Check-the[.]news redirect removal instructions
What is check-the[.]news?
Most users do not visit web pages like check-the[.]news on purpose, it is common that they are opened occasionally by browsers that have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them. It is worthwhile to mention that PUAs are designed not only to open sites like check-the[.]news but also to generate ads and/or collect various data. Also, there are many pages like check-the[.]news, some examples are yskimmed[.]top, superpush[.]net and fastsolvecaptcha[.]com.
PUAs promote sites like check-the[.]news by occasionally opening them in new browser window or tab. When visited, these pages either open a couple of shady pages or load some questionable content (that depends on the geolocation of their visitors). Additionally, in most cases sites like check-the[.]news use some clickbait technique to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button that allows visited pages to show notifications. Check-the[.]news suggests that it cannot be loaded completely unless it is allowed to show notifications. Usually pages like this one show notifications that contain links to shady websites, deceptive advertisements, etc.
Furthermore, it is common that PUAs generate advertisements and/or collect various information. Examples of ads that PUAs generate are pop-up advertisements, banners, coupons, surveys, etc. Most of the times their ads, if clicked, open untrustworthy pages. Some of those ads can be designed to cause download and/or installation of some unwanted app by executing certain scripts. Examples of details that PUAs collect are geolocations, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries and other data of this kind. However, in some cases PUAs can be designed to gather sensitive information as well. What is worse, gathered information could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, PUAs can be the reason behind problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by check-the.news|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|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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In conclusion, most of the potentially unwanted applications are designed to promote questionable pages, collect various information and/or generate advertisements. In other words, most PUAs are useless to their users and designed only to generate revenue for their developers. They are called PUAs because it is common for them to be downloaded and installed by users inadvertently.
How did adware install on my computer?
Most of the times users download and/or install unwanted apps unknowingly when those apps are offered in download and/or installation setups of other programs and users do not decline those offers. This distribution method for PUAs is known as "bundling". Typically, offers to download and/or install PUAs can be declined in "Custom"," Advanced" and/or other settings of setups, or by unticking certain checkboxes. Also, in some cases it is possible to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by clicking deceptive advertisements. Although, only those ada that are designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download and installation setups with "Custom", "Advanced" (or other settings) or some checkboxes should be always checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Programs (and files) should be downloaded from official pages and via direct links. Third party downloaders, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule) and so on, should not be used. Third party installers should not be used too. Also, it is recommended not to click ads on shady pages - those ads could open various questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that are installed on a browser should be removed. Programs of this kind that are installed on a computer should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of check-the[.]news website (GIF):
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 check-the[.]news?
- 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 check-the[.]news 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 check-the.news, 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 check-the.news 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 check-the.news, 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 check-the.news, 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 check-the.news from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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