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How to uninstall unwanted apps designed to open express-news.me?

Also Known As: Ads by express-news.me
Damage level: Medium

What is express-news[.]me?

Express-news[.]me is designed to check the visitor's IP address and then (depending on the geolocation) to open questionable websites or load its content. This page is similar to saytoyoup[.]fun, ctivetothe[.]online, and christianivory[.]pro, and many other pages of this type.

As a rule, users do not go to these pages intentionally. Pages like express-news[.]me get opened through deceptive advertisements, various untrustworthy pages or installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

It is noteworthy that most PUAs are promoted, distributed using deceptive techniques. Therefore, it is very common that users download and install them unknowingly.

express-news[.]me pop-up redirects

It is common that pages like express-news[.]me are designed to promote websites used to trick visitors into downloading and installing unwanted applications (browser hijackers, adware-type apps, etc.), paying money for fake, unnecessary or another kind of software, providing personal information (from names, surnames to credit card details), and other shady pages. A couple of examples of websites that express-news[.]me can be designed to promote are "Instagram Copyright Infringement", "Chrome Search Contest 2021", and "Error code # MS-6F0EXFE".

It is also possible that pages like express-news[.]me may be designed to open malicious websites designed to trick users into infecting their computers with malware. Furthermore, express-news[.]me uses a clickbait technique to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button and allowing it to show notifications.

More precisely, express-news[.]me displays a fake CAPTCHA test asking visitors to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots. Usually, notifications that come from pages like express-news[.]me are used to advertise potentially malicious websites, download pages for questionable programs, deceptive pages designed to extract sensitive information, and so on.

Quite often, potentially unwanted applications are designed to collect browsing data (or other information) and generate advertisements as well. In such cases, they collect IP addresses, websites of visited pages, entered search queries, and geolocations.

Although, sometimes, apps of this kind can access sensitive data. Examples of ads that those PUAs generate are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. It is not safe to click ads displayed by PUAs.

Very often, those ads promote untrustworthy pages. Moreover, they can be designed to run certain scripts and cause unwanted downloads, installations.

These are the main reasons why users should not have any PUAs installed on browsers or computers.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by express-news.me
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 142.93.226.180
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, users do not visit websites like express-news[.]me on purpose. It is common that such pages are promoted through potentially unwanted applications.

Two other reasons not to install apps of this kind are that they can be designed to gather various information and (or) display unwanted advertisements. Quite often, PAUs are advertised as legitimate apps that are supposed to improve the browsing experience or be useful in some other way.

Nevertheless, most of them are designed to serve one purpose - to generate revenue for their developers. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to download and install apps of this kind.

How did adware install on my computer?

It is known that most users download and install PUAs when developers distribute them through downloaders, installers for other programs by including them as additional offers. Typically, additionally included applications can be opted out (offers to download, install them can be declined) through settings like "Advanced", "Custom", or by unticking ticked checkboxes.

Unexpected downloads, installations occur when users leave those settings unchanged. By leaving default settings, users agree to download or install offered PUAs.

In some cases, users cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloaders, installers with "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings, or ticked checkboxes should be checked for bundled applications. Offers to download or install those applications should be declined before finishing downloads, installations.

Files and programs should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct download links. Downloads from Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial sites, free file hosting sites, third-party downloaders can be malicious or used to distribute other type of unwanted programs.

Advertisements on questionable websites should not be clicked. Quite often, those ads are used as channels to advertise untrustworthy websites or distribute unwanted apps.

Unwanted applications (plug-in, add-on, or extension) installed on a browser should be removed. Programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be uninstalled 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 express-news[.]me website (GIF):

express-news[.]me website appearance (GIF)

Another design of express-news[.]me website:

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Example of a browser pop-up notification delivered by express-news[.]me website:

express-news[.]me pop-up notification in Google Chrome

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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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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Global malware activity level today:

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