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How to eliminate ads delivered by the fresh-content.biz website?

Also Known As: fresh-content.biz pop-up
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is the fresh-content[.]biz website?

Fresh-content[.]biz is a rogue site akin to allactualjournal.com, rplnd1.com, myfreshspot.com, news-lipaze.cc, and countless others. It is designed to present visitors with dubious material and/or redirect them to different (likely unreliable or malicious) websites.

Users typically enter webpages of this kind via redirects caused by untrustworthy sites, intrusive adverts, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

fresh-content[.]biz pop-up redirects

Fresh-content[.]biz website overview

Whether visitors to fresh-content[.]biz are presented with questionable content and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their IP addresses/ geolocations.

Furthermore, rogue websites usually use clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, or similar - to lure visitors into enabling their browser notifications. This applies to fresh-content[.]biz as well. Should the notifications be allowed, the site will begin running intrusive ad campaigns.

The displayed advertisements promote a wide variety of untrustworthy, sale-based, scam, and malicious webpages. What is more, some intrusive ads can infiltrate software (e.g., PUAs) into systems - once they are clicked on.

Threat Summary:
Name fresh-content.biz pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Observed Domains 0.fresh-content[.]biz; 2.fresh-content[.]biz; 3.fresh-content[.]biz; 4.fresh-content[.]biz; 8.fresh-content[.]biz; 9.fresh-content[.]biz; 10.fresh-content[.]biz; 1.fresh-content[.]biz
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 harmless appearance, PUAs rarely work as promised. Instead, unwanted apps can force-open suspect and malicious sites, run intrusive ad campaigns (adware), modify browsers to promote fake search engines (browser hijackers), and gather private data. PUAs can cause system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated using the "bundling" technique - packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious supplements. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive adverts spread PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the advertisements can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Select PUAs also have "official" download pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to download from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled content.

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

In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the device must be checked and all suspicious 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.

Appearance of the fresh-content[.]biz website (GIF):

fresh-content[.]biz 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.

fresh-content[.]biz 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 fresh-content[.]biz 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:

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Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing fresh-content[.]biz  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 fresh-content[.]biz ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the fresh-content.biz 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 fresh-content[.]biz 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 fresh-content[.]biz ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with fresh-content.biz 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 fresh-content.biz 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

You have most likely visited fresh-content[.]biz and allowed it to display browsers notifications. It is noteworthy that such websites are usually accessed inadvertently, and they use deceptive content (e.g., fake CAPTCHA, clickbait, etc.) to trick visitors into enabling their notifications.

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

No, clicking on a notification will not initiate any infection processes. However, these advertisements can promote virulent content (e.g., sites, apps, etc.) that can cause infections.

Is fresh-content[.]biz a virus?

Websites like fresh-content[.]biz are not deemed to be viruses. Although these sites commonly promote various scams, untrustworthy and harmful applications, and even malware.

Will Combo Cleaner remove fresh-content[.]biz ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and revert all the permissions granted for the fresh-content[.]biz site. It will also block further access to this and other dubious/malicious websites. Therefore, no extra steps will be necessary.

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Global malware activity level today:

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