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Remove Secret-video.online (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

Secret-video.online is a push notification virus that directs users to phishing sites

Secret-video.online
Secret-video.online is a malicious domain that uses deception in order to make users subscribe to notifications

Secret-video.online is one of many domains that abuses a legitimate “Allow notifications” feature in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Opera, Internet Explorer, and other browsers. As soon as users land on the site, they are prompted to allow notifications to be shown and are usually promised an underlying content after doing so. However, as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed, users are not presented with anything, but instead, they start seeing Secret-video.online pop-ups that are shown directly on their screens regularly.

These Secret-video.online advertisements are usually filled with dangerous content, as, if malicious links are clicked, users are redirected to get-rich-quick,[1] tech support, and other types of scams. In some cases, users might even be exposed to hacked or malicious sites that use background scripts to abuse browser vulnerabilities[2] and install malware automatically. As a result, victims may lose their money, get infected with malware, or expose their sensitive information to criminals. The good news is that Secret-video.online removal can usually be performed by tweaking web browser settings – we explain how below.

Name Secret-video.online
Type Push notification virus, adware
Infiltration Desktop notifications are visible as soon as users press the “Allow” button after landing on the site; redirects to this and other sites might implicate adware infection, and PUPs are usually delivered via software bundle packages
Symptoms  Suspicious messages with embedded links show up on the screen regularly; increased amount of ads on all visited websites; slowdown of the web browser; redirects leading to various scam and phishing sites, etc. 
Dangers  Personal/sensitive information disclosure to cybercriminals, monetary loss due to frequently encountered scams, malware infections
Termination  There are two different aspects to Secret-video.online – it either means that you subscribed to the notifications by pressing “Allow,” or your system might be infected with adware, which is redirecting you to insecure sites. To get rid of pop-up ads, you will have to access settings section of your browser; to uninstall adware, you should scan your machine with anti-malware software or follow the manual removal guide below
Recovery & optimization  Adware or malware can cause significant damage to the operating systems. Thus, if you are experiencing computer slowdowns, crashes, errors, and similar issues, you should apply Reimage Reimage Cleaner to fix them 

The secret-video.online virus is called so due to its persistence and erratic behavior, as most of the time, users are unaware that they subscribed for these notifications to be shown, and they do not know how to stop the intrusive behavior. The worst part is that some might get tricked by various scam messages and visit promoted sites.

Cybercriminals behind Secret-video.online scam use social engineering in order to make users subscribe to these notifications – even the name of the domain implies that there is some secret video to be looked at. As soon as users land on the malicious page, they are shown a fake short message that urges to allow notifications. Various techniques are used; for example, the famous “Click here if you are not a robot” prompt, or “Tap allow if you are 18+” are exceptionally common.

Another Secret-video.online pop-up might accompany the regular notification prompt – it says:

Secret-video.online says

CLICK ALLOW TO CLOSE THIS PAGE

In other words, the sole reason of Secret-video.online existence is to make sure that visitors allow notifications and, while those who fall for the trick are likely not to know how to stop the unwanted ads, it benefits the attackers financially (each click made on links results in ad revenue). Those who click “Allow” will soon notice that there is no video to be shown, and there is no other underlying content to be uncovered.

Unfortunately, but there also might be another reason why you see Secret-video.online redirects in the first place, and it is adware. These potentially unwanted programs are usually distributed by using deceptive practices (e.g., software bundles or fake updates) and have the purpose of displaying pop-ups, banners, deals, offers, coupons, and redirect users to predetermined domains, such like Secret-video.online.

Secret-video.online virus
Secret-video.online is a push notification virus that shows users malicious links directly on desktop

It is also worth noting that adware that prompts Secret-video.online redirects most certainly collects a variety of information about users, including:

  • IP address;
  • Internet Service Provider;
  • Geolocation;
  • Browser used and extensions installed;
  • Technical data of the device;
  • Sites visited, search terms, links clicked, and other browsing-related data.

There are several ways to remove Secret-video.online ads and redirects, although it depends on whether your machine is infected with adware. If the latter is true, you will have to terminate the PUP either manually or automatically and reset the installed browsers. For best results, experts[3] also recommend scanning the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

Learn to spot online scams and watch out for software bundles

Online scams are very prevalent, and users may encounter them regularly – it depends on sites that they visit. For example, domains that distribute pirated software or those that offer suspicious licensed TV series/sports streaming services are extremely likely to include background scripts or links that lead to malicious sites. The “Click here to allow” domains are very common, as the feature was rolled out relatively recently, and many still don't know how to get rid of the notifications from a particular site once subscribed.

Luckily, Mozilla Firefox already terminated (Google is soon to follow) the annoying pop-ups that ask to show notifications on all sites, and they can only be visible if clicked on the URL bar. This reduces the chances of inexperienced users falling for the trick and malicious actors abusing the feature to insert advertisements into users' desktops.

Additionally, adware infections might also be the reason why redirects to push notification virus sites occur in the first place. Potentially unwanted programs are usually distributed via freeware acquired on third-party websites, where several apps are compiled into a single installer. Quite often, these optional components are not adequately present to users, and mostly hidden from sight via pre-ticked boxes, fine print, or the Recommended/Quick settings. Thus, always install software carefully, read the instructions on each step, and opt for Advanced/Custom mode when prompted.

Get rid of Secret-video.online virus

As previously mentioned, Secret-video.online removal depends on various factors, including whether you subscribed to unwanted notifications or not. Furthermore, there might be an adware app be installed on your system you are not aware of or, if you clicked on malicious links and installed something, there might be something more sinister hiding on your computer – Trojan, backdoor, a virus, or other malware.

As a first step to remove Secret-video.online virus, we suggest you try to access web browser settings and stop notifications you subscribed to before. Here's how:

Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu and select Settings
  • Go for Advanced
  • Under Privacy and security, pick Site Settings
  • Click on Notifications
  • You should see Secret-video.online in the Allow section
  • Select More Actions and click Block

Secret-video.online notification removal
Get rid of Secret-video.online notifications by accessing Google Chrome settings

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Go to Menu and select Options
  • Choose Privacy & Security Notifications
  • Go to Settings and find the Secret-video.online
  • Click on the the drop-down menu and select Block
  • Pick Save Changes

MS Edge:

  • Click More and choose Settings
  • Pick View advanced settings Advanced
  • Go to Manage permissions
  • Locate Secret-video.online and turn off notifications

If the redirects to Secret-video.online and other suspicious sites are caused by malware, you can refer to the instructions below – check all the installed programs and uninstall all the suspicious ones. If you are struggling to do so manually, you can employ anti-malware software to do the job for you, although not all security apps will detect all PUPs. Once you are sure that your computer is clean, you should also reset the installed browsers to ensure no advertisements come back. Note that resetting browsers would also stop the Secret-video.online push notifications.

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To remove Secret-video.online, follow these steps:

Erase Secret-video.online from Windows systems

To get rid of adware on Windows, please follow these instructions:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Secret-video.online and related programs
    Here, look for Secret-video.online or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate Secret-video.online from Mac OS X system

macOS users should perform the following actions to terminate PUPs:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Secret-video.online or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove Secret-video.online from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Secret-video.online and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Secret-video.online removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Secret-video.online from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Secret-video.online should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Secret-video.online from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox in case Secret-video.online ads were accompanied by adware:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Secret-video.online and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Secret-video.online removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Secret-video.online from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Secret-video.online and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Secret-video.online removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Secret-video.online from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Secret-video.online or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Secret-video.online removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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