Do not use the untrustworthy cpmlink.net URL shortening website

Also Known As: Ads by cpmlink.net
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Cpmlink[.]net redirect removal instructions

What is cpmlink[.]net?

Cpmlink[.]net is an untrustworthy website, offering URL (website address) shortening services. This site uses rogue advertising networks. Hence, visitors to cpmlink[.]net can be presented with unreliable and questionable advertisements, as well as redirected to other dubious and even malicious sites. Both such adverts and untrustworthy websites pose a significant threat to device and user safety. Therefore, it is strongly advised against visiting and/or using cpmlink[.]net.

cpmlink[.]net pop-up redirects

When sites using rogue advertising networks are accessed and/or any content in then directly or indirectly interacted with - they redirect/force-open various unreliable, deceptive and dangerous websites. In other words, once such webpages are entered and/or any ads, buttons, etc. are clicked (or otherwise interacted with) - they can redirect to a variety of sale-oriented/promotional (of both legitimate and immediate products), rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. These untrustworthy/harmful sites are also promoted by intrusive advertisements. Additionally, some adverts of this type can stealthily download/install software. PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) are a prime example of content infiltrated into systems in this manner, and said apps are commonly promoted by webpages like cpmlink[.]net (via redirects). Unwanted software usually appears legitimate and offers a broad range of "useful" functionalities, ranging from system cleaning/optimizing to easy access tools for online content. However, despite how good the promised features may sound - they are rarely operational (e.g. fake anti-viruses). Furthermore, PUAs often have unmentioned heinous abilities. Some PUAs can force-open questionable pages, much like the ones rogue advertising networks promote. Adware-types run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e. deliver pop-ups, banners, coupons and other ads. They overlay page content and slow down the browsing speed, as well as possess all of the aforementioned abilities (e.g. causing redirects and stealthily downloading/installing software). Browser hijackers are another type of PUA, which operate by making modifications to browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. Hence, with a browser hijacker installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar - redirect to the address of the illegitimate web searcher. Fake search engines are seldom able to provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers can also restrict/deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. What is more, most PUAs have data tracking abilities that are employed to spy on users' browsing activity. Data of interest includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, geolocations and other personally identifiable information. The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by cpmlink.net
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names CLEAN MX (Malicious), CRDF (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.28.12.121
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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Using rogue advertising networks is a common monetization technique; hence, there are thousands of websites like cpmlink[.]net on the Web. Ytbmp3.clubyoutubetomp3music.comfile-upload.commyflixer.tomagnetdl.com - are just a few examples of webpages that employ this method to generate revenue. It is strongly advised against visiting/using such sites, as that can lead to various severe problems. Furthermore, it is possible to use legitimate and safe URL shortening services, e.g. the Google URL Shortener.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. This false marketing tactic of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Some PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded/installed. Upon being clicked, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Since dubious download channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and so forth. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, however they redirect to various highly questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and many others). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance variants of the cpmlink[.]net website (GIF):

cpmlink[.]net website appearance (GIF) 1

cpmlink[.]net website appearance (GIF) 2

cpmlink[.]net website appearance (GIF) 3

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

cpmlink[.]net adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 cpmlink[.]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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing cpmlink[.]net  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing cpmlink[.]net ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cpmlink.net, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing cpmlink[.]net ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing cpmlink[.]net ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by cpmlink.net removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cpmlink.net, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing cpmlink[.]net ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing cpmlink[.]net ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cpmlink.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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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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.

QR Code
Ads by cpmlink.net QR code
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