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How to remove apps promoting thewowfeed.com and similar pages

Also Known As: Ads by thewowfeed.com
Damage level: Medium

What is thewowfeed[.]com?

Typically, websites such as thewowfeed[.]com promote other untrusted web pages or load dubious content. In any case, you should never trust sites of this type. They are usually opened by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), through deceptive advertisements or other dubious web pages. I.e., users do not often visit pages such as thewowfeed[.]com intentionally. Examples of other, similar sites are hipermovies[.]icu, gdanstum[.]net and vviewpoint[.]biz.

thewowfeed[.]com pop-up redirects

Generally, installed PUAs open websites such as thewowfeed[.]com in a new browser window or tab. Once the page is visited, it opens 2-3 other websites of this kind, or loads dubious content. Neither thewowfeed[.]com nor pages that are opened through it can be trusted. Note that these websites use 'clickbait' techniques to trick visitors into allowing them to show notifications.

At the time of research, thewowfeed[.]com displayed notifications claiming that visitors can continue loading the site by clicking the "Allow" button in a pop-up window. You are advised not to give such pages permission to show notifications - if allowed, they display notifications that contain links to dubious pages, advertisements, etc.

Furthermore, the aforementioned PUAs are designed to promote bogus web pages (such as thewowfeed[.]com), collect various user-system information, and serve advertisements. Generally, they target browsing data such as geolocations, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries and other data of this kind, however, in some cases, they can be record sensitive information.

PUAs serve advertisements such as pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc. Commonly, users who click them arrive at untrusted or even malicious web pages, or cause download/installation of other PUAs by running certain scripts. Therefore, having these apps installed on the browser and/or computer can result in problems relating to online privacy and browsing safety, and some users might even become victims of identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by thewowfeed.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Detection Names CLEAN MX (Malicious), Netcraft (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).
Serving IP Address 139.45.197.150
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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PUAs are often advertised by the developers as useful, legitimate applications, which supposedly include various features, improve the browsing experience, etc. Unfortunately, most are useless and designed only to help the developers to generate revenue. If PUAs are already installed on the browser and/or operating system, remove them immediately.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases, people download and install PUAs inadvertently by clicking deceptive ads designed to execute certain scripts, however, it mostly happens during download/installation of other programs. I.e., when developers distribute PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".

Users download and install potentially unwanted apps with other software when PUAs are included into set-ups as 'additional offers', and they fail to decline them. Typically, they can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of set-ups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not download software from unofficial websites, through Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, install it with third party installers, etc. The safest way to download files and programs is to use official websites and direct links. Furthermore, check which settings are available in any download or installation setup and decline offers to download or install unwanted (additionally-included) software.

Do not click dubious ads that are displayed on bogus websites, since they can open untrusted websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons that are installed on the browser, and 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of thewowfeed[.]com website (GIF):

thewowfeed[.]com website appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove spam notifications from Google Chrome:

Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website 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 web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):

Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one. Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox:

Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen. Select "Settings" 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge:

Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings". Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):

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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

How to avoid browser notification spam?

Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.

Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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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.

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