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How to remove the app designed to promote christianivory.pro?

Also Known As: Ads by christianivory.pro
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is christianivory[.]pro?

Christianivory[.]pro loads its content or opens questionable websites - it depends on its visitor's geolocation (IP address). Typically, pages like christianivory[.]pro are promoted through untrustworthy advertisements, websites and various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that most users download and install unknowingly.

In other words, users do not visit pages like christianivory[.]pro by themselves (on purpose). More examples of pages like christianivory[.]pro are totalnicestories[.]com, liveredby[.]online, and wcoulditbe[.]club. It is noteworthy that PUAs often are designed to collect data related to browsing habits and (or) display advertisements.

christianivory[.]pro pop-up redirects

Usually, pages like christianivory[.]pro open two, three untrustworthy websites at once. Most of them promote pages designed to trick visitors into downloading and installing browser hijackers, adware or other unwanted software, providing personal, sensitive information, paying money for unnecessary software or services, and so on.

A couple examples of websites that pages like christianivory[.]pro promote "Onlinemart Reward", "McAfee Tollfree", "Google Membership Rewards". It is worth mentioning pages like christianivory[.]pro can be used to promote legitimate websites as well.

However, it does not make christianivory[.]pro and any other similar page any more reliable. Another problem with most of these pages is that they are designed to trick their visitors into clicking the "Allow" button that would give them permission to show notifications.

This particular website displays a message suggesting that visitors have to click the "Allow" button to load the page. Typically, notifications from pages like christianivory[.]pro are used to promote shady websites, potentially malicious software, etc.

An example of a notification displayed by christianivory[.]pro is provided below. Potentially unwanted apps can be designed to feed users with various coupons, surveys, banners, pop-up ads, etc.

Ads displayed by PUAs tend to be used to advertise various untrustworthy pages. Sometimes, those ads can execute scripts designed to download or even install some unwanted, potentially malicious software.

Furthermore, PUAs can be designed to gather details like IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and other browsing-related information. In some cases, they can be designed to collect sensitive, personal details (such as credit card details, passwords).

What is worse, data collected by PUAs may be monetized by individuals behind them. For example, they may use it for marketing purposes, sell it to third parties (potentially cybercriminals).

Depending on the data, it could be used to steal identities, online accounts, make unauthorized transactions, etc.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by christianivory.pro
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 172.67.142.123
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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To summarize, websites like christianivory[.]pro (and pages they promote) and potentially unwanted applications cannot be trusted. Users who do not visit pages like christianivory[.]pro but a browser still opens them by itself should check if they have any unwanted apps installed on that browser or the operating system.

Any installed PUAs should be uninstalled as soon as possible. Typically, they are designed only to generate revenue for their developers and cause their users a variety of problems.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases, users download or install potentially unwanted applications alongside other (usually free) programs that they download or install on purpose. More precisely, when users finish downloads or installations without declining unwanted offers. As a rule, those offers can be found and declined in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings, or by unticking ticked checkboxes that those downloaders or installers have. Sometimes users cause unwanted downloads, installations through certain deceptive advertisements. Users cause them when they click ads designed to execute certain scripts. It is worthwhile to mention that those ads appear mainly on questionable sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloaders and installers that have any settings (e.g., "Custom", "Advanced") or ticked checkboxes are likely to be bundled with potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, those downloaders and installers should be checked for unwanted offers and those offers should be declined before finishing downloads and installations.

Furthermore, programs and files should not be downloaded (or installed) through unofficial websites, third-party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), and so on. Downloads can be trusted when they come from official pages (and direct links).

Advertisements that are displayed on shady websites should not be clicked as well. It is common that by clicking those ads users open untrustworthy websites or cause download, installation of unwanted software.

Any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser should be removed. The same should be done with programs 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 christianivory[.]pro website (GIF):

christianivory[.]pro website appearance (GIF)

Notification from christianivory[.]pro:

christianivory.pro ads notification

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 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

christianivory[.]pro 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 christianivory[.]pro 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 christianivory[.]pro  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 christianivory[.]pro ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by christianivory.pro, 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 christianivory[.]pro 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 christianivory[.]pro ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by christianivory.pro 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 christianivory.pro, 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 christianivory[.]pro 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 christianivory[.]pro ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by christianivory.pro, 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by christianivory.pro from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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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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