Do not trust web pages opened through ytoffline.net

Also Known As: Ads by ytoffline.net
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

ytoffline[.]net redirect removal instructions

What is ytoffline[.]net?

ytoffline[.]net is presented as an offline YouTube video downloader. There are many similar pages on the internet, most of which use rogue advertising networks, including ytoffline[.]net. In summary, they contain dubious advertisements and open various untrusted, potentially malicious web pages. Another problem with services offered by ytoffline[.]net and similar web pages is that it is illegal to download videos from YouTube. Therefore, you are advised against visiting or using this, or similar, websites.

ytoffline[.]net pop-up redirects

At the time of research, ytoffline[.]net opened oakpyxyea[.]com and onlinerpgmaster[.]com. Both of these pages were opened through a number of other dubious web addresses. Note that oakpyxyea[.]com is a rogue web page, which loads dubious content or opens a number of other rogue sites - these actions depend on the visitor's geolocation. Neither oakpyxyea[.]com nor pages that are opened through it can be trusted. Some examples of other similar sites include maroceffects[.]com and basenews7[.]com. Note that onlinerpgmaster[.]com is an adult gaming page. These sites contain dubious advertisements that lead to other untrustworthy sites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Therefore, do not trust onlinerpgmaster[.]com. Furthermore, it is very likely that ytoffline[.]net (or ads displayed on it) will open websites that advertise potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). For example, browser hijackers or adware-type applications. It is possible that ytoffline[.]net might lead to malicious pages designed to trick visitors into infecting their computers with a Trojan, ransomware, or other malware. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing browser settings. Typically, fake search engines display misleading results or provide those generated by other search engines. Adware serves coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners and other advertisements. These usually lead to dubious, potentially malicious pages or execute scripts designed to download or install PUAs. Adware-type apps and browser hijackers often collect user-system information such as IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, and other browsing-related details. They might also record personal, sensitive data. Ransomware encrypts files so that victims cannot recover them without purchasing decryption tools/keys from the cyber criminals who designed the program. Trojans collect sensitive information and can cause chain infections (i.e., install other malware, including ransomware). Furthermore, pages such as ytoffline[.]net tend to open various scam pages. For example, sites such as "International Official Lottery" and "2020 Web Research Survey". Scammers behind these pages attempt to trick visitors into providing sensitive information such as credit card details - they use this information to generate revenue by selling it to third parties, using it to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, etc.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ytoffline.net
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Serving IP Address 104.18.63.149
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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In summary, web pages such as ytoffline[.]net tend to open untrusted sites that can lead to identity theft, monetary, data loss, problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, unwanted downloads installations, and other issues. Do not trust pages that use rogue advertising networks. Unfortunately, there are many sites similar to ytoffline[.]net including, for example, ymp4[.]download, mp3pro[.]xyz and yts[.]mx. Commonly, browsers open dubious web pages automatically and/or display ads due PUAs installed on browsers and/or operating systems.

How did adware install on my computer?

Developers include PUAs into download/installation set-ups of other software as 'additional offers'. Usually offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted apps are listed in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and "Manual". Many users fail to check and and change these settings when they download or install their programs. By leaving the default settings unchanged, they allow also PUAs to be downloaded and installed. This PUA distribution method is known as "bundling". PUAs are also downloaded and installed through deceptive ads that run certain scripts, however, this happens only if users click the ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to download software from trustworthy, official websites and through direct links. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, and other channels should not be trusted, since they often are monetized by promoting PUAs. Check all settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" and decline offers to download or install additionally included, unwanted apps. Do not click intrusive ads that are shown on dubious web pages, since they can open other untrusted websites or download and install unwanted software. Remove all unwanted, unknown apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) installed on the browser. Also apply this to software of this kind that is 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.

ytoffline[.]net opens oakpyxyea[.]com (GIF):

ytoffline.net leads to oakpyxyea.com

ytoffline[.]net opens onlinerpgmaster[.]com (GIF):

ytoffline.net leads to onlinerpgmaster.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.

ytoffline[.]net 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 ytoffline[.]net 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 ytoffline[.]net 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 ytoffline[.]net ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by ytoffline.net 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 ytoffline.net, 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.

QR Code
Ads by ytoffline.net QR code
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