secretvideos2020[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is secretvideos2020[.]com?
Sharing common traits with glagolinius.com, mayfootekvideo.com, androidrecaptcha.info and many others, secretvideos2020[.]com is a rogue website. Visitors to it are presented with highly dubious content and/or redirected to other untrustworthy and malicious sites. Most users enter secretvideos2020[.]com unintentionally, since they are redirected by intrusive ads or Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) already infiltrated into the system. Note that these apps do not need express permission to be installed onto devices. PUAs cause redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements and monitor users' browsing activity.
The geolocation is crucial in determining the secretvideos2020[.]com course of action. It learns this information by checking visitors' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. Depending on their geolocations, users are redirected elsewhere or presented with dubious content. Furthermore, this web page uses browser notifications, the consent option to which is hidden within 'clickbait' ("Please tap the Allow button to continue / To access the website content, click Allow!"). If consent to these notifications is granted, secretvideos2020[.]com is enabled to begin running intrusive ad campaigns. Advertisements of this kind are more than just a minor nuisance, they are also a threat to device health and user safety. Once clicked, they redirect users to untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs. Unwanted applications generate redirects to likewise harmful web pages and can run intrusive advertisements campaigns. The latter is done by employing various tools to enable third party graphical content to be displayed on any site. Therefore, the delivered ads significantly diminish the browsing experience (limit browsing speed and website visibility), and possess the aforementioned capabilities and carry associated risks. Most PUAs can track data and record users' browsing habits (browsing and search engine histories). They collect 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 profit. Therefore, PUAs can cause various browser/system infiltration and infections and lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|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 Malwarebytes.
PUAs often appear legitimate and tempt users into downloading/installing them with offers of "useful" and "beneficial" functions, however, these features rarely work as promised and, in most cases, are nonoperational. The only purpose of all unwanted content is to generate revenue for the developers. Regular users receive no real value. Rather than delivering useful features, PUAs force-open untrustworthy and malicious web pages, run intrusive ad campaigns and gather sensitive data.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed with other software. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing normal products with unwanted or malicious programs is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.), many users endanger devices with potential system infiltration and infections. Certain PUAs have "official" promotional pages, from which they can typically be downloaded "free". When clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs, without users' permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Research content, before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download sources. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders are classed as untrustworthy and should not be used. Download/Installation processes should be treated 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 harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious and potentially harmful sites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and so on). If you encounter these ads/redirects, check the system 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 Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of secretvideos2020[.]com website (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)
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"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- What is secretvideos2020[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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 secretvideos2020[.]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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the secretvideos2020.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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the secretvideos2020.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with secretvideos2020.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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the secretvideos2020.com pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove secretvideos2020.com pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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