What is totalnicestories[.]com?
Totalnicestories[.]com is one of the many websites designed to promote various untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages. Although, it can load its content instead of opening other pages as well.
In one way or another, totalnicestories[.]com is not a reliable page. More examples of pages like this one are liveredby[.]online, wcoulditbe[.]club, and eyourcom[.]fun. Another important detail about these websites is that users do not visit them on purpose.
Usually, users open those pages by clicking dubious advertisements or visiting other untrustworthy websites. In other cases, pages like totalnicestories[.]com get opened by some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on a browser or the operating system.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, totalnicestories[.]com can load its content or open other websites. It checks the visitor's IP address/geolocation and then does one or the other.
It is important to know that pages like totalnicestories[.]com rarely open trustworthy websites. Usually, they open two, three deceptive, potentially malicious pages used to trick visitors into providing sensitive information, downloading and installing unwanted software (e.g., browser hijackers, adware), purchasing unnecessary software, etc.
A couple of examples of pages that sites like totalnicestories[.]com can be used to promote "Norton Antivirus 2021 Update", "Chrome Search Contest 2021", and "Error Code: #2c522hq8wwj791". If sites like totalnicestories[.]com do not open any pages, then they load their own content, usually a deceptive one.
It is very common that these pages are designed to trick users into giving them a permission to show their notifications. Typically, they use one or another clickbait technique for that.
At the time of the research totalnicestories[.]com displayed a message encouraging to click the "Allow" button to continue loading the page. Other pages use other deceptive techniques to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button (allowing them to show notifications).
In one way or another, such websites should not be allowed to show notifications. As a rule, their notifications are used to advertise potentially malicious pages and (or) programs.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, sites like totalnicestories[.]com can be promoted through potentially unwanted applications. It is important to know that apps of this kind often are designed to collect browsing data (or other information), generate advertisements.
It is common that they target IP addresses, websites of visited pages, entered search queries, and geolocations. Although, certain PUAs can access sensitive, confidential information.
Ads that PUAs generate are various coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. The problem with the ads displayed by PUAs is that they may promote questionable sites or even distribute PUAs.
In the second case, it is achieved by designing ads to run certain scripts that cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, PUAs should not be downloaded or installed on browsers or computers.
|Name||Ads by totalnicestories.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|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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In conclusion, potentially unwanted applications are designed to promote pages like totalnicestories[.]com, generate advertisements, and (or) gather various information. It is noteworthy that such apps can be advertised as totally legitimate and useful.
However, most of those apps are useless to their users and can cause various issues. Usually, their main purpose is to generate revenue for their developers.
If a browser opens pages like totalnicestories[.]com regularly or most websites have ads on them, then it is likely that it has some PUA installed on it, or there is one installed on the operating system.
How did adware install on my computer?
In some cases, users unknowingly allow for unwanted applications to be downloaded or installed by clicking certain deceptive advertisements that can run certain scripts designed to start a download or even installation process. Although, more often, users allow for PUAs to be downloaded, installed through downloaders or installers for other programs.
More precisely, when PUAs are bundled together with other programs. Typically, additional downloads or installations can be declined via "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other settings, or by unticking ticked checkboxes.
Users agree with unwanted offers when they download and install programs without changing any of the aforementioned settings.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended not to trust files or programs downloaded through torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third-party downloaders, unofficial pages, and so on. Apps (and files) can be trusted when they were downloaded from official websites (and via direct links).
It is important to mention that third-party installers cannot be trusted too - they can be designed to install unwanted, malicious software. Also, it is advisable to check downloaders, installers for "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, or checkboxes and see if those settings can be used to decline unwanted offers.
Additionally, it is recommended not to click advertisements that appear on various shady websites. Quite often, users who click those ads open untrustworthy sites. Sometimes, they cause unwanted downloads, installations.
Any unwanted, suspicious applications (extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) installed on a browser should be removed. The same should be done with apps of this kind installed on the operating system.
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 totalnicestories[.]com website (GIF):
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)
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"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- What is totalnicestories[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
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 totalnicestories[.]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:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by totalnicestories.com, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with ads by totalnicestories.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by totalnicestories.com, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by totalnicestories.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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by totalnicestories.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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