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||184.108.40.206|
|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):
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- What is "Ads by totalnicestories.com"?
- 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.