balanceformoon[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is balanceformoon[.]com?
Typically, people do not visit websites such as balanceformoon[.]com intentionally - browsers are often forced to open them by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on browsers or operating systems. There are many other websites similar to balanceformoon[.]com including, for example, mediazone[.]mobi, toobotnews[.]biz, and glagolinius[.]com. All open other untrustworthy sites or load dubious content. PUAs that force browsers to open dubious web pages also record browsing data and display various ads.
Typically, PUAs force browsers to open the addresses of web pages such as balanceformoon[.]com in new windows or tabs. When opened, these load dubious content or redirect visitors to other (2-3) untrustworthy sites. The actions depend on visitors' geolocations. The opened web pages contain dubious ads, advertise potentially malicious software, and so on. Like many other pages of this type, balanceformoon[.]com asks permission to show notifications using a deceptive 'clickbait' technique. It suggests that clicking the "Allow" button will prove that the visitor is not a robot, however, this merely allows balanceformoon[.]com to show notifications that might contain deceptive ads, links to other dubious pages, and so on. Furthermore, PUAs are often designed to collect information relating to users' browsing activity such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited web pages, entered search queries, and so on. Developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that installed PUAs might also gather private, sensitive details. Many PUAs also serve intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. If clicked, these can lead to various untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages. Sometimes the ads execute scripts that download/install more unwanted applications. To avoid unwanted downloads/installations, problems relating to browsing safety, privacy and other serious problems such as identity theft, we strongly recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately and never download or install apps of this type in future.
|Name||Ads by balanceformoon.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|Observed Domains||8.balanceformoon[.]com, 1.balanceformoon[.]com, 2.balanceformoon[.]com, 3.balanceformoon[.]com, 4.balanceformoon[.]com, 5.balanceformoon[.]com, 8.balanceformoon[.]com, 0.balanceformoon[.]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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Developers of PUAs advertise them as legitimate, useful apps that supposedly deliver certain features, however, they do not operate as advertised. They deliver no real value and are designed only to perform actions to help the developers to generate revenue.
How did adware install on my computer?
In most cases, people download/install unwanted software (adware, browser hijackers, and other apps of this kind) through intrusive advertisements or the download/installation set-ups of other programs. If clicked, some ads execute scripts designed to cause unwanted downloads/installations, however, unwanted downloads and installations are most commonly caused when people download/install programs that have unwanted apps included in the set-ups. This distribution method is called "bundling". Typically, offers to download/install unwanted apps are included in "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar options of set-ups. PUAs are downloaded/installed when people fail to dismiss the offers and leave settings unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
It is not safe to download or install software from unofficial web pages, through third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), or other tools, sources of this kind - they could be used to distribute unwanted or even malicious apps. The safest way to download files and programs is using official websites and direct download links. Note that download/installation set-ups often contain settings such as "Advanced", "Manual", and "Custom" that mention offers to download or install additional, unwanted applications. To avoid unwanted downloads and installations, check the settings and decline any additional offers. Do not click intrusive ads on dubious websites. These ads might also appear on legitimate websites. When clicked, they can redirect users to untrustworthy sites or cause download/installation of unwanted apps. To prevent browsers from displaying ads and opening dubious pages, uninstall all unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins). Also apply this to software of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of balanceformoon[.]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
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is balanceformoon[.]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 balanceformoon[.]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 ads by balanceformoon.com, 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 ads by balanceformoon.com, 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 ads by balanceformoon.com 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 ads by balanceformoon.com, 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 ads by balanceformoon.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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