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Stop redirects to windowsguidenews.com

Also Known As: windowsguidenews.com pop-up
Damage level: Medium

What is windowsguidenews[.]com?

When visitors arrive at windowsguidenews[.]com, it presents dubious content or opens a number of other untrustworthy websites. It functions like many other rogue websites such as, for example, reforeperc[.]pro, asonsbirthi[.]pro, and pushstack[.]co.

Most windowsguidenews[.]com visitors do not open this website address intentionally - they are redirected to it by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on their browsers or operating systems. Furthermore, PUAs are usually designed to display various advertisements and collect information relating to users' browsing habits.

windowsguidenews[.]com pop-up redirects

Websites such as windowsguidenews[.]com are opened by PUAs in new browser windows or tabs. They then display dubious content or redirect visitors to two or three other untrustworthy websites. The way they behave depends on the visitors' geolocations.

Sites such as windowsguidenews[.]com usually open web pages that contain deceptive ads, promote dubious applications, and so on. In any case, websites such as windowsguidenews[.]com and pages opened through them can never be trusted. Note that windowsguidenews[.]com also encourages visitors who are 18 years old or older to click the "Allow" button.

This is one of many 'clickbait' techniques used to trick people into allowing dubious web pages such as this to show notifications. The notifications are often deceptive ads that lead to dubious web pages, advertise untrustworthy software, and so on. Do not allow these sites to show notifications.

As mentioned, most PUAs record browsing-related data. For example, IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, entered search queries, etc. Developers share the data with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. It is also possible that installed PUAs might collect private, sensitive data.

These actions put users at risk of problems with privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft. PUAs often deliver intrusive ads (coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, and so on). These conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, redirect people to untrustworthy websites.

Furthermore, some might even execute scripts designed to download and/or install unwanted apps. Therefore, remove all PUAs from the browser and operating system immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name windowsguidenews.com pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 3.225.159.248
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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Most potentially unwanted apps of this type are virtually identical. They are advertised as useful and supposedly deliver various features, however, most are designed only to help developers to generate revenue. Therefore, they are redundant and simply cause problems. Never trust or use PUAs.

How did adware install on my computer?

People generally download and/or install PUAs accidentally through clicked intrusive ads or when they are included as additional offers in the set-ups of regular software. This latter distribution method is called "bundling" - developers use it to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs with regular software.

Typically, information about the inclusion of PUAs into the set-ups is hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. When these settings remain unchecked and unchanged, PUAs are downloaded and installed by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Check all settings (such as "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual") included in download and/or installation set-ups and deselect offers to download and/or install additional, unwanted software. Avoid downloading or installing software through untrustworthy, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, installers, etc.

Do not click ads on dubious websites, since they might open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove all unwanted, unknown add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins from the web browser and programs from the computer, since they might cause browsers to open untrustworthy websites automatically and/or serve unwanted, intrusive ads.

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 windowsguidenews[.]com website (GIF):

windowsguidenews[.]com website appearance (GIF)

Another variant of windowsguidenews[.]com website:

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove 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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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