320youtube[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is 320youtube[.]com?
320youtube[.]com is an untrustworthy website, it is designed to convert YouTube videos (via links) to MP3 files. Not only does this site infringe on copyright laws, it also uses rogue advertising network. Therefore, when 320youtube[.]com is accessed, content presented in it directly or indirectly interacted with - the website redirects to various unreliable and malicious webpages.
Sites that use rogue advertising networks cause redirects (i.e. force-open) sale-oriented/potential, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious pages - when users enter them, click any buttons and/or advertisements presented in them. Visiting/Using 320youtube[.]com and the websites it redirects to can lead to a variety of serious problems. To elaborate, dubious webpages typically host intrusive ads, e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc. Upon being clicked, the adverts redirect to similarly harmful sites and some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install software. PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) are a prime example of content infiltrated into systems in this manner. These apps can have varied abilities/features. They can force-open dangerous websites, similar to ones promoted through rogue advertising networks. Adware-type PUAs deliver intrusive advertisements, which diminish the browsing experience and possess the previously described qualities. Another type called browser hijackers make modifications to browsers in order to promote fake search engines. With such a piece of software installed, every new browser tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. Illegitimate search engines are typically unable to generate search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other genuine ones. In the seldom cases when fake web searchers can provide search results, they tend to be inaccurate and/or promote untrustworthy/malicious pages. Browser hijackers can limit/deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. What is more, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. They can record users' browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data often contain personally identifiable information and PUA developers usually share/sell it to third parties. To summarize, presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. Hence, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is strongly advised against visiting/using 320youtube[.]com and other sites akin to it.
|Name||As by 320youtube.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Related Domains||topflownews.com and various others|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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The Web is full of websites using rogue advertising networks, it is a very common monetization technique. Magnetdl.com, zooqle.com, videovor.com and filez.top are just a few examples of such pages. It is recommended to exercise caution when browsing - in order to avoid accessing hazardous sites and the potential threats that they pose. If a browser is force-opening questionable webpages, it is most likely caused by PUAs infiltrated into the system.
How did adware install on my computer?
Some PUAs have "official" promotional websites, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive ads proliferate these apps as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs without user consent. However, PUAs are more commonly downloaded/installed together with other products - by users themselves. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk inadvertently allowing dubious and/or bundled content into their devices.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All products should be researched before download/installation and/or purchase. It is recommended to always use official and verified download channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - are deemed to be untrustworthy, due to offering deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive ads usually look legitimate and innocuous, however they redirect to various questionable webpages (e.g. pornography, gambling, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with adverts/redirects of this kind, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins immediately removed. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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320youtube[.]com redirecting to the topflownews.com rogue website (GIF):
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- What is 320youtube[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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 320youtube[.]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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the as by 320youtube.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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the as by 320youtube.com, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with as by 320youtube.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the as by 320youtube.com, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
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