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How to remove apps designed to promote trking.xyz?

Also Known As: Ads by trking.xyz
Damage level: Medium

What is trking[.]xyz?

Trking[.]xyz is more or less similar to convmusic[.]com, 1music-online[.]me, theactualstories[.]com, and plenty of other websites designed to promote shady pages and display deceptive content. Another thing that these pages have in common is that users do not visit them intentionally.

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Trking[.]xyz in detail

Usually, websites like trking[.]xyz get opened when users click untrustworthy advertisements, visit other unreliable pages or have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on a browser or the operating system. Once visited, pages like trking[.]xyz check the IP address and then load deceptive content or open about two, three other untrustworthy pages.

At the time of the research, trking[.]xyz displayed a message encouraging to click the "Allow" button to continue loading/navigating the page - it used a clickbait technique to get permission to show its notifications. Other pages similar to trking[.]xyz can use different clickbait techniques. For example, they could display a fake CAPTCHA test suggesting that visitors need to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots.

It is strongly recommended not to allow websites like trking[.]xyz to show notifications. As a rule, their notifications contain questionable advertisements, links to untrustworthy websites, etc.

In other cases, trking[.]xyz may open websites designed to trick visitors into downloading (and then installing) browser hijackers, adware-type apps (or other PUAs), providing login credentials (usernames, passwords), credit card details, and other sensitive information, A couple of examples of pages that could be promoted through sites like trking[.]xyz are "You Are Our Winner Today!", "McAfee Tollfree", "Code #007d3Cx0d".

As mentioned in the second paragraph, it is common for pages like trking[.]xyz to be promoted through PUAs. It is worth mentioning that apps of this kind can have additional capabilities: they can be designed to collect various data and display advertisements.

More about PUAs

Quite often, PUAs gather IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, and other browsing-related information. Sometimes PUAs can access personal information that could be misused to steal identities, hijack online accounts, make unauthorized purchases, and so on.

Examples of types of ads that PUAs generate are coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners. It is advisable to avoid clicking on ads generated by PUAs - they could be designed to open shady, potentially malicious pages or download or even install unwanted software by running certain scripts.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by trking.xyz
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names CRDF (Malicious), CyRadar (Malicious), ESET (Malware), Kaspersky (Malware), Sophos (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 99.198.106.196
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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Pages like trking[.]xyz and PUAs in general

To sum up, trking[.]xyz and similar websites should be avoided - most of them are designed to trick visitors into allowing them to show notifications or open potentially malicious pages. Users who have apps that are designed to promote these pages installed on browsers or computers should uninstall them as soon as possible - apps of this kind can be the reason behind problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other issues.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases, users download and install browser hijackers and other PUAs together with other programs - when PUAs are included in downloaders, installers as extra offers.

Usually, downloaders and installers that include offers to download or install PUAs have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (or ticked checkboxes). Users agree to download or PUAs when they finish downloads, installations without changing the aforementioned settings.

Sometimes users download, install PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts. Typically, those ads appear on dubious, untrustworthy pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files and programs should not be downloaded using Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, etc., or installed using third-party installers. Instead, it is recommended to use official websites and direct links to download files and apps.

Downloaders and installers with "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" settings, or checkboxes should be examined - it is common that their settings can be used to decline unwanted offers. It should be done before finishing download or installation processes.

Ads on shady, questionable pages should not be clicked - those ads could be used to promote untrustworthy pages or distribute potentially unwanted apps. Suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. 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 trking[.]xyz website (GIF):

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove 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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

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.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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