What is up-load[.]io?
Up-load[.]io is a file hosting website offering users unlimited download and upload speed, 50 GB free storage, and share their uploads via direct links. Also, this page offers to receive payment depending on the sold files.
It is noteworthy that up-load[.]io uses rogue advertising networks - it has shady ads displayed on it and opens questionable websites. It is advisable against trusting pages that use rogue advertising networks or allowing them to show notifications (up-load[.]io asks for such a permission).
Typically, pages that use rogue advertising networks display ads and (or) open various scam websites (e.g., "Chance To Win The New iPad Pro", "Important Defender update available", "Google Membership Rewards"), download websites for browser hijackers, adware, and other potentially unwanted applications, phishing websites, and so on.
At the time of the research up-load[.]io opened download.s1-n[.]com, worldoftanks[.]eu and displayed a questionable advertisement. The download.s1-n[.]com page is similar to bengekoo[.]com, kpoila[.]com, topgirlsdating[.]com, and many other dubious websites.
Typically, they contain shady content and open untrustworthy pages. Another detail about these pages is that it is uncommon for them to be visited by users intentionally. Therefore, websites of this type should not be trusted. The same applies to other pages that up-load[.]io opens.
Although, it may promote legitimate pages as well. As mentioned in the introduction, up-load[.]io asks for a permission to show notifications. Pages that use rogue advertising networks (or other dubious pages) should not be allowed to show them.
It is common that notifications coming from such sites contain untrustworthy advertisements, links to potentially malicious sites, and so on. Examples of notifications that the up-load[.]io website shows (if allowed) are provided below.
|Name||Ads by up-load.io|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|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 Combo Cleaner.
There are many different websites that contain questionable advertisements and promote shady websites by opening them in new browser tab. A couple of examples are 1stkissmanga[.]com, rutracker[.]org, and youtube-to-mp3[.]org.
It is common that questionable websites are promoted not only through other pages of this kind, but also through potentially unwanted applications. They are called potentially unwanted because most of the times users download and install them unknowingly.
It is worthwhile to mention that apps of this type often are designed to display advertisements, collect information related to browsing habits, or even sensitive details. If there is an app of this kind installed on a browser or the operating system, then it should be uninstalled as soon as possible.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is common that users download and install unwanted applications when those applications are integrated in downloaders or installers for other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling".
Usually, offers to download or install bundled apps can be opted declined via "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings that those downloaders, installers have. Or by unticking some ticked checkboxes.
When uysers do not check and change any of the settings mentioned above, they agree to download or install bundled applications as well. Sometimes it is possible to download or install unwanted apps through deceptive advertisements. Nevertheless, only by clicking that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, unofficial web pages, and other channels should not be used as tools to download files or programs.
Only official websites and direct links should be trusted for that. Downloaders and installers with "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings, or checkboxes in them have to be checked for bundled applications.
Those apps should be opted out (offers to download or install them declined) before finishing download and installation processes. Advertisements on questionable websites should not be clicked as well. More often than not those ads open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations.
Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser should be removed, programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed too.
If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Up-load[.]io website shows questionable ad (GIF):
Up-load[.]io website redirects to download.s1-n[.]com (GIF):
Up-load[.]io website redirects to worldoftanks[.]eu (GIF):
Notifications from up-load[.]io:
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
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is up-load[.]io?
- 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 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 up-load[.]io 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 up-load.io, 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 up-load.io 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 up-load.io, 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 up-load.io, 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 up-load.io from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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