How to stop balanceforsun.com from being opened by a browser?

Also Known As: Ads by balanceforsun.com
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Balanceforsun[.]com redirect removal instructions

What is balanceforsun[.]com?

Balanceforsun[.]com a rogue website that, if opened, redirects visitors to various untrustworthy websites or it loads questionable content. Quite often browsers open pages like balanceforsun[.]com because there is some potentially unwanted app (PUA) installed on them. In other words, people do not visit them willingly/intentionally. As a rule, PUAs not only cause redirects to shady pages, but also serve intrusive ads and gather browsing data. More examples of websites like balanceforsun[.]com are sawhitpew[.]site, wbamedia[.]net and betanews[.]me.

balanceforsun[.]com pop-up redirects

Typically, installed PUAs open websites like balanceforsun[.]com in a new browser window or tab. When opened, they either load some questionable content or redirect visitors to a couple (2-3) of other shady, potentially malicious pages. What pages like balanceforsun[.]com will do usually depends on visitor's geolocation. It is worth mentioning that balanceforsun[.]com uses a clickbait technique to deceive visitors into allowing it to show notifications. Balanceforsun[.]com asks visitors to verify that they are not robots by clicking the "Allow" button. The problem is that by clicking this button visitors allow a certain website to show its notifications. In most cases pages like balanceforsun[.]com, if allowed, display notifications that contain links to questionable websites, deceptive ads, and so on. Therefore, such websites should never be allowed to show their notifications. Furthermore, PUAs usually are designed to deliver intrusive ads (coupons, banners, surveys and so on) as well. If clicked, those ads could lead to untrustworthy websites or execute scripts designed to download and/or install other unwanted apps. Also, potentially unwanted apps of this type are often designed to gather various data. Usually they collect user's IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations and other browsing data. It is possible that installed PUA might be capable of accessing (collecting) personal, sensitive data as well. As if it were not enough, their developers tend to sell recorded data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. One way or another, data tracking may lead to problems related to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. We strongly recommend not to download and install apps of this type and remove already installed ones as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by balanceforsun.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 134.209.199.15
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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Most PUAs are designed to help their developers to generate revenue by collecting information, delivering various intrusive ads and forcing users to visit a variety of shady websites. Quite often they are advertised as useful, legitimate apps. However, only a small number of apps of this type deliver some features. More often than not they are useless and put their users at risk of various problems.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases people download and/or install unwanted apps unintentionally. It usually happens when they click untrustworthy, deceptive advertisements or when software distribute those ads by using a "bundling" method. It means that they include unwanted apps in download and/or installation setups of other programs. Simply said, they use that method to deceive people into downloading and/or installing various unwanted apps together with some other software that they download and/or install willingly. As a rule, offers to download and/or install PUAs can be found in "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of various download and/or installation setups. People who leave those settings unchanged often allow for additionally included apps to be downloaded and/or installed through a setup of some program that they downloaded and/or installed intentionally. Sometimes such downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download any software through untrustworthy sources like torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, questionable, unofficial websites, and so on. Third party installers should not be used as tools to install software as well. The safest way to download files and programs is by using direct download links and official websites. Furthermore, we not recommend to leave "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of any download and/or installation setup unchecked (and unchanged, if necessary). Quite often those settings include offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted applications. Furthermore, intrusive ads that are shown on shady pages usually redirect users to various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. Therefore, ads of this type should not be clicked. If various advertisements appear on any visited website and/or browser opens questionable websites by itself, then it is very likely that some potentially unwanted application is already installed on it. In such cases we recommend to check what extensions, add-ons or plug-ins are installed on it and remove all unwanted, unknown, suspicious apps. The Same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of balanceforsun[.]com website (GIF):

balanceforsun[.]com 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.

balanceforsun[.]com 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 balanceforsun[.]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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing balanceforsun[.]com 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 balanceforsun[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by balanceforsun.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.

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 balanceforsun[.]com  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 balanceforsun[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by balanceforsun.com 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 balanceforsun.com, 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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