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How to get rid of apps designed to promote worldcommonwords.com?

Also Known As: Ads by worldcommonwords.com
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Worldcommonwords[.]com pop-up ads removal instructions

What is worldcommonwords[.]com?

The worldcommonwords[.]com page is designed to promote untrustworthy websites and displays deceptive web content. There are many other websites that are very similar to worldcommonwords[.]com, for example, kokotrokot[.]com, reatenedb[.]club, and ryknewho[.]club. In most cases, users do not visit these pages intentionally. It is common that web browsers open them because there is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them. Also, these pages often are promoted through dubious advertisements and other unreliable websites.

worldcommonwords[.]com pop-up redirects

PUAs promote websites like worldcommonwords[.]com (and other untrustworthy sites) by regularly opening them a new browser window or tab. Depending on the geolocation/IP addresses, these pages either open more (two, three) dubious pages or load deceptive content. It is common that pages opened through sites like worldcommonwords[.]com are used to trick users into downloading and installing unwanted software (e.g., adware, browser hijackers), providing personal information (e.g., credit card details, login credentials, social security numbers, names, surnames, emails), and so on. In one way or another, neither worldcommonwords[.]com or websites promoted by it are trustworthy. Another important detail about worldcommonwords[.]com and other pages of this type is that it uses a clickbait technique to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications from it. It says to click the "Allow" button to continue watching, which suggests that visitors need to click the aforementioned button to continue loading the page or some video. When a page like worldcommonwords[.]com is allowed to show notifications, it starts to show deceptive ads, advertise potentially malicious pages, etc. Therefore, it is strongly advisable not to agree to see notifications from websites like worldcommonwords[.]com.

It is common that PUAs are designed to generate advertisements and gather various information as well. They display pop-up ads, surveys, banners, and other ads used to advertise questionable pages. Their ads can be designed to execute certain scripts to cause unwanted downloads or installations as well. Furthermore, PUAs can be designed to gather information about their users like their IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, and so on. Moreover, PUAs can be designed to access personal information. Information collected by PUAs can be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), used for marketing purposes, or monetized in other ways. These are the reasons why it is strongly recommended not to have any PUAs installed on browsers or computers.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by worldcommonwords.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 139.45.197.168
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.
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Usually, PUAs are distributed using deceptive methods or by advertising them as legitimate, useful applications. In one way or another, most PUAs do not include any features, improve the browsing experience, etc. Typically, apps of this kind are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. Users who have an app of this kind installed on a browser or the operating system should remove it as soon as possible. That app may cause problems related to web browsing safety, online privacy or be the reason behind other issues.

How did adware install on my computer?

One of the most commonly used methods to distribute potentially unwanted applications is to bundle them in downloaders or installers for other programs - to include them as additional offers. Users download and install PUAs together with other programs when they do not decline unwanted offers. Typically, those offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings or alongside checkboxes. They can be declined by changing the settings mentioned above or by unticking ticked checkboxes. Sometimes potentially unwanted applications are distributed through deceptive advertisements by designing them to run certain scripts. In such cases, users cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking on those ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third-party software downloaders and installers to download or install the software. It is not recommended to download programs using Peer-to-Peer networks, shady pages, etc. Download software only from official and trustworthy websites/sources. Do not forget to op-out unwanted apps that usually can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" (and other similar) before completing any download or installation. Avoid clicking various intrusive ads, even if they look legitimate. They tend to cause redirects to potentially malicious websites. Quite often, these pages are related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. To stop a browser from causing unwanted redirects or showing ads, uninstall all unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from a browser and programs from the computer. 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 worldcommonwords[.]com website (GIF):

worldcommonwords[.]com website appearance (GIF)

worldcommonwords.com ads notification worldcommonwords.com ads notification 2 worldcommonwords.com ads notification 3

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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

worldcommonwords[.]com adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 worldcommonwords[.]com 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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing worldcommonwords[.]com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing worldcommonwords[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by worldcommonwords.com, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing worldcommonwords[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing worldcommonwords[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by worldcommonwords.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by worldcommonwords.com, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing worldcommonwords[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing worldcommonwords[.]com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by worldcommonwords.com, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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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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