How to stop redirects to scuseami.net?

Also Known As: Ads by scuseami.net
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Scuseami[.]net redirect removal instructions

What is scuseami[.]net?

Scuseami[.]net is operates like many other websites of this type, for example, balanceforsun[.]com, sawhitpew[.]site and wbamedia[.]net. These are rogue websites that are designed either to load questionable content or redirect visitors to other untrustworthy pages. In most cases people are forced to visit such websites, they do not open them intentionally. As a rule, they get opened by browsers that have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them. Moreover, PUAs display intrusive ads and collect details related to user's web browsing activities as well.

scuseami[.]net pop-up redirects

Typically, PUAs open websites like scuseami[.]net in new browser window or tab. When visited, scuseami[.]net either loads some dubious content or it redirects its visitors to about two or three other untrustworthy websites. What scuseami[.]net will do depends on visitor's geoloaction. It is worth mentioning that pages that get opened through websites like scuseami[.]net can be malicious, designed to advertise questionable software, and so on. Like many other similar websites, scuseami[.]net suggests that in order to continue browsing it visitors have to click the "Allow" button in a popped up window. In other words, it uses a clickbait technique to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications. If clicked, that button allows websites like scuseami[.]net to show notifications that usually contain questionable advertisements, links to shady websites, and other content of this kind. As we mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs are designed to gather information related to user's browsing habits. Usually they target details like IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocation, and so on. However, sometimes apps of this type record personal details as well. Their developers either sell collected data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misuse it by themselves. Also, quite often PUAs feed their users with various intrusive advertisements. They display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and ads of other type. If clicked, they either open unreliable websites or download and/or install various unwanted applications by executing certain scripts. To sum up, PUAs can lead to unwanted downloads, installations, problems related to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by scuseami.net
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.18.57.36
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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There are is a great number of various potentially unwanted apps on the Internet. Very often their developers advertise them as legitimate, useful apps that supposed to deliver various features, improve browsing experience, etc. However, most PUAs do not deliver any value and can cause various problems. Therefore, in an app of this type is installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled right away.

How did adware install on my computer?

Most users do not download and install PUAs on purpose. They cause it either by clicking deceptive particular that can execute scripts designed to download them, or when software developers distribute those apps by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use this method to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with regular software. They do that by including  unwanted apps in download and/or installation setups of various software and hide information about it in their  "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. People who do not check those settings often allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed by themselves.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend not to download or install programs through third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites and in other similar ways. It should be done by using only official websites and direct links. Also, it is important to check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings/options of any download or installation setup. If they mention offers to download and/or install unwanted apps, then those offers should be declined before completing download and/or installation. Furthermore, we advise against trusting intrusive ads, especially when such ads appear on questionable websites. When clicked, they redirect people to various untrustworthy websites or cause download (and/or installation) of some unwanted software. And finally, if there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser, then they should be removed. Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of scuseami[.]net website (GIF):

scuseami[.]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 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.

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by scuseami.net 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 scuseami.net, 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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