A familiar referral spam has released a new URL, named Share-button(.)xyz. Besides this URL, there are also other ones such as Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info and Sharebutton(.)to which display relatively the same page and are all linked together. When visited, the site directly redirects to either of these linked hosts. The sites are advertised as a free service for website design, more specifically buttons for sharing content via the social media. Users are strongly advised to back away from this website and its web links and if encountered in spam messages to avoid it. In case you have this spam present on your device, we strongly recommend using the instructions after this article to get rid of it in the future.
|Short Description||The web page has been seen on many referral spams on predominantly medium sized and smaller blogs in traffic.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness the spam on various places of the website that is being targeted, leading to a Sharebutton(.)to domain which then redirects to a phishing website.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Bots.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Share-Button.xyz.|
Share-button(.)xyz Referral Spam – How Does It Work
Similar to Sharebutton(.)to referral spam, this one may be distributed via two primary methods:
Method #1 – Web Crawlers or Spiders
Spam by such spam bots is also known as web crawling or spider spam. This is because the software “crawls” through the web searching for various websites and spamming them based on a pre-configured criterion. These type of attacks on sites are not persistent because they usually stop after being deleted, the users banner and flagged. This type of spam is also more oriented towards massive spam campaigns on various websites instead of targeting certain sites for an extended period of time. However, if it is combined with other spamming methods it may become a headache.
Method #2– Ghost Referral Spam
Ghost Referral (also known as Ghost Referrer spam) carries the name Ghost because it aims to remain on a website it is spamming unnoticed and remote. This is conducted via exploiting the free hyper-text transfer protocol (HTTP) and spam the targeted host by connecting to it from a distance. This is very effective because the spam bot is not even on the website it is spamming. Some more sophisticated “ghosts” may even select what type of analytic to target and corrupt.
Why Referral Spam Is Being Used and More About Sharebutton Domains
These type of attacks are created for several different purposes. One of them is to lead users to third-party websites which may either want to have hoax traffic driven to them or other more devious goals. Some of those websites may pretend to be online retailer stores or other legitimate services to “phish” for user information such as credit card details or personally identifiable information. There are even some websites that may redirect you to websites that aim to infect your computer with malware such as Petya Ransomware or Google Redirect Rootkit Virus.
The network of domains with the keyword “Sharebutton” is reported by many security forums as well as blogs to be potentially harmful. It may be advertised via other spam domains that contain the keyword “buttons” in them. Here is a short list of related domains discovered in Cqcounter.com:
The network is reported to be primarily visited from India, but there are also reports of it being visited by other locations over the world such as Brasil, Turkey and Spain as well as the US.
Besides this, there are also other dangers for users, such as the script that the site may display to website publishers who may use it on their website. The script may contain tracking technologies or other malicious codes that may be unhealthy for the website and cause it to be flagged and removed from search results.
The code has been reported to link to other locations includion the “cdn.script(.)to/share6(.)js” script which is posted online. It is not yet positively confirmed that this script is dangerous for users but it links to various social media webites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, VKontakte and others and this may be an indicator that these may be phishing duplicates for passwords and emails. Everyone who has used such share buttons is strongly advised to change their passwords immediately.
Getting Rid of Share-Button.xyz Referrer Spam
When we get back to referrer spam, it is primarily oriented towards driving traffic to third-party sites. But this doesn’t meant that it can’t be harmful in other ways to both the users and web publishers:
- Quickly rendering website statistics useless.
- Flooding the website with malicious spam comments, causing the website itself to be flagged as untrustworthy and ranking it lower in Google search results.
- Infect it’s users with malware.
These are the main reasons why this type of spam shouldn’t be underestimated. To block share-button(.)xyz referral spam, we strongly advise following the after mentioned instructions to stop spam from this and other Share-Button domains:
- Guide 1: How to Remove Share-Button.xyz from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Share-Button.xyz from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Share-Button.xyz from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Share-Button.xyz from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Share-Button.xyz from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Share-Button.xyz from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Share-Button.xyz from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Share-Button.xyz from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Share-Button.xyz
Step 2: Uninstall Share-Button.xyz 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Share-Button.xyz on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Share-Button.xyz there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Share-Button.xyz from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Share-Button.xyz and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Share-Button.xyz 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Share-Button.xyz files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Share-Button.xyz, 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.
Remove Share-Button.xyz 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.
Erase Share-Button.xyz 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.
Uninstall Share-Button.xyz 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.
Remove Share-Button.xyz 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Share-Button.xyz will be removed.
Eliminate Share-Button.xyz 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.