What is vikolidoskopinsk[.]info?
Sharing many similarities with mirox22.biz, redtext.biz, piedppienews.com, and countless others, vikolidoskopinsk[.]info is a rogue website. It operates by generating redirects to other untrustworthy/malicious websites and feeding visitors with dubious content.
Most users access vikolidoskopinsk[.]info inadvertently via redirects caused by intrusive ads or Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) already present on the device.
PUAs do not need explicit user permission to be installed on devices. Furthermore, they generate redirects, deliver advertisement campaigns, and gather information relating to users' browsing habits.
vikolidoskopinsk[.]info first checks visitors' IP addresses to learn their geolocations. This information is crucial to determining which actions this web page will take. Depending on the geolocations, it redirects users to other rogue sites and/or presents them with dubious content.
Note that this website employs browser notifications, the consent option to which it hides beneath 'clickbait' ("Press ALLOW to continue streaming / Please Press Allow to Continue Watch!"). If consent to notifications is given, vikolidoskopinsk[.]info starts running intrusive ad campaigns.
These ads are more than just a nuisance, they are also a safety risk. They redirect to sale-oriented, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious web pages. They can also execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs. They cause redirects to likewise harmful sites and deliver ad campaigns.
By employing a wide variety of tools, they enable third party graphical content to be displayed on any site, thereby delivering intrusive ads (pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.), which significantly diminish the browsing experience. Some PUAs have data tracking capabilities.
They record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history, etc.) and gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). This private data is then passed on to third parties (often, cyber criminals) intent on generating revenue by misusing it.
Therefore, PUAs can cause browser and system infiltration/infections and lead to serious privacy issues, even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Observed Domains||cn8x.vikolidoskopinsk[.]info, j47h.vikolidoskopinsk[.]info, neg7.vikolidoskopinsk[.]info, o9m9.vikolidoskopinsk[.]info, q9me.vikolidoskopinsk[.]info, r6wx.vikolidoskopinsk[.]info, rfxh.vikolidoskopinsk[.]info|
|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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PUAs are released by the thousand and most share certain traits. These applications often seem legitimate and lure users to install by offering various functions and features. These features are rarely operational. Even if they do work, it is not as advertised.
The only purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. PUAs simply cause redirects, deliver intrusive ad campaigns, and track sensitive data.
How did adware install on my computer?
The most common mode of PUA proliferation is through download/installation set-ups of other programs. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing normal software with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling".
By rushing through download/installation processes (ignoring terms, using pre-sets, skipping steps and sections, etc.), many users endanger their devices with potential system infiltration and infections. Intrusive advertisements also proliferate applications of this type. Once clicked, these ads can execute scripts to make rogue downloads/installations of PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research your software and content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download sources. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders, and similar channels are classed as untrustworthy and should not be used.
Treat download/installation processes with caution. Read the terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and decline offers to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads usually seem legitimate and innocuous, however, when clicked, they redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others).
If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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- What is vikolidoskopinsk.info pop-up?
- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome:
Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".
In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):
Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one. Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen. Select "Settings" 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 and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge:
Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings". Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications".
Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):
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 using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
How to avoid browser notification spam?
Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.
Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.