money by creating these links. The site is not malicious, however, it causes various pop-up ads and redirects to other dubious, potentially malicious websites.
Furthermore, dz4Link[.]com uses various advertising networks. Therefore, websites of this type should be avoided.
Clicking ads displayed by this website can cause redirects to untrustworthy websites or download/installation of rogue, potentially malicious applications. Furthermore, clicking links on this site (or simply using its features/functions) causes redirects to other dubious websites or opens various pop-up windows.
Some of these websites and windows ask (or encourage) users to show notifications. Some of these sites do not load until permission to show notifications is given. Allowing dubious pages to show notifications usually results in being served with advertisements, irrelevant and annoying notifications, and so on.
Clicking them often leads to dubious, possibly malicious websites or unwanted downloads/installations. Note that pages such as dz4Link[.]com also cause redirects to scam websites used to extort money from people by encouraging them to purchase potentially unwanted apps or use paid services.
They are used to promote various tech-support scams, display fake virus/error notifications, and so on. Trusting these rogue web pages can lead installation of unwanted software and financial loss. For these reasons, we recommend against the use of pages such as dz4Link[.]com.
|Name||Ads by dz4Link.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|Observed Domains||android.dz4link.com, app.dz4link.com, www.dz4link.com|
|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, potentially unwanted applications (adware).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
There are many websites very similar to dz4Link[.]com including, for example, savefrom[.]net, youtubnow[.]com, and flvto[.]biz. Typically, these sites use advertising networks and feed users/visitors with advertisements, open dubious pages, and so on.
To avoid unwanted installations and computer infections, do not to use these site and do not grant permission to allow them show notifications.
How did adware install on my computer?
People often cause unwanted downloads and installations unintentionally by clicking intrusive, deceptive advertisements or downloading and installing software without checking the settings. Many people download unwanted apps together with other software when developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".
To trick people, they bundle/include unwanted apps with software set-ups and do not disclose this information properly. They hide these rogue apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections. When people download or install software without checking or changing setup settings, they often inadvertently download/install unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use official sources (websites) to download software. This does not include third party downloaders, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule etc.), and other untrustworthy sources. Never skip setup steps when downloading or installing software.
Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options, and dismiss offers to install or download anything you do not require. Only then finish the setup. Intrusive ads, specially if displayed on untrustworthy websites, redirect to deceptive, dubious websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. These advertisements should not be trusted/clicked.
If you experience these ads or unwanted redirects, check your browser for unwanted, unknown apps such as extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins and remove them.
These programs are installed on the operating system and should also be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of a dubious website opened by dz4link[.]com asking to download a file:
Screenshot of a website opened by dz4link[.]com encouraging visitors to download a dubious application:
Appearance of a pop-up window opened through dz4link[.]com asking to show notifications:
Appearance of a notification displayed by a website opened through dz4link[.]com:
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 set the toggle button to "OFF"
- 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 "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner 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 malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is dz4link[.]com?
- 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 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 dz4link[.]com 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 ads by dz4link.com, 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 ads by dz4link.com, 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 ads by dz4link.com 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dz4link.com, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.
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