How to uninstall apps that promote samizdat-philosophy.com and similar sites
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is samizdat-philosophy[.]com?
Typically, users arrive at web pages such as samizdat-philosophy[.]com via deceptive ads, untrusted pages or when they are opened by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on browsers or operating systems. Note that PUAs can display ads and gather certain information (e.g., browsing data).
They are classified as PUAs because users often download and install them inadvertently. More examples of deceptive websites similar to samizdat-philosophy[.]com include critical-alert[.]info, espublicaldru[.]info and doswinuba[.]com.
PUAs promote pages such as samizdat-philosophy[.]com by regularly opening them in a new browser window or tab. When the page is visited, it displays dubious content or opens other bogus dubious web pages. How it functions depends on its visitors' geolocations.
Like most websites of this type, samizdat-philosophy[.]com uses a 'clickbait' technique to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button, which then allows websites to show their notifications - samizdat-philosophy[.]com makes it appear that, by clicking the "Allow" button, visitors are able to continue loading/browsing the site.
Generally, when these sites get permission to show notifications, they display notifications with deceptive ads and links to untrusted websites. As well as promoting samizdat-philosophy[.]com and similar sites, PUAs invariably collect browsing data and other information, and serve advertisements.
They record IP addresses, websites of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, etc. In some cases, they are capable of accessing sensitive, confidential information as well. Furthermore, the developers might sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate revenue in some other ways.
These actions can lead to problems with browsing safety, online privacy, and some users might even become victims of identity theft. These rogue apps can also serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other types of ads. These can also promote (open) untrusted websites and cause download/installation of unwanted software by executing certain scripts.
|Name||Ads by samizdat-philosophy.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|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 summary, PUAs generate revenue for the developers by forcing users to visit various (often untrusted) websites, serving ads, and gathering data. These apps are useless to regular users and can cause serious issues. Therefore, you are strongly advised to remove all PUAs from browsers and operating systems.
How did adware install on my computer?
Unwanted downloads and installations often occur when developers distribute PUAs by integrating them into the download/installation setups of other programs as "extra offers". This distribution method is known as "bundling". The offers can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the setups (or by unticking certain checkboxes).
Many users fail to check and change these settings (or untick the checkboxes), thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate together with the desired software. PUAs are also downloaded and installed by clicking deceptive advertisements (usually on untrusted sites) that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to download files and programs from official websites and via direct download links. Other tools and sources such as third party downloaders and installers, unofficial pages, and Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients) should not be used to download or install software.
Check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (or available checkboxes) for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Do not click ads on dubious websites, since they can be designed to open bogus web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations.
Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and software of this kind from 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 samizdat-philosophy[.]com website (GIF):
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- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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.
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)
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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