Solo85[.]biz redirect removal instructions
What is solo85[.]biz?
Like vnuser.biz, nerinlelighda.pro, mediasource.online and thousands of others, solo85[.]biz is a rogue site. It is designed to feed visitors unreliable content and to generate redirects to likewise untrustworthy websites. In most cases, visitors to solo85[.]biz do not access it willingly; they either get redirected by intrusive ads (typically hosted by compromised sites) or by having it force-opened by PUAs (potentially unwanted applications). It should be noted, that these undesirable apps are not bound by explicit user permission, therefore they can infiltrate devices without user consent and/or knowledge. Aside from causing redirects, PUAs are also capable of running invasive advertisement campaigns and some can gather data.
The solo85[.]biz website spreads through redirects, caused by intrusive adverts or unwanted applications. Once accessed, it either redirects users elsewhere and/or begins delivering dubious content for their consumption. It all depends on the user's geolocation, which the site can infer from their IP (Internet Protocol) address. Regardless, of its exact actions, visitors to solo85[.]biz are bound to encounter malicious content. Additionally, this rogue site uses browser notifications. It disguises the consent option with clickbait (e.g. "Press 'Allow' to verify, that you are not a robot", "Click here to view newest/viral videos/movies/images/content/etc.", "Tap 'allow' to continue", "Your page is loading, click here to proceed" and many others). If consented to the website's notification, it starts delivering invasive advert campaigns. Said ads are also hazardous, as they redirect to compromised and malignant webpages, and some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs. Undesirable apps are also capable of such redirects and they run intrusive advertisement campaigns. However, they have another heinous ability - data tracking. They gather and sell a variety of sensitive information (e.g. IP address, browsing and search engine histories, geolocation and personal details). Since the data is sold to third parties, it can easily end up serving criminal purposes. Therefore, this stolen information can lead to severe privacy issues, even identity theft. All dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins are recommended for immediate removal.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Observed Domains||0.solo85[.]biz, 1.solo85[.]biz, 10.solo85[.]biz, 2.solo85[.]biz, 3.solo85[.]biz, 4.solo85[.]biz, 6.solo85[.]biz, 7.solo85[.]biz, 8.solo85[.]biz, 9.solo85[.]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)|
|Additional Information||Research results show that developers of solo85[.]biz have have released another website with virtually identical URL address - solo84[.]biz.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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PUAs are a widespread phenomena and many share similar traits. They offer a broad array of features and often look legitimate, thereby successfully tricking users into downloading/installing them. However these applications rarely function as advertised and their features tend to be utterly nonoperational. That is because they have but one goal - to generate revenue for their designers. They have no real value to users, instead they are nuisances, which threaten device and user safety. PUAs cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious websites, deliver ad campaigns and track data.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be installed by users themselves (in most cases, unintentionally) or without their knowledge. Some unwanted apps have "official" webpages, which often promote them as "free" software. They can also invade devices through installation pack/bundles. PUA developers use a deceptive marketing technique, by which they pack their product with ordinary programs. And due to a large percentage of users rushing through installation processes, they successfully proliferate. In other words, users who ignore install terms, use pre-set options and skip steps have a higher chance of allowing undesirable/malignant content into their devices. Invasive adverts are also known proliferators of PUAs. Once clicked, they can execute scripts, designed to make rogue downloads/installs of unwanted applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is strongly advised to use only trustworthy and verified download sources. Using third party downloaders is expressly advised against, as they are more likely to offer bundled content. When installing, users should explore terms and possible options. Additionally, they are recommended to use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt/out/decline all supplementary apps and/or features. Browsing advices include cautious behavior with suspicious advertisements and likewise suspect websites. Intrusive ads usually look ordinary and harmless, however they tend to redirect to questionable sites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and similar). Should such adverts or redirects be encountered, users are highly recommended to check their systems and 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 solo85[.]biz website (GIF):
Screenshot of another similar website - solo84[.]biz - developed by the same crooks:
IMPORTANT NOTE! These deceptive sites ask 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 solo85[.]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 solo85[.]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 solo85.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 solo85.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 solo85.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 solo85.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 solo85.biz pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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