What is Newsonly.info?
At first glance, Newsonly.info may look like a useful news portal page, but the truth is that this domain belongs to a browser hijacker. A browser hijacker is a type of computer security threat that focuses on financial profits and does not care about content security. It usually enters your system without your permission, or it tricks you into thinking that you are installing something else. If your default homepage was changed to this portal, it is time you remove Newsonly.info from your system and then look for other unsolicited applications. The Murphy’s Law with these types of things is that potentially unwanted programs do not travel alone.
Where does Newsonly.info come from?
This browser hijacker does not have a direct distribution source. The program gets distributed bundled with freeware applications. It is very likely that Newsonly.info mostly spreads via Russian file-sharing websites. We can make such an assumption because most of the visitors to this domain come from Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine. Of course, it does not mean that the hijacker cannot reach users in other countries, too. As long as you land on a site that is associated with these programs, you might as well end up with this and many other programs you would rather avoid.
What’s more, we have enough information to conclude that there is an entire group of similar browser hijackers, and all of them aim to reach the same purpose. Newsonly.info is practically identical to gdslkeee1ru.ru, hrforlastnews.ru, bhnr1.ru, and so on. All of these sites look like news portals, but their main purpose is to promote third-party content that the users might find interesting. Clicking on the third-party links embedded in those portals helps the people behind these programs make a financial profit. However, you should think twice before you interact with this content.
What does Newsonly.info do?
Since the program is a browser hijacker, you can probably tell already what this application is capable of. First, once it enters your system, it will change your homepage address. The next time you open your browser, you will be automatically redirected to Newsonly.info. If that were not enough, the hijacker also creates a task that forcefully opens your browser every 32 minutes. When your browser is launched, it opens the hijacker’s domain page, and it this kind of behavior can really interfere with your usual web browsing routine.
What’s more, just because the page looks like a news portal, you should not search for anything via this website. Please remember that browser hijackers employ tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits, and soon enough this program will know most of your likes and preferences. Of course, it cannot collect your personal data, and it will only know more or less what kind of content you would like to see when you browse the web. But if you are constantly exposed to customized content, who can guarantee that you would not click it eventually?
As mentioned, every single time you click something promoted by Newsonly.info, you allow this browser hijacker to make some money. While the scheme itself is not malicious or illegal, it opens a lot of opportunities for cyber criminals to exploit this program. That happens because the browser hijacker does not check whether the content it promotes is reliable or not. So, in the worst-case scenario, some of the links promoted by Newsonly.info could be embedded with corrupted links, leading you to malware-related websites. Eventually, this malicious exploitation could lead to a severe computer infection that would result in personal data loss and perhaps even an ultimate system crash.
How do I remove Newsonly.info?
When you apprehend all the potential risks you may experience due to this browser hijacker; you have to make sure that you protect your personal information and your computer from undesirable consequences.
Please follow the removal instructions below to get rid of Newsonly.info, and then restore your browser settings to default. If you think that it is not enough to delete all the unwanted programs and safeguard your computer, please invest in a licensed antispyware tool that would protect your PC automatically. If you need any advice on the matter, do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below this description.
Manual Newsonly.info Removal
- Press Win+R and Run Prompt will open.
- Type %WINDIR% into the Open box. Click OK.
- Go to the System32 folder and open Tasks.
- Find and remove the newsonly.info task.
- Press Alt+T and go to Internet options.
- Click the Advanced tab and press Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Click Close.
- Press Alt+H and open Troubleshooting information.
- At the top right of the new tab, click Refresh Firefox.
- Press Refresh Firefox again and click Finish.
- Press Alt+F and open Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
- Scroll down and click Reset settings.
- Click Reset on the confirmation box.
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