Home > Scam > Get Rid of .ga Referral Spam In Google Analytics
THREAT REMOVAL

Get Rid of .ga Referral Spam In Google Analytics

Referral spam redirecting to Heavengifts(.)com by a web link, called Quit-smoking(.)ga has been reported to increase rapidly. The referral spam is believed to spread via a combination of Web Crawlers as well as Ghost Referral spam bots. It is highly recommended for all affected users who have visited the website Quit-Smoking(.)ga to take actions against it and its spam on their sites.

Name .ga Referrer Domains
Type Referral Spam
Short Description The domain may cause one or more malicious redirects to different websites.
Symptoms The user may witness primarily redirects to Heavengifts(.)com as well as redirects to other online retailer phishing websites that aim for his/her information or money.
Distribution Method Via Spam bots (Web Crawlers and Ghost Referrers)
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss about .ga Referrer Spam Domains.

.Ga Referral Spam – How Is It Spread

Similar to other referral spams, Quit-Smoking(.)ga referral spam and other links redirecting to Heavengifts(.)com are spread via two main spamming technologies:

Web Crawlers Spam

This particular type of spam is called spiders or crawlers because it essentially crawls through the Web looking for websites based on a preset criteria. This type of spam is not aggressive, and it usually backs away after being flagged as spam once. However, there may be some advanced spammers that may configure it to become more persistent, so beware.

Ghost Referral Spam

This is the most widely chosen type of spam, research by ohow.com suggests. Also, according to Ben Travis at viget.com, this type of spam may use different technologies to target Google Analytics and hence devaluate the statistical data. In case you notice sudden spikes in your data, you may be almost certain that some of it might be by Ghost Referral spam. What is more, the spam uses different technologies such as taking advantage of the HTTP pass-through connection. Furthermore, Ghost Referral spam in most cases contains features that enable it to spam while not even directly present on the victim website. This makes it impossible to block the spam by blocking the domain name to access it. However, there are other methods to deal with it, outlined after this article.

Heavengifts(.)com In Detail

Usually referrer spam such as Quit-Smoking(.)ga and Cyber-Monday(.)ga may be created with a purpose to generate web traffic to the website via spam and hence make money from the products being sold on the online retailer site. Here you may find more information and instructions to block referral spam by Cyber-Monday(.)ga.The websites both may redirect to Heavengifts(.)com.

heaven-gifts-spam

Furthermore, the website itself features some interesting privacy policy claims, especially concerning users` information:

pii-sharing-heavengifts.com

Also, when the goods of the website were checked, it was visible that it offered some products at a higher price. The domains Cyber-Monday(.)ga and Quit-Smoking(.)ga may redirect to different parts of this website, more specifically to the parts on the same theme (smoking or tech products). However their redirects seem to change constantly, this is why users should beware of any spam messages featuring similar web links since they might cause more than one redirects and end up infecting users who visit them.

Also, .ga domain spam has been reported to link to other phishing websites, such as fake AliExpress sites as well as phishing Alibaba domains.
As far as security researchers are concerned this may or may not be a legitimate website looking forward to boosting its traffic via referral spam. However, you should beware of websites such as Quit-Smoking(.)ga and Cyber-Monday(.)ga, and any similar .ga domain spam messages because you might end up with malware on your computer. However, the reality may be completely different – the site may be phishing for the user`s information and gaining profit from it and also may serve other interests, that may not be morally acceptable. This is why its blocking is advisable.

Block Spam by Suspicious .ga Domains

There are many methods to block both types of spam from entering your website, and we have managed to research some of them. Below you can find the three main methods to deal with Web Crawlers as well as Ghost Referral spam as well as a hotlink to five more methods. We recommend applying all methods in combination to get rid of this spam fully.

In order to remove this referral spam completely, make sure to follow the after-mentioned instructions:

Method 1: Filtering .ga Referrer Domains 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 – .ga Referrer Domains 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 .ga Referrer Domains from your server.

In case you have a server that is Apache HTTP Server, you may want to try the following commands to block .ga Referrer Domains domains in the .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*Quit-Smoking \.ga/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*Cyber-Monday \.ga/ [NC,OR]

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

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*Heavengifts \-for\-website\.com/ [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 .ga Referrer Domains 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.

donload_now_250
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

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
Twitter


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove .ga Referrer Domains from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .ga Referrer Domains

OFFER

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 .ga Referrer Domains 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 .ga Referrer Domains 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 .ga Referrer Domains 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 .ga Referrer Domains 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of .ga Referrer Domains from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .ga Referrer Domains and remove related files and objects

OFFER
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 .ga Referrer Domains:

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 .ga Referrer Domains. 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 .ga Referrer Domains. 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 .ga Referrer Domains 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 .ga Referrer Domains. 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 .ga Referrer Domains files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .ga Referrer Domains, 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 .ga Referrer Domains:


Download

SpyHunter for Mac



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove .ga Referrer Domains 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase .ga Referrer Domains 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall .ga Referrer Domains 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove .ga Referrer Domains 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 .ga Referrer Domains 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


Eliminate .ga Referrer Domains 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.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *