Watch-video[.]net redirect removal instructions
What is watch-video[.]net?
Like many other similar websites (e.g., news06[.]biz, bifidavity[.]club, opertisticolk[.]club) watch-video[.]net is designed to promote/open various untrustworthy websites and display questionable content. It is common that browsers open such websites when there is some PUA installed on them, or when users click deceptive advertisements, or visit shady pages.
Installed PUAs open addresses like watch-video[.]net is a new window or tab. Once visited, they either open other (about two or three) dubious pages or load shady content - how they function depends on their visitor's geolocation. Also, in most cases sites like watch-video[.]net use some clickbait technique to deceive visitors to giving them a permission to show notifications. Watch-video[.]net suggests that by clicking the "Allow" will prove that they are not robots. Such websites should not be allowed to show notifications, their notifications contain various deceptive ads, links to unreliable pages, etc. Another problem with having PUAs installed is that they can be designed to collect various data. Usually they target IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, and/or other browsing-related information. In some cases they can be designed to target sensitive data. Moreover, their developers could misuse gathered data to generate revenue. For example, they can sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). This may cause users related to privacy, browsing safety, or even worse - users may have their identities stolen. Another issue with PUAs is that they can be designed to serve ads in forms of coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners and/other types of ads. Those ads, if clicked, may open shady, potentially malicious pages or execute scripts designed to download and/or install various PUAs. For these reasons PUAs should never be downloaded and installed.
|Name||Ads by watch-video.net|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Observed Domains||1.watch-video[.]net, 2.watch-video[.]net, 3.watch-video[.]net, 4.watch-video[.]net, 5.watch-video[.]net, 6.watch-video[.]net, 7.watch-video[.]net, 8.watch-video[.]net, 9.watch-video[.]net|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
It is very likely that when users download and/or install PUAs intentionally, they do it only because those apps are advertised as useful, legitimate. Although, more often users install such applications unknowingly, unknowingly. In one way or another, most PUAs are useless and can be the reason behind various issues. Any PUA that is installed on a browser and/or computer should be uninstalled from it right away.
How did adware install on my computer?
In some cases users download and/or install PUAs through deceptive advertisements that they click, although, it happens only when users click ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. However, it is more common that users download and/or install PUAs when these apps are distributed by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. This distribution method is called "bundling". Usually offers to download and/or install unwanted apps can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings of setups. Users allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Setups that include "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings should not be left unchecked - those settings can be used to decline offers to download or install unwanted software. Software (and files) should not be downloaded through third party downloaders (or installed through third party installers), through various Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, from unofficial sites, etc. It is strongly recommended to download files and programs only from official websites and through direct links. Advertisements that are displayed on dubious pages can be (and often are) designed to open other untrustworthy sites or even cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted apps. It is advised not to trust and click them. Any unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind that are installed on a computer should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of watch-video[.]net 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 watch-video[.]net?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 watch-video[.]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:
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 watch-video.net, 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 watch-video.net 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 watch-video.net, 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.
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 watch-video.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.
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.
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 watch-video.net from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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