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

Also Known As: Ads by express-news.me
Type: Adware
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:

express-news.me website (2021-09-06)

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

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

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 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

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.

express-news[.]me 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 express-news[.]me 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 eliminate express-news[.]me ads using Combo Cleaner:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing express-news[.]me  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 express-news[.]me ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by express-news.me, 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 express-news[.]me 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 express-news[.]me ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by express-news.me 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 express-news.me, 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 express-news[.]me 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 express-news[.]me ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by express-news.me, 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.

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About the author:

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Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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