What is SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE?
Investigation Target: SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE
Investigation Date: November 7, 2020
SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE is classified as Browser Notification Spam
Notification spam attempt!
SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE asks a user to subscribe to browser notification using the cheating methods.
If a website asks you: "Please tap the Allow button to continue," this is 100% cheating!
Another cheating prompts:
- Click Allow button to play the video.
- Click Allow button to continue.
- Click to confirm that you are not robot.
- Click to install missed video codec.
- Confirm age: click if you are 18+.
- Press Allow to close this window.
- Click on the Allow button to grant full access to the Extensive TV &Movies Catalog.
- Click Allow to get a watch a free TV and movies.
Do not click the Allow button!
Clicking the allow button will cause your browser to subscribe to pop-up notifications from the website.
Have you seen such pop-up notifications like this?
If yes, your browser has infected by notification adware.
How to get rid of notification pop-up ads?You cannot get rid of notifications using the close button because a new pop-up window will appear immediately.
You cannot block notifications using the configuration button on the pop-up window.
You can choose the option "Block all notifications from this site," but it will not work because the website uses millions of sub-domains.
You will spend the rest of your life, blocking all the sub-domains!
Solutions to solve the problem:
- Block browser notifications.
- Install uBlock Origin extension for your browser to remove ads and block adware websites:
uBlock Origin for Chrome, uBlock Origin for Firefox.
- Check your PC using Ultimate Malware Killer UnHackMe.
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- Also, I recommend using AdwCleaner, Hitman Pro, Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
How to remove SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE pop-up ads manually?Simple Guide for Google Chrome/New Edge, Opera, Yandex:
- Click the menu button.
- Click the Settings.
- Scroll the Settings or type "Notifications."
- Under "Privacy and security," click Site settings.
- Choose to block notifications:
Block all: Turn off Sites can ask to send notifications.
Block a site: scroll the list of Allowed websites, change Allow to Block. It is better to use the "Block" option instead of "Remove" because the Block will prevent repeating the infection.
- Allow quieter notification prompts: Allow sites to ask to send notifications, then click Use quieter messaging (blocks notification prompts from interrupting you).
How to remove SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE using UnHackMe?
STEP 1: Install UnHackMe (1 minute).
- Download UnHackMe from the official web site.
- Double click on UnHackMe.zip.
Unzip all files from the zip to a new folder.
- Double click on the unhackme_setup.exe.
- You will see a confirmation screen with a verified publisher: Greatis.
- Then you have to accept the license agreement.
- After that, choose a destination folder.
Complete UnHackMe installation.
STEP 2: Scan for SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE malware using UnHackMe (1 minute).
- The first scan will start automatically.
STEP 3: Remove SPECIAL-UPDATE.ONLINE malware (3 minutes).
- Carefully inspect found items.
Malicious items are marked with a red shield.
Suspicious items are yellow.
UnHackMe automatically creates a System Restore point before fixing!
It is required to have the Windows System Restore active in case of deleting the important files to be able to recover them.
Next step: click the red button: Remove Checked!
- UnHackMe may ask for your confirmation to close all browsers.
Please do it!
- If you want to quarantine files before deleting, check the box Use file safe deleting.
- And after all, you will see the results of your scanning and fixing process:
STEP 4: (optional)
- Clear your browser cache, cookies, browsing history.
Chrome: Press CTRL+Shift+Del keyboard combination or open Settings, Privacy and security, Clear browsing data.
- Delete temporary files.
Open Start menu, type: disk cleanup, choose Disk Cleanup from the results.
Another way: press Win+R, type: cleanmgr, hit Enter.
- Clean the Recycle Bin.
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