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How to remove apps designed to open check-this-special-video.live?

Also Known As: Ad by check-this-special-video.live
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is check-this-special-video[.]live?

Check-this-special-video[.]live is an untrustworthy page designed to trick visitors into allowing it to send notifications. Also, it can open other questionable pages (it depends on the visitors's geolocation). In most cases, users end up on websites like check-this-special-video[.]live unintentionally.

check-this-special-video[.]live pop-up redirects

Check-this-special-video[.]live website in detail

It is very likely that check-this-special-video[.]live is promoted through shady advertisements, untrustworthy web pages, and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Either way, it is unlikely for it to visited by users on purpose. As mentioned in the first paragraph, check-this-special-video[.]live asks for permission to show notifications.

Usually, websites like check-this-special-video[.]live use some clickbait technique to trick their visitors into allowing them to show notifications. For example, they suggest that visitors need to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots. Check-this-special-video[.]live suggests that users need to click that button to continue loading it.

If allowed, check-this-special-video[.]live shows notifications used to promote questionable dating pages, scam sites, and other untrustworthy websites. Therefore, this page should not be allowed to show notifications. A couple of examples of notifications displayed by check-this-special-video[.]live are provided below.

Also, check-this-special-video[.]live might open websites designed to trick visitors into providing personal information, downloading and installing potentially unwanted applications (like browser hijackers, adware-type applications, and other shady pages. Check-this-special-video[.]live may open legitimate pages too.

It is likely that individuals behind check-this-special-video[.]live get paid a referral fee when users create accounts, purchase services, or products on pages opened through their website. In one way or another, there is more than one reason not to trust check-this-special-video[.]live. Thus, it should not be visited.

More information about potentially unwanted applications

It is common for apps of this kind to be designed to collect data and (or) generate unwanted ads. They collect visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses. Sometimes they can access sensitive information as well. Collected data is monetized by selling it to third parties, using it for marketing purposes, and so on.

It is important to mention that collected sensitive information could be used to hijack accounts, steal identities, make fraudulent purchases, and so on. Also, PUAs can generate banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, or other advertisements. Typically, those ads cover the contents of pages that users visit.

Quite often, ads that come from PUAs are used to promote questionable pages. Sometimes, those ads cause unwanted downloads, installations by running certain scripts. These are the main reasons why PUAs should not be trusted (downloaded or installed on a browser or the operating system).

Threat Summary:
Name Ad by check-this-special-video.live
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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Check-this-special-video[.]live and other pages of this type in general

Check-this-special-video[.]live and similar websites encourage visitors to click the "Allow" button (to allow them to show notifications) and promote dubious pages. None of these pages are trustworthy. More examples of similar pages are brokenbad[.]biz, eneedande[.]online, and sweetadvance[.]ru. Quite often, these pages are promoted via PUAs.

How did adware install on my computer?

Typically, users download or install potentially unwanted applications together with free programs. In other words, it is common for PUAs to be bundled with freeware. Users download or install both wanted and unwanted apps when they do not deselect optional downloads or installations.

Usually, downloaders and installers used to distribute PUAs have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings, or ticked checkboxes. Users can use those settings to decline unwanted offers. In some cases, users cause unwanted downloads and installations by clicking on deceptive ads designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications should never be downloaded (or installed) through third-party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, from unofficial pages, and so on. It is recommended to use only official websites and direct links as sources for downloading files, programs.

Downloaders and installers that have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings or checkboxes should be checked for potentially unwanted applications. It is important to decline unwanted offers before finishing downloads, installations. It is noteworthy that most PUAs are bundled with free programs.

Ads on shady pages should not be clicked as well - most of those ads advertise untrustworthy sites. Sometimes they can download, install unwanted apps by running certain scripts. As a rule, ads used to promote shady pages or distribute PUAs appear on dubious websites.

Unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and apps of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed as soon as possible. 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 check-this-special-video[.]live website (GIF):

check-this-special-video[.]live website appearance (GIF)

Notifications from the check-this-special-video[.]live page:

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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 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.

check-this-special-video[.]live 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 check-this-special-video[.]live 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 check-this-special-video[.]live  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 check-this-special-video[.]live ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ad by check-this-special-video.live, 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 check-this-special-video[.]live 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 check-this-special-video[.]live ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ad by check-this-special-video.live 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 ad by check-this-special-video.live, 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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