What is sendspace[.]com?
sendspace[.]com is a file hosting website that allows users to send, receive, track and share large files. It is effectively an online file-sharing platform, which allows people to store and download files. This is a legitimate website, however, it uses deceptive ad networks.
Visitors are redirected to dubious websites that contain deceptive advertisements. The sendspace[.]com website itself also contains various ads.
sendspace[.]com asks visitors to show notifications. If allowed, it then displays various unwanted advertisements/notifications that, if clicked, lead to dubious websites. For example, web pages relating to gambling. Additionally, sendspace[.]com is filled with ads that could also lead to dubious websites.
These might be designed to promote potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) or even malicious sites. Some of these as run scripts that start downloading and installing unwanted apps when clicked. Websites that are used to display these ads often lead to web pages that promote unwanted apps by displaying fake virus errors and other alerts.
In summary, these websites trick people into believing that their computers are infected and that they need to download and install a PUA of some type. In other cases, 'technical support' scam websites are created to extort money from people by encouraging them to purchase unwanted apps or pay for unnecessary services.
Furthermore, websites opened by ads displayed on sendspace[.]com might promote other PUAs such as adware, browser hijackers, and so on. If installed, these PUAs gather various browsing-related information, change browser settings, and feed users with intrusive and deceptive ads. For these reasons, we recommend that you avoid using websites that use deceptive ad networks.
|Name||Ads by sendspace.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|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.
sendspace[.]com is not the only website that offers a legitimate service and yet uses these ad networks. Another example of a legitimate file hosting service provider is Zippyshare. To avoid download and installation of unwanted (or even malicious) apps or other problems, avoid websites that contain dubious ads or that use deceptive ad networks.
How did adware install on my computer?
There are many PUAs online, some with supposedly official websites, however, most people download and install them unintentionally through intrusive ads that they intentionally (or accidentally) click or when software developers use the "bundling" method.
They use this deceptive method to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with regular software. Generally, they do not properly disclose information regarding the inclusion of apps into software set-ups and hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings.
In summary, unwanted downloads and installations usually occur when people click dubious, intrusive ads or download and install software without checking the available settings.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download all applications/software from official and trustworthy websites and using direct download links. Avoid third party software downloading tools such as torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, installers, unofficial pages and other similar sources.
Install software properly, especially if it is free. Check "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings or options, and dismiss offers to download and install any unwanted programs. Only then complete the setup. Be careful with dubious (deceptive) advertisements.
Typically, they open web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other dubious sites. If you encounter intrusive ads or redirects to untrustworthy websites, check the list of installed applications (add-ons, plug-ins, extensions) on the browser and remove all unknown, unwanted entries immediately.
The same applies to unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
sendspace[.]com displays a pop-up promoting an unwanted application:
Screenshot of a fake Flash Player promoted through sendspace[.]com:
Notification displayed by sendspace[.]com:
Appearance of sendspace[.]com website (GIF):
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 sendspace[.]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 sendspace[.]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 sendspace.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 sendspace.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 sendspace.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 sendspace.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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