How to stop redirects to and from lifeimpressions.net

Also Known As: lifeimpressions.net pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

lifeimpressions[.]net redirect removal instructions

What is lifeimpressions[.]net?

lifeimpressions[.]net is a rogue website similar to lodder1.bizskolk.prohitnews.bizworldmylife.info and many others. It presents visitors with dubious content and generates redirects to other untrustworthy, or even malicious pages. Most users access lifeimpressions[.]net inadvertently - they are redirected by intrusive ads or Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) already present on the device. These applications do not need explicit user permission to infiltrate systems. Following installation, PUAs cause redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements and gather information relating to users' browsing habits.

lifeimpressions[.]net pop-up redirects

When lifeimpressions[.]net is opened, it first checks visitors' IP addresses to learn their geolocations, which are key in determining its further course of action. Depending on this data, users are redirected elsewhere and/or are presented with dubious material. Regardless of lifeimpressions[.]net behavior, visitors are bound to encounter harmful or unwanted content. Furthermore, this site asks users to enable browser notifications in a deceptive manner ("Checking your browser / to access the website, click Allow"). When people are tricked into consenting to these notifications, lifeimpressions[.]net begins running intrusive ad campaigns. The delivered ads significantly diminish the browsing experience by limiting browsing speed and overlaying web pages. They are more than just an annoyance, they are also a threat device and user safety. When clicked, intrusive advertisements can redirect to sale-based, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive, scam and malicious websites. Some of these ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs. These unwanted apps are capable of generating redirects to likewise harmful pages and they can deliver intrusive ad campaigns. PUAs often track data and record browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) to gather users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it for profit. Therefore, PUAs can cause various browser and system infiltration and infections and lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To ensure device/user safety, remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name lifeimpressions.net pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 178.128.246.195
Observed Domains e72a79.lifeimpressions[.]net; bbda4d.lifeimpressions[.]net; 50448d.lifeimpressions[.]net; 0d0f5a.lifeimpressions[.]net; 74fc8b.lifeimpressions[.]net
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.
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PUAs often seem legitimate. Users are lured into downloading/installing them with offers of "useful" features. In fact, the advertised functions are rarely operational - even if they do work, it is not as promised. The only purpose of these apps is to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs simply cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious sites, deliver intrusive advertisements and collect private data.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs commonly infiltrate systems via the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious content is termed "bundling". Ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options and otherwise rushing through download/install processes increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled products onto devices. Some of these applications have "official" download web pages. Intrusive ads can also proliferate PUAs - when clicked, they execute scripts to download/install unwanted apps without users' consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products to verify legitimacy, before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download channels. Avoid peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders, since they are untrusted download sources and far more likely to offer deceptive and/or bundled programs. When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional content (e.g. apps, tools, features and so on). Intrusive advertisements typically seem normal and innocuous, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages such as gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others. If you encounter these ads/redirects, check the system and eliminate all dubious 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 lifeimpressions[.]net website (GIF):

lifeimpressions[.]net 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.

lifeimpressions[.]net 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 lifeimpressions[.]net 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 lifeimpressions[.]net 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 lifeimpressions[.]net ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the lifeimpressions.net 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 lifeimpressions[.]net  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 lifeimpressions[.]net ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the lifeimpressions.net 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 lifeimpressions[.]net 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 lifeimpressions[.]net ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with lifeimpressions.net 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the lifeimpressions.net pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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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