News-ciheca Pop-up Virus — How to Remove Unwanted Ads?

Written by Wilbur Woodham
News-ciheca pop-up notifications appear when you do not expect, bothering and irritating you. Still, that is way more than annoying pop-ups – their origins is purely malicious, and they may introduce other malware to your system. In this article, I will show you how to remove News-ciheca pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any time you interact with News-ciheca push notifications will be ineffective at best. In worst case scenario, the sites it can show you may introduce malware to your system. These pop-ups may also advertise fake shopping websites which will take your money and payment info. The latter generally ends up with losing all the money you have on the exposed card.

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What are News-ciheca pop-ups?

As the pop-up definition goes, these are short and small advertisements that attract your attention to a product they promote. But the difference between regular push notifications and News-ciheca notifications is the malicious origins of the latter. Normal pop-ups are offered for you to enable with a benevolent purpose – notify you about the latest posts, goods for sale and so on. It is a useful thing to help your site to keep visitors and help the interested ones to have the best price.

Short summary of the pop-up ads:
HostingAS63023 GTHost
Germany, Frankfurt am Main
IP Address193.108.118.54
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorSiravn, News, Celeb
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC

News-ciheca pop-up advertisements, as opposed, are related to less legit sites. You will generally observe the offer to enable them following the redirection from another page. It’s OK to see redirects unless they throw you to such a questionable place. In this case, turning on push notifications is served as the anti-bot check-up. Alternatively, the websites may deny showing you the content unless you apply these pop-ups. These theses should already be the red flag, as sites usually have a different anti-bot mechanism. Seeing this demand should be the reason to leave the website doubtlessly. Sometimes, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not see the web page – the sole page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up ads.

News-ciheca push notification

News-ciheca push notification.

How does this work?

The majority of browsers support turning on pop-ups from websites. Sites, on the other hand, can send out notifications with the content they like. It can be a promotion of the product listed on this particular site, or a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the push notification from site X, but clicking it will throw you to site Y – because a referral link to the latter was added.

Cybercriminals rely on this ability in their attempt to earn money using illegal advertising. They trick victims into turning on pop-ups, and then just spread numerous ads of other crooks they contract with. As you may suppose, no benevolent companies will have a deal with fraudsters. All the News-ciheca notifications you can see lead to other untrustworthy sites. In some cases, the same user may be trapped by multiple pop-up spamming sites, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The ads these crooks show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It commonly provides a miserable pay for one viewer, but when you have hundreds of users and show them hundreds of ads every day – that is a much more significant sum. Even though the majority of these ads giving no result at all, it may still give all the parties a lot of money.

Are News-ciheca pop-up notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, they may look harmless – just a colourful window that appears from time to time. However, the contents of this window differ drastically from what you generally see in pop-up advertisements. web page is ruled by crooks, who deliberately throw hundreds of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any manners of advertising and can make sporadic pop-up ads into a hurricane of banners. For weak computers, that may be enough to make the system slower. But that is not all problems these pop-up notifications carry.

Why people dislike popups

As with any other thing that touches illegal advertising, News-ciheca pop-up ads don’t have legit offers. Even when hackers make the banners similar to ones from Walmart or Amazon, the website these banners will throw you to are completely different. And these pages may offer you to turn on other pop-ups, install a “useful” program, or pay for a thing at a big discount and never receive it. Let’s leave aside the cases when pop-up notifications promote phishing pages or straightforward malware. There’s no way these pages will bring you any good, thus interacting with them is a very bad idea. For the same reason, News-ciheca push notifications are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.

How to remove News-ciheca pop-ups?

Fortunately, News-ciheca pop-up ads removal is pretty easy. They sit in the web browser and can’t conceal themselves among system files. Nonetheless, as I told above, some pop-up advertisements can deliver malicious software to your system. It is hard to show all of the cases, and manual malware removal is a bad idea. Therefore, after removing the source of the pop-up ads it is recommended to use anti-malware software. This step is especially recommended if you have never allowed pop-up advertisements, and they still appeared. This situation may point at malware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both recovery and malware checkup purposes, thanks to its system recovery functionality and advanced detection system.

Initially, you should reset your browser settings. You can do that in manual or automated way. The former, obviously, takes more time to complete and may be somewhat complicated if you have never done that. Automated supposes the use of anti-malware programs that can reset all browser settings at once.

Reset your browsers with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

To reset your browser with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, open the Tools tab, and click the “Reset browser settings” button.

Tools tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

You can see the list of options for each browser. By default, they are set up in a manner that fits the majority of users. Press the “Reset” button (lower right corner). In a minute your browser will be as good as new.

Reset Browser Settings tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

The browser reset is recommended to perform through the antivirus tool by GridinSoft, because the latter is also able to reset the HOSTS file without any additional commands.

Reset your browsers manually

Manual method of browser reset

To reset Edge, do the following steps:
  1. Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option:
  2. Reseting the Edge browser

  3. After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original:
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions:
  1. Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information”:
  2. The first step to revert Mozilla Firefox

  3. In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option:
  4. The second step of Firefox restoration
    After choosing this option, you will see the next message:
    The last step for Firefox
If you use Google Chrome
  1. Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button:
  2. In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults”:
  3. Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default:
Opera can be reset in the next way
  1. Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option:

  2. After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown:

When the browsers are reset, you need to ensure that your browser will connect the right DNS while connecting to the website you need. Create a text file titled “hosts” on your pc’s desktop, then open it and fill it with the following lines2:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# # source server
# # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

Find the hosts.txt file in C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc directory. Rename this file to “hosts.old.txt” (to distinguish it from the new one), and then move the file you created on the desktop to this folder. Remove the hosts.old from this folder. Now you have your hosts file as good as new.

Scan your system for possible viruses

After removing the News-ciheca push notifications, it’s time to see if these pop-ups brought any threat to your system. Launch GridinSoft Anti-Malware, and then click on Standard scan. It will be enough in most cases to find and remove malware. The scan will last 5-10 minutes; you are free to use your system during that process.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware during the scan process

Once the scan is complete, you will see the detections or a notification about a clean system. Proceed with pressing the Clean Up button (or OK when nothing is detected).

GridinSoft scan finished

How to Remove News-ciheca Pop-ups?

Name: News-ciheca

Description: News-ciheca - a lot of users became a target for the pop-up advertisements. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove push notifications?” or “why do pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with News-ciheca pop-ups, which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Adware

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  1. More about this malware type on GridinSoft Encyclopedia.
  2. Official Microsoft guide for hosts file reset.

About the author

Wilbur Woodham

I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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