How to uninstall apps downloaded from websites opened via oke.io

Also Known As: Ads by oke.io
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

oke[.]io redirect removal instructions

What is oke[.]io?

The oke[.]io website provides a URL-shortening service, however, it uses rogue advertising networks - it redirects visitors who use the service to various other untrusted websites. Websites of this type commonly open pages that attempt to trick people into installing potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) including browser hijackers, adware-type apps, or even malicious software such as Trojans and ransomware. We advise against visiting any sites that redirect visitors to other untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites.

oke[.]io pop-up redirects

At the time of research, oke[.]io opened an adult website and a number of other rogue pages including sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]com. Both sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]com are addresses of web pages that load dubious content or redirect visitors to 2-3 other untrusted sites. Typically, sites such as sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]co demand permission to show notifications using a 'clickbait' technique - they attempt to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button, which, if clicked, allows them to show notifications that might contain deceptive ads, links to potentially malicious pages, etc. Furthermore, websites such as sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]com might open the download websites of various browser hijackers, adware-type apps or other PUAs. Some of these pages might be designed to trick visitors into installing malicious software such as ransomware, Trojans or other malware. It is likely that oke[.]io will also open these web pages. Browser hijackers are PUAs that promote addresses of fake search engines (by changing browser) settings and collect user-system information (this usually includes browsing data, but can also include personal, sensitive details). Adware can also gather data and serve advertisements that, if clicked, open untrusted websites or run scripts that cause download/installation of other unwanted apps. Trojans are malicious programs that install other programs of this kind. Ransomware encrypts files and keeps them inaccessible unless a ransom is paid. In summary, websites that are opened through oke[.]io cannot be trusted. They can trick visitors into installing software that could lead to financial/data loss, identity theft, problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and so on.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by oke.io
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Serving IP Address 104.26.6.12
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.
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Some examples of web pages that also use rogue advertising networks (redirect visitors to dubious pages) are listentoyoutube[.]online, convertisseur-youtube-mp3[.]net and notube[.]net. Most lead to untrusted websites designed to trick visitors into downloading and installing unwanted/malicious software, providing personal information, and so on. If the browser opens untrusted pages automatically, PUAs are probably already installed on the browser and/or operating system.

How did adware install on my computer?

Developers often distribute PUAs by including them into the download or installation set-ups of other software. This distribution method is called "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs through the set-ups of regular software. Typically, information about additionally-included apps is not properly disclosed, and can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the download/installation set-ups. People often fail to check and change these settings, thereby agreeing by default with offers to download and install unwanted apps together with required software. PUAs also infiltrate when people click deceptive ads that execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download all software from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to use torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, unofficial websites or other channels of this kind. The same applies to installation through third party installers. Check settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom" of the download/installation setup and decline offers to download/install extra unwanted software. Advertisements that are displayed on dubious websites can open untrusted websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Therefore, never trust or click them. Remove any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons and plug-ins) installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied 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 Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

oke[.]io opens adult website (GIF):

oke.io redirects to adult site

oke[.]io opens sauwoaptain[.]com (GIF):

oke.io redirects to sauwoaptain.com

oke[.]io opens unfurlable[.]com (GIF):

oke.io redirects to unfurlable.com

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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.

oke[.]io 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 oke[.]io 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 oke[.]io 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 oke[.]io ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by oke.io 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 oke.io, 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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