What is theactualstories[.]com?
Theactualstories[.]com is an untrustworthy webpage designed to deliver dubious content and/or redirect visitors to other unreliable/malicious sites. The Internet is rife with such pages, cousiness.website, news-rewuje.cc, nomore-spam.com, highercaptcha-settle.com - are but some examples.
Users typically access websites of this kind unintentionally; most get redirected to them by intrusive advertisements or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). These apps can be installed onto systems without explicit user consent. PUAs operate by force-opening sites, running intrusive advert campaigns, and gathering browsing-related information.
Theactualstories[.]com in detail
How theactualstories[.]com operates is determined by its visitors' geolocations. The page learns this data by checking their IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. In other words, whether visitors get redirected elsewhere and/or presented with questionable material - depends on their geolocations.
Additionally, theactualstories[.]com attempts to trick users into enabling its browser notifications, and this is true of nearly all sites of this type. Should the notifications be allowed, this webpage will start delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns. The delivered ads are more than just a nuisance; they pose a threat to device and user safety. Once clicked on, intrusive adverts redirect to unreliable/malicious, and some can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission.
How do potentially unwanted applications operate?
Potentially unwanted applications can have various harmful functionalities, and these functions can be in different combinations. For example, this software can cause redirects and/or deliver intrusive advert campaigns. What is more, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. Targeted data includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so forth. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can result in system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues, and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, it is highly recommended to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|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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Potentially unwanted applications in general
PUAs usually appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation and/or purchase with offers of "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, the promised functionalities are rarely operational. Functionality and user privacy are irrelevant, as the only aim of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can cause redirects, run intrusive ad campaigns, and collect vulnerable information.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This false marketing method of packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g., skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk allowing bundled content into their devices.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs can have "official" promotional webpages from which they can be downloaded.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Furthermore, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Dubious download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (Torrent clients, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions, and so forth.
Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and innocuous; however, they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others). Should users encounter ads and/or redirects of this kind, they must inspect their devices and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by theactualstories[.]com website:
Appearance of theactualstories[.]com website (GIF):
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- What is theactualstories.com pop-up?
- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome:
Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".
In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):
Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one. Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen. Select "Settings" 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 and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge:
Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings". Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications".
Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):
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 using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
How to avoid browser notification spam?
Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.
Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.