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How to uninstall apps promoting icotocotac.biz?

Also Known As: Ads by icotocotac.biz
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Icotocotac[.]biz pop-up ads removal instructions

What is icotocotac[.]biz?

Icotocotac[.]biz is designed to trick visitors into agreeing to receive its notifications (it loads deceptive content) or to open a couple of other potentially malicious pages. It checks the visitor's IP address and then loads its content or opens other pages. In most cases, websites like icotocotac[.]biz are promoted through other untrustworthy pages, deceptive advertisements, or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that users download and install on their browsers or computers unknowingly. Either way, it is uncommon for pages like icotocotac[.]biz to be opened on purpose.

icotocotac[.]biz pop-up redirects

Usually, pages like icotocotac[.]biz use some clickbait technique to trick visitors into allowing them to show notifications (clicking the "Allow" button). For example, they suggests that visitors need to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots, continue loading the page, and so on. This particular page displays an arrow pointing at the aforementioned button and a snapshot of some adult video. In other words, icotocotac[.]biz suggests that visitors need to click the "Allow" button to play the video. It is strongly recommended not to agree to receive notifications from icotocotac[.]biz or any other similar website. As a rule, websites of this type show notifications promoting deceptive websites, questionable applications, etc. Furthermore, it is common for pages like icotocotac[.]biz to be used to be designed to open download pages for various browser hijackers, adware-type applications (or other PUAs), scams like "You Are Our Winner Today!", "Firewall Spyware Alert", "Norton Antivirus 2021 Update", and other untrustworthy web pages. As a rule, they open about two, three shady pages.

It is worth mentioning that PUAs can be monetized by designing them to generate advertisements (for example, coupons, banners, surveys, etc.). Those ads cover the contents of visited pages and open untrustworthy websites. Also, can cause unwanted downloads, installations by executing certain scripts. Therefore, it is highly advisable not to click ads that PUAs display. Also, PUAs can be monetized by designing them to gather various data. For instance, Internet Protocol addresses, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, and other information. It is important to know that some PUAs may be capable of collecting personal details that could be used to steal identities, online accounts, make unauthorized purchases, transactions, sold to third parties, etc. For these reasons, it is strongly recommended not to have any PUAs installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by icotocotac.biz
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names CyRadar (Malicious), ESET (Malware), Fortinet (Malware), Sophos (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 34.196.151.230
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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There are many websites like icotocotac[.]biz on the Internet. Some examples are linstersbig[.]com, turboflash[.]me, and chultoux[.]com. Most of them are quite similar: they display deceptive content to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button or open two, three other untrustworthy pages. In one way or another, it is recommended to avoid visiting pages like icotocotac[.]biz and remove any PUAs that may be responsible for opening them. As mentioned in the first paragraph, most users download and install potentially unwanted applications unknowingly.

How did adware install on my computer?

Quite often, potentially unwanted apps are distributed via deceptive advertisements or, together with programs that users download and install intentionally. In the second case, PUAs are distributed by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Users download or install potentially unwanted apps together with other programs by when they finish downloads or installations without checking "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings. It is common that downloaders, installers with those settings are bundled with PUAs, and users can use them (or available checkboxes) to decline unwanted offers. Advertisements can cause unwanted downloads or installations if they are designed to run certain scripts. Users download or install PUAs through those ads by clicking them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloaders and installers that have checkboxes, "Manual", "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings can include offers to download or install unwanted software. Therefore, those downloaders, installers should be checked for unwanted offers, and those offers should be declined before finishing downloads, installations. Application and files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Files downloaded from unofficial pages, through Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third-party downloaders, etc., or programs installed via third-party installers can be malicious. Advertisements displayed on shady websites can be designed to open untrustworthy websites or download, install unwanted, potentially malicious apps as well. Therefore, those ads should not be clicked. Unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed. Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled as well. 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 icotocotac[.]biz website (GIF):

icotocotac[.]biz website appearance (GIF)

Notifications from icotocotac[.]biz:

icotocotac.biz ads notification icotocotac.biz ads notification 2 icotocotac.biz ads notification 3 icotocotac.biz ads notification 4

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 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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

icotocotac[.]biz 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 icotocotac[.]biz 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 icotocotac[.]biz  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 icotocotac[.]biz ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by icotocotac.biz, 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:
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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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