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Get Rid of Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam In Google Analytics

Name Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam
Type Referral Spam
Short Description The web page has been seen on many referral spams on predominanly medium sized and smaller blogs in traffic.
Symptoms The user may witnes the spam on various places of the website that is being targeted, leading to Copyrightclaims(.)org which then redirects to a phishing website.
Distribution Method Bundling.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss about Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam.

Ah, referral spam – if it isn’t the least favourite thing to meet when you are trying to improve your website by working with Google Analytics. It starts with a few messages but it may become more frequent if left unmonitored and may even cause your favourite site to be banned from google searches because of malicious content. Well, copyrightclaims.org redirects is yet another such spam that is featured by a malicious bot or someone hiding out in a closet somewhere. Either way, it is very unwanted and you should deal with for the sake of your site. But in order to get rid of it, first you need to get to know your enemy so that you can be protected in the future.

Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam – What Is It

Such referral spam attacks usually aim to drive hoax web traffic to third-party sites. These are also known as ghost referrals and web crawlers. The trend has been growing rapidly and its highest points are during the end and beginning of a year. Experts warn that this threat is a rather serious one and if not blocked and protected from in time, it has the power to make a huge mess and cause many headaches.
There are two main referral spamming methods used by the spam bots at the moment:

Type 1: Spam by Crawlers

This particular spam comes in waves which are normally not identified and what is more they can change rapidly the statistical data. This means that they can increase the bounce rate rapidly and cause fluctuations in some other details. There are those spammers that finally remove a website from their “To spam list” right after they have been warned to stop or after their website links have been flagged as spam. But, there are also these persistent spammers that remain and even continue to complicate and develop their spam and they are the ones who most often have to be prevented via analytics filter. This may in some persistent cases be a headache for the site admin.

Type 2: Ghost Referral Spam

This particular spam method is the most widely distributed and you may have met it in the eyes of Copyrightclaims.org . It aims one thing and one thing only – to remain for as long as possible hidden, non-flagged and unfiltered.
Ben Davis at viget.com is an expert on spam and his report indicates that this spam is not actually present on the website it spams. There are cases where spammers exploited the free HTTP protocol information that passes through. This is a clear indication that a cyber crook can mask the whole HTTP session. There is even a special software, that is designed for this specific purpose. Such software might as well send fake HTTP requests that are directed towards different Google Analytics settings, eliminating the demand for the program to even visit the site that has been targeted. Security experts also report that the malicious threat may have the ability to fake certain search results.

Copyrightclaims.org referral spam may have the ability to modify Google Analytics statistical data and as a results change traffic and duration times, thus decreasing the value of the data on the site itself. This particular fact is very annoying, mainly because if you have a site and you are relying on statistical data to act based on forecasts from it, you may face a grave difficulty. The biggest danger by referral spam lies before lower traffic websites such as beginner blogs, newly created websites and others. This is because their data may be devaluated for a very short time by Copyrightclaims.org spammers. The referral spam domains continue to increase.

Similar to some other big spamming domains, like erot(dot)co for example, Copyrightclaims.org has been reported for several other malicious activities such as phishing. The website itself was initially blocked by antivirus software:
referral-spam-block
What is more, when visited, the website, caused a redirect to a phishing website that was a Aliexpress.com look alike. It is probably created with the purpose of collecting different, most likely financial data from customers or making them pay for non-existent products. In case you have visited the website, it is highly advisable to scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware software and change your passwords as well as other information.
Here is how the real Aliexpress web page looks like at the moment of writing this if it is put in comparison to the redirect caused by Copyrightclaims.org:
Referral-spam-phishing

Copyrightclaims.org – How To Protect Yourself

If you have spotted referral spam by copyrightclaims.org, this is a clear sign that you have this type of spam and you should immediately block it in your GA. Security experts, such as Carlos Escalera from ohow.com advise users to follow these instructions to filter out the spam in Analytics:

→Filtering Copyrightclaims.org:
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 – Copyrightclaims(.)org
Step 6: Select Views to Apply Filter.
Step 7: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.
You are done! Congratulations!

In case you keep seeing this persistent spam on your machine, make sure that you download a reputable anti-malware program that will help you with the detection of any threats associated with this malicious redirect and ensure further protection to yourself from other intruders and spammers.

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

https://sensorstechforum.com/exclude-all-hits-from-known-bots-and-spiders-in-google-analytics/

We have also researched several other methods to deal with this spam:

Method 1: Block it from your server.

In case you have a server that is Apache HTTP Server, you may want to try the following commands to block Ranksonic(.)net domains in the .htaccess file:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*Copyrightclaims \.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*Copyrightclaims \.ru/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*Copyrightclaims \.org/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*Copyrightclaims \.info/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Copyrightclaims \.co/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Copyrightclaims \.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Copyrightclaims \-for\-website\.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]

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

https://perishablepress.com/blacklist/ultimate-referrer-blacklist.txt

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 2 – 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.

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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

In case you have been affected by clicking on one of the many Copyrightclaims(.)org referral URLs it is recommended to scan your PC with an advanced anti-malware program more than once in order to determine whether or not your system i safe.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam

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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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam:

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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam. 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam. 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam. 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam files from your Mac

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


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam:


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Remove Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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.

stf-safari-extensions


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 Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Eliminate Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam 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.


Remove Push Notifications caused by Copyrightclaims.org Referral Spam from Your Browsers.


Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.

settings

Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

advanced settings

Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

Content Settings

Step 4: Open “Notifications”:

notifications

Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

Block, Edit or Remove

Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.

options

Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":

Settings

Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

remove push notifications firefox

Stop Push Notifications on Opera

Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings

opera

Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

content settings

Step 3: Open Notifications:

notifications

Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

three dots

Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.

preferences

Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".


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