Silverseeker.top pop-up notifications appear when you do not expect, detracting and irritating you. Nonetheless, they are slightly more than annoying notifications – their origins is cleanly malicious, and they may introduce other malware to your computer. In this post, I will show you the guide how to remove Silverseeker.top pop-up notifications and explain how to avoid them in the future.
Any time you interact with Silverseeker.top pop-ups will be ineffective at best. In worst case scenario, the web pages it can open can introduce malware to your system. These push notifications may also promote fake online 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.
It is better to prevent, than repair and repent!
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What are Silverseeker.top 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 notifications and Silverseeker.top notifications is the malicious origins of the latter. Common pop-up ads are offered for you to enable on different sites with a understandable purpose – notify you about the new articles, goods for sale and so on. It is a useful tool to help your website to retain visitors and help the interested visitors to have the best price.
Short summary of the Silverseeker.top pop-ups:
|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||Captchasafe, Topdomainblog, Crystalcrafter|
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Silverseeker.top pop-up advertisements, in contrast, are related to unlegit web pages. You will commonly observe the proposition to enable them after a redirection from another site. There’s nothing bad in redirecting unless they throw you into such a dubious place. At that point, enabling push notifications is offered as the anti-DDoS check-up. Alternatively, the web pages can refuse to show you the contents unless you apply these pop-up advertisements. These requirements should already raise suspicion, as sites commonly have a different anti-bot mechanism. Seeing this requirement should be the reason to skip the page right away. In some cases, even when you click “Allow”, you will not see the site – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up ads.
How does this work?
The majority of browsers support enabling push notifications from websites. Websites, on the other hand, can send notifications with the content of their choice. It can be an advertisement of the product or a page listed for sale on this website, as well as a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the pop-up from site X, but opening it will direct you to website Y – because a link to the latter was embedded.
Scoundrels rely on this feature in their attempt to earn money through advertising. They trick users into allowing the pop-ups, and then just spread hundreds of ads of other crooks they contract with. As you may suppose, no normal organisations will have a deal with fraudsters. All the Silverseeker.top push ads you may see lead to other untrustworthy sites. At some point, the same victim can be trapped by multiple pop-up spamming websites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.
The promotions these rascals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It commonly provides a miserable pay for one person, but when you can send ads to a huge number of users and make it hundreds of times each day – that is a much bigger sum. Despite most of these banners giving no result at all, it may still give all the participants a lot of money.
Are Silverseeker.top pop-up advertisements dangerous?
Yes, they are. Initially, they may look harmless – just a blinking pop-up that appears from time to time. However, the contents of this window differ drastically from what you used to see in pop-up notifications. Silverseeker.top site is controlled by crooks, who deliberately show hundreds and thousands of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any common sense and can launch sporadic pop-ups into a hurricane of promotions. For weak computers, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all problems these pop-up ads carry.
As any other thing that touches illegal ads, Silverseeker.top push notifications don’t have legit deals to offer. Even though hackers make the banners looking similar to ones from Amazon, Walmart or Ebay, the website these ads 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 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, Silverseeker.top 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 Silverseeker.top pop-ups?
Fortunately, Silverseeker.top pop-up ads removal is pretty easy. They parasite in the web browser and can’t conceal themselves on a disk. However, as I stated before, some pop-up advertisements can promote malware to your computer. It is hard to predict all of the cases, and manual malware removal is a bad idea. Thus, after getting rid of the push notifications the best option is to use anti-malware software. I would especially recommend that if you have never allowed pop-up advertisements, and they still appeared. That can point at adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both system recovery and malware scanning and removal purposes, thanks to its system recovery functionality and multi-layer detection system.
Initially, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to do in manual or automated way. The former, obviously, requires 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.
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.
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 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
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 22.214.171.124 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 126.96.36.199 x.acme.com # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 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 Silverseeker.top 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 Silverseeker.top Pop-ups?
Description: Silverseeker.top - 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 Silverseeker.top push notifications?” or “why do Silverseeker.top pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Silverseeker.top 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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- More about this malware type on GridinSoft Encyclopedia.
- Official Microsoft guide for hosts file reset.