Stop a browser from opening sauwoaptain.com

Also Known As: sauwoaptain.com pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Sauwoaptain[.]com redirect removal instructions

What is sauwoaptain[.]com?

Sauwoaptain[.]com is like many other shady websites (routgveriprt[.]com, notification-centar[.]com, windowsguidenews[.]com, and many more) - it redirects its visitors to untrustworthy websites or presents questionable content. As a rule, people get redirected to it when there is some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on a browser and/or operating system. In other words, they do not visit sauwoaptain[.]com intentionally. Also, apps that open such pages usually are designed to serve intrusive ads and gather various data as well.

sauwoaptain[.]com pop-up redirects

PUAs open websites like sauwoaptain[.]com in new browser windows or tabs. When visited, they either display some dubious, often deceptive content or redirect visitors to other, about two or three shady websites. It depends on visitor's geographic location. Also, people who visit sauwoaptain[.]com are asked for a permission to show notifications. It encourages to click the "Allow" button so they could browse that website further. In most cases giving such websites a permission to show their notifications results in being served in various questionable, deceptive advertisements that may lead to unwanted downloads, installations. Furthermore, most unwanted apps of this type collect various data. For example: IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, and other, possibly sensitive, personal information. It is known that most of their developers share all the data that wirh third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Information tracking and sharing can cause users problems with browsing safety, privacy, browsing, and so on. Some of them might even have their identities stolen. Another negative side of PUAs is that they are often designed to display coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners and other intrusive advertisements. These ads cover contents of visited websites and, if clicked, open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. Sometimes these ads are designed to execute scripts that download and/or unwanted apps. These are the main reasons why PUAs should not be installed.

Threat Summary:
Name sauwoaptain.com pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 78.140.190.78
Observed Domains adware.sauwoaptain[.]com, static.sauwoaptain[.]com
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.
Removal

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Developers promote PUAs useful, legitimate programs. However, most of them do that with a purpose to trick people into downloading and installing them. In reality, most of these apps do not operate as they are advertised. Most of them are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue by causing redirects to various untrustworthy websites, gathering data and delivering ads.

How did adware install on my computer?

Only a small number of people download and install PUAs intentionally. Most of them get tricked into it when they are included in various download or installation setups. As a rule, information about PUAs being included in setups are hidden in their settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. When software that has some PUA in its setup included is downloaded and/or installed without checking (and changing) those settings, then that PUA is allowed to be downloaded and/or installed too. As we mentioned above, apps of this type can be downloaded and installed thorough deceptive as well.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to download software only from official websites and via direct links. Unofficial websites, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, installers are not reliable tools to download or install any software. Very often those tools are monetized by promoting various unwanted apps. Another important thing is to download and install software properly, to be more precise, not to leave settings like "Custom", "Advanced", and so on, of any software installation or download setup unchecked and unchanged. In other words, we advise to check if there are no offers to download or install unwanted software, deselect them and only then finish download or installation. If there are any unwanted, unknown extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser, then we recommend to remove them as soon as possible and do the same with software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of sauwoaptain[.]com website (GIF):

sauwoaptain[.]com website appearance (GIF)

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks 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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

sauwoaptain[.]com adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 sauwoaptain[.]com 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing sauwoaptain[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing sauwoaptain[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sauwoaptain.com 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing sauwoaptain[.]com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing sauwoaptain[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sauwoaptain.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing sauwoaptain[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing sauwoaptain[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with sauwoaptain.com 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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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

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