What is akaiksots[.]com?
Akaiksots[.]com is a rogue website similar to sweepstakessurvey.org, fresh-content.biz, desktopshieldprotection.com, hisqueost.xyz, and thousands of others. It operates by loading dubious content and/or redirecting visitors to other (likely untrustworthy or malicious) pages.
Users typically access rogue sites inadvertently, via redirects caused by suspect webpages, intrusive adverts, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Whether visitors to akaiksots[.]com and similar websites are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their IP addresses/ geolocations.
Additionally, most rogue pages use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick visitors into allowing their browser notifications. This also applies to akaiksots[.]com; should its notifications be enabled - the site will begin running intrusive advertisement campaigns.
The delivered ads can be misleading, deceptive, and even dangerous. These advertisements endorse untrustworthy, scam, and even malicious websites. Some intrusive adverts are capable of infiltrating software (e.g., PUAs) into systems - when they are clicked on.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||n.akaiksots[.]com; j.akaiksots[.]com; c.akaiksots[.]com; l.akaiksots[.]com; x.akaiksots[.]com; h.akaiksots[.]com; b.akaiksots[.]com; z.akaiksots[.]com; k.akaiksots[.]com; w.akaiksots[.]com; o.akaiksots[.]com|
|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 "useful" functionalities, which are seldom operational. Instead of delivering on any promises, unwanted apps can force-open webpages (e.g., akaiksots[.]com, etc.), run intrusive ad campaigns (adware), modify browsers (browser hijackers), and gather vulnerable data. In summary, PUAs can cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed using the "bundling" marketing technique - packing regular programs with various additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts 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" download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software and download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore available options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate; however, they redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by the akaiksots[.]com website:
Appearance of the akaiksots[.]com website (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)
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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
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- What is akaiksots[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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 akaiksots[.]com 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 eliminate ads delivered by akaiksots[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the akaiksots.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with akaiksots.com 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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the akaiksots.com pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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 akaiksots[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You have likely visited akaiksots[.]com and allowed it to display its browser notifications. It is noteworthy that rogue sites of this type are usually accessed inadvertently, and they use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA, etc.) - to trick visitors into enabling their notifications.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
Clicking on a notification will not jumpstart any malware infection processes. However, these ads can promote malicious content (e.g., sites, apps, etc.) that can cause infections.
Is akaiksots[.]com a virus?
No, akaiksots[.]com is not considered to be a virus, yet it can promote virulent content. Websites like akaiksots[.]com are commonly used to promote various scams, unreliable and harmful software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove akaiksots[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and reverting all the permissions granted for suspicious and malicious websites. It can also block further access to akaiksots[.]com and other untrustworthy sites. Hence, no additional steps will be necessary.