Message-inbox[.]icu redirect removal instructions
What is message-inbox[.]icu?
Message-inbox[.]icu is an untrustworthy website which either loads some questionable content or opens other pages of this kind. It is common that users do not visit pages like message-inbox[.]icu intentionally. In most cases such addresses are opened by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are installed on browsers and/or computers. It is worthwhile to mention that most users do not download and install PUAs on purpose. A couple examples of other pages like message-inbox[.]icu are broindifferd[.]club, check-you-robot[.]site and onlybestpushnews[.]com.
Usually websites like message-inbox[.]icu are opened by PUAs in a new browser window or tab. When visited, they either open a couple (about two or three) of other websites of this kind or they display shady content. It depends on visitor's geolocation. Either way, neither content displayed by websites like message-inbox[.]icu or pages that get opened through them are trustworthy. Quite often apps that are designed to open such pages are designed to gather various data and/or display ads as well. They collect IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites and other browsing data. Although, it is possible that an app of this type may be designed to gather personal (sensitive) information too. The problem with it is that its developers may all those collected details to third parties (cyber criminals) or misuse them to generate revenue in some other way. Furthermore, PUAs can be (and often are) designed to feed users with various unwanted advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups. When clicked, those ads can either execute scripts that will cause download and/or installation of some other PUA simply open some deceptive, potentially malicious websites. To sum up, potentially unwanted applications of this type can cause users problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, lead to unwanted downloads, installations, etc. In some cases they might be used as tools to steal identities by misusing data that was collected by them. Therefore, apps of this type should never be used (downloaded and installed).
|Name||Ads by message-inbox.icu|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||184.108.40.206|
|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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In most cases when users download and install PUAs intentionally, then they do that because those apps are advertised as useful, legitimate. However, most of them are useless, can cause various problems and designed only to generate revenue for their developers. If such app is already installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be uninstalled right away.
How did adware install on my computer?
Typically, users download and/or install PUAs unknowingly, unintentionally. Most of the times they get downloaded and/or installed through setups of other software. This distribution method is known as "bundling", it is used to trick users into downloading and/or installing potentially unwanted apps together with other, desired software. To achieve it, developers include unwanted apps in setups as additional offers that can be found in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced". When complete downloads and/or installations without changing those settings they agree with offers to download and/or install included apps too. Also, unintentional downloads, installations can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and other networks of this type), unofficial websites, etc., should not be used as tools to download or install any software, or files. The safest way to download files and programs is to use official websites and direct links. Furthermore, download and/or installation setups that contains "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings should be always checked for offers to download and/or install additionally included applications. One more way to avoid unwanted downloads, installations is by not clicking intrusive ads that appear on shady pages (e.g., on pages related to gambling, adult dating, pornography). Such ads can be designed to cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications. Although, more often they are designed to open untrustworthy websites. In one way or another, such ads should not be clicked. And finally, there should be no unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind installed on a computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of message-inbox[.]icu 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 message-inbox[.]icu?
- 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 message-inbox[.]icu 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 ads by message-inbox.icu, 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 ads by message-inbox.icu, 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 ads by message-inbox.icu 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 ads by message-inbox.icu, 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 ads by message-inbox.icu from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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