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Get Rid of C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф Referral Spam In Google Analytics

A new referral spam network possibly originating from Russia has been identified to spam websites in the days around New Year`s Eve. The website currently features a web page saying Happy New Year to the users. The redirected traffic goes to a sibling domain with a random name.

NameC(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф
TypeReferral Spam
Short DescriptionThe spam redirects internet traffic and rapidly devaluates a targeted site’s statistical data.
SymptomsYou may see multiple redirects to other potentially malicious websites. You might witness a sudden statistics change in Google Analytics data.
Distribution MethodSpam Bots, Referrals
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss about C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф.

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C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф Referral Spam Distribution

Referral spam (otherwise known as Referrer Spam) uses several methods to be distributed. It may be sent out manually or automatically. In massive spam campaigns such as C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф two main automatic methods of distribution may be used:

Method 1: Web Crawlers

Web crawlers, also known as spiders are a very effective spamming method that is being used primarily to spam different websites, instead of remaining persistent on a few targeted ones. Usually, the spam bots being used by this type of spam are not aggressive, i.e. they back off immediately after being warned or reported. The name ‘crawlers’ for this type of referral spam Is the following because the spamming software crawls around the websites collecting information and leaving a spam message on several sites based on a pre-programmed criteria.

Method 2: Ghost Referral Spam

This spamming method is mostly preferred by spammers since it is often reported as very effective. The spam is named like this for a reason – its aim is to remain unnoticed on a website while quickly devaluating its Analytics data, making research based on it impossible. The ghost spam is reported to take advantage of the free HTTP traffic data passing through. This may enable it to spam while not even being present on the website being spammed.

C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф – Information About the Domain

The domain itself has not presented any information on international whois services, suggesting it may be either new or well concealed. Furthermore, when opened with the most used web browser, Google Chrome, the domain redirected to the following web link:

xn--q1a(.)xn--b1aube0e(.)xn--c1acygb(.)xn--p1ai

Malware researchers firmly believe that C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф referral spam is used in combination with random web links such as the above one to advertise third-party websites and generate hoax traffic to them. It may also be deployed with the purpose to infect users with malware and collect personal or financial information.

The spam may not be this dangerous for website publishers. However it is important to bear In mind that it may have the ability to corrupt different Google Analytics statistical data.

Stop C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф Referral Spam

To successfully be rid of C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф spam and prevent it from driving away users from your website it you should act towards blocking it. We managed to collect and present several guides on successfully blocking this spam from your Google Analytics, WordPress and Apache server. It is highly recommended to follow them carefully to stop this spam from spreading further and affecting how your website appears in Google results.

Method 1: Filtering C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф Spam in Google Analytics:

Step 1: Click on the ‘Admin’ tab on your GA web page.
Step 2: Choose which ‘View’ is to be filtered and then click the ‘Filters’ button.
Step 3: Click on ‘New Filter’.
Step 4: Write a name, such as ‘Spam Referrals’.
Step 5: On Filter Type choose Custom Filter –>Exclude Filter –> Field: Campaign Source–> Filter Pattern. Then on the Pattern, enter the domain name – C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф Step 6: Select Views to Apply Filter.
Step 7: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.
You are done! Congratulations!

Also, make sure you check out these several methods to help you further block out this referrer spam from Google Analytics:

More Methods To Stop Spam Bots and Spiders In Google Analytics

We have also researched the following methods to remove this spam:

Method 2: Block C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from your server.

In case you have a server that is Apache HTTP Server, you may want to try the following commands to block C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф domains in the .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*C.новым.годом \.рф/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*xn--b1aube0e.xn--c1acygb \.xn--p1ai/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*C.новым.годом \-for\-website\.рф/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*xn--b1aube0e.xn--c1acygb \-for\-website\.xn--p1ai/ [NC,OR]

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]

Also here is a web link to some spam URLs being blacklisted from other servers:

Ultimate Referrer Blacklist by Perishablepress.com

Disclaimer: This type of domain blocking in Apache servers has not yet been tested and it should be done by experienced professionals. Backup is always recommended.

Method 3 – Stop C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф Via WordPress

There is a method outlined by security researchers online that uses WordPress plugins to block referrer spams from sites. There are many plugins that help deal with referrer spam, simply do a google search. We have currently seen one particular plugin reported to work, called WP-Ban, but bear in mind that you may find an equally good or better. WP-Ban has the ability to block users based on their IP address and other information such as the URL, for example.

Also, in case you feel like you may have clicked and been redirected to one of the domains mentioned in the spam message, and you believe your system may be compromised, you should scan your computer with a particular anti-malware tool. Downloading such software will also make sure your computer is safe against any future intrusions as well.

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Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

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How to Remove C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate C(.)новым(.)годом(.)рф from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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