How to stop redirects to and from zahkit.pro

Also Known As: zahkit.pro pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

zahkit[.]pro redirect removal instructions

What is zahkit[.]pro?

Sharing many similarities with usinesmycete.infoscuseami.netpushbestdevice.com and countless others, zahkit[.]pro is an untrusted/rogue website. It presents visitors with highly dubious content and/or redirects them to other dubious or malicious web pages. Typically, these pages are accessed via redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs). Note that PUAs do not need users' permission to infiltrate their systems.

zahkit[.]pro pop-up redirects

Once accessed, zahkit[.]pro first checks visitors' IP addresses to learn their geolocations. This information is the determining factor in the site's further behavior. I.e., whether visitors are redirected elsewhere or presented with dubious/malicious material depends on their geolocations. Additionally, zahkit[.]pro requests users to enable browser notifications by employing 'clickbait' tactics ("Click Allow to watch the video"). If they are tricked into consenting to these notifications, zahkit[.]pro begins running intrusive ad campaigns (i.e. delivering pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.). These ads are not just a nuisance - they diminish the browsing experience (limit browsing speed and web page visibility) and cause further harm. Once clicked, intrusive ads can redirect to sale-based, untrusted/rogue, compromised, deceptive, scam and malicious websites. Furthermore, clicking them can also trigger them to execute scripts to download/install unwanted content including PUAs, which can force-open dangerous web pages, such as those listed above. PUAs have various capabilities and can deliver intrusive ads, hijack browsers and so on. The browser hijacker type of PUAs operate by modifying settings and restricting/denying access to browsers to promote fake search engines. Most software classified as PUAs can track data. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, search queries typed, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, the presence of PUAs on systems can lead to various infiltration and infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, you are advised to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name zahkit.pro pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 88.208.60.53
Observed Domains 1hbn5.zahkit[.]pro; pq8je.zahkit[.]pro; uqt87.zahkit[.]pro; m2c7n.zahkit[.]pro; n2qkb.zahkit[.]pro; rj2t5.zahkit[.]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.
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PUAs often seem legitimate, and users are tempted into downloading/installing them with offers of various "useful" functions. In fact, the features are usually nonoperational. The only purpose of all unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers at users' expense. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs force-open untrusted and malicious web pages, modify browsers, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and track sensitive data.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are mostly downloaded/installed unintentionally or without users' consent. Some of these applications have "official" download pages, on which they are endorsed as "useful" and typically "free" products. PUAs also proliferate through the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular content with unwanted or malicious software is called "bundling". Rushing download and installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, using presets, skipping steps, etc.) endangers devices with potential infiltration and infections via bundled content. Intrusive ads also proliferate via PUAs - when clicked these apps can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products, before download/installation and/or purchase. Use only official and verified download sources. Untrustworthy channels such as free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Treat download/Installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline download/installation of additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads may seem normal and harmless, however, they cause redirects to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). If you experience advertisements/redirects of this type, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious 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 zahkit[.]pro website (GIF):

zahkit[.]pro 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.

zahkit[.]pro 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 zahkit[.]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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing zahkit[.]pro 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 zahkit[.]pro ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with zahkit.pro 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 zahkit.pro 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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Once accessed, the first thing zahkit[.]pro does is check visitors' IP addresses to learn their geolocations. This information is the determining factor of the site's further behavior. Therefore, whether visitors are redirected elsewhere and/or presented with dubious/malicious material - depends on their geolocation. Additionally, zahkit[.]pro requests users to enable its browser notifications by employing 'clickbait' tactics - "Click Allow to watch the video", however, if they are tricked into consenting to these notifications - zahkit[.]pro begins running intrusive ad campaigns (i.e. delivering pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.). Adverts of this kind are not just a nuisance; and while they do diminish the browsing experience (limit browsing speed and web page visibility) - they are significantly more harmful. Once intrusive advertisements are clicked, they redirect to sale-based, untrusted/rogue, compromised, deceptive, scam and malicious websites. Furthermore, clicking can also trigger them to execute scripts to download/install content. PUAs are a prime example of software proliferated in this manner. These applications can force-open dangerous pages, such as those listed prior. PUAs have varied capabilities, they can deliver intrusive ads, hijack browsers and so on. The browser hijacker type operate by modifying browser settings, restricting/denying access to them - to promote fake search engines. It is not uncommon to all software classified as PUA to be able to track data. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, search queries typed, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). It is likely that this gathered data then be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, the presence of PUAs on system can lead to various infiltration and infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, you are advised to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

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