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Get Rid of Lsex.xyz Referral Spam In Google Analytics

NameLsex(.)xyz Referral Spam
TypeReferral Spam
Short Description The page redirects users to third-party websites. The spam is able to quickly devaluate a website’s statistics.
SymptomsThe user may witness multiple redirects to other potentially harmful websites. The user can also see sudden statistics change in Google Analytics data.
Distribution MethodSpam Bots, Redirects, Referrals
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam.

There is a yet another referral spam redirect spiraling the Internet and messing with various websites and their Google Analytics statistics. Its name is Lsex(.)xyz and it boosts the internet traffic of its affiliate websites by infecting as many targeted websites as possible. That is how the spam spreads and popularizes affiliate websites. It redirects to activities(.)aliexpress.com.

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What is Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam?

The referral traffic from Lsex(.)xyz aims towards a targeted website’s analytical data calculated by Google Analytics. It can disrupt that data with fraudulent referral traffic also known as “ghost” traffic. This way it promotes its affiliate websites that want to get higher hits from visits.

The referral spam usually redirects to activities(.)aliexpress.com, although this might change in just a few days, like other referral spam redirects usually do. Also, the site where the redirect leads to is not the legitimate AliBaba’s affiliate website known as AliExpress.com. This is how the real AliExpress.com site looks like:

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Lsex(.)xyz can affect any website by generating fake referral traffic from various locations using Bots, compromised computers and other techniques. The generated fake Internet traffic is used to boost Lsex(.)xyz, its domains and affiliate websites, all of which gain a better SEO ranking as a result.

There 2 basic ways of spreading spam, using Internet Bots:

#1 Web Crawlers

Web crawlers are programmed scripts that “crawl” over the Web, from one site to the next. They can be used for various purposes, but also for malicious purposes as spreading spam very fast. That is done with the crawler fetching and analyzing information about websites, such as no Captchas, no robot identification, not frequently updated or monitored, etc. Web crawlers are programmed in a way, to carefully choose what sites to go to daily, because the bandwidth for such a service is not infinite, nor free.

So, when a site has flagged the crawler and/or its activity for being a spam attack or something unwanted, it backs away and chooses other sites to crawl. However, some crafty spammers might make their programs more efficient for longer periods of time. And such spammers can also pay a number of people to assist them in filling out Captchas.

#2 Ghost Referrals

This type of spam is more sophisticated by nature, hence it’s more efficient. The term “Ghost” here means that the spam has a bigger purpose than only bypassing bot identification. Ben Travis, spam researcher at viget.com has identified that this type of spam attacks involves taking advantage of the free HTTP data passing through. This may allow cyber criminals to conduct massive spam campaigns on a website, tamper with the Google Analytics data and devaluate site statistics very fast.

That is so, because most times the internet traffic coming from these bots usually has 100% bounce rate. This means that absolutely no additional action is taken by a user upon visiting the affected website. The internet traffic is redirected to websites written in the Ghost Referral. If you notice a sudden spike in your Google Analytics data brought by Lsex(.)xyz web links you should act fast in blocking it. Some ghost referral spam is even reported to attack different types of analytics data.

Stop Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam

To stop this referral spam from doing further harm to your website(s), we at STF have researched and found the following removal methods for you to follow:

Method 1: Filtering Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam 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 – Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam Step 6: Select Views to Apply Filter.
Step 7: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.

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

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

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

Method 2: Block Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam from your server.

In case you have a server that is Apache HTTP Server, you may want to try the following commands to block Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam domains in the .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Lsex \.xyz/ [NC,OR]

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Lsex \.net/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Lsex \.ga/ [NC,OR]

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Lsex \.co.uk/ [NC,OR]

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Lsex \.ly/ [NC,OR]

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Lsex \-for\-website\.xyz/ [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 3 – Stop Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam Via WordPress

There is a method outlined by security researchers online that uses WordPress plugins to block referral spams from sites. We have recently seen one particular plugin reported to work, called WP-Ban, but be aware that you may find similar plugins as efficient as this one. WP-Ban has the ability to block users based on their IP address and other information such as the URL, for example.

If you feel like you may have clicked and have been redirected to any of the domains mentioned above, and you think your system may be affected by spam redirects, you should scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware tool. Downloading such software will also make certain your computer is safe against any future intrusions.

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How to Remove Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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.

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

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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.

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


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Get rid of Lsex(.)xyz Referral Spam from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Lsex(.)xyz 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
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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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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 Lsex(.)xyz 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".

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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'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Lsex(.)xyz 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.


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Eliminate Lsex(.)xyz 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.


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