How to remove apps that were downloaded via ads on 4anime.to?

Also Known As: Ads by 4anime.to
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

4anime[.]to redirect removal instructions

What is 4anime[.]to?

As its domain name suggests, 4anime[.]to is a website offering anime streaming service. There are two problems with this page: it is a pirate that illegally distributes copyrighted content and users rogue advertising networks (has shady ads on it). Therefore, neither 4anime[.]to or other similar websites are legitimate, they should not be visited.

4anime[.]to pop-up redirects

Like most websites of this kind, 4anime[.]to has ads on it that are designed to promote questionable websites. Typically, such pages promote download pages for various browser hijackers, adware-type apps, and potentially unwanted applications of other type. Also, it is common that such pages promote various scam websites, for example, sites like "$500 Amazon Gift Card!", "ERROR #DW6BD36", "Google Chrome Blocked For Security Reasons". Also, it is possible that ads on 4anime[.]to could be designed to cause unwanted downloads, or even installations of unwanted apps by running certain scripts. Another reason not to visit 4anime[.]to is that it offers illegal streaming service.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by 4anime.to
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 104.28.25.134
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.
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Furthermore, at the time of the research the mobile 4anime[.]to version promoted a scam website that displayed fake virus alert pop-up saying that a device is infected with viruses and offering to remove them with supposed security app. Although, its mobile version could be used to promote shady websites of other types as well. In one way or another, it is not safe to visit 4anime[.]to, neither it is legal to use its anime streaming service. More examples of websites like 4anime[.]to are soap2day[.]to, livesport[.]ws and myflixer[.]to. It is worthwhile to mention that if a browser opens unreliable pages by itself, then it is likely that it has some PUA installed on it (or there is some PUA installed on the operating system).

How did adware install on my computer?

It is common for potentially unwanted apps to be distributed by using a deceptive marketing method known as "bundling". In such cases they are included in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. Users download and/or install PUAs when they do not decline those offers. Usually it can be done by unticking certain checkboxes or via "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced" (or other settings) that are available in setups. In some cases users cause download and/or install PUAs by clicking ads that ate designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloads and installations should not be finished without declining offers to download and/or install unwanted apps (it can be done via "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings). Programs and files should be downloaded only official websites and via direct download links. Unofficial pages, third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), etc., are not trustworthy sources. It is not safe to use third party installers as well. Additionally, it is advised not to click ads on questionable pages. Those ads could open other shady pages or cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. There should not be any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser, or software of this kind installed on a computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Ad on 4anime[.]to opens a questionable page (GIF):

4anime.to ads promotes shady website

Ad on 4anime[.]to opens a website offering consumer loans (GIF):

4anime.to ads promotes website offering consumer loan

Mobile 4anime[.]to version displays fake virus alert pop-up:

4anime.to ads fake virus alert pop-up

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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.

4anime[.]to 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 4anime[.]to 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 4anime[.]to  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 4anime[.]to ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by 4anime.to, 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 4anime[.]to 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 4anime[.]to ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by 4anime.to 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 4anime.to, 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 4anime[.]to 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 4anime[.]to ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by 4anime.to, 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by 4anime.to from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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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 4anime.to QR code
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