How to avoid being redirected to zwenews.biz
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is zwenews[.]biz?
zwenews[.]biz is one of many rogue websites that redirect visitors to other dubious, potentially malicious sites or deliver deceptive content. Other examples of websites similar to zwenews[.]biz include witarheckrenning[.]pro, piedppienews[.]com, and newsapp[.]biz.
In most cases, people arrive at these sites unintentionally, since they are redirected to them by potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) installed on browsers and/or operating systems. Typically, PUAs open untrustworthy websites, display advertisements, and collect details relating to users' browsing habits.
Websites such as zwenews[.]biz are usually opened in a new browser window or tab. They then lead to other dubious websites (about two or three ) or display dubious content. These actions depend on visitors' geolocations. Web pages opened through zwenews[.]biz could be malicious and used to promote malicious or other unwanted software.
Furthermore, zwenews[.]biz asks visitors to prove that they are not robots by clicking the "Allow" button. This is a 'clickbait' technique used to trick people into allowing sites such as zwenews[.]biz to show notifications, ads, and other unwanted content. Do not give dubious sites these permissions.
Installed PUAs are often designed to operate as information tracking tools. They gather details relating to users' browsing habits (IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited pages, geolocations, and so on). In some cases, PUAs are used to record private/sensitive information.
Developers usually share the details with other parties who misuse them to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might include cyber criminals. These apps commonly serve annoying, intrusive advertisements such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on.
People who click them are usually redirected to untrustworthy (potentially, malicious) websites, however, some of these ads might run scripts that download and install unwanted apps. To avoid issues relating to online privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft, uninstall all unknown, unwanted applications immediately.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|Observed Domains||1.zwenews[.]biz, 2.zwenews[.]biz, 3.zwenews[.]biz, 4.zwenews[.]biz, 5.zwenews[.]biz, 6.zwenews[.]biz, 7.zwenews[.]biz, 9.zwenews[.]biz, 10.zwenews[.]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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Developers promote PUAs by offering useful features, however, they do so only to trick people into downloading and installing the apps. Once installed, most PUAs perform actions that help developers to generate revenue, and they do not operate as advertised. Most are useless and often lead to various problems.
How did adware install on my computer?
In most cases, unwanted apps are downloaded and/or installed together with other software that people download from the internet intentionally. This is when developers distribute PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They trick people into unwanted downloads/installations by including PUAs into the set-ups of other programs.
Typically, offers to download or install additional software are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings. When people download and install regular software (often freeware) without changing these setting, they allow PUAs to be downloaded or installed through the setup of the program.
Unwanted downloads and installations are also caused through intrusive advertisements. If clicked, many execute specific scripts that download/install unwanted software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software should be downloaded from official web pages and using direct download links. Do not use other tools or sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, third party downloaders, installers, or other similar download/installation channels.
Check "Advanced" and "Custom" settings of download/installation setups and dismiss offers to download/install any unwanted software. Do not trust intrusive ads, especially if displayed on dubious websites - they often cause redirects to other potentially malicious web pages or unwanted downloads and installations.
Remove all unwanted or suspicious apps (add-ons, plug-ins, extensions) installed on the browser and programs installed on the operating system immediately. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of zwenews[.]biz website (GIF):
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- What is zwenews.biz 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.
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