Avoid using 1337x.to untrustworthy torrent website

Also Known As: 1337x.to pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

1337x[.]to redirect removal instructions

What is the 1337x[.]to site?

1337x[.]to is an untrustworthy Peer-to-Peer sharing website, enabling users to share various files (e.g. software, audio, video, etc.). The content is downloaded using magnet links and/or torrent files. The material shared on such sites often infringers copyright laws and is commonly used to proliferate malware (e.g. disguised as or bundled with ordinary content). 1337x[.]to uses rogue advertising networks, hence visitors to it can be redirected to a variety of untrustworthy and malicious webpages. Therefore, it is advised against visiting/using it.

1337x[.]to pop-up redirects

Websites, which employ rogue advertising networks can force-open and/or display intrusive advertisements that redirect to various sale-oriented (of legitimate, illegitimate or dangerous products), untrustworthy, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Content displayed, promoted and offered by these pages can seriously endanger device and user safety. Additionally, when clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts, designed to download/install software without user permission. One prime example of content infiltrated into systems in this manner are PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). These apps have varied abilities and can cause a range of severe issues. Some PUAs can force-open a variety of harmful webpages. Adware-type unwanted applications can also deliver intrusive adverts, which posses the same abilities and carry associated risks. Another type called browser hijackers can modify browsers, limit/deny access to their settings and promote fake search engines. Most PUAs (regardless of their types/specifics) can track data. They monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal data inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details, which typically contain personally identifiable information). It is highly likely for the gathered data to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. In summary, presence of PUAs on systems can cause various infiltrations and infections, lead to financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is recommended to eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name 1337x.to pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 104.31.89.65
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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Use of rogue advertisement networks is a common monetization technique. Convertisseur-youtube-mp3.netthepiratebay.orgKissanimeMycouchtuner are just a few examples of sites, employing rogue ad networks. Due to the aforementioned risks posed by such websites, it is advised to avoid using/visiting them. Furthermore, since there are thousands of such pages, users are recommended to exercise caution when browsing.

How did adware install on my computer?

Some PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. These sites are often pushed by deceptive/scam ones. However, PUAs can also be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This false marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by rushing terms, skipping steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content onto their devices. Once clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All products should be researched before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Untrustworthy ones, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions and so on. Intrusive adverts usually appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, users should inspect the system and remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it - without delay. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of 1337x[.]to redirecting users to various websites (GIF):

Example 1:

1337x[.]to appearance variant (GIF)

Example 2:

1337x[.]to appearance variant 2 (GIF)

Example 3:

1337x[.]to appearance variant 3 (GIF)

Example 4:

1337x[.]to appearance variant 4 (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
  • Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
  • Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
  • Click the switch under each suspicious website

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.

1337x[.]to 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 1337x[.]to 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 1337x[.]to 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 1337x[.]to ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the 1337x.to 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 1337x[.]to  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 1337x[.]to ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the 1337x.to 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 1337x[.]to 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 1337x[.]to ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with 1337x.to 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 1337x.to 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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