Whobabsaim[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is whobabsaim[.]com?
Whobabsaim[.]com is a rogue website, designed to present visitors with dubious content and/or redirect them to other unreliable and possibly dangerous pages. Visitors to whobabsaim[.]com rarely access it intentionally, most get redirected to it either by intrusive advertisements or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already infiltrated into the system. There are thousands of dubious sites out there; whobabsaim[.]com shares many similarities with cvazirouse.com, check-you-robot.site, esmo.pro and countless others.
The behavior of whobabsaim[.]com is dictated by visitors' geolocations, which the webpage learns by checking their IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. Hence, whether users are redirected elsewhere and/or are presented with questionable material - depends on their geolocation. Additionally, whobabsaim[.]com uses browser notifications. If enabled, the website will begin running intrusive advertisement campaigns. The delivered ads redirect to various untrustworthy/rogue, sale-based/promotional, deceptive, compromised, scam and malicious sites. Furthermore, once clicked on, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to infiltrate (i.e. download/install) software into systems. One prime example of content proliferated in this fashion - are PUAs. Unwanted applications can have other/additional abilities, aside from force-opening suspect websites. Adware-types run intrusive advertisements, which seriously diminish the browsing experience as they overlay page content and slow down the browsing speed. Browser hijackers are another type of PUA, this software modifies browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. Most illegitimate search engines are unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers can also reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers, if access to the settings is permitted at all. What is more, PUAs (regardless of type) usually have data tracking abilities. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is often shared with and/or sold to third parties. To summarize, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device and user safety, all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Fortinet (Malware), G-Data (Malware), CRDF (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Observed Domains||static.whobabsaim[.]com, 052.whobabsaim[.]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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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PUAs appear legitimate and harmless. These apps lure users into download/installation with offers of a wide variety of "useful" functionalities. However, the promised features are rarely operational and even if they do work - then, not as advertised. The only goal of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; therefore, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to cause redirects, run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers and gather private data.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into systems. Select PUAs have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive adverts proliferate these applications as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All products should be researched prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - often offer bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so on. In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, users must inspect their devices and immediately eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of a notification/advertisement delivered by whobabsaim[.]com:
Appearance of whobabsaim[.]com website (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)
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"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- What is whobabsaim[.]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 whobabsaim[.]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 whobabsaim.com 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.
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 whobabsaim.com pop-up, 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 whobabsaim.com 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, 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 whobabsaim.com pop-up, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove whobabsaim.com pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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