Turboflash[.]me pop-up ads removal instructions
What is turboflash[.]me?
Turboflash[.]me is designed to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications from it and promote various questionable pages (it does one or the other after checking the visitor's IP address). Therefore, this website should not be trusted/visited. There is a great number of pages like turboflash[.]me on the Internet, a couple of examples are chultoux[.]com, deshaici[.]net, red-video[.]fun. It is not common for websites of this type to be opened intentionally. Usually, they get opened via clicked shady ads, visited unreliable pages or installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, turboflash[.]me is designed to deceive visitors into receiving notifications from it. Like most websites of this type, turboflash[.]me uses a clickbait technique for that. More precisely, it displays a fake CAPTCHA test suggesting that users cannot continue loading the page without proving that they are not robots by clicking the "Allow" button. It is strongly recommended not to allow pages like turboflash[.]me to show their notifications. In most cases, their notifications advertise potentially malicious pages, applications, and so on. A couple of examples of notifications that turboflash[.]me displays are provided below. Another common problem with websites like this one is that they are used to promote websites designed 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 sensitive details (e.g., names, surnames, passwords, credit card details), and other untrustworthy web pages. A couple of examples of websites that sites like turboflash[.]me can be used to promote are "Important Defender Update Available", "Chance To Win The Brand New Playstation 5", and "Microsoft Security Essentials Alert". It is also possible that pages like turboflash[.]me could be designed to open malicious websites designed to trick users into installing malware on their computers.
It is common that apps designed to promote pages like turboflash[.]me are designed to collect data and serve advertisements. It is known that most PUAs target IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, or other browsing data. Although, apps of this kind can be designed to access sensitive information (e.g., saved passwords, credit card details). Moreover, information collected by PUAs can be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), used to steal identities, online accounts, used for marketing purposes, etc. Additionally, PUAs can be designed to generate coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and other advertisements. More often than not, those ads advertise various untrustworthy pages. In some cases, those ads can cause downloads, installations of unwanted, potentially malicious applications.
|Name||Ads by turboflash.me|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|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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To summarize, most PUAs are designed to open questionable websites, gather browsing data or other information, and generate advertisements. In other words, apps of this kind do not improve the browsing experience, have any features, or are useful in any other ways. Moreover, apps of this kind can be the reason behind problems related to online privacy, browsing safety. For these reasons, it is strongly recommended not to download and install PUAs on browsers or computers.
How did adware install on my computer?
One of the popular ways to distribute potentially unwanted applications to use a method called "bundling". When apps of this kind are distributed using that method, they can be found in downloaders and installers for other programs as extra offers. Usually, unwanted offers can be declined via "Manual", "Advanced", "Custom" or similar settings, or by unticking ticked checkboxes that downloaders, installers containing PUAs have. When users download or install programs without changing those settings, they download or install offered applications as well. Another way to trick users into downloading or installing PUAs is to design advertisements to execute certain scripts. Users cause unexpected downloads, installations by clicking those ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advisable to download files and applications from official and trustworthy websites (and via direct links). By downloading or installing programs via third-party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, and other sources, users risk to download or install unwanted, or even malicious software. Another important detail is to check downloaders and installers for bundled applications and decline unwanted offers before finishing downloads and installations. As a rule, those offers can be declined using "Manual", "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, or by unticking ticked checkboxes. Additionally, it is recommended not to trust ads that appear on unofficial, questionable pages - those ads may be used to promote untrustworthy websites or distribute PUAs. Also, there should not be any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser or 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 turboflash[.]me website (GIF):
Notifications from turboflash[.]me:
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
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- What is turboflash[.]me?
- 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 turboflash[.]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 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 turboflash.me, 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 turboflash.me 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 turboflash.me, 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 turboflash.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.
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 turboflash.me from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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