Meknews[.]biz redirect removal instructions
What is meknews[.]biz?
Meknews[.]biz is a rogue site. It functions by redirecting to untrustworthy and/or malicious websites, also by presenting questionable content for user consumption. There are thousands of dubious sites out there and they share many similarities; weads32.com, soptarroutg.com, newsfrog.me, mediafresh.online to name a few. It should be noted that few users ever enter this site intentionally. The meknews[.]biz website gets most of its visitors through redirection caused by intrusive adverts or PUAs (potentially unwanted applications). It is pertinent to know that these rogue apps do not require express user permission to invade their devices. PUAs generate unauthorized redirects, deliver invasive advertisement campaigns and track data.
PUAs promote meknews[.]biz by force-opening new browser tabs/windows and redirecting users to it. This website also spreads through redirects caused by intrusive ads. The first action that meknews[.]biz takes is checking visitors' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, in order to learn their geolocations. Based on this info, it either redirects users to other compromised/malignant sites and/or force-feeds them dubious content. Additionally, meknews[.]biz uses click-bait (e.g. "click here to verify that you are not a robot", "your page is loading, click here to continue", ''click here to access newest articles/shows/movies/videos" and so on). It disguises the consent option to browser notifications under click-bait; if consented to - it starts delivering relentless intrusive ad campaigns. These advertisements are considered a safety hazard, due to the dangerous sites they redirect to, as well as their ability to execute scripts in order to make rogue download/installs of PUAs. As mentioned previously, rogue applications also cause redirects and run invasive advert campaigns. The latter is achieved by enabling third party graphical content; which allows the ads to seriously affect browsing quality (limit site visibility and browsing speed). Some PUAs can also gather information. By monitoring browsing activity (search engine and browsing histories), they can find out users' personal information (IP address, geolocation and personal details). However, what is essential to know, is that this data is then passed onto third parties (possibly, even cyber criminals). The presence of data-tracking apps within one's device can lead to severe privacy issues, even result in identity theft. Therefore, to ensure device and user safety, all rogue applications must be uninstalled immediately.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Observed Domains||0.meknews[.]biz, 1.meknews[.]biz, 10.meknews[.]biz, 2.meknews[.]biz, 3.meknews[.]biz, 4.meknews[.]biz, 5.meknews[.]biz, 6.meknews[.]biz, 7.meknews[.]biz, 9.meknews[.]biz|
|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)||
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Most unwanted applications offer some sort of "useful" and "advantageous" features. They are designed to appear legitimate and functional, when they are neither. What is vital to understand, is that the only purpose that PUAs serve is to generate profit for their designers. That is achieved by redirecting users to questionable and/or malignant sites, delivering intrusive advertisements and tracking data.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUA infiltrations can occur when users click on invasive adverts, and the ads make autonomous downloads/installs. Another source of infiltration are install pack/bundles. By using untrustworthy sources, users can download desired software bundled with PUAs. Opt-out options from supplementary apps/features are not uncommon, however they are often hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. Users, who have a habit of rushing through the installation process, can often miss the presence of unwanted applications by ignoring terms, skipping steps and using pre-set install options.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is strongly advised to use official and verified sources for all software downloads; as opposed to peer-to-peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders. Untrustworthy sources are more likely to contain bundled programs. When installing software, it is recommended to explore terms, possible options and use "Custom/Advanced" settings. All offers of installing/downloading additional applications and/or features - should be opted-out of or denied. If tempted to accept supplementary apps/features, users should do at least the base amount of research to ensure that the offer is legitimate. Prudent browsing, i.e. avoiding suspicious sites and ads, is also highly encouraged. As intrusive advertisements often look absolutely harmless, they trick a great number of users into clicking them. However, a telltale sign of an invasive advert can be the questionable sites their redirect to (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and many more). Should users encounter such ads/redirects, it is advised to immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of meknews[.]biz 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:
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- What is meknews[.]biz?
- 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 meknews[.]biz 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 meknews.biz 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 meknews.biz 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 meknews.biz 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 meknews.biz 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 meknews.biz pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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