Aboutyoun[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is aboutyoun[.]com?
Websites like aboutyoun[.]com are promoted via deceptive advertisements, untrustworthy pages and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). In other words, users do not visit them on purpose. There is a great number of pages that are similar to aboutyoun[.]com, some examples are datingbasedspot[.]com, captchatopsource[.]com and continue-site[.]site. It is worthwhile to mention that users do not download or install PUAs intentionally. Apps of this type can be designed not only to promote untrusworthy pages but also to gather browsing data and generate advertisements.
Once visited, aboutyoun[.]com loads shady content or opens a couple of other dubious websites. The way it functions depends on the geolocation of its visitors. Moreover, this website uses a clickbait technique to trick its visitors into allowing it to show notifications: it shows a message saying "Press Allow to watch the video". The main reason why aboutyoun[.]com or any other rogue page should not be allowed to show notifications is because their notifications are designed to promote questionable pages, unwanted software, contain deceptive ads, etc. Those notifications can contain links to malicious sites as well.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, PUAs can be designed to display advertisements and gather various information. More precisely, they can display coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners, and other ads that, if clicked, may open potentially malicious sites or cause unwanted downloads or installations. It is common that PUAs target browsing data like IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, or other data related to user's browsing activities. Nevertheless, PUAs can be designed to gather personal, sensitive information as well. As if it were not enough, their developers might sell user's data to cybercriminals or misuse it for other malicious purposes. Therefore, potentially unwanted applications can introduce security, online privacy risks.
|Name||Ads by aboutyoun.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Observed Domains||1.aboutyoun[.]com, 3.aboutyoun[.]com, 4.aboutyoun[.]com, 5.aboutyoun[.]com, 7.aboutyoun[.]com, 9.aboutyoun[.]com, 0.aboutyoun[.]com|
|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 Malwarebytes.
It is worthwhile to mention that some PUAs can slow down computers, change browser's settings, create unwanted toolbars in a web browser, etc. Also, it is common that they are advertised as useful, legitimate. However, most of most of them are completely useless to their users (do not have any value or advantages) and designed only to generate revenue for their developers. Either way, no PUAs should ever be installed on a browser or computer.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is common that PUAs are bundled with various free software (freeware). In such cases, when users download or install freeware, they also download or install one (or multiple) potentially unwanted applications. However, users can decline offers to download or install bundled (additionally included) apps. It can be done by changing certain settings (e.g., "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual") or unticking checkboxes before finishing downloads or installations. In some cases, users download or install unwanted apps by clicking deceptive advertisements. Although, ads can cause unwanted downloads or installations only if they are designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to use reputable download sources such as the official websites and direct download links, and never use third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, unofficial sites, etc. Also, it is advisable not to click pop-up ads (or other ads) that appear on questionable websites. Those ads could open other dubious pages, or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. One more important thing is to always check download and installation setups for unwanted offers and decline them before download or installation process is over. Any PUAs (e.g., extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) that are already installed on a browser should be removed as soon as possible. There should not be any programs of this kind installed on the operating system as well. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of aboutyoun[.]com 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 aboutyoun[.]com?
- 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 aboutyoun[.]com 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 aboutyoun.com, 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 aboutyoun.com 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 aboutyoun.com, 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 aboutyoun.com, 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 aboutyoun.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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