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How to remove software causing redirects to the ne.biz website?

Also Known As: ne.biz pop-up
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is the ne[.]biz site?

Ne[.]biz (and this domain's variations, e.g., ne03[.]biz, ne06[.]biz, ne10[.]biz, ne11[.]biz, ne14[.]biz, ne17[.]biz, etc.) is a rogue website. It is designed to load dubious content and/or redirect visitors to other sites (likely untrustworthy and malicious ones).

The Internet is rife with such webpages; goodsurvey365.orgasoursuls.comjunesmile.xyz - are but some examples. Users rarely access these sites intentionally. Most get redirected to them by unreliable websites, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

This software can infiltrate systems without explicit permission; hence, users may be unaware of its presence. PUAs operate by causing redirects, running intrusive advertisement campaigns, and collecting browsing-related and other vulnerable data.

ne[.]biz pop-up redirects

Ne[.]biz in detail

Rogue websites firstly check visitors' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses to learn their geolocations. This information dictates the pages' behavior. In other words, whether visitors are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their geolocations.

Additionally, most sites of this kind use deceptive statements/instructions to lure users into enabling their browser notifications. This applies to ne[.]biz as well; it instructs to "Press Allow to watch the video". Should visitors be tricked into allowing its notifications, ne[.]biz will start delivering intrusive advert campaigns.

The delivered advertisements are untrustworthy and may even be malicious. They promote various sale-based sites (of both legitimate and fake products), unreliable, deceptive/scam, and malicious webpages. Furthermore, some of these adverts can infiltrate software into systems - when clicked on.

How do potentially unwanted applications operate?

PUAs can have harmful functions, and these functionalities can be in different combinations. For example, these applications can force-open websites and/or deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. Most PUAs have data tracking abilities.

This software records browsing activity (URLs visited, pages 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 apps on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name ne.biz pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 185.177.94.108
Observed Domains ne[.]biz; ne03[.]biz; ne06[.]biz; ne10[.]biz; ne11[.]biz; ne14[.]biz; ne17[.]biz; 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 appear ordinary and harmless, they seldom look suspect. This software offers a broad range of "useful" functionalities. Despite how good the features may sound - they rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.

The only goal of unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can cause redirects, run intrusive advert campaigns, and collect private information.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other software. "Bundling" is the term defining this deceptive marketing method - pre-packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions.

The supplements can be hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" download/install settings or left unmentioned entirely. Hence, rushed download/installation processes (e.g., skipped steps, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.

Intrusive advertisements are also used to proliferate PUAs. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent. Some PUAs have "official" promotional pages from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to research software products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Furthermore, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources.

Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting (freeware) websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (Torrent clients, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer bundled and/or dangerous content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. 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 the ne[.]biz website (GIF):

ne[.]biz 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.

ne[.]biz 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 ne[.]biz 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 ne[.]biz  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 ne[.]biz ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ne.biz 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 ne[.]biz 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 ne[.]biz ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ne.biz 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 ne.biz 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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