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How to remove the ads delivered by news-themes.com website?

Also Known As: news-themes.com pop-up
Damage level: Medium

What is news-themes[.]com?

News-themes[.]com is a rogue website sharing common traits with fast-travel.org, tionalmorei.online, expensivesurvey.live, and countless others. It operates by loading dubious content and/or redirecting visitors to various (likely untrustworthy or malicious) sites.

Users typically access webpages of this kind through redirects caused by suspect sites, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

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News-themes[.]com in detail

The behavior of rogue pages depends on their visitors' IP addresses/ geolocations. Therefore, whether visitors to news-themes[.]com are presented with questionable content and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on this information.

Additionally, most websites of this type use deceptive content (e.g., fake CAPTCHA verification, clickbait, etc.) to lure users into allowing their browser notifications. This also applies to news-themes[.]com; should its notifications be enabled - the site will start running intrusive advertisement campaigns. Furthermore, once clicked on, the ads redirect to unreliable/malicious webpages, and some can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) stealthily.

Threat Summary:
Name news-themes.com pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Observed Domains dqqd8.news-themes[.]com; znxj7.news-themes[.]com; ycfqv.news-themes[.]com; gdfh9.news-themes[.]com; x0fcn.news-themes[.]com; pr4k7.news-themes[.]com; traw3.news-themes[.]com; hxz9f.news-themes[.]com; juec5.news-themes[.]com; hpxzc.news-themes[.]com; xi1za.news-themes[.]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 application overview

Despite their legitimate appearance, PUAs usually have harmful functionalities - though they often promise "handy" features. Unwanted apps can force-open untrustworthy and dangerous pages, run intrusive advertisement campaigns (adware), modify browsers (browser hijackers), and collect vulnerable information. In summary, the presence of PUAs on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed using the "bundling" marketing method - packing regular software with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements are used to spread PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs may also have "official" promotional/download sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software and always download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - can offer bundled/harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all additions. Intrusive advertisements appear innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.).

In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshots of ads delivered by the news-themes[.]com website:

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Appearance of the news-themes[.]com website (GIF):

news-themes[.]com website appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove spam notifications from Google Chrome:

Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):

Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove spam notifications from 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove spam notifications from 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):

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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

How to avoid browser notification spam?

Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.

Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why am I seeing ads (browser notifications) delivered by news-themes[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

You have likely visited news-themes[.]com and allowed it to display browser notifications. It is worth noting that such websites are typically accessed inadvertently, and they use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, etc.) to trick visitors into enabling their notifications.

I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?

Clicking on a notification will not trigger a system infection process; however, the content promoted through these advertisements can be malicious and even proliferate malware.

Is news-themes[.]com a virus?

Websites like news-themes[.]com are not classified as viruses, yet the sites and applications pushed through them may be virulent (i.e., malware-spreading).

Will Combo Cleaner remove news-themes[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and remove the permissions granted for the news-themes[.]com website. Additionally, it will block all further access to this webpage. No additional steps will be necessary.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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