Celeb-secret[.]live redirect removal instructions
What is celeb-secret[.]live?
Celeb-secret[.]live is a rogue website, practically identical to mediasource.online, dreamteammyfriend.com, videosp.pro and many others. It operates by generating redirects to compromised and possibly malicious sites, as well as presents users with highly dubious content (including clickbait). It is noteworthy, that few visitors to celeb-secret[.]live access it willingly, most get redirected to it. Either by clicking on intrusive advertisements (usually hosted by unreliable sites) or by PUAs (potentially unwanted applications) already present in the device. It should be mentioned, that said undesirable applications do not need explicit user consent to be installed onto systems. PUAs generate redirects to untrustworthy and malignant websites, deliver invasive ad campaigns and some can even track data.
PUAs promote celeb-secret[.]live by force-opening new browser tabs/windows and redirecting users to it. Intrusive adverts spread this rogue website by likewise redirecting to it. Once accessed, the first thing this website does, is check visitor's IP (Internet Protocol) address in order to learn their geolocation. What celeb-secret[.]live does next, depends on this data; it either redirects users elsewhere or force-feeds them questionable content. Said content includes clickbait (e.g. "click allow to play video", "tap allow to verify, that you are 18 or older", "click here to view newest/viral movies/TV/videos/content" and etc.). The celeb-secret[.]live site disguise the consent option to its notifications using clickbait. If consented to, it begins delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons and so on). Adverts of this kind cause redirects to unreliable/malicious websites and some can even execute scripts to download/install PUAs. As previously stated, unwanted applications also generate redirects and run ad campaigns. By employing a variety of tools, they enable third party graphical content. Hence, the adverts they deliver can limit browsing speed and site visibility (i.e. partially cover webpages). Some PUAs can also spy on users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed and search engine history), in order to gather their personal information (IP address, geolocation and personal details). This vulnerable data is then passed onto third parties (not unlikely, cyber criminals), intent on abusing it for financial gain. To summarize, PUAs can cause various system infections and lead to serious privacy issues (even culminate in identity theft). Due to threats they pose, all rogue applications must be uninstalled immediately.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Observed Domains||2o4ue.celeb-secret[.]live, 3ug1k.celeb-secret[.]live, cpyab.celeb-secret[.]live, hst5z.celeb-secret[.]live, qbzxk.celeb-secret[.]live, qimby.celeb-secret[.]live, riuvg.celeb-secret[.]live|
|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.
There are thousands of PUAs out there and many share certain traits. While their appearance and advertised features may differ, the way they operate does not. Developers of these dubious applications invest a lot of effort to make them appear legitimate. They lure users into installing them by offering a wide range of features. However they are rarely operational. The purpose of PUAs is to generate revenue for their developers and nothing else. They do so by causing redirects to sale-oriented, unreliable and potentially malicious websites, running intrusive advertisement campaigns and tracking data.
How did adware install on my computer?
Unwanted app infiltration can occur through clicking on invasive ads (typically located within compromised websites), consequently triggering them to execute scripts, designed to make rogue PUA downloads/installs. However, these applications can also be installed by users themselves along with regular programs. This software pre-packing is called "bundling". When installing, by ignoring terms, skipping steps and using pre-set options - users can end up allowing PUAs into their devices.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Knowledge, attentiveness and caution are essential to all matters concerning device and user safety. It is recommended to use official and verified sources for all software downloads (preferably, direct download links). Using third party downloads is ill-advised, as programs from untrustworthy sources are more likely to be bundled with PUAs. It is advised, to explore installation terms and possible options. Additionally, it is important to use "Custom/Advanced" install settings and opt-out/decline installing/downloading supplementary apps/features. Prudent browsing is encouraged. It is worthy of note, that invasive adverts often appear ordinary and harmless, however the websites they mostly redirect to (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.) can be used as identifiers. After encountering such ads/redirects, users should inspect their device and remove all suspicious applications and/or 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 celeb-secret[.]live 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 celeb-secret[.]live?
- 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 celeb-secret[.]live 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 celeb-secret.live 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 celeb-secret.live 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 celeb-secret.live 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 celeb-secret.live 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 celeb-secret.live pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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