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How to remove apps designed to promote topnewsfresh.xyz?

Also Known As: Ads by topnewsfresh.xyz
Damage level: Medium

What is topnewsfresh[.]xyz?

Topnewsfresh[.]xyz is a questionable website displaying deceptive content and promoting other pages of this kind. It is uncommon for pages like topnewsfresh[.]xyz to be visited by users intentionally.

Usually, they get opened by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), through deceptive advertisements, or untrustworthy websites. Apps designed to promote sites like topnewsfresh[.]xy tend to be designed to gather various data and display advertisements as well.

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topnewsfresh[.]xyz pop-up redirects

Once topnewsfresh[.]xyz is visited, it checks the IP address and then it either opens two, three other untrustworthy websites or loads its content. It is very common that pages like topnewsfresh[.]xyz open download websites for browser hijackers, advertising-supported software (adware), scam sites designed to trick visitors into providing personal information, installing unwanted software (e.g., "Chance To Win The New iPad Pro", "Your System Detected Some Unusual Activity"), and other potentially malicious pages.

Also, topnewsfresh[.]xyz (and other pages like it) is designed to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications from it (into clicking the "Allow" button). Typically, these pages use one or another clickbait technique for that. Topnewsfresh[.]xyz displays a message encouraging to click the "Allow" button to continue loading the page.

In most cases, notifications from pages like topnewsfresh[.]xyz advertise unwanted, potentially malicious applications, deceptive websites, etc. Therefore, it is recommended not to agree to receive notifications from topnewsfresh[.]xyz or any other dubious site.

As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, it is common that pages like topnewsfresh[.]xyz are promoted through PUAs. It is noteworthy that apps of this kind can be designed to display coupons, surveys, banners, pop-ups, and other ads.

Those ads can be used to advertise untrustworthy web pages. Moreover, some of those ads can execute certain scripts designed to download or even install unwanted software.

Another detail about PUAs is that they can be designed to collect Internet Protocol addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. It is known that some PUAs target sensitive details (e.g., login credentials, credit card details) as well.

Collected information may be misused for marketing purposes, steal identities, personal accounts, or other malicious purposes. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to have any PUA installed on the operating system or a browser.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by topnewsfresh.xyz
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names alphaMountain.ai (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 173.214.250.52
Observed Domains 1.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 1.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 2.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 2.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 4.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 5.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 6.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 7.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, 9.topnewsfresh[.]xyz, eu.topnewsfresh[.]xyz
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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It is worthwhile to mention that PUAs can be and often are advertised as legitimate and useful applications. For example, their developers claim that those apps have certain features that can improve the web browsing experience, etc.

Although most PUAs are useless and can be the reason behind issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, or other problems.

If a page like topnewsfresh[.]xyz gets opened by a browser often, then it is recommended to check a browser and the operating system for installed unwanted, suspicious apps and remove them.

How did adware install on my computer?

One of the most commonly used ways to distribute potentially unwanted applications is to bundle them with other programs. In other words, to include PUAs in downloaders and installers for other programs as additional offers.

As a rule, those offers can be declined using "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, or by unticking checkboxes that those downloaders, installers have. Users agree to download or install both desired programs and additionally offered PUAs when they leave the settings mentioned above unchanged.

Another deceptive way to distribute unwanted apps is to design deceptive advertisements to execute certain scripts. Those ads cause unwanted downloads, installations when users click on them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to analyze downloaders and installers that have any settings or checkboxes and see if those settings can be used to decline offers to download or install included applications. Also, it is recommended not to use third-party downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), and other similar channels as sources to download files or programs.

Third-party installers should not be used to install software too. Files and programs should come from official pages and via direct download links. Additionally, it is worth remembering that ads appearing on untrustworthy websites (e.g., on pages relating to pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc.) can open deceptive websites, or cause unwanted downloads, installations.

Therefore, they should not be clicked. Any suspicious or unknown extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of topnewsfresh[.]xyz website (GIF):

topnewsfresh[.]xyz website appearance (GIF)

Notification from topnewsfresh[.]xyz

topnewsfresh.xyz ads notification

Another notification from topnewsfresh[.]xyz:

topnewsfresh.xyz ads notification 2

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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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