Push4free[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is push4free[.]com?
Push4free[.]com is a dubious website, akin to dredrewlaha.info, newsfrog.me, goodmedia.me and countless others. It operates by redirecting to untrustworthy/dangerous sites and presenting users with highly suspect, potentially malicious content. It should be mentioned that it is rarely accessed intentionally. Most visitors enter it by way of redirection from other unreliable sites (or more accurately, the intrusive advertisements they host) or by having it force-opened by PUAs (potentially unwanted applications). Said apps rarely require user permission to invade their systems. PUAs are designed to cause undesirable redirects, deliver invasive ad campaigns and track user data.
Redirection to push4free[.]com is caused by clicking on intrusive adverts, as well as PUA presence in one's device. This rogue site begins its actions by checking visitor's IP (Internet Protocol) address, in order to extract their geolocation from it. Once this information is known, it redirects users to different, hazardous websites and/or begins force-feeding them duplicitous, even outright malicious content. The push4free[.]com site also employs browser notifications; what is noteworthy about them is that when allowed - they bring invasive advertisement campaigns (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons and similar types). As previously mentioned, these adverts can cause redirects, but that is not the only heinous ability they possess. Intrusive ads can also execute scripts to begin unauthorized downloads/installs of PUAs. Unwanted applications can cause redirects and by employing a variety of tools they also enable third party graphical content. Therefore the invasive adverts they deliver can have a strong affect on the browsing experience, limiting both speed and content visibility. The data tracking abilities that some PUAs have pose a huge risk to device and user safety. By gathering intel on browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history), they extract personal information (IP address and user identity details). This data is then passed onto third parties (not unlikely, to cyber criminals) and can lead to severe privacy and identity issues - even culminate in identity theft. That is why, all PUAs should be immediately removed from one's device.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|Observed Domains||ama.push4free[.]com, brb.push4free[.]com, cul.push4free[.]com, dnd.push4free[.]com, eig.push4free[.]com, fyi.push4free[.]com, gr8.push4free[.]com, hal.push4free[.]com, ike.push4free[.]com, kik.push4free[.]com, rnd.push4free[.]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.|
To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
PUA developers employ a variety of cunning tactics to lure users into installing their product. They use an underhanded marketing method termed "bundling"; it works by bundling regular software installation packs with undesired applications. Mention of these apps present in the installation bundle can be buried within lengthy terms, and all options of declining them hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" settings. Additionally, unwanted applications can be mismarketed as "functional" and "useful". However, it should be known that no matter the advantageous features they offer - most of them are entirely nonfunctional. The only goal of PUAs is to generate revenue for their developers. So instead of following through with their promises, undesired applications cause redirects, deliver intrusive ad campaigns and gather intel.
How did adware install on my computer?
Inattentiveness when downloading/installing software and reckless browsing are the main causes of PUA infiltrations. As stated previously, the distractedness of users is freely abused by rogue application designers. Visits to compromised sites and clicks on intrusive ads can result in unwanted app infiltrations as well. Rushed installation processes (step-skipping, ignoring terms, options and settings) and downloading from untrustworthy sources can end in a variety of system invasions and infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
User knowledge and vigilance are essential to ensuring device and personal safety. Official and verified sources are recommended for all software downloads (preferably, direct download links), as opposed to third party downloaders. When installing software it is advised to always: study terms, possible options, as well as use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from installing/downloading additional apps/features. Exercising caution while browsing is likewise recommended. This includes avoiding untrustworthy websites and refraining from clicking various ads. The latter is important, as intrusive advertisements tend to look absolutely innocuous and rouse no immediate suspicion. However, the sites they redirect to (pornography, adult-dating, gambling and etc.) - can help expose their inauthenticity. In case of such ads/redirects, users should inspect their device and remove any dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of push4free[.]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
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- What is push4free[.]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 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 push4free[.]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 push4free.com 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 push4free.com 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 push4free.com 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 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 push4free.com pop-up, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove push4free.com pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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