Stop redirects to and from robotornotchecks.online
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is robotornotchecks[.]online?
robotornotchecks[.]online is a rogue website similar to vikolidoskopinsk.info, witarheckrenning.pro, newsapp.biz, and numerous others. It generates redirects to other untrustworthy and malicious websites and presents users with dubious content.
Most visitors enter the site through redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) already present on the device. These apps do not need explicit user permission to infiltrate systems. After successful installation, they generate redirects, run ad campaigns, and monitor users' browsing activity.
The geolocation is crucial to determining the robotornotchecks[.]online course of action. To gain this information, it checks visitors' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. According to their geolocations, it redirects users elsewhere and/or presents them with harmful content.
This web page also employs browser notifications, the consent option to which, it hides beneath 'clickbait' ("18+ File Found DOWNLOAD / Click Allow to download the file."). If allowed, robotornotchecks[.]online starts running intrusive ad campaigns. Due to the dubious/malicious websites they redirect to, ads of this type are classed as a threat.
Additionally, they can be triggered to download/install PUAs without users' permission. As mentioned, PUAs cause redirects to likewise dangerous web pages and run intrusive ad campaigns.
By implementing various tools, they enable third party graphical content to be displayed on any site, thereby delivering ads (pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.), which severely diminish the browsing experience (limiting browsing speed and web page visibility).
PUAs often posses data tracking capabilities and record users' browsing habits (URLs visited, web pages viewed, search engine history, etc.). They also gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). This private data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for financial gain.
Therefore, PUAs present on systems can cause various infiltration and infections, and lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss, and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|Observed Domains||0.robotornotchecks[.]online, 1.robotornotchecks[.]online, 2.robotornotchecks[.]online, 3.robotornotchecks[.]online, 4.robotornotchecks[.]online, 5.robotornotchecks[.]online|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Typically, PUAs share certain similarities, and some are even identical. They often have a legitimate appearance and lure users to install by offering "useful" features.
In fact, these promoted features are rarely operational. The only purpose of these rogue apps is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. PUAs operate by causing redirects, delivering intrusive ad campaigns and tracking vulnerable data.
How did adware install on my computer?
Some PUAs have promotional websites from which they can be downloaded (often "free"), however, they can also be downloaded/installed together with regular programs. This deceptive marketing technique of packing normal software with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling".
Rushing download and installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing deceptive or bundled programs onto systems. Intrusive ads are also known to proliferate PUAs. When clicked, they execute scripts designed to make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Research all content to verify its legitimacy before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download channels. Do not use P2P sharing networks, free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders, or similar sources as they are untrustworthy. Download/Installation processes should be approached with caution.
Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of downloading/installing supplementary apps, tools, features, etc.
Usually hosted by suspicious web pages, intrusive advertisements often seem legitimate and harmless, however, once clicked, they redirect to various dubious websites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
If you experience ads/redirects of this type, 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.
Appearance of robotornotchecks[.]online website (GIF):
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- What is robotornotchecks.online 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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