Ahacdn[.]me redirect removal instructions
What is ahacdn[.]me?
Ahacdn[.]me is virtually identical to a great number of other pages of this kind, for instance, rex-news[.]org, samizdat-philosophy[.]com and revoluciondron[.]com. As a rule, users do not visit such pages willingly, they get opened by browsers that have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them. Also, it is common that such sites are promoted via deceptive ads, other shady pages. It is worthwhile to mention that PUAs can be designed not only to promote sites like ahacdn[.]me, but also to collect some data and/or serve ads. They are called PUAs because most users do not download install them intentionally.
Usually browsers that have some PUA installed on them regularly open sites like ahacdn[.]me in a new browser window or tab. After being visited they either open other (about two, three) untrustworthy pages or load questionable content. Another thing that most of the pages like ahacdn[.]me have in common is that they use some clickbait technique to trick users into clicking the "Allow" button which allows pages to show their notifications. Ahacdn[.]me displays notification saying "Press "Allow", to watch video". In most cases sites like this one show notifications that contain links to untrustworthy pages, shady advertisements, etc. Therefore, it is advised not to give a permission to pages like ahacdn[.]me to show their notifications. Furthermore, PUAs can be (and often are) designed to collect information related to user's browsing activities. For instance, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations. However, there are PUAs that can record personal details as well. Moreover, collected information could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue some another way (or ways). This could cause users problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even issues like identity theft. Also, PUAs can be designed feed display/serve various advertisements as well. It is common that such apps serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other types of ads that, if clicked, tend to open questionable websites or even download and/or install various unwanted applications by running certain scripts.
|Name||Ads by ahacdn.me|
|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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To sum up, users neither visit pages like ahacdn[.]me or download and install PUAs on purpose. Most PUAs are useless to their users, they are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. Therefore, if there are any PUAs installed on a browser and/or the operating system, then they should be removed.
How did adware install on my computer?
In some cases users download and/or install PUAs through deceptive advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts. However, more often they cause it when PUAs are included in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. Typically, included apps can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups, or by unticking available checkboxes. When users leave default settings unchanged, they agree with offers to download and/or install included PUAs as well. This distribution method is known as "bundling".
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download software from official, trustworthy websites and not to use third party downloaders, unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule) or other sources. Third party installers should not be used too. Also, it is advised not to complete downloads and installations without checking what settings (e.g., "Custom", "Advanced") are available in setups. Ads that are displayed on shady pages (e.g, adult dating, gambling, pornography pages) should not be clicked as well. Those ads can be designed not only to open untrustworthy websites but also to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. All unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, add-ons that are installed on a browser or programs that are installed on the operating system 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 ahacdn[.]me website (GIF):
Notification by ahacdn[.]me:
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 ahacdn[.]me?
- 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 ahacdn[.]me 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 ahacdn.me, 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 ahacdn.me 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 ahacdn.me, 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 ahacdn.me, 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 ahacdn.me from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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