What is thehugejournal[.]com?
Thehugejournal[.]com is an untrustworthy webpage, which shares similarities with catests.space, boustahe.com, echanged.space, and many others. This site operates by presenting visitors with questionable content and/or redirecting them to various pages (likely unreliable or malicious ones).
Websites of this kind are seldom accessed intentionally. Most users get redirected to them by dubious sites, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). This software can be installed onto systems without express user consent and/or knowledge.
Thehugejournal[.]com in detail
Once accessed, thehugejournal[.]com first checks the visitor's IP address to learn their geolocation. This information determines the website's behavior. To elaborate, whether visitors are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their geolocations.
Furthermore, thehugejournal[.]com uses deceptive statements to trick users into enabling its browser notifications. It instructs to "Click the Allow button to subscribe to the push notifications and continue watching", thereby implying that this must be done to resume watching online content.
Should the notifications be allowed, the site will start running intrusive advert campaigns. The delivered ads endorse untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, and even malicious webpages. Some intrusive adverts can be triggered (by being clicked) to stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).
How do potentially unwanted applications operate?
Potentially unwanted applications can have heinous abilities. What is more, these functions can be in different combinations. For example, PUAs can force-open websites and/or run intrusive advertisement campaigns. Most unwanted applications can track data.
Targeted information includes (but is not limited to): browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses/ geolocations, and personally identifiable details. The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties, likewise intent on misusing it for profit.
To summarize, the presence of such software on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, significant financial losses, and even identity theft. Therefore, it is highly recommended to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||z.thehugejournal[.]com; v.thehugejournal[.]com; o.thehugejournal[.]com; q.thehugejournal[.]com; e.thehugejournal[.]com; n.thehugejournal[.]com; t.thehugejournal[.]com; d.thehugejournal[.]com; f.thehugejournal[.]com; s.thehugejournal[.]com; 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Potentially unwanted applications in general
PUAs typically appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation and/or purchase with a broad range of "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, the features rarely work as advertised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.
The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can cause redirects to untrustworthy and malicious websites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns, and gather private and vulnerable information.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed alongside other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing method - packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., skipped steps/sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements are also used to proliferate PUAs. When clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission. PUAs may have "official" promotional webpages from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Since dubious sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled and dangerous content.
Download/Installation processes must be treated with caution; that includes - reading terms, studying available options, using "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, etc. Intrusive ads appear legitimate; however, they redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on).
In case of encounters with such adverts and/or redirects, the device must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. 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 thehugejournal[.]com website (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 and select "Settings"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and select "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and tap "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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
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- What is thehugejournal[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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.
Mac OSX users:
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.
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 thehugejournal[.]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:
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Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the thehugejournal.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with thehugejournal.com 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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the thehugejournal.com pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove thehugejournal.com pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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