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Avoid downloading files from linkvertise.com

Also Known As: Ads by linkvertise.com
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is linkvertise[.]com?

Linkvertise[.]com offers file sharing service. However, this page uses rogue advertising networks as well: it has shady ads on it and opens questionable websites. It is important to mention that file sharing websites like linkvertise[.]com may be used by cybercriminals as tools to distribute malware.

linkvertise[.]com pop-up redirects

Linkvertise[.]com in detail

It is common for pages like linkvertise[.]com to display advertisements used to promote download websites for browser hijackers, adware, and other unwanted software. Also, ads on them may open various scams like "Access To This Pc Has Been Blocked For Security Reasons", "You Are Our Winner Today!".

In some cases, pages like linkvertise[.]com may display advertisements designed to cause unexpected downloads, installations by running certain scripts. In one way or another, it is recommended not to trust advertisements on pages like linkvertise[.]com or use services offered by those websites.

Research shows that users cannot download files from linkvertise[.]com without having to download and install Chump browser hijacker (or another unwanted, potentially malicious app), allow this page to show notifications and clicking some advertisement unless they have the premium linkvertise[.]com account. It is strongly recommended not to perform any of those steps.

Typically, notifications from pages like linkvertise[.]com contain deceptive advertisements, links to potentially malicious websites, and so on. Therefore, these pages should never be allowed to show notifications. It is important to mention that untrustworthy pages often use some clickbait technique to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button.

As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, file sharing pages like linkvertise[.]com may be used to host malicious files. For example, they may host files designed to install ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, trojans, and other malicious software. It is highly advisable not to download files from linkvertise[.]com.

As mentioned previously, ads on linkvertise[.]com may be used to promote potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Apps of this kind often are designed to promote untrustworthy websites, collect various data display advertisements. They collect visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, etc.

In some cases, PUAs gather sensitive information (e.g., credit card details, passwords). It is strongly recommended not to have apps that can access personal information installed on browsers or computers. Gathered information could be sold to third parties, used to steal accounts, identities, or for other purposes.

Examples of ads that PUAs display are pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys. It is common for ads displayed by PUAs to be used to promote untrustworthy websites. Therefore, it is recommended not to click ads generated by PUAs. If there is an app of this kind installed on a browser (or computer) - it should be removed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by linkvertise.com
Threat Type Unwanted downloads, redirects to shady pages, pop-up ads
Detection Names CRDF (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.21.34.228
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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Potentially unwanted applications in general

More examples of websites that are using rogue advertising networks are up-load[.]io, yt1s[.]com, and x2convert[.]com. They offer to download videos from YouTube and other popular platforms, host files, stream illegal content. What most of them have in common is that they have shady ads on them.

How did adware install on my computer?

One of the deceptive ways to distribute PUAs is to use a method called "bundling" (to bundle PUAs with other programs). In such cases, PUAs are included in downloaders and installers for other programs as optional offers. Users download and install PUAs with other programs when they leave certain settings unchanged.

Typically, optional offers can be deselected via "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, or by unticking checkboxes that downloaders, installers have. Another deceptive way to distribute PUAs is to design advertisements to execute certain scripts. Users cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking those ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third-party downloaders, installers, unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, and other sources can be used to trick users into downloading, installing unwanted, sometimes even malicious programs. Applications and files should be downloaded from official pages and through direct links.

Downloaders, installers with "Advanced", "Custom," or other settings or ticked checkboxes can be used to distribute potentially unwanted applications too. Therefore, it is recommended not to finish downloads and installations without checking the aforementioned settings and using them to decline unwanted offers.

Additionally, it is advisable not to click advertisements that shady pages have on them. It is common that by clicking those ads, users open unreliable sites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Unwanted or suspicious applications installed on a browser or computer 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.

Linkvertise[.]com encourages to download a browser hijacker, enable notifications and click an ad (GIF):

linkvertise.com ads appearance

Steps that linkvertise[.]com encourages to complete:

linkvertise.com ads encourages to perform three steps

Ads on linkvertise[.]com:

linkvertise.com advertisements

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

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
  • Click on "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)

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 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

linkvertise[.]com 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 linkvertise[.]com 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 linkvertise[.]com  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 linkvertise[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by linkvertise.com 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 linkvertise.com, 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.

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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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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