What is

Coolestmedia.net is a malicious site that is used to deliver annoying pop-up ads, redirect people to unwanted and even dangerous pages, and as a link in a chain of malicious sites meant to make them harder to block. If you’re seeing pop-ups by Coolestmedia.net, they must be very frustrating. Luckily, you can stop them from showing by just editing your browser settings.

How are the ads dangerous?

The ads are intrusive, distracting, poor-quality, can make web browsing feel miserable and even dangerous. The pages that Coolestmedia.net advertises range from dishonest to harmful. Supplements, adult content, gambling, and pyramid schemes are examples of pages that are not outright dangerous but can cause problems if they’re not ignored. This content is using Coolestmedia.net to advertise because normal ad networks avoid subjects like this due to a history of fraud. Ad networks don’t want to introduce their users to harmful and dangerous pages which could cause financial harm, health problems, or are just full of false information.

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Coolestmedia.net can also lead to outright malware. It can lead to pages that promote more adware programs or fake programs that hide Viruses inside them. Viruses like file-locking ransomware that breaks most of the files on your computer and demands hundreds of dollars for restoring them and spyware that logs your activity and sends it to criminals, among others. There are also scams and spoof sites that try to lure people’s login credentials out of them. Professional advertising networks refuse to show ads that link such sites (though sometimes malicious ads do slip through the review process), but Coolestmedia.net seems to have no problems with it.

How do the ads start?

First, let’s find out how you found Coolestmedia.net. Maybe by clicking on ads online? Sites don’t usually choose the specific ads that they show, so it’s not possible to say which ones advertise Coolestmedia.net — that’s constantly changing. Coolestmedia.net is advertised by a few ad networks known for intrusive ads and for being attractive for unethical advertisers. Just be careful online, don’t click on obviously fake ads, and don’t trust pop-ups.

Or was it adware? Adware Viruses are programs which cause unwanted ads, often by automatically opening new browser windows or injecting content into sites as shown by your browser. They can result in applications being installed without you knowing, too. Adware Viruses promote various malicious products, so they can be very dangerous and should be uninstalled as soon as possible. Either way, when a person lands on Coolestmedia.net, they’re greeted with a false message:

Then Coolestmedia.net shows an alert box with an “Allow†button. Someone who believes the message, is tired, distracted, whatever other reasons — might click on the Allow button. The problem is that the alert box was for web push notifications, which Coolestmedia.net uses to show pop-up ads. After it receives permission to show notifications, Coolestmedia.net forwards you to another adware site, including Freshaudio.net, Uniquecaptcha.com, other sites that all want to send you pop-up ads (often the same ads simultaneously).

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The safest thing to do after landing on Coolestmedia.net or a similar page is to ignore it. No normal site needs notifications to be enabled to show content. That’s something that dishonest websites choose to do.

How to stop ads by Coolestmedia.net

The pop-up problem should go away if you just disable notifications from Coolestmedia.net and the other adware sites. If they can’t push notifications, they can’t show you ads. Check this guide, or access notification management in your browser: Chrome: paste chrome://settings/content/notifications in the address bar. Safari: go Safari -> Preferences -> Websites -> Notifications. Firefox: paste about:preferences#content in the address bar. If you suspect that you have an adware infection, you might need to scan your device with a strong antiVirus program, like Anti-Malware Tool, Anti-Malware Tool, o another one that you trust.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to . A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove  Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for  or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall  Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for  or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete  Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for  or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If .safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove  Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for  or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that  is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the  program.
  7. Select  or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect , go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find  in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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