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Amazonaws: an advertising platform that can be exploited for malicious purposes

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Amazonaws is Amazon's subsidiary misused for doubtful advertising campaigns and malware distribution

AmazonawsAmazonaws is a potentially unwanted application that gathers income from ad display

Amazonaws or Amazon Web Service (AWS) is a comprehensive cloud computing platform developed and maintained by Amazon. The others describe AWS as a bundled remote computing service providing cloud computing infrastructure over the Internet with database storage, content delivery, computer power, and other features. Businesses can purchase computing power, database storage, applications and other IT resources for pay-as-you-go pricing scheme.[1]  It has been developed in 2006 and appreciated by many users for the support for application programming interfaces (API). However, Amazon (not only) users keep reporting the appearance of annoying S3.amazonaws.com popups that redirect to questionable websites, such as ask.com, search.ask, etc. Additionally, there are numerous Facebook users being interrupted by Amazonaws links redirecting to fake pages. This type of Facebook virus started circulating at the end of 2018.

Name Amazonaws
Also known as  S3 Amazonaws, S3.amazonaws.com, Amazonaws Facebook virus
Classification Adware
Symptoms Excessive amount of sponsored ads, status messages on web browser, redirects to irrelevant websites
Danger level Low. The app is not malicious itself. However, its content is highly suspicious and can redirects to irrelevant or even unsafe domains. Besides, it may use tracking cookies and collect non-personally identifiable information
Spreading source Bundles, infectious websites
Elimination process Two options available – manual and automatic. We recommend scanning the PC with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to remove the entire malware package from the system. 

According to cybersecurity experts, the ads displayed by this service typically offer winning iPhones or other prizes, participating in fake online surveys, download “useful” software, and so on. However, the most dangerous discovery was made by cybersecurity experts who reported about AWS S3 service vulnerability. 

Similar to MongoDB,[2] ElasticSearch, Hadoop, CouchDB, Cassandra, and MySQL servers that have been misused for ransomware dissemination in 2017, experts speculate that Amazon AWS S3 servers[3] might also become a target.

It has been found that many companies left data on publicly-readable writeable Amazonaws S3 servers. This way, anyone who is trying to access Amazon S3 account, regardless of whether he or she has one or not, is able to access, write or delete data on publicly-writeable AWS S3 accounts.

Amazonaws virus

The instances of accidental data storage of publicly-readable and publicly-writeable have been found by security experts or at least most of them. However, those experts speculate that it’s only a matter of time when hackers will decide to misuse the exposed Amazonaws or Amazon Web Service (AWS) servers.

What they can do is stealing the exposed data, leaving a ransom note and demanding a ransom. Such speculations are based on the MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Hadoop, CouchDB, Cassandra, and MySQL ransom attack patterns.

According to users' reports, such annoying status messages on their web browser have caught their attention:

Waiting for S3.amazonaws.com

Transferring data from S3-amazonaws.com

Connected to S3.amazonaws.com

Looking up S3.amazonaws.com

If you have also noticed one of these alerts, note that S3 represents Simple Storage Service. It allows anyone to create a website or host files for a small amount of payment. However, hackers can put malicious files and misuse Amazonaws services for crimes like ransomware attacks. 

Even though Amazonaws S3 is not a virus, you can receive numerous advertisements which might be potentially dangerous. Likewise, experts warn that a malicious version of this legitimate software might be present in the cyberspace — an adware program. 

Note that the delivered Amazonaws spam will always look genuine and attractive. However, it can either offer useless and expensive products to swindle money from you or redirect you to a shady website which is controlled by criminals. One of such examples is s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com which is a clear example of a phishing site. 

Amazonaws adwareAmazonaws is an app that offers legitimate cloud computing services which can be misused by criminals

If you decide to click on the content on the bogus page or the ad itself, you risk infiltrating malware, another potentially dangerous program, or even ransomware. In this case, your personal and valuable information might be exposed, leaked or misused in different ways. Thus, you should not only stay away from promoted ads but also remove Amazonaws virus right away.

You can do that with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes. These anti-malware applications are designed to identify and eliminate all potentially unwanted programs, including adware and protect the system from far more dangerous computer infections in the future. Also, you can use manual Amazonaws removal guidelines at the end of this article. 

Adware can hide on malicious websites

BedyNet.ru[4] team believes that users can unconsciously infiltrate adware while browsing on less than reliable websites where bogus scripts are stored on S3 servers.[5] Clicking on any content on the site, including banners, in-texts, hyperlinks, and pop-ups can start an automatic installation of adware without permission. 

Likewise, it is wise to avoid suspicious websites which are marked as unsafe or even dangerous. Note that these pages might offer you to install software or claim that your computer is corrupted. Thus, always use professional security software with real-time protection to help you prevent potentially unwanted programs from entering your system. 

Amazonaws pop-up adsAmazonaws is adware that can come bundled with freeware or shareware

Additionally, adware can spread via software-bundles. In other terms, you might install together with freeware if you choose Quick/Recommended parameters of the installer. We advise you opt for Advanced/Custom installation and un-tick all pre-selected marks which grant the permission to infiltrate the PUP[6]

Get Amazonaws virus removed automatically

If you are tired of Amazonaws spam and concerned about your computer's security, do not hesitate and begin the elimination procedure. We strongly suggest employing professional anti-malware software to help you get rid of the adware. This is a time-saving option since it will take only several minutes.

Note that this potentially unwanted program has multiple versions like Amazonaws s3 iPhone virus, Amazonaws Android scam and similar potential threats which seek to infect your smartphone. Therefore, it is wise to clean your system before it has a chance to infect other devices. However, be aware that you must eliminate all adware-related components.

Amazonaws redirectAmazonaws is a PUP that can appear on Android devices also

For that, quickly complete Amazonaws removal with the help of the security software listed below. Download the anti-malware application using a direct link and let it scan your computer system thoroughly. 

If you want to remove Amazonaws virus manually, make sure to do it properly. If you are not experienced enough, use the instructions below and learn how to detect and uninstall adware together will all its elements. You can find the guide just below this article.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Amazonaws, follow these steps:

Delete Amazonaws from Windows systems

Windows users are advised to follow the guide below to remove Amazonaws virus from their computers.

To remove Amazonaws from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Amazonaws (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Amazonaws from Mac OS X system

If you are annoyed by Amazonaws ads, use the removal instructions for Mac below.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Amazonaws from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Amazonaws-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Amazonaws, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Amazonaws and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Amazonaws-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Amazonaws from Internet Explorer (IE)

Removal of questionable add-ons, plug-ins, and browser extensions on Internet Explorer is possible if you carefully follow all of these steps:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Amazonaws and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Amazonaws removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Amazonaws from Microsoft Edge

The below-provided helping lines are here to help you to clean your entire Microsoft Edge web browser from ad-supported content:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Amazonaws-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Amazonaws from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can reverse all suspicious changes in Mozilla Firefox that might have been brought by adware by performing the below-given instructing lines:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Amazonaws and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Amazonaws did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Amazonaws removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Amazonaws from Google Chrome

In order to bring Chrome to the primary state, you should search for suspicious entries which might be related to the adware like Amazonaws, S3-amazonaws.com, S3.amazonaws.com and uninstall them. Later, do not forget to reset your browser.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Amazonaws by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Amazonaws-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Amazonaws removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Amazonaws from Safari

Your Safari web browser can be cleaned from annoying and unexpected changes if you carefully perform these guidelines:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Amazonaws and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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