How to get rid of apps that open pages like allow-space.com?

Also Known As: Ads by allow-space.com
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Allow-space[.]com redirect removal instructions

What is allow-space[.]com?

Allow-space[.]com is an address of a page which redirects visitors to untrustworthy pages or loads some shady content. Either way, it is a rogue page that cannot be trusted. There are many sites like allow-space[.]com, for example, belazyelephant[.]com, alisalis[.]com and go9news[.]biz. Usually they get opened when users click questionable ads, visit other shady pages or have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on a browser and/or operating system. In other words, users do not visit rogue pages like allow-space[.]com on purpose.

allow-space[.]com pop-up redirects

If installed, PUAs open pages like allow-space[.]com in a new browser window or tab. When visited, they either redirect visitors to about two or three shady websites or load questionable content. It depends on visitor's geolocation. In most cases pages like allow-space[.]com open page that contain deceptive ads, advertise/promote other PUAs, or even malicious apps. It is worth mentioning that allow-space[.]com is designed to deceive visitors into allowing it to show notifications by using a clickbait technique. It says that visitors have to prove that they are not robots by clicking the "Allow" button which, if clicked, gives allow-space[.]com a permission to show notifications. Typically, such pages feed users with notifications containing links to untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages, deceptive advertisements, and other content of this kind. Furthermore, most PUAs not only force users to visit rogue websites but also collect information related to browsing habits. It is common that apps of this type gather browsing data, e.g., such as IP addresses, websites of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, and so on. They may be designed to collect sensitive information as well. Moreover, their developers could sell recorded information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who would misuse it to generate revenue. Additionally, PUAs often are designed to feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other forms of advertisements. Those ads tend to open untrustworthy websites or cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps by running certain scripts. To summarize, users who have PUAs installed on their browsers and/or computers are exposed at risk of problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. It is possible that such apps may be used as tools to steal identities as well.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by allow-space.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names BitDefender (Malware), CyRadar (Malicious), Sucuri SiteCheck (Malicious), Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 178.62.214.139
Observed Domains 0.allow-space[.]com, 2.allow-space[.]com, 3.allow-space[.]com, 4.allow-space[.]com, 5.allow-space[.]com, 6.allow-space[.]com, 7.allow-space[.]com, 8.allow-space[.]com, 9.allow-space[.]com, 10.allow-space[.]com
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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Typically, developers advertise PUAs as useful, legitimate applications. However, most PUAs do not deliver any real value are designed only to perform tasks that help their developers to generate revenue. What's worse, people who use/have apps of this type on their browser and/or computer installed risk to become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and so on. We strongly recommend to uninstall any installed PUA as soon as possible.

How did adware install on my computer?

Users usually download and/or install PUAs unwillingly, unintentionally. Either by clicking certain deceptive advertisements or when they are distributed by using a "bundling" method. To be more precise, when PUAs are included as additional offers in various download and/or installation setups of other, mostly free software. Typically, offers to download and/or install PUAs can be found in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced". However, users often download and/or install programs without checking (and changing) those settings. Therefore, they give included PUAs a permission to be downloaded and/or installed together with wanted programs. Deceptive ads can cause unwanted downloads, installations by executing certain scripts. However, they can do that only after being clicked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to download software from official websites and avoid using third party software downloaders (and installers), tools like Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites, and so on. If a download and/or installation setup contains settings like "Advanced", "Custom", then they should be checked and changed, if necessary. It is common that those settings mention offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Intrusive ads that are displayed on shady pages tend to redirect people to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, such ads should not be clicked. Usually ads of this kind are displayed on pages related to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other questionable sites. If there are any unwanted, unknown extensions, plug-ins, add-ons installed on a web browser, then they should be removed as soon as possible. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled as well. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of allow-space[.]com website (GIF):

allow-space[.]com 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
  • 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.

allow-space[.]com 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 allow-space[.]com 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 allow-space[.]com 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 allow-space[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by allow-space.com, 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 allow-space[.]com  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 allow-space[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by allow-space.com, 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 allow-space[.]com 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 allow-space[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by allow-space.com 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 allow-space.com, 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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