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Avoid clicking on ads that up-load.io page has on it

Also Known As: Ads by up-load.io
Damage level: Medium

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).

up-load[.]io pop-up redirects

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.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by up-load.io
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 104.18.36.28
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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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 displays shady advertisement

Up-load[.]io website redirects to download.s1-n[.]com (GIF):

up-load.io ads redirects to download.s1-n.com

Up-load[.]io website redirects to worldoftanks[.]eu (GIF):

up-load.io ads redirects to worldoftanks.eu

Notifications from up-load[.]io:

up-load.io ads notification up-load.io ads notification 2 up-load.io ads notification 3

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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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