Topfreearticles[.]xyz pop-up ads removal instructions
What is topfreearticles[.]xyz?
Topfreearticles[.]xyz functions as suadeh[.]club, top-captcharesolver[.]com, apsolutamente[.]com and a great number of other pages of this type. This page opens a couple of questionable, potentially malicious sites or displays deceptive content - it depends on the geolocation of its visitors. In one way or another, websites like topfreearticles[.]xyz cannot be trusted. Users rarely open such pages by themselves. In most cases, these pages get opened through clicked deceptive ads, visited untrustworthy websites or installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Like most websites of this type, topfreearticles[.]xyz uses a clickbait technique to trick its visitors into allowing it to show notifications. It is known that the topfreearticles[.]xyz website is designed to display a deceptive message saying that some video cannot be played and it is necessary to click the "Allow" button to play that video. This page should not be allowed to show notifications - websites of this type show notifications designed to advertise potentially malicious websites, programs, etc. Also, topfreearticles[.]xyz can open untrustworthy websites, for example, scam pages designed to trick users into downloading and installing adware, browser hijackers, providing personal information (e.g., credit card details, telephone numbers, email addresses), extracting money. A couple of examples of pages that topfreearticles[.]xyz may open are "Chance To Win The Brand New Playstation 5", "Norton Antivirus 2021 Update", and "Your System Detected Some Unusual Activity". For these reasons, it is highly advisable not to visit topfreearticles[.]xyz or trust pages that it is designed to open (usually, websites of this type open two, three questionable pages at once). As mentioned in the first paragraph, it is common for pages like topfreearticles[.]xyz to be promoted through potentially unwanted applications.
It is important to mention that many PUAs are designed to collect various information and (or) generate advertisements. It is common that PUAs gather Internet Protocol addresses, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, or other browsing data. In some cases, they can access sensitive information (e.g., passwords, credit card details). Data collected by PUAs may be used for marketing purposes, sold to cybercriminals, or monetized using other ways. A couple of examples of ads that PUAs can generate are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. As a rule, advertisements generated by apps of this kind are used to promote questionable pages or designed to distribute (download, install) unwanted software. Therefore, browsers or computers should never have apps of this kind installed on them.
|Name||Ads by topfreearticles.xyz|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||alphaMountain.ai (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Related Domains||eu.topfreearticles[.]xyz, 1.topfreearticles[.]xyz, 2.topfreearticles[.]xyz, 3.topfreearticles[.]xyz, 4.topfreearticles[.]xyz, 5.topfreearticles[.]xyz, 6.topfreearticles[.]xyz, 7.topfreearticles[.]xyz|
|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, users do not visit untrustworthy websites like topfreearticles[.]xyz intentionally - it is common that users are forced to visit those pages by potentially unwanted applications that they have unknowingly installed on their browsers or computers. As a rule, PUAs are designed to promote unreliable pages, display unwanted advertisements, and (or) collect browsing-related or other information. In one way or another, most PUAs are useless and can cause various problems. Therefore, it is strongly advisable not to trust PUAs and make sure not to have apps of this kind installed on the operating system.
How did adware install on my computer?
Most users download, install potentially unwanted apps accidentally. In some cases, users cause unexpected downloads, installations by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts. As a rule, ads of this type appear mostly on untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages. In other cases, users download or install PUAs when they are included in downloaders, installers for other programs as extra offers. This distribution method is called "bundling". In most cases, bundled applications (offers to download or install them) can be opted out (declined) using "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings, or by unticking ticked checkboxes. Users download and install PUAs when they finish downloads, installations without changing any of those settings.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Third-party downloaders and installers, unofficial websites, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), etc., can be used to distribute unwanted, even malicious files, applications. Therefore, programs and files should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct links. Downloaders and installers with settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Custom" or checkboxes tend to be used to distribute potentially unwanted applications. For this reason, it is recommended to check those downloaders, installers for unwanted offers and decline them before finishing downloads, installations. Also, it is recommended not to click advertisements while visiting questionable pages - those ads often are used to promote other pages of this kind. Sometimes, they can be designed to download or install unwanted apps by running certain scripts. Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser should be removed. The same applies to programs of this kind installed on a computer. 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 topfreearticles[.]xyz 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
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is topfreearticles[.]xyz?
- 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 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 topfreearticles[.]xyz 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 topfreearticles.xyz, 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 topfreearticles.xyz 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 topfreearticles.xyz, 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 topfreearticles.xyz, 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 topfreearticles.xyz from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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