File-upload[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is file-upload[.]com?
File-upload[.]com provides file hosting service, although, it uses rogue advertising networks as well. In other words, it has shady ads on it and promotes questionable, potentially malicious websites. Therefore, it is advised not to trust file-upload[.]com/use its file hosting service.
At the time of the research file-upload[.]com opened at least three untrustworthy websites, two of them were used to promote questionable software. It is common that such pages are used to promote adware, browser hijackers or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) of other type. Although, they can be used to distribute malicious programs (like ransomware-type programs, Trojans) as well. Also, pages promoted by file-upload[.]com may be designed to trick users into providing some sensitive information (like credit card details, login credentials). A couple of examples such pages are "$1000 Bank of America Gift Card" and "Amazon Loyalty Program". Furthermore, file-upload[.]com asks for a permission to show notifications. It is known that its notifications contain questionable advertisements, links to unreliable pages. Therefore, this page should not be allowed to show its notifications. Additionally, free file hosting sites like file-upload[.]com often are used by cyber criminals as tools to host malicious files that are designed to install some malicious software, for example, installers for pirated versions of legitimate software.
|Name||Ads by file-upload.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||CRDF (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|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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To sum up, file-upload[.]com is a website which has shady ads on it, opens questionable, potentially malicious websites and can be used as a tool to host malicious files. Some more examples of pages that use rogue advertising networks are file-upload[.]com are myflixer[.]to, soap2day[.]to and easymp3converter[.]com. If a browser opens shady websites by itself, then it is very likely that it already has some potentially unwanted application installed on it.
How did adware install on my computer?
Quite often users download and/or install PUAs through setups of other programs/together with other programs. More precisely, when PUAs included in download and/or installation setups as additional offers. Usually, those offers can be found and declined in their "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings. However, users who leave those settings unchanged download and/or install not only the desired programs but also PUAs that are integrated in their setups. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Also, unwanted downloads or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to cause them by running certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should not be downloaded from unofficial websites, through torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, third party downloaders, etc., or installed through third party installers. It should be done by using official, trustworthy pages and direct links. Download and/or installation setups that have any settings or checkboxes should be always checked for offers to download and/or install PUAs. Various ads that are displayed on dubious websites should not be clicked as well, they can be designed to open untrustworthy websites. Sometimes they can be designed to cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. Any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are already installed on a browser should be removed. Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be removed too. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
File-upload[.]com promotes a download page for some PUA (GIF):
File-upload[.]com promotes a download page for some questionable file (GIF):
File-upload[.]com opens a shady page (GIF):
Notifications by file-upload[.]com:
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 and select "Settings"
- Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
- 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)
- 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 file-upload[.]com?
- 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 file-upload[.]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 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 file-upload.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 ads by file-upload.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 ads by file-upload.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.
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 file-upload.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.
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 file-upload.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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