Viketohelp[.]online pop-up ads removal instructions
What is viketohelp[.]online?
Viketohelp[.]online is not a trustworthy website: it is designed to promote other pages of this kind, or it loads such content itself. The Internet is full of websites like viketohelp[.]online, here are some examples: thenicenewz[.]com, leasedtohe[.]biz, and ablotadom[.]com. Typically, users do not visit them intentionally. It is known that pages like viketohelp[.]online, are promotes through untrustworthy websites, deceptive advertisements, and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
As mentioned in the first paragraph, users unintentioanlly open sites like viketohelp[.]online by clicking deceptive, while visiting other shady pages. It is also common that browsers open such sites because they have some PUA installed on them. Either way, when the viketohelp[.]online page (or another page of this kind) gets visited, it loads questionable content or opens two, three other dubious sites. It depends on the geolocation of it visitors. Quite often, pages like viketohelp[.]online are used to promote deceptive download pages for various browser hijackers, adware-type applications, scam pages, etc. Also, most of the use one or another clickbait technique to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button which allows visited website to show its notifications. Viketohelp[.]online displays a message saying to click "Allow" to continue loading the page. It is important not to allow pages like this one to show their notifications. In most cases, those notifications contain deceptive advertisements, promote dubious pages, etc.
It is noteworthy that PUAs promoting websites like viketohelp[.]online tend to be designed to collect browsing-related details. For example, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited (opened) websites, Internet Protocol addresses. There are PUAs that can read sensitive information, like credit card details, passwords, and so on. Also, PUAs tend to be designed to generate advertisements. For example, banners, coupons, surveys, various pop-up ads. Usually, their ads are used to promote questionable websites. In some cases, they are designed to cause download, or even installation of some unwanted software by executing certain scripts. Therefore, users who have some PUA installed on a browser or the operating system should remove it as soon as possible.
|Name||Ads by viketohelp.online|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||ESET (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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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To summarize, it is uncommon for websites like viketohelp[.]online to be visited by users on purpose. Quite often, browsers open untrustworthy pages because they have some PUA installed on them. It is noteworthy that even those apps are advertised as useful, legitimate, they are useless to their users and can cause them various issues. It is important to mention that most users download and install potentially unwanted applications unknowingly.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is common that users download and install PUAs together with other programs - when those apps are distributed by bundling them together with other programs (by including PUAs in downloaders, installers for other programs). As a rule, users can decline unwanted offers by unticking checkboxes or through "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings that those downloaders, installers have. Users who leave those checkboxes unticked or settings unchanged when they download or install programs allow for included apps to be downloaded or installed as well. Also, unwanted downloads or installation can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. Typically, ads of this kind appear on shady websites.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Applications should not be downloaded via questionable channels like Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites, third-party downloaders, etc., or installed via third-party installers. The main reason why apps and files should be downloaded from official pages and using direct links is that other sources, channels can be used to distribute unwanted, malicious software. Furthermore, downloaders and installers containing settings like "Advanced", "Custom" should be checked for offers to download or install potentially unwanted apps. Those offers should be declined before finishing downloads or installations. Ads appearing on shady pages should not be trusted (clicked) too. Quite often, those ads are used to promote deceptive, dubious pages or distribute unwanted programs. Suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a web browser and software of this kind installed on the operating system should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of viketohelp[.]online website (GIF):
Notifications from viketohelp[.]online:
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 viketohelp[.]online?
- 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 viketohelp[.]online 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 viketohelp.online, 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 viketohelp.online 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 viketohelp.online, 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 viketohelp.online, 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 viketohelp.online from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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