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How to remove software force-opening the vigilated.space website?

Also Known As: vigilated.space pop-up
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is the vigilated[.]space site?

Vigilated[.]space is a rogue website sharing many similarities with notify.tkallhugenewz.comvideoplayernow.com, and countless others. This page operates by loading questionable content and/or redirecting visitors to other sites (possibly malicious ones).

Users rarely enter rogue webpages intentionally. Most get redirected to them by intrusive adverts or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). Unwanted apps can infiltrate systems without explicit permission; hence, users may be unaware of their presence.

vigilated[.]space pop-up redirects

Vigilated[.]space in detail

The behavior of rogue sites is determined by their visitors' geolocations, and vigilated[.]space is not an exception to this. The webpages learn this information by checking users' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses.

Therefore, whether visitors are presented with dubious material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their geolocations. While sites like vigilated[.]space may redirect to legitimate pages, they more often endorse unreliable and untrustworthy websites.

Furthermore, most rogue webpages use clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, or other deceptive statements/content to trick users into allowing their browser notifications. This also applies to vigilated[.]space, and should its notifications be enabled - it will begin delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns.

The displayed ads are misleading, deceptive, and may even be dangerous. Intrusive adverts promote untrustworthy/malicious websites, and some can infiltrate software into systems (e.g., PUAs) - when they are clicked on.

How do potentially unwanted applications operate?

PUAs can have a variety of heinous abilities, which can be in different combinations. These apps can cause redirects and/or deliver intrusive advert campaigns. What is more, most PUAs can track data.

They record browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, etc.). The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. It is crucial to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name vigilated.space pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Avira (no cloud) (Malware), CyRadar (Malicious), Fortinet (Malware), Sophos (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Observed Domains xdxuzw.vigilated[.]space; wguaj.vigilated[.]space; juetk.vigilated[.]space; znbzn.vigilated[.]space; czlza.vigilated[.]space; cpwfh.vigilated[.]space; wgvcg.vigilated[.]space; jsann.vigilated[.]space; tuqdl.vigilated[.]space; mkzvo.vigilated[.]space; okslm.vigilated[.]space; lpqci.vigilated[.]space; zeimd.vigilated[.]space; lbubq.vigilated[.]space; nkslp.vigilated[.]space; etc.
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

PUAs usually appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various "handy" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, the advertised features are seldom operational. The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue at user expense.

Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can force-open webpages, run intrusive ad campaigns, and collect private information.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via downloaders/installers of other programs. This false marketing technique of packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing download/installation processes (e.g., skipping steps, using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) - users risk allowing bundled content into their devices.

Intrusive adverts are also used to spread PUAs. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. PUAs may also have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and bundled content.

When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and other additions.

Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate and innocuous; however, they redirect to various unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).

Should users experience ads and/or redirects of this type, they must check their devices and immediately remove all suspect 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.

Screenshots of ads delivered by the vigilated[.]space site:

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Appearance of the vigilated[.]space website (GIF):

vigilated[.]space website appearance (GIF)

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.

vigilated[.]space 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 vigilated[.]space 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 vigilated[.]space  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 vigilated[.]space ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the vigilated.space pop-up, 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 vigilated[.]space 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 vigilated[.]space ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with vigilated.space pop-up 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 vigilated.space pop-up, 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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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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