Artepigr[.]com pop-up ads removal instructions
What is artepigr[.]com?
Artepigr[.]com is quite similar to maincaptchasource[.]com, vossulekuk[.]com, continue-site[.]site other rogue pages that show/load questionable content or open a couple of shady pages. As a rule, users do not open sites like artepigr[.]com willingly. Usually, these pages get opened through deceptive ads, other unreliable pages, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). PUAs often are designed not only to promote untrustworthy pages but also to gather information about their users or generate advertisements.
Most PUAs open websites like artepigr[.]com (and other unreliable sites) in a new tab or window. When a page like artepigr[.]com is visited, it opens other (about two or three) dubious websites that could be used to promote unwanted, potentially malicious software, have shady ads on them, etc. It depends on the geolocation of its visitors. It is important to know that artepigr[.]com and most of the other pages like it ask for permission to show notifications. If allowed, they start showing notifications with shady ads, links to unreliable pages, and so on. Usually, pages like artepigr[.]com use a clickbait technique to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button. For example, they show a notification saying that a page cannot be loaded unless that button is clicked.
As mentioned in our introduction, PUAs can be designed to serve advertisements. Usually, their ads conceal the underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, open questionable websites. Moreover, sometimes those ads can cause downloads, installations of potentially unwanted applications by running specific scripts. Examples of ads that PUAs serve are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. Another common thing between PUAs is that most of them are designed to collect browsing data. More precisely, information such as search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, geolocations, and so on. Although, apps of this type can be capable of reading personal details too. It is common that PUAs collect data so their developers could monetize it (e.g., use it for marketing purposes, sell it to third parties).
|Name||Ads by artepigr.com|
|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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It is not uncommon for PUAs to be promoted as apps offering "useful" features, improved browsing experience, etc. However, most PUAs deliver no real value for their users and have only one purpose - to generate revenue for their developers. They promote shady websites, displaying unwanted ads, and (or) collect various information. PUAs can be a threat to privacy or/and web browsing safety or cause other problems.
How did adware install on my computer?
In most cases, PUAs are downloaded or installed when users intentionally (or accidentally) click on unreliable advertisements designed to execute certain scrips. Or when users download, install programs without changing settings that are available in their downloaders, installers. It is common that developers distribute PUAs by bundling them in downloaders, installers as extra offers. Users can find and decline those offers in "Advanced", "Custom", and other settings (or near checkboxes). Although, users often leave those settings unchanged, which means they accept offers to download or install bundled applications as well.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Applications should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. They should not be downloaded or installed through unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, various third-party downloaders. Downloads from such sources could be malicious. The same applies to third party installers. It is important to remember that downloaders and installers often have settings like "Custom", "Advanced". It is recommended to always check them, and opt-out additionally included application before completing download, installation processes. Ads that appear on shady pages should not be clicked. It is possible that such ads could be designed to download or install unwanted software, or open potentially malicious sites. Lastly, it advisable to regularly check what apps are installed on a browser and remove all unknown, unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons. The software of this kind that is installed on the operating system 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 artepigr[.]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 artepigr[.]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 artepigr[.]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 artepigr.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 artepigr.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 artepigr.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 artepigr.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 artepigr.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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