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Defendyourfiles.com ads Removal Guide

What is Defendyourfiles.com ads?

Defendyourfiles.com was created by crooks to promote Norton Security using shady tactics

Defendyourfiles.comDefendyourfiles.com can fool people into thinking that their device is infected

Defendyourfiles.com is a bogus website designed to look like a security alert from Norton. Obviously, Norton has nothing to do with this fraudulent campaign. Crooks use their name to appear legitimate and trustworthy. The site uses social engineering and scare tactics to trick people into thinking that their system was infected by multiple viruses.

The main purpose of the site is to generate revenue. That is done with push notifications, and redirecting users to the official Norton website. Crooks get paid through the affiliate program for every purchase. If users interact with the site, they may start experiencing fake security alerts that can appear even when the browser is closed.

NAME Defendyourfiles.com
TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS A page promoting antivirus software appears unexpectedly saying that the user's PC is infected
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, bundled software
DANGERS People can get spammed with pop-ups that say their system is infected and install PUPs or malware unknowingly
ELIMINATION To disable the pop-ups go to your browser settings; scanning your system with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to repair the damage and optimize the machine

Distribution methods

Sites such as Defendyourfiles.com rarely appear in the search results. Usually, they hide on other shady sites that are unregulated. For example, illegal streaming sites are full of deceptive ads, sneaky redirects, fake “Download” and “Play” buttons.[1] That is why it is best to only visit websites that you know and trust.

Use legitimate streaming platforms, like Netflix or Hulu. They require only a small monthly subscription fee and users are able to watch as much content as they want. Do not click on random links and ads. Even if the advertisements seem to be promoting legitimate products or services, it is best to go to the source directly.

There is another possibility that the dubious page appeared without any user input. This can happen if you are infected by adware. It is advertising-supported software that can cause an increased amount of commercial content like pop-ups, banners, and redirects.

Defendyourfiles.com adsDefendyourfiles.com might be found on other shady sites that are unregulated

Block fake alerts

Fake security alerts can redirect users to dangerous pages. To stop annoying virus alerts you have to block the site permissions that allow it to show you push notifications. You can do that by following our step-by-step guide:

Google Chrome (desktop):

  1. Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate the Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  4. Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
  5. Click the three vertical dots next to it and pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Google Chrome (Android):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to Sites section.
  4. Locate the unwanted URL and toggle the button to the left (Off setting).Stop notifications on Chrome Android

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
  2. Click on Privacy & Security section.
  3. Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click Settings button next to it.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  4. In the SettingsNotification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the URL in question.
  5. Select Block and then click on Save Changes. This should remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2

Safari:

  1. Click on Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
  3. Select the web address in question, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.Stop notifications on Safari

MS Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and click the Settings and more button (three horizontal dots) at the top-right of the window.
  2. Select Settings and then go to Advanced.
  3. Under Website permissions, pick Manage permissions and select the URL in question.
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 2

MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
  2. Select Site permissions.
  3. Go to Notifications on the right.
  4. Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
  5. Click on More actions and select Block.Stop notifications on Edge Chromium

Clean your browsers

After removal is complete, we recommend using ReimageIntego repair tool to care for your browsers. Almost every website you visit uses cookies to track your browsing activity, like the pages you visit, links you click on, and purchases you make.

If you have pop-ups appearing from questionable sources it most likely means that you were surfing through web pages you should not and clicked on dangerous links. Your browsing data might be exposed or sold to advertising networks that use it to target you with ads even more.

Use anti-malware tools to detect adware

If you disabled push notifications but still experience unwanted symptoms like unexpected redirects and an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, and banners you should scan your system for adware. It is mostly spread on freeware[2] distribution sites. They include additional programs in the installers and do not disclose it clearly on their pages.

If you want to avoid adware infections in the future, it is best to use official web stores and developer websites for software installations. You should also always choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The most important part is to check the file list and untick the boxes next to any unrelated applications.

We suggest using trusted professional security tools SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes that can do this automatically. It should detect most suspicious apps and remove them successfully. Of course, you can also remove a PUP (potentially unwanted program)[3] manually, but it is unknown which particular app could be causing annoying behavior, so removing it can be difficult if you do not have experience – you risk deleting the wrong applications.

Manual uninstallation can also leave some traces of the program behind which could result in the renewal of the infection. However, if you still do not want to use security tools and know which program is at fault, use our guide to help you uninstall it:

Windows 10/8:

  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 the entry of the 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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.

Mac:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2
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How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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