Stop redirects to sawhitpew.site and other shady pages

Also Known As: Ads by sawhitpew.site
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Sawhitpew[.]site redirect removal instructions

What is sawhitpew[.]site?

Sawhitpew[.]site is one of the many websites that redirect visitors to various questionable, potentially malicious pages or load some questionable content. More examples of websites like sawhitpew[.]site are betanews[.]me, fastnewstream[.]com and lifeimpressions[.]net. Typically, they get opened through other questionable pages, deceptive advertisements or by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are installed on browsers and/or operating systems. Either way, most of the times people do not visit them intentionally. Most PUAs are designed to collect information related to user's browsing habits and/or serve intrusive ads as well.

sawhitpew[.]site pop-up redirects

Typically, websites like sawhitpew[.]site get opened in a new browser window or tab. When opened, they either load questionable content or open more (two or three) untrustworthy pages. The way they operate depends on a geolocation of their visitors. It is worth mentioning that websites like sawhitpew[.]site are designed to open shady, or even potentially malicious pages. Also, most of them ask for a permission to show notifications. This particular page suggests that clicking the "Allow" button will allow visitors to play some video. However, this is just a clickbait technique that most websites of this type use to trick people into allowing them to show their notifications. In most cases those notifications contain deceptive ads, links to untrustworthy websites and other questionable content. As we mentioned in the introduction, PUAs tend to be designed to display ads and collect browsing data. Quite often they feed users with annoying, intrusive advertisements that, if clicked, lead them to potentially malicious pages or execute scripts designed to cause download and/or installation of some unwanted, potentially malicious software. Also, most of them are designed to gather details like user's IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. What is worse, their developers tend to misuse that information to generate revenue and/or they sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). Either way, people who have such apps on a browser and/or operating system installed risk to become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. Therefore, software of this type should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by sawhitpew.site
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 188.42.131.12
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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Quite often PUAs are advertised as useful, legitimate applications. However, most of the times it is not true. After installation these apps start to cause unwanted redirects (open shady pages), collect details related to user's browsing habit and/or display intrusive ads. In other words, PUAs do not deliver any value and may cause various problems.

How did adware install on my computer?

Most users download and/or install programs of this type (PUAs) unintentionalluy. Typically, PUAs get downloaded and/or installed together with other, usually free software. To be more precise, when they are included in its download or/and installation setup. In most cases Information about additionally included apps (offers to download and/or install them) is placed in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups. As a rule, people who download and install programs without changing settings those settings often allow for various PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed as well. Sometimes apps of this type can be downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should not be downloaded (or installed) through third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial pages, and so on. We recommend to download all programs only from official websites and via direct download links. Furthermore, if download and/or installation setup includes "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, then they should be checked and offers to download and/or install unwanted software declined. Intrusive ads (especially the ones that are displayed on shady pages) tend to be designed to redirect people to untrustworthy websites or download, install unwanted apps. For these reasons it is recommended to click them. It is worth mentioning that sometimes deceptive ads can appear on legitimate pages too. And finally, it is important to make sure that there are no unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind on a computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of sawhitpew[.]site website (GIF):

sawhitpew[.]site 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 and select "Settings"
  • Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section 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 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.

sawhitpew[.]site 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 sawhitpew[.]site 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 sawhitpew[.]site 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 sawhitpew[.]site ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by sawhitpew.site, 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 sawhitpew[.]site  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 sawhitpew[.]site ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by sawhitpew.site, 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 sawhitpew[.]site 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 sawhitpew[.]site ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by sawhitpew.site 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 ads by sawhitpew.site, 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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