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Get Rid of Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam In Google Analytics

Name Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam
Type Malicious domain being spammed by Referrer Spams
Short Description The domain may do various dangerous or unhealthy deeds to the PC activities.
Symptoms The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.
Distribution Method Via clicking on any Ranskonic(.)net links (For example Ransonic(.)net/?hrefasdi9/). By being redirected to it via a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Progra) causing pop-ups and redirects on the PC.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss about Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam.

In case you have been caught off guard by Ranksonic(.)net referral spam, you should take immediate actions to stop the spam once and for all, experts say. Referral spam has been causing quite the havoc lately and security researchers have identified that it is at its peak during the colder seasons. Many websites have suffered by it mainly because it devaluates their google analytics data. In this article we have researched several methods to get rid of referral spam as it has continued to evolve over time.

Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam – What Is It?

Referrer spam (also known as referrer bombing or log spam) is created mainly to drive traffic to affiliate websites which are primarily vendors or clients of the spammers themselves. We have looked up into Ranksonic(.)net in depth only to establish that it may be a part of a whole network created by the spammer to generate hoax traffic for profit. Currently the domain itself leads the user to analytics data management site that advertises helpful software for website analytics.

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However, the referral spam may come in the form of many different URLs, for example ranskonic.net/fpbf02736d9/ which may redirect to all sorts of suspicious third-party websites:

  • Malware containing URLs
  • Fake retailer stores that may resemble well known websites such as AliExpress, Alibaba, eBay, Amazon and others.
  • Fake ‘Virus Detected’ type of pop-ups which aim to scare users and make them call fake customer representatives that are usually scammers.
  • Fake survey schemes that promise a reward if you enter your personal or financial details in the survey.
  • Rogue antivirus program websites that advertise poorly coded antivirus software displaying exaggerated or non-existent virus detections.

Now that we have looked into the dangers towards the user who clicks on those referral spams, let’s examine the dangers for the website publisher himself.

Imagine that you have a website that has low traffic but you are working yourself off to drive traffic to it. Suddenly you see a huge boost in traffic and you get extremely excited that your site finally gets boosted. However, it is unfortunately spam campaign aiming to drive traffic to some other website. Here are some of the dangers for website publishers, like you:

  • Referral spam devaluates the user data very swiftly.
  • It is very persistent and cyber-criminals use devious tactics to mask their presence and spam you for as long as possible.
  • Some particular spam attacks may catch information passing through HTTP traffic and target different analytic information.

If the spam is on a massive scale and the server that is hosting the website is not made to handle a lot of traffic, referral spam may crash the server, taking the website down with it.

Referral spam has been classified as two types:

1)WebCrawlers or Spiders Spam

This type of spam is called web crawling because what the spam bot essentially does is crawl over the web to search for various sites that are a lucrative spam target. It usually targets small websites that are in their initial development stages. It can corrupt their data very swiftly and make research based on it impossible.
This particular type of spam is less aggressive since spider bots are usually programmed to immediately stop spamming after being flagged instead of remaining present via another account. However bear in mind that there is a big ‘it depends’ because some spammers may remain present after all.

2)Ghost Referrer Spam

Ghost Referrer Spam is a particularly dangerous type of spam mainly due to one of its characteristics – it is widely used and is applied on a massive scale by spammers. However it is mostly effective because of how developed are the spam campaigns. The name Ghost Referral is there for a reason – this type of spam aims to mask its identity and remain for as long as possible on a target website and extra measures are required to ban it.

Ben Davis at vidget.com, an expert on spam research has indicated that this particular type of spam is actually not even logically present on the website it is spamming. This is done by spammers taking advantage via exploits in the free HTTP protocol data that passes through. Spammers try to conduct maximum amount of spam for as long as possible. Ghost referrer spam might also have a potential to send fake http prompts, focused on various Analytics data and allowing themselves to even modify search results.

Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam – How To Protect Yourself from It?

There are several methods to protect yourself from this spam and we have provided them to you below based on their efficiency and sophistication, starting from the simplest and most widely used to the more tech savvy and out-of-the box approaches.

We also recommend before blocking out any Ranksonic(.)net and other spams to check out these blacklisted spammer domain lists provided for free online and block them as well:

https://github.com/piwik/referrer-spam-blacklist/blob/master/spammers.txt

Method 1: Filter it in Google Analytics

You can always try to block all of the domains associated with this website (.info, .net., .com, etc.).

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 – Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam
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:

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

Method 2: 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://.*ranksonic\.com/ [NC,OR]

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

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

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

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

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* ranskonic \-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 3 – 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.

In case you have misclicked on one of the links related to Ranksonic(.)net, make sure to use an advanced anti-malware scanner to check whether or not our system has been compromised by malware. Virus experts recommend scanning your computer more than once since some cyber-threats may regenerate.

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How to Remove Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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'.

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 Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam and remove related files and objects

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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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net Referral Spam:


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Remove Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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 Ranksonic(.)net 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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