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How to avoid visiting the sweetadvance.ru address?

Also Known As: Ads by sweetadvance.ru
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is sweetadvance[.]ru?

Sweetadvance[.]ru uses a clickbait technique (displays a fake CAPTCHA) to trick users into allowing it to show notifications. Also, it redirects visitors to other untrustworthy websites. There is a great number of websites like sweetadvance[.]ru on the Internet. Some examples are sweetaccess[.]ru, inteo[.]xyz, and auldlikeaver[.]top.

sweetadvance[.]ru pop-up redirects

Sweetadvance[.]ru website in detail

It is very uncommon for websites like sweetadvance[.]ru to be visited on purpose. Typically, they get opened through questionable websites, shady advertisements, or installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is worth mentioning that most users download and install PUAs unknowingly, unintentionally.

Sweetadvance[.]ru is designed to load a fake CAPTCHA suggesting that visitors need to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots and continue loading the page. If allowed, this page would regularly display notifications with shady advertisements designed to open untrustworthy websites in them.

It is noteworthy that other similar pages can use different clickbait techniques to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button. Either way, it is important to keep in mind that notifications from websites of this type cannot be trusted. Another problem with sweetadvance[.]ru is that it could open other dubious pages.

Sweetadvance[.]ru could open deceptive websites designed to trick visitors into entering credit card details, bank account numbers, names, surnames, addresses and other personal information. Also, it could open download websites for adware, browser hijackers and other untrustworthy software.

It is common that pages like sweetadvance[.]ru open pages similar to "CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE THE VISITOR NO. 1.000.000", "Access To This Pc Has Been Blocked For Security Reasons", "Your Device Might Have Security Issues". At the time of the research sweetadvance[.]ru opened the AliExpress website.

When users create an account and (or) purchase something on a page opened through sweetadvance[.]ru, individuals behind sweetadvance[.]ru get paid a referral fee. Although, sweetadvance[.]ru may not be necessarily monetized this way. Either way, it is advisable to avoid visiting sweetadvance[.]ru and similar sites.

More about potentially unwanted applications

Pretty often, applications of this kind are designed to gather Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, visited websites, and other browsing-related information. Moreover, some potentially unwanted applications can read sensitive data (for example, credit card details, passwords).

It is possible that individuals behind PUAs could sell collected data to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), use it for marketing (or other) purposes, or even steal identities, personal accounts, etc. Additionally, PUAs can be designed to generate unwanted ads, for example, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners.

More often than not, ads generated by PUAs are designed to open potentially malicious pages. In some cases, they can execute certain scripts and then download or even install unwanted software. For these reasons, it is strongly advisable not to download and install PUAs.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by sweetadvance.ru
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.
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Potentially unwanted applications in general

It is uncommon for websites of this type to be visited by users intentionally. Once visited, they display some deceptive message (usually with the purpose to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications) and open a couple of other dubious pages. Browsers that open such pages regularly should be checked for installed PUAs.

How did adware install on my computer?

It is known that most users download and install PUAs when developers distribute them through downloaders and installers for other programs. Apps of this kind are included in those downloaders and installers as extra offers. Unwanted offers can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom", or by unticking ticked checkboxes.

Users agree to download or install PUAs together with other programs when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged. In some cases, users cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to run certain scripts. As a rule, ads of this type appear on deceptive pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files downloaded via third-party downloaders, from unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), and other sources should not be trusted. They can be used to trick users into installing questionable or malicious software malware. Third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted software too.

Applications and files should be downloaded from official pages and through direct links. also, it is recommended to examine downloaders and installers for free programs to be sure that they do not have any potentially unwanted applications in them. Typically, PUAs are mentioned in their "Advanced", "Custom," or other options.

Additionally, it is advisable not to trust advertisements that appear on shady pages. Quite often, ads on those pages promote other sites of this kind. Also, they can be capable of triggering unwanted downloads or installations as well. Suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on a browser should be removed.

If there are any unwanted programs installed on the operating system, then they should be uninstalled too. 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 sweetadvance[.]ru website (GIF):

sweetadvance[.]ru 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 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.

sweetadvance[.]ru 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 sweetadvance[.]ru 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 sweetadvance[.]ru  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 sweetadvance[.]ru ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by sweetadvance.ru 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 sweetadvance.ru, 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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