Stonkstime pop-up notifications appear out of the blue, detracting and irritating you. However, they are way more than simple pop-up ads – their nature is clearly malignant, and they can bring other malware to your system. In this post, I will guide you on how to remove Stonkstime pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.
Any interaction with Stonkstime pop-up notifications will be useless at best. At worst, the sites it can open can introduce malware to your system. These pop-ups can 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.
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What are Stonkstime pop-up 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 Stonkstime pop-ups is the malignant origins of the latter. Normal push notifications are offered for you to enable with a straightforward purpose – keep you aware about the latest posts, discounts and so on. It is an effective approach to help your website to retain visitors and help the interested users to have the best price.
Short summary of the Stonkstime.com pop-up ads:
|Hosting||AS57304 JSC “RetnNet”|
|Effect||Unwanted pop-up advertisements|
|Malware source||Apps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites|
|Similar behavior||Tratbc, Shorturl, Nongloths|
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Stonkstime push notifications, as opposed, have a deal with unlegit sites. You will generally observe the offer to enable them after a redirection from another page. It’s OK to see redirects unless it throws you into such a dubious place. In this case, turning on push notifications is offered under the guise of the anti-bot check-up. In other cases, the websites may deny showing you the contents unless you turn on these pop-ups. These demands should already be the red flag, as websites usually have a different anti-bot mechanism. Seeing such an offer is a reason to leave the site right away. Sometimes, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not get to the web page – the only page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up ads.
How does it work?
The majority of web browsers support turning on push notifications from sites. Websites, on the other hand, can send notifications with the content they want. It may be a promotion of the product listed for sale on this particular site, as well as a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you may see the pop-up from site X, but interacting with it will direct you to site Y – because a referral link to that website was added.
Scoundrels rely on this feature in their attempt to gain money through advertising. They trick users into allowing them to show the banners, and then just spread hundreds of banners of other crooks they have a deal with. As you can suppose, no benevolent organisations will have a deal with fraudsters. All the Stonkstime push ads you may see lead to other fraudulent sites. In some cases, the same victim may get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming websites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.
The promotions these criminals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It commonly provides a miserable pay for one view, but when you can send ads to a huge number of victims and show them hundreds of ads each day – that is a much bigger sum. Despite the majority of these ads giving no result at all, it may still bring all the parties a lot of money.
Are Stonkstime push notifications dangerous?
Yes, they are. Initially, they can look safe – just a blinking window that appears a couple times in an hour. However, the things this window promotes differ sharply from what you generally see in pop-ups. Stonkstime.com site is controlled by crooks, who deliberately throw hundreds of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any manners of advertising and can launch sporadic pop-up notifications into a storm of promotions. For weak computers, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all problems these pop-ups carry.
As with any other thing related to illegal advertising, Stonkstime pop-ups lack legit offers. Even though crooks make the banners looking similar to ones from Amazon, Walmart or Ebay, the site these banners 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 pop-ups 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, Stonkstime push notifications are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.
How to remove Stonkstime pop-ups?
Fortunately, Stonkstime push notifications removal is pretty easy. They sit in the web browser and cannot hide themselves on a disk. Nonetheless, as I stated before, some push notifications can introduce malicious programs to your computer. It is hard to show all cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is inconvenient. For that reason, after disabling the pop-up advertisements the best option is to use anti-malware software. That is especially recommended in the case when you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-up notifications, but they still appeared. That can be a sign of adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both system recovery and malware checkup purposes, because of its abilities of system recovery and multi-component detection system.
First of all, you should reset your browser settings. You can do that 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 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 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:
# 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:
# 220.127.116.11 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 18.104.22.168 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 Stonkstime 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 Stonkstime Pop-ups?
Description: Stonkstime - 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 Stonkstime.com push notifications?” or “why do Stonkstime.com pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Stonkstime 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.