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How to uninstall unwanted apps that open rockstartpush.net?

Also Known As: Ads by rockstartpush.net
Damage level: Medium

What is rockstartpush[.]net?

Rockstartpush[.]net contains deceptive content and promotes other questionable websites. It is similar to newstorg[.]cc, worldlifestylez[.]com, lotsnippier[.]cam, and many other pages.

It is noteworthy that users do not visit these pages on purpose. As a rule, they open them by clicking on dubious advertisements, while visiting other untrustworthy pages or when they have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on a web browser or the operating system.

It is important to mention that PUAs can be designed to display advertisements and gather information about their users. They are called potentially unwanted because it is uncommon for users to download and install them intentionally.

rockstartpush[.]net pop-up redirects

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, rockstartpush[.]net can open other shady pages and load its content. What happens after visiting rockstartpush[.]net depends on its visitor's geolocation/Internet Protocol address.

It is important to know that pages like rockstartpush[.]net can open deceptive websites, for example, download websites for browser hijackers, adware, or other unwanted software. Also, they can open scams like "Chance To Win The New iPad Pro", "Error Code: #0x564897" and a variety of other untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to trust any pages that websites like rockstartpush[.]net open. One more important thing about websites like rockstartpush[.]net is that they use clickbait techniques to trick their visitors into allowing them to show notifications.

The rockstartpush[.]net page shows a fake CAPTCHA - it displays a deceptive message saying that visitors need to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots. Websites like rockstartpush[.]net (or any other shady pages) should never be allowed to show notifications.

Usually, their notifications contain deceptive ads, promote potentially malicious pages, etc. Examples of notifications from rockstartpush[.]net are provided below. It is common that PUAs gather browsing-related information, for example, Internet Protocol addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites.

Although, they can be designed to collect sensitive information as well. Moreover, information gathered by installed PUAs can be used to commit identity fraud, for marketing purposes, sold to third parties (possibly some cybercriminals), or monetized in other ways.

Another common problem with having apps of this type installed is that they generate various advertisements, for example, pop-up ads, coupons, banners, surveys. Usually, those ads are used to advertise questionable websites. However, sometimes those ads are designed to cause unwanted downloads or even installations by running certain scripts.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by rockstartpush.net
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 18.211.127.172
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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In conclusion, most PUAs are designed to promote pages like rockstartpush[.]net, generate advertisements, and (or) collect information about their users. It is noteworthy that their developers advertise them as legitimate, useful applications.

Although most PUAs are useless - they do not include any features. In other words, their main purpose is to generate revenue for their developers.

Additionally, PUAs can cause problems related to web browsing safety, online privacy, or other issues. If an app of this kind is installed on a browser or the operating system, it is advisable to uninstall it as soon as possible.

How did adware install on my computer?

Various PUAs often are distributed through downloaders and installers for other, usually free programs and deceptive ads. In the first case, developers distribute them together with other programs - they include PUAs in their downloaders, installers as additional offers.

Usually, offers to download or install additionally included apps can be found and declined in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings or by unticking checkboxes. When users finish downloads, installations with default settings, they agree to download or offered apps as well.

Downloads and installations through deceptive ads can be caused by clicking on those ads. However, only if those ads are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites are examples of sources that should not be used to download or install any files or programs. It is recommended to use only official websites and direct links as sources for downloading them.

Furthermore, downloaders and installers with "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings (or checkboxes) should be checked for unwanted offers. It is common that those downloaders, installers are used to distribute potentially unwanted applications.

Additionally, it is advisable to avoid clicking on advertisements that appear while visiting questionable websites. Very often, those ads are used to promote other shady pages.

Although, those ads can be the reason behind unwanted downloads, installations as well. Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a web browser should be removed.

The operating system should not have programs of this kind installed on it 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.

Appearance of rockstartpush[.]net website (GIF):

rockstartpush[.]net website appearance (GIF)

Notifications from rockstartpush[.]net:

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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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Tomas Meskauskas

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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