Owlet Guide pop-up notifications appear out of the blue, distracting and irritating you. Still, they are much more than simple pop-up ads – their essence is purely malicious, and they can introduce other malware to your device. In this post, I will show you the guide how to remove Owlet Guide pop-up notifications and explain how to avoid them in the future.
Any interaction with Owlet Guide push notifications will be useless at best. In worst case scenario, the web pages it can open can 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.
What are Owlet Guide push notifications?
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 pop-up ads and Owlet Guide notifications is the malignant origins of the latter. Normal push notifications are offered for you to enable on different sites with a benevolent purpose – notify you about the new posts, goods for sale and so on. It is a useful thing to help your website to retain visitors and help the interested visitors to have the best price.
Brief summary of the Owletguide.com pop-up ads:
|Hosting||AS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.
United States, San Francisco
|Effect||Unwanted pop-up advertisements|
|Malware source||Apps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites|
|Similar behavior||News, Finishedwarmth, Gosteadyplaymate|
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Owlet Guide push notifications, in contrast, are related to unlegit websites. You will generally witness the offer to turn them on after a redirection from another site. Redirects are OK unless they throw you into such a dubious place. In this case, enabling pop-ups is served under the guise of the anti-DDoS check. Alternatively, the websites may refuse to show you the contents unless you apply these pop-ups. These requirements should already raise suspicion, as sites usually feature a more convenient anti-bot mechanism. Spectating such an offer is a reason to close the website right away. In some cases, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not get to the site – the only page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up notifications.
How does this work?
The majority of browsers support turning on push notifications from websites. Websites, on the other hand, may send notifications with the content of their choice. It can be an advertisement of the product posted on this particular site, or an ad of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the pop-up from site X, but interacting with it will throw you to website Y – because a referral link to the latter was added.
Cybercriminals rely on this ability in their approach to gain money using illegal advertising. They trick victims into allowing them to show the banners, and then just spread hundreds of banners of other crooks they have a deal with. As you may suppose, no image-caring companies will have a business with fraudsters. All the Owlet Guide popups you can see lead to other untrustworthy sites. In some cases, the same user can be trapped by multiple pop-up spamming sites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.
The banners these criminals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It commonly provides a negligible commission for one viewer, but when you have hundreds of victims and make it hundreds of times each day – that is a much bigger sum. Even though most of these banners are ineffective, it can still bring all the parties a lot of money.
Are Owlet Guide push notifications dangerous?
Yes, they are. Initially, they can look harmless – just a blinking window that appears a couple times in an hour. However, the things this window promotes differ sharply from what you used to see in pop-ups. Owletguide.com web page is ruled by fraudsters, who intentionally throw tons of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any manners of advertising and can make sporadic pop-up notifications into a storm of banners. For weak computers, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all problems these pop-up advertisements carry.
As any other thing related to illegal ads, Owlet Guide pop-ups don’t have legit deals to offer. Even when crooks make the ads similar to ones from Walmart or Amazon, the website these ads will throw you to are completely different. And these pages can 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 push 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, Owlet Guide pop-up ads are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.
How to remove Owlet Guide Virus?
Fortunately, Owlet Guide Virus removal is not very complicated. They sit in the browser and cannot hide themselves in the system. However, as I pointed out before, some pop-up ads may deliver malicious programs to your computer. It is nearly impossible to predict all cases, and manual malware removal is inconvenient. Thus, after getting rid of the push notifications it is recommended to use anti-malware software. I’d especially recommend that if you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-up notifications, but they still appeared. This situation can point at malicious software activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both recovery and malware scanning purposes, because of its system recovery functionality and superb detection system.
Initially, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to accomplish in manual or automated way. The former, obviously, requires more time to complete and can 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.
You may 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.
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:
- Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option:
- 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:
- Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information”:
- In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option:
After choosing this option, you will see the next message:
If you use Google Chrome
- Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button:
- In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults”:
- 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
- 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:
- 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 web page you need. Create a text file titled “hosts” on your pc’s desktop, then open it and fill it with the following lines2:
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 Owlet Guide 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.
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).
How to Remove Owlet Guide Virus?
Name: Owlet Guide
Description: Owlet Guide - 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 Owletguide.com push notifications?” or “why do Owletguide.com pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Owlet Guide Virus, 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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- More about this malware type on GridinSoft Encyclopedia.
- Official Microsoft guide for hosts file reset.