How to uninstall apps that were downloaded from pages 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?

Oke[.]io is a website which provides URL shortening service. However, this page uses rogue advertising networks. Simply said, it redirects visitors who use its URL shortening service to various untrustworthy websites. It is common that websites of this type open pages that are designed to trick visitors into installing various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) like browser hijackers, adware-type apps, or even malicious software like Trojan, ransomware. Either way, we advise against visiting pages that redirect their visitors to various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites.

oke[.]io pop-up redirects

At the time of the research oke[.]io opened an adult website, and a couple of rogue pages: sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]com. Both sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]com are addresses of pages that are designed to load some questionable content or redirect visitors to a 2-3 other untrustworthy sites. Typically, pages like sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]co ask for a permission to show notifications by using some clickbait technique. Simply said, they are designed to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button which, if clicked, allows them to show notifications that may contain deceptive ads, links to potentially malicious pages, etc. Also, websites like sauwoaptain[.]com and unfurlable[.]com might open download websites of various browser hijackers, adware-type apps or other PUAs. Some of those pages could be designed to trick visitors into installing malicious software like ransomware, Trojan or other malware as well. It is very likely that oke[.]io may open such pages itself too. Browser hijackers are PUAs that promote addresses of fake search engines by changing browser's settings and collect various information that usually includes browsing data, but can include personal, sensitive details as well. Adware can be designed to gather various data too. Also, apps of this type serve various advertisements that, if clicked, open untrustworthy websites or run scripts that cause downloads, installations of other unwanted apps. Trojans are malicious programs that usually are designed to install other programs of this kind. Ransomware encrypts files and keeps them inaccessible unless a ransom is paid. To sum up, websites that get opened through oke[.]io cannot be trusted. They could be designed to trick visitors into installing software that could cause financial, data loss, identity theft, problems relate 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.
Removal

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Some examples of pages that use rogue advertising networks too (redirect visitors to various shady pages) are listentoyoutube[.]online, convertisseur-youtube-mp3[.]net and notube[.]net. Most of them lead to various untrustworthy websites that may be designed to trick visitors into downloading, installing unwanted (or even malicious software), providing personal information, and so on. If a browser opens untrustworthy pages by itself, then it is very likely that some PUA is already installed on it (and/or the operating system).

How did adware install on my computer?

Quite often developers distribute potentially unwanted apps by including them in download and/or installation setups of other software. This distribution method is called "bundling", developers use it to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs through setups of other software. Typically, information about additionally included apps is not disclosed properly, it can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of download and/or installation setups. It is common that people do not check and change those settings. By leaving them unchanged they often agree with offers to download and/or install various unwanted apps alongside with a desired software. Another common way to unintentionally download and/or install PUAs is by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to 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 and other channels of this kind for that. The same applies to installations through third party installers. Also, it is important to always check  settings like "Advanced", "Custom" of any download and/or installation setup and decline offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Advertisements that are displayed on shady websites usually open untrustworthy websites, or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, such ads should not be trusted/clicked. If there are any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser, then they should be uninstall right away. The same should be done with 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.

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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About the author:

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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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