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How to remove the adverts delivered by positiveweb.org website?

Also Known As: positiveweb.org pop-up
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is positiveweb[.]org?

Positiveweb[.]org is a rogue website similar to captchamodern.top, financesurvey24.top, hisqueost.xyz, and thousands of others. These pages are designed to promote their browser notifications, present visitors with questionable content, and/or redirect them to various (likely untrustworthy or malicious) websites.

Users typically enter rogue webpages via redirects caused by suspect sites, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

positiveweb[.]org pop-up redirects

Positiveweb[.]org in detail

The behavior of rogue webpages is dictated by their visitors' IP addresses/ geolocations. Therefore, whether visitors to positiveweb[.]org are presented with dubious material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on this information. What is more, this site uses fake CAPTCHA verification to trick visitors into allowing its notifications. Should they be enabled, positiveweb[.]org will start running intrusive advertisement campaigns.

The displayed adverts are more than just a nuisance; they endanger device and user safety. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements redirect to unreliable/malicious websites, and some can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission.

Threat Summary:
Name positiveweb.org pop-up
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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Potentially unwanted application overview

PUAs appear legitimate and offer "handy" features, which are typically nonoperational. Furthermore, these apps tend to have harmful functionalities, e.g., force-opening websites, delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijacking browsers, and collecting private information.

In summary, the presence of PUAs on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are spread using the "bundling" technique - packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious additions. By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g., using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.), users risk allowing bundled content into their devices.

Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. PUAs may also have "official" promotional/download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to always research software and download from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, unofficial and free file-hosting sites, etc. - often offer bundled and hazardous content.

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

Should users experience ads and/or redirects of this kind, they must check their devices and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected. 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 positiveweb[.]org website:

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Appearance of the positiveweb[.]org website (GIF):

positiveweb[.]org 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.

positiveweb[.]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 positiveweb[.]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 positiveweb[.]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 positiveweb[.]org ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the positiveweb.org pop-up, 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 positiveweb[.]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 positiveweb[.]org ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with positiveweb.org pop-up 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 positiveweb.org pop-up, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why am I seeing ads (browser notifications) delivered by positiveweb[.]org in the right lower corner of my desktop?

You have likely visited positiveweb[.]org and allowed it to deliver its notifications. It is noteworthy that such rogue websites are typically accessed inadvertently. Furthermore, these sites tend to use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick visitors into enabling their browser notifications.

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

While clicking on a notification will not jumpstart any infection processes, the content (e.g., apps, sites, etc.) endorsed through these ads - can be malicious and even infect systems.

Is positiveweb[.]org a virus?

Positiveweb[.]org and websites akin to it - are not considered to be viruses. However, they are commonly used to promote various scams, questionable and untrustworthy applications, and even malicious software.

Will Combo Cleaner remove positiveweb[.]org ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and revert the permissions granted for the positiveweb[.]org site - and no additional steps will be necessary. Combo Cleaner will also block all further access to this website.

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