Skolk[.]pro redirect removal instructions
What is skolk[.]pro?
In most cases browsers open websites like skolk[.]pro because some PUA (potentially unwanted application) that is installed on them (and/or operating systems) forces them to. In other words, it is very common for websites of this type not to be visited intentionally. When visited, they either load questionable content or redirect visitors to other untrustworthy pages. Some examples of other websites like skolk[.]pro are balanceformoon[.]com, mediazone[.]mobi and toobotnews[.]biz. It is worth mentioning that most PUAs not only open various untrustworthy websites, but also collect information related to user's browsing activity and/or serve intrusive advertisements.
When opened (in a new browser or window) skolk[.]pro either loads some questionable content or it opens more (about 2-3) untrustworthy websites. The way websites like skolk[.]pro operate when opened depends on a geolocation of their visitors. At the time of the research skolk[.]pro displayed a message saying that in order to play some video it is required to click the "Allow" button. It is one of the clickbait techniques that websites of this kind use to trick visitors into allowing them to show notifications. People who click that button allow for those pages to show notifications that usually contain shady advertisements, links to untrustworthy websites, and so on. Either way, we advise against giving rogue pages a permission to show their notifications. Furthermore, PUAs usually are designed to gather various information and display advertisements as well. Usually they collect details related to user's browsing activities (like IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc.), however, in some cases they are designed to record sensitive data as well. Their developers tend to sell that information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Another problem with PUAs is that they often are designed to display various ads (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, etc.) that, if clicked, open untrustworthy websites or run scripts designed to cause download or even installation of some PUA, or even malicious program. These are the main reasons why no PUA should be trusted (downloaded and installed).
|Name||Ads by skolk.pro|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Related Domains||exuc9.skolk[.]pro, 27d65.skolk[.]pro, 7p8ds.skolk[.]pro, 5l67m.skolk[.]pro, 3kqxl.skolk[.]pro, oy1bf.skolk[.]pro, gjrkh.skolk[.]pro, 471xd.skolk[.]pro, mb1ah.skolk[.]pro, 68z1y.skolk[.]pro.|
|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.|
To eliminate Ads by skolk.pro our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
It is common for developers of PUAs to advertise them as useful, legitimate applications. However, quite often they do not operate as were advertised (deliver any features or other value). More often than not they are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. Having apps of this type on a computer and/or browser installed might cause problems related to browsing safety, privacy, it is possible that data gathered by PUAs may be misused to steal identities as well.
How did adware install on my computer?
Very often people download and/or install various PUAs unintentionally. To be more precise, when they download and/or install software that has one or more PUAs included in its download and/or installation setup. This distribution method of potentially unwanted apps is called "bundling". It is being used with a purpose to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted software together with some other, usually wanted one. PUAs get downloaded and/or installed when people leave "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups unchanged. In other words, when they unknowingly agree to with offers to download and/or install additionally included software. Another common way to cause unintentional downloads and/or installations is by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Files and programs should be downloaded from official websites, other sources could be used to distribute unwanted applications. Some examples of tools and channels that should not be used to download or install software are third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, free file hosting pages and Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.). Also, it is not safe to click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on untrustworthy websites. Quite often such ads open other pages of this kind or execute scripts that are designed to download (or even install) unwanted apps. If a browser opens shady pages and/or displays ads, then it is very likely that it could be stopped by removing all unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) from a browser and software of this kind from the operating system. It should be done as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of skolk[.]pro 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 removal of Ads by skolk.pro:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by skolk.pro. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is skolk[.]pro?
- 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 skolk[.]pro 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 skolk.pro, 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 skolk.pro, 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 skolk.pro 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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 skolk.pro from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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