How to remove unwanted apps that open newscatch24.com
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is newscatch24[.]com?
Commonly, newscatch24[.]com and similar sites are opened by browsers that have potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed. PUAs also serve advertisements and collect data. Note that these apps are classified as PUAs because, in most cases, users download and install them inadvertently.
More examples of web pages that are function in a similar manner to newscatch24[.]com are rex-news[.]org, samizdat-philosophy[.]com and revoluciondron[.]com.
Generally, users who have PUAs installed on the browser and/or the operating system are forced to visit bogus web pages (PUAs often open them in a new browser window or tab). When this particular page (newscatch24[.]com) is visited, it loads dubious content or opens about two or three rogue pages - this depends on the geolocations of its visitors.
Additionally, newscatch24[.]com and many other pages of this kind use 'clickbait' techniques to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button, which then allows the visited pages to show their notifications. For example, newscatch24[.]com states that users should click "Allow" to watch a video.
In most cases, notifications from pages such as newscatch24[.]com contain deceptive ads, links to untrusted pages, etc. Furthermore, PUAs can collect IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, and other browsing-related data.
It some cases they target personal, sensitive data as well. The data might be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, users with PUAs installed on browsers and/or computers can experience problems relating to privacy and browsing safety, and even become victims of identity theft.
PUAs also serve pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons and other types of ads. When clicked, these might open dubious pages or even execute scripts designed to download and install unwanted apps.
|Name||Ads by newscatch24.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|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 Combo Cleaner.
To summarize, most PUAs do not improve the browsing experience or include any useful features, even if they are advertised as legitimate applications. On the contrary, most promote dubious sites, display ads and gather information. As mentioned, in most cases users download and install these apps inadvertently.
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
Download software and files from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to use torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, unofficial websites or other sources of this kind. Avoid third party installers. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, and decline offers to download or install unwanted software.
Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious websites, since they can open other untrusted websites or even cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove any unwanted, suspicious applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) that are installed on the browser.
The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are 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 newscatch24[.]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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