referral spam (Free Instructions) referral spam Removal Guide

What is referral spam?

What does mean in your Google Analytics?

The image indicating referral spamThe referral spam domain is identical to multiple other spam websites supposedly devised by Vitaly Popov.

Once referral spam plagues your Google Analytics account, you might notice unexpectedly high traffic from one particular domain. Such diversion aims to misguide the web owners that the popularity of their websites rocketed, while in fact, such ratings are fake.

The primary mission of such deception is to tempt the owners of this domain to visit a specific spam domain[1]. There have been multiple identical domains to Brateg referral spam already:,, and

Such referral spam does not only misguide you with fake information about your website visitors but may also mislead you to potentially insecure domains [2]. The key problem is that your web page's technical information is exposed and, likewise, it becomes vulnerable for various scammers and crooks to benefit from them. Luckily, it is not a troublesome task to cease such felony and clean your Analytics account from fake traffic indicators.

There are different monetization techniques. While most of them are oriented at ordinary users, there is a growing number of strategies oriented at website administrators[3]. The essence of this felony is to replace the referrer link, the market which relates to other websites with the help of an HTTP header, with the one leading to a spam website[4].

While there is no huge benefit from a single spam link injected into one targeted website, just imagine what profit the owner of the end web page collected. It is common sense that high traffic earns income, so referral scams are a profitable way of earning money as well. If victims, website owners, fail to notice such deception instantly, the losses might be too severe.

Besides being aware of the real-time data you do not only lose money but fail to obtain valuable insight about the effectiveness website. Users' preferences give an invaluable insight that contributes to the overall improvement of the web page. What is more, while now the end-web pages are merely advertising domains, in the future, they might become a haven for hidden malicious presence. referral spam termination

If you have run into such a scam for the first time, you might wonder how referral scam has plagued your Google Analytics account. One of the explanations is the open access to website log files. Such a feature enables the scammers to retrieve respective information in order to spam the account.

Additional tips will hint how to make accurate Google Analytics reports will be useful in order to evade such spam techniques in the future[5]. Fortunately, you can block the referral spam by completing these steps:

Step 1.

  1. Go to Admin -> All Filters.
  2. Enter New Filter and enter in the Filter Name box.
  3. Choose Custom Filter Type, then select Campaign Source from the drop-down Filter Field menu.
  4. Lastly, in the Filter Pattern field, type in and click Save.

Step 2.

  1. Log in to the cPanel account, navigate to the File Manager section, and mark the checkbox entitled as Document Root for -> your website.
  2. Mark Show Hidden Files and click Go. Once you locate the .htacess file, right-click on it and select Code Edit. Enter the following text and click Save Changes.

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}
RewriteRule .* – [F]

Step 3.

  1. In your Analytics account, navigate to Admin Tab.
  2. Choose View, choose Filters and then press +Add Filter.
  3. In the Filter Name box, enter: Language Spam.
  4. In the Filter Pattern box, type in: \s[^\s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,
  5. Click on Verify this Filter, and finish the action by saving Save.
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How to prevent from getting spam tools

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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Olivia Morelli
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