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How to stop a browser from opening rookinews.com?

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

What is rookinews[.]com?

The main reasons not to visit rookinews[.]com are that this page uses a clickbait technique to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications and opens untrustworthy websites. It is very unlikely for rookinews[.]com to be visited intentionally - websites of this type get opened via shady advertisements, pages, or by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

rookinews[.]com pop-up redirects

Rookinews[.]com in detail

Like most websites of this type, rookinews[.]com asks for permission to show notifications. If allowed, it shows notifications designed to promote scam websites, potentially malicious websites, and other dubious sites. For this reason, rookinews[.]com should not be allowed to show notifications.

At the time of the research, rookinews[.]com opened another questionable website. Usually, websites like this one open download pages for adware, browser hijackers, deceptive pages designed to extract sensitive information such as credit card details, usernames, passwords, names, surnames, and so on.

A couple of examples of pages that websites like rookinews[.]com can be designed to open are "Chance To Win The Brand New Playstation 5", "IP Address & Personal Information Might Be Exposed", "Access To This Pc Has Been Blocked For Security Reasons". None of those websites are trustworthy.

It is worth mentioning that rookinews[.]com may open legitimate websites as well. It is common that individuals behind pages like rookinews[.]com generate revenue by getting paid a referral fee when users purchase products, services or create accounts on websites opened through sites like rookinews[.]com.

More about potentially unwanted applications

PUAs can be designed to generate online coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners, and other advertisements. As a rule, those ads cover website contents and open shady, potentially malicious pages. In some cases, those ads execute certain scripts designed to cause unwanted downloads or even installations. Therefore, those ads cannot be trusted.

Moreover, PUAs can be designed to collect are Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, etc., or even personal, sensitive data. The biggest problem with is that gathered information could be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals) or misused for other personal gains.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by rookinews.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
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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Websites like rookinews[.]com in general

Typically, websites like rookinews[.]com display deceptive content to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button (into agreeing to receive notifications) and open other untrustworthy websites. Therefore, none of them are trustworthy. More examples of pages like rookinews[.]com are news-vocice[.]cc, totaltopfeed[.]com, and uniqdatacaptcha[.]top.

How did adware install on my computer?

In some cases, users download and install potentially unwanted applications by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to execute certain scripts or through fake installers. Although, most users download and install PUAs together with other programs that have those PUAs included in their downloaders or installers as optional offers.

Typically, users can deselect unwanted offers in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings or by unticking ticked checkboxes that downloaders, installers have. They agree to download or install potentially unwanted apps alongside wanted programs when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Application and files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Files downloaded from unofficial pages, through Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), third-party downloaders, and programs installed via third-party installers could be malicious.

Advertisements on dubious websites should not be clicked - those ads can be designed to open untrustworthy websites or download, install unwanted, potentially malicious apps as well. Additionally, there should not be any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, or plug-in installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on a computer. 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 rookinews[.]com website (GIF):

rookinews[.]com website appearance (GIF)

Notifications from rookinews[.]com:

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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)

Disabling browser notifications in Google Chrome web browser (PC)

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)

Disabling browser notifications in Google Chrome web browser (Android)

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"
  • 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)

Disabling browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser (Android)

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"
  • 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)

Disabling browser notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser (PC)

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 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)

Disabling browser notifications in Safari web browser (Mac)

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

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.

rookinews[.]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 rookinews[.]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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Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rookinews[.]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 rookinews[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by rookinews.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 rookinews.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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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