Vitb.xyz ads Removal Guide
What is Vitb.xyz ads?
Vitb.xyz is a malicious website that might spam your desktop with intrusive ads
Push notification scams are unsurprisingly very common
Not all websites are created to be useful or informative. Vitb.xyz, for example, is one of the sites that users should stay away from, although they often do not visit it of their own volition but are rather redirected there due to various reasons (e.g., malicious link clicks or adware running in the background).
Some users don't immediately realize that they are on a fake page that attempts to scam them. In most cases, they are presented with some sort of fake message that encourages them to interact with the push notification prompt. There are several different fake alerts that they might be presented with, for example:
- Click “Allow” if you are not a robot
- If you are 18+, tap Allow
- Click “Allow” to win a prize and get it in our shop!
- Can't play this video! Browser may block video autoplay… Click “Allow” to play the video
- Loading. Please tap ALLOW button to continue, etc.
In these instances, the “Allow” button is being introduced as something completely different. For example, many people have been asked to enter characters or interact with the captcha notification box upon the website entry. Since many are familiar with this broadly used tactic for cyberattack protection, they might be misled into believing that Vitb.xyz is trying to do the same.
In other cases, users might belong that their content is awaiting them – a movie or a download of unknown origin. It goes without saying that downloading files from suspicious websites is already dangerous enough, and considering the malicious nature of Vitb.xyz, one should not do that in the first place.
Nevertheless, all of these tricks might be sometimes enough to mislead users into pressing the “Allow” button. Users can straight away see that the promises were bogus and there are no videos to watch or no further content to explore. At the same time, they are usually redirected to a similar website that would ask for the exact same thing.
As soon as the notifications are allowed, the website can push any type of content to users' desktops without limitations, which commonly results in ad spam coming to their screens at random times. To make matters worse, they can show up no matter what users are doing at the time as long as the browser is running or idling in the background.
The push notifications from sites Vitb.xyz and alike are less than trustworthy. Users might be exposed to all types of phishing messages (for example, that they have won a free prize or that they could earn thousands of dollars within just a few days) and could be redirected to malware-laden websites.
Therefore, we strongly recommend you stay away from content that is promoted via push notifications. The intrusive activity is relatively harmless, as long as you do not interact with anything related to it. Nonetheless, since redirects to malicious websites might be a clear sign of adware infection, we provide how to deal with these phenomena.
|Type||Push notifications, ads, scam|
|Distribution||Website authors use fake messages to make users press the “Allow” button within the notification prompt|
|Symptoms||Intrusive pop-ups show up directly on the screen, covering all the other opened apps or websites|
|Dangers||Redirects to malicious websites can result in unwanted site notifications, personal information disclosure to unknown parties (cybercriminals), monetary losses, installation of other potentially unwanted programs/malware|
|Removal||To stop the intrusive pop-ups, you need to access the settings section of your browser. You should also check your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software to eliminate adware and malware|
|Additional steps||You should delete web browser caches and other data from your browsers to protect your privacy and prevent information leaks. You can do that quicker with ReimageIntego|
Adware distribution and operation
You might be redirected to Vitb.xyz without expecting it – the same happened to thousands of users as well. While it is common to end up on this page after clicking a link on some malicious website, there is a chance that adware is causing the problematic behavior of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or any other browser.
First of all, you should always be aware that high-risk websites such as torrents or illegal video streaming domains are inherently dangerous. They might incorporate a variety of scams, malicious ads that exploit vulnerabilities, and much more. Software cracks are also known to be malware-in-disguise, so please steer away from these places.
However, adware usually manages to sneak in via software bundle packages downloaded from various third-party websites, which are not necessarily malicious. There are plenty of legitimate sites that bundle software – you should always be aware of this fact.
When installing an app you want, you should always pay close attention to the installation process, as carelessness is what makes users install optional programs. Always read through steps, uncheck the pre-ticked boxes, watch out for misleading button placements, read the fine print, and, most importantly, always pick Advanced or Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones if such option is provided.
Once installed, adware might engage in all sorts of dubious behavior:
- Change browser settings
- Place cookies and use other tracking technologies for data tracking
- Show ads that do not originate from visited websites
- Redirect to malicious places, including Vitb.xyz
- Insert sponsored links at the top of search results which might make users install other PUPs, etc.
As soon as the "Allow" button is pressed, the permission for the site to deliver any type of information is granted
Keep in mind that redirects can also be a sign of malware, although most of the “job” is done in the background in this case. There could be several background connections happening without you knowing, all while generating revenue for malicious actors. Thus, regardless if you managed to find unwanted extensions or programs on your system, we strongly recommend you scan your system with anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.
After virus removal, we advise you to clean your browsers to ensure no remnants are left. You can either reset your browsers, clean them manually, or employ ReimageIntego PC repair and maintenance utility – it can do all the job for you. In fact, it is also equipped with a malware removal function, although it does not protect you from incoming infections, so it should be used in conjunction with powerful security software at all times.
Take care of the Vitb.xyz push notification problem
Push notifications are a part of the browser structure and were first implemented on desktop-based browsers back in 2015. Since then, many websites have kept asking users to enable this feature, which is generally disliked by many. Nonetheless, it was never created to be used for something malicious, although cybercriminals often use legitimate aspects of certain components to fulfill their malicious deeds.
That being said, even if you remove malicious software from your system (or such is not present), anti-malware won't stop the intrusive Vitb.xyz push notifications. This is because the website itself is not a virus; the permission to show notifications is what is causing the issue. Thus, you should access browser settings and remove this website from the “Allowed” list as explained below:
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 the 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 the 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 the 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.
- Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right of the window.
- Select Internet options and go to the Privacy tab.
- In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
- Locate web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.
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.