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How to uninstall apps designed to open news-central.me?

Also Known As: Ads by news-central.me
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

News-central[.]me pop-up ads removal instructions

What is news-central[.]me?

It is uncommon for pages like news-central[.]me to be visited intentionally. Usually, they get opened by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), through deceptive advertisements or other unreliable web pages. It is worth mentioning that the aforementioned apps are called potentially unwanted because most users download and install them unknowingly. There are many pages like news-central[.]me on the Internet. Some examples are udsignation[.]biz, linstersbig[.]com, and turboflash[.]me. Depending on visitor's geolocation, these pages either load deceptive content or open two, three other shady sites.

news-central[.]me pop-up redirects

It is common that websites like news-central[.]me are designed to show questionable notifications used to advertise potentially malicious pages, applications, etc. It is important to mention that most of these pages use one or another clickbait technique to trick their visitors into allowing them to show notifications. For instance, they encourage visitors to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots or too young to visit them. News-central[.]me displays a message suggesting that visitors need to click the "Allow" button to continue loading the page. It is strongly recommended not to give permission for pages like news-central[.]me to show their notifications. Another reason not to visit/trust these pages is that they can open other pages designed to trick visitors into providing personal information (e.g., credit card details, login credentials, names, surnames), installing unwanted applications (e.g., adware, browser hijackers), etc. More precisely, page like news-central[.]me can open scam websites like "Code 0x03A10 (0E10)", "You Are Our Winner Today!", "Instagram Copyright Infringement", and other untrustworthy sites.

It is important to mention that apps used to promote sites like news-central[.]me can be designed to gather Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, visited websites, and other browsing-related details, or even personal, sensitive data. Data collected by PUAs could be used to steal identities, online accounts, make unauthorized purchases, or monetized in other ways. Additionally, PUAs can be designed to generate coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners, and other types of advertisements. It is common for their ads to be used to promote potentially malicious pages. In some cases, those ads can download or even install unwanted apps by running certain scripts. For these reasons, PUAs should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by news-central.me
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 52.3.79.121
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, pages like news-central[.]me are promoted via various untrustworthy ads, websites, and potentially unwanted apps. It is strongly recommended not to visit websites of this kind and not to have PUAs installed on browsers or computers. It is worth mentioning that PUAs can be advertised as useful and legitimate applications. Nevertheless, most of them are useless but can cause various problems. As mentioned in the first paragraph, most users download and install PUAs inadvertently.

How did adware install on my computer?

Potential unwanted applications are often bundled with other programs - they are distributed by including them in downloaders, installers for other programs as additional offers. This distribution method works because not all users decline unwanted offers when they download or install programs that come with PUAs. Typically, bundled applications can be opted out/offers to download or install them can be declined using "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes. It can be done before finishing downloads, installations. Another deceptive way to distribute PUAs is through ads that can execute certain scripts. Those ads cause unwanted downloads or even installations when users click them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended not to use third-party downloaders or installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), questionable, unofficial websites, etc. It is common for them to be used as channels to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious files/programs. It is advisable to download applications (and files) from official pages and via direct download links. Also, it is recommended not to finish downloads and installations without checking downloaders, installers for "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (or ticked checkboxes). Quite often, downloaders and installers that have the aforementioned settings include additional offers. Additionally, it is advisable not to click advertisements appearing on untrustworthy websites. Those ads can be designed to open shady websites or download, or even install unwanted apps. Suspicious, unwanted, or unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on a web browser should be uninstalled. 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 news-central[.]me website (GIF):

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

Notifications from news-central[.]me:

news-central.me ads notification news-central.me ads notification 2 news-central.me ads notification 3 news-central.me 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.

news-central[.]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 news-central[.]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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by news-central.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.

Removal assistance:
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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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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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