What is the smartklick[.]biz website?
Sharing many similarities with wholecoolstories.com, ddyuei.com, topnewsfresh.xyz, and countless others, smartklick[.]biz is a rogue site. Visitors to this webpage get redirected to untrustworthy/malicious sites and/or are presented with dubious content.
Websites of this type are seldom accessed intentionally. Most users enter them through redirects caused by intrusive ads or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
This software can infiltrate systems without user consent or knowledge. PUAs operate by causing redirects, delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, and collecting browsing-related information.
The behavior of smartklick[.]biz is determined by its visitors' geolocations, which the website learns by inferring them from users' IP addresses. In other words, whether visitors get redirected elsewhere and/or presented with questionable material - depends on their geolocations.
Additionally, rogue pages use deceptive tactics (e.g., clickbait, etc.) to trick users into enabling their browser notifications. This applies to smartklick[.]biz as well; its notification permission option is disguised as CAPTCHA verification - "Press 'Allow' to verify, that you are not [a] robot". If the browser notifications are allowed, smartklick[.]biz will start running intrusive advert campaigns.
The delivered ads diminish the browsing experience and are deemed to be dangerous. Once clicked on, intrusive advertisements redirect to unreliable/malicious websites, and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).
Unwanted applications can have different heinous functionalities, and these functions can be in varied combinations. For example, these apps can force-open webpages and/or run intrusive advertisement campaigns.
Most PUAs also have data tracking abilities. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries types, etc.) and collect sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations, and personally identifiable details). PUA developers monetize the gathered data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|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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PUAs typically appear ordinary and harmless. Users are lured into download/installation and/or purchase with offers of various functionalities. However, the promised features are usually nonoperational.
The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers; to users - they have no genuine value. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can cause redirects, run intrusive advert campaigns, and collect private data.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are spread through downloaders/installers of other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this false marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., skipped steps and sections, used "Easy/Express" options, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system.
PUAs are also distributed via intrusive adverts. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install these applications. Some PUAs have "official" download webpages as well.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and trustworthy download sources must be used.
Dubious download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer dangerous and bundled content. When downloading/installing, it important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, etc.
Intrusive advertisements appear ordinary and innocuous; however, they redirect to questionable and unreliable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it.
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 smartklick[.]biz website (GIF):
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- What is smartklick.biz pop-up?
- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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.
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)
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.