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How to stop browsers from opening uploadhub.co and similar websites

Also Known As: Ads by uploadhub.co
Damage level: Medium

What is uploadhub[.]co?

uploadhub[.]co and similar sites are often opened after clicking dubious advertisements, visiting bogus websites, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

Most users do not visit these web pages intentionally. Examples of similar sites are videogate1[.]com, financeflick[.]com and aboutyoun[.]com. If a browser continually opens these pages automatically, PUAs are likely to be installed on browsers or operating systems.

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uploadhub[.]co can promote (open) other untrusted pages. For example, pages for downloading adware, browser hijackers, various scam websites, etc., or they display dubious content. This depends on the geolocations of visitors. At the time of research, uploadhub[.]co opened another similar site and a download page for a browser hijacker called SmartStreamSearch.

Furthermore, uploadhub[.]co asks permission to show notifications. Typically, these pages use 'clickbait' techniques to trick visitors into giving these permissions. Once allowed, they start to regularly show notifications that contain untrusted ads, promote dubious pages, and so on. You are strongly advised to never allow dubious web pages to show notifications, since this can lead to unwanted downloads and installations, and other issues.

If a browser opens uploadhub[.]co due to a PUA, removed it immediately.

PUAs commonly promote dubious pages, generate ads, and collect various data. They display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other ads that, if clicked, open untrusted/potentially malicious web pages, and even execute scripts to download and install unwanted software.

PUAs collect IP addresses, entered search queries, and even personal details. The information is monetized by selling it to third parties (possibly, cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by uploadhub.co
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 45.148.121.20
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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uploadhub[.]co and web pages that it opens cannot be trusted. The same applies to PUAs. Users who have apps of this type installed on browsers or computers could become victims of identity theft, have problems with online privacy, browsing safety or other issues.

Remove all PUAs immediately, since they are usually downloaded and installed inadvertently.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation set-ups of other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling".

Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and settings, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.

Some PUAs have "official" download sites. Intrusive advertisements proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to download files and programs from official websites and via direct download links. Other tools and sources such as third party downloaders and installers, unofficial pages, and Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients) should not be used to download or install software.

Check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (or available checkboxes) for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Do not click ads on dubious websites, since they can be designed to open bogus web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations.

Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and software of this kind from 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.

uploadhub[.]co opens a download page for the SmartStreamSearch browser hijacker (GIF):

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Notifications by uploadhub[.]co:

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove 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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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