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How to remove apps created to promote positive-news.org?

Also Known As: Ads by positive-news.org
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is positive-news[.]org?

Positive-news[.]org loads deceptive content to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications and promotes various untrustworthy websites. Most users end up on pages like positive-news[.]org unintentionally: these pages get opened through shady advertisements, other pages of this kind, or installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

positive-news[.]org pop-up redirects

Positive-news[.]org in detail

As mentioned previously, positive-news[.]org can load its content and open a couple of other dubious websites (it depends on the geolocation of its visitors). It is common for sites like positive-news[.]org to be designed to open deceptive download pages for browser hijackers, adware, scam pages asking to provide personal information, etc.

A couple of examples of websites that sites like positive-news[.]org can open are "CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE THE VISITOR NO. 1.000.000", "Access To This Pc Has Been Blocked For Security Reasons", and "Your Device Might Have Security Issues". At the time of the research positive-news[.]org opened another virtually identical website.

Positive-news[.]org may open legitimate websites as well. Pretty often, when users create accounts or purchase something on legitimate pages opened through pages like positive-news[.]org, their creators get paid a referral fee. Typically, opened legitimate pages are related to sports bettings, online gaming, and so on.

It is known that positive-news[.]org uses a clickbait technique to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications. It loads a fake CAPTCHA encouraging visitors to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots. Usually, notifications from pages like positive-news[.]org are used to promote potentially malicious websites.

How do potentially unwanted applications operate?

A great deal of potentially unwanted applications collect browsing data and (or) generate advertisements. They collect IP addresses, visited pages (their addresses), entered search queries, geolocations, and so on. In some cases, these apps gather sensitive data (for example, saved passwords, credit card details).

Also, PUAs can display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, etc. Those ads should not be trusted - they can be designed to open untrustworthy pages run certain scripts, and cause unwanted downloads, installations of other potentially unwanted applications. Thus, most PUAs are not trustworthy and should be downloaded (and installed).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by positive-news.org
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (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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Pages like positive-news[.]org in general

Positive-news[.]org and similar websites cannot be trusted. The majority of them display deceptive content encouraging visitors to agree to receive notifications and promote other shady pages. A couple examples of other pages like positive-news[.]org are watch-this-leaked[.]video, goodsurvey[.]site, and expeerience[.]top.

How did adware install on my computer?

In some cases, users download or install potentially unwanted applications through deceptive advertisements. They cause it by clicking ads designed to run certain scripts. In other cases, users download or install apps of this kind with free programs (when downloaders or installers for other programs are used to distribute PUAs).

Typically, users can deselect optional downloads or installations using "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings or by unticking checkboxes in downloaders or installers for free programs. They agree to download or install PUAs by when they leave those settings unchanged (or checkboxes ticked).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advisable to download programs and files from official websites (and via direct links). Files downloaded via third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, etc., can be used to distribute PUAs and malicious apps. Third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted software too.

Downloads and installations of free programs should not be finished without checking "Custom", "Advanced" (or other settings) or other settings that their downloaders or installers might have. Usually, those settings mention additional downloads or installations and can be used to deselect them.

Additionally, it is recommended not to click on ads that appear on sites related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. Those ads might open potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads or even installations. As a rule, unreliable ads appear on untrustworthy websites.

All suspicious add-ons, plug-ins, or extensions installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. 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 positive-news[.]org website (GIF):

positive-news[.]org website appearance (GIF)

Notification from positive-news[.]org:

positive-news.org ads notification

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.

positive-news[.]org 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 positive-news[.]org 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 positive-news[.]org  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 positive-news[.]org ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by positive-news.org, 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 positive-news[.]org 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 positive-news[.]org ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by positive-news.org 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 positive-news.org, 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

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