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Robotzone.ru ads Removal Guide

What is Robotzone.ru ads?

Robotzone.ru can spam users with annoying pop-up ads and generate revenue for it

Robotzone.ruRobotzone.ru is a bogus site targeting less IT-savvy users

Robotzone.ru is a bogus website that was created to monetize user activity. It starts spamming users with pop-up ads which they turn on unknowingly. The developers get paid for every click using PPC advertising.[1] They also use social engineering techniques[2] to get people to click on the “Allow” button which gives permission for the site to show push notifications.

Sometimes ads do not start showing right away so people do not connect the “Allow” button with the ads that start to appear later. The page asks to press the button to confirm that they are not robots which reminds people of a captcha[3] verification process. There is nothing else to explore on the page except for the deceptive message and a cartoon of a robot.

NAME Robotzone.ru
TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS Intrusive pop-up ads start appearing in the corner of the screen
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, misleading advertisements, bundled software
DANGERS The website could be using unsafe advertising networks that place ads leading to dangerous websites where people can get tricked into providing their personal information or installing PUPs and malware
ELIMINATION Go to your browser settings and disable push notifications
FURTHER STEPS Use a repair tool ReimageIntego to fix any remaining damage and clear your browsers

The biggest issue with push notification spam is that the site owners may use untrusted advertising networks that send ads containing links to dangerous pages. Usually, the ads will consist of controversial topics and pictures, or free software offers that make people want to click.

As a result, users can end up on websites that can lure out their personal information, trick them into downloading PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) or malware. Sensitive information disclosure to untrustworthy sources can lead to monetary losses or even identity theft so users should be more careful while surfing the web.

Distribution tactics

Robotzone.ru adsRobotzone.ru spams users with ads and generates revenue from it

It is unusual for people to find pages like Robotzone.ru, News-naroro.cc, and Bestdailyrewards.com in the search results. Most users get redirected from other shady websites that they were already on. For example, pages that engage in illegal activities, like illegal streaming platforms[4] are full of deceptive ads and sneaky redirects because they are unregulated.

If you use them you may encounter ads that look just like the “Download” and “Play” buttons. When users click on such ads, a new tab can open with a page just like the one we are writing about. Less IT-savvy users may not notice that it is a different website and think that they need to verify their identity so they can proceed to watch a movie or TV show they selected.

In reality, nothing happens once users press the “Allow” button or they get redirected to another similar site. This way users can infect themselves with spam from multiple websites, which is not good. If this happened on your home computer that other people or children use, you should act quickly because ads that promote adult or gambling websites can appear as well.

The removal process

1. Disable push notifications

If you have had enough of annoying pop-ups and do not want to see scammy ads on your screen, you can remove Robotzone.ru permissions manually by going to your browser settings. Keep in mind that this might not work if you have an adware infection. If removal from the browser will not work, you will have to access your programs section in the device and find it manually or scan your machine with professional security tools.

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.Stop notifications on Edge 1
  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

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right on the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to Privacy tab.
  3. In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
  4. Locate web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer

2. Clear your browsers

After successful removal, you need to take care of your browsers separately. With the help of cookies, shady websites you visited could have collected data about your browsing activities. That includes your IP address, websites you visit, links you click on, and purchases you make online.

Generally, cookies are not bad. Websites and web-based apps use them to personalize the user experience. However, if they ended up in the wrong hands, they can be sold to advertising networks or other third parties and used to target you with ads even more.

The easiest way to get rid of cookies and cache is by using a maintenance tool like ReimageIntego. It can do everything with a click of a button automatically so you do not have to worry about it. Besides this powerful software can fix various system errors, corrupted files, and registry issues which is especially helpful after a virus infection.

3. Remove suspicious apps

If none of the above methods worked and you still experience symptoms like an increased amount of commercial content, banners, surveys, redirects you might have adware hiding in your system. These programs often infiltrate the systems as bundled software from freeware distribution sites.

Adware can act in the background of your machine – generate ads and collect revenue for it. Freeware distribution sites include them in the installers so their activity is profitable. You should always choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation method, read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The most important step is to look at the file list and untick the boxes next to any additional programs that you do not need.

Manual removal of PUAs can get tricky if you do not have experience. If you have no idea what app is responsible for such activities, you should deploy SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes professional security software that will perform a full system scan and eliminate it automatically. They can also prevent such infections in the future by warning you. If you still prefer doing it yourself, here are step-by-step instructions for Windows and macOS:

Instructions for Windows 10/8 machines:

  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

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.

For macOS users:

  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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