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Stayundercontrol.online ads Removal Guide
What is Stayundercontrol.online ads?
Stayundercontrol.online uses social engineering to make people believe they are infected
Fake alerts are used by crooks to trick people into installing antivirus
Stayundercontrol.online is a fake website designed to look like a security alert from McAfee. It was created by crooks who use various social engineering techniques. Of course, McAfee has nothing to do with this fraudulent campaign. Crooks are only using their branding to appear legitimate and trustworthy.
The site claims that users' machines are infected by multiple viruses because their antivirus subscription has ended. The page then proceeds to show an animation of a fake scan that shows bogus results. It displays that intruders were found on the machine.
By operating this page, crooks make money through the affiliate program for every subscription purchase. Users are redirected to the official McAfee website where they can choose to buy the program. However, the site can also cause users to experience push notification spam.
|TYPE||Push notification spam, adware|
|SYMPTOMS||A page promoting antivirus software appears unexpectedly saying that the user's PC is infected|
|DISTRIBUTION||Software bundles, shady websites, deceptive ads|
|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 RestoroIntego to repair the damage and optimize the machine|
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):
- Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
- Scroll down and click on Advanced.
- Locate the Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.
- Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
- Click the three vertical dots next to it and pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.
Google Chrome (Android):
- Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
- Select Notifications.
- Scroll down to Sites section.
- Locate the unwanted URL and toggle the button to the left (Off setting).
- Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
- Click on Privacy & Security section.
- Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click Settings button next to it.
- In the Settings – Notification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the URL in question.
- Select Block and then click on Save Changes. This should remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox.
- Click on Safari > Preferences…
- Go to Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
- Select the web address in question, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.
- Open Microsoft Edge, and click the Settings and more button (three horizontal dots) at the top-right of the window.
- Select Settings and then go to Advanced.
- Under Website permissions, pick Manage permissions and select the URL in question.
- Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.
MS Edge (Chromium):
- Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
- Select Site permissions.
- Go to Notifications on the right.
- Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
- Click on More actions and select Block.
Clean your browsers
If you have pop-ups appearing from questionable sources it most likely means that you were surfing through web pages you should not have and clicking on dangerous links. Your browsing data might be exposed or sold to advertising networks that use it to target you with ads even more.
Freeware distribution platforms
It is possible that Stayundercontrol.online appeared on your screen automatically. This can happen if you are infected by adware. It is mostly spread on freeware distribution sites. They include additional programs in the installers and do not disclose it clearly on their pages.
Install software from legitimate sources to avoid intruders
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. 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) 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:
- Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
- Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
- From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
- Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
- If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
- Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.
- Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
- In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.
- Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
- At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
- In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
- Click OK once the removal process is finished.
- From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
- In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
- Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)
To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:
- Select Go > Go to Folder.
- Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
- In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
- Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.
How to prevent from getting adware
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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.
Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks
While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.
Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection.
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- ^ Tim Fisher. What Is Freeware?. Lifewire. Internet, Networking and Security.
- ^ Potentially unwanted program. Wikipedia. The Free Encyclopedia.