Stopping redirects to/from watchonline.click

Also Known As: watchonline.click pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Watchonline[.]click redirect removal instructions

What is watchonline[.]click?

Watchonline[.]click is a rogue site, designed to cause undesired redirects to unreliable sites as well as present untrustworthy/malignant content for user consumption. There are thousands of such rogue websites out there (for example, rembrandium.com, dreamteammyfriend.com, newsfrog.me, newsmagic.net, etc.) and they share many similarities in-between. What is worthy of mention, is that few users happen upon watchonline[.]click willingly. Most are redirected from other dubious sites (precisely, through clicking intrusive adverts therein) or by having it force-opened by PUAs (potentially unwanted applications). Often, to infiltrate systems said apps do not require explicit user permission. Once successfully installed, they cause unauthorized redirects, run invasive ad campaigns and track data.

watchonline[.]click pop-up redirects

Intrusive advertisements, once clicked, spread rogue websites by redirecting to them. PUAs, however, further such sites by forcefully opening new browser tabs/windows and redirecting users to them. The first thing sites akin to watchonline[.]click do - is check visitors' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, in order to learn their geolocation. The latter is key to any further course of action. Depending on the geolocation, users are either redirected elsewhere or are presented with questionable/malicious content. The watchonline[.]click website also employs browser notifications, which if allowed - deliver intrusive advert campaigns. These ads are considered a threat, due to the hazard the sites they redirect to pose. As well as their ability to execute scripts to make rogue downloads/installs of unwanted applications. PUAs can likewise cause redirects. By implementing a variety of tools, they enable third party graphical content. Hence, the ads they deliver can limit browsing speed and visibility (doing the latter by covering original site content). Another heinous ability that PUAs have is data-tracking. By gathering intel on users' browsing habits, they can find traces of their personal details. What must be stressed, is that this data is then sold to third parties (possibly, cyber criminals). Therefore, unwanted apps endanger not only device and browser integrity, but can lead to serious privacy and identity issues as well (even culminate in identity theft). If detected, all rogue applications must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name watchonline.click pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 178.62.225.201
Observed Domains 0.watchonline[.]click, 1.watchonline[.]click, 2.watchonline[.]click, 3.watchonline[.]click, 4.watchonline[.]click, 5.watchonline[.]click
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.
Removal

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Mostly, PUAs are designed to appear legitimate and harmless. What is more, they can offer a wide array of "useful" features. However, they rarely function as promised and in reality are of no genuine value to users. What is important to understand, is that undesired applications serve only to generate revenue for their developers. This is done by causing unauthorized redirects, delivering intrusive ad campaigns and gathering information.

How did adware install on my computer?

Typically, PUAs spread through invasive advertisements downloading/installing them without user consent and even knowledge. Installation packs/bundles are also a known cause for unwanted app invasions. Designers of PUAs pack their product together with regular, ordinary software - and inattentive users often fall prey to this tactic. Aside from appearing legitimate and functional, these applications are concealed within installation terms, "Custom/Advanced" settings and other options - making their detection all the more complicated. In summary, carelessness when browsing and downloading/installing programs can result in PUA presence in one's device.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent downloading PUAs, users are advised to use only official and verified sources (ideally, via direct download links). Using peer-to-peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders is strongly advised against. Untrustworthy sources are more likely to have their software bundled with unwanted apps. Another prevention step includes being attentive when installing programs. Users should study terms and possible options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings, opt-out from installing/downloading any additional applications/features. If interested in any supplementary offers - it is necessary to do at least the base amount of research to make sure that said offers are in fact legitimate. Lastly, prudent browsing habits are encouraged to prevent PUA invasions. This requires avoiding suspicious sites and adverts. As intrusive ads tend to look absolutely innocuous, it can be difficult to avoid them. However a telltale sign of an invasive advert can be the websites it redirects to (gambling, pornography, adult-dating and similarly suspicious sites). Should users encounter such ads/redirects, it is highly recommended to check their systems for any dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If detected - immediately removed to ensure device and user safety. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of watchonline[.]click website (GIF):

watchonline[.]click website appearance (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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

watchonline[.]click adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 watchonline[.]click 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing watchonline[.]click ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing watchonline[.]click ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the watchonline.click 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing watchonline[.]click  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing watchonline[.]click ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the watchonline.click pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing watchonline[.]click ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing watchonline[.]click ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with watchonline.click 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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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