Tuskel.live Ads Removal Guide — How to Fix It?

Written by Wilbur Woodham
Tuskel.live pop-ups appear out of the blue, disturbing and irritating you. Nonetheless, that is much more than annoying pop-ups – their essence is surely malicious, and they can bring other malware to your device. In this post, I will show you how to remove Tuskel.live pop-up notifications and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any time you interact with Tuskel.live push notifications will be ineffective at best. In worst case scenario, the websites it can show you can introduce malware to your system. These pop-up notifications can also promote 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 Tuskel.live 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-ups and Tuskel.live pop-ups is the malignant origins of the latter. Common pop-up advertisements are offered for you to enable with a understandable purpose – notify you about the fresh publications, discounts and so on. It is an effective approach to help your site to keep visitor’s attention and help the interested users to have the best price.

Brief description of the Tuskel.live pop-ups:
NameTuskel.live
HostingAS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
United States, North Bergen
IP Address157.230.4.182
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorNews, Ciling, Bigcaptchahere
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC

Tuskel.live pop-up notifications, on the other hand, are related to less legit sites. You will generally observe the offer to turn them on after a redirection from another page. It’s OK to see redirects unless it throws you to such a dubious place. At that point, enabling push notifications is offered under the guise of the anti-DDoS check-up. In other cases, the web pages may refuse to show you the content unless you enable these pop-up notifications. These requirements should already raise suspicion, as sites generally have a less obscure anti-bot mechanism. Seeing such an requirement should be the reason to close the site right away. Sometimes, even when you click “Allow”, you will not see the web page – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up notifications.

Tuskel.live push notification

Tuskel.live push notification.

How does this work?

Most of browsers support enabling push notifications from sites. Sites, on the other hand, can send notifications with the content they want. It can be an advertisement of the product or a page published on this website, or an ad of their partner page. As a result, you may see the pop-up from site X, but opening it will redirect you to site Y – because a referral link to the latter was added.

Cyber burglars rely on this feature in their approach to gain money using illegal advertising. They trick victims into allowing them to show the banners, and after that just spread hundreds of ads of other crooks they have a deal with. As you may suppose, no normal companies will contract with fraudsters. All the Tuskel.live notifications you can see lead to other untrustworthy sites. At some point, the same victim may get into a trap of several pop-up spamming websites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.

The promotions these crooks show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It commonly provides a miserable payment for one view, but when you can send ads to hundreds of victims and show them hundreds of ads every day – that is a way bigger sum. Despite most of these ads giving no result at all, it can still give all the participants a lot of profit.

Are Tuskel.live pop-up advertisements dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they may look non-threatening – just a colourful window that appears from time to time. However, the contents of this window differ drastically from what you generally see in push notifications. Tuskel.live website is ruled by fraudsters, who intentionally spread tons of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any manners of advertising and can launch sporadic push notifications into a storm of promotions. For weak computers, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all troubles these pop-ups carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing that touches illegal advertising, Tuskel.live push notifications do not contain any legit offers. Even though crooks make the ads looking similar to ones from well-known retailers, the site 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 advertisements 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, Tuskel.live 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 Tuskel.live pop-ups?

Fortunately, Tuskel.live pop-ups removal is not very complicated. They sit in the web browser and can’t conceal themselves on a disk. Nonetheless, as I stated before, some push notifications can deliver malware to your system. It is hard to predict all of the cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is inconvenient. Therefore, after disabling the pop-up ads the best option is to use anti-malware software. That is especially recommended if you have never clicked “Allow” to push notifications, and they still appeared. That can be a sign of malicious software activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both recovery and malware checkup purposes, thanks to its abilities of system recovery and superb detection system.

First and foremost, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to do in manual or automated way. The former, obviously, takes 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.

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 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
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 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 Tuskel.live 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 Tuskel.live Pop-ups?

Name: Tuskel.live

Description: Tuskel.live - 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 Tuskel.live push notifications?” or “why do Tuskel.live pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Tuskel.live 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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References

  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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