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Remove Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info Referral Spam from Google Analytics

There is a new referral spam redirect circling around the Web and messing with various websites and Google Analytics. 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.

NameGet-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info
TypeMalicious domain being spammed by Referrer Spams
Short DescriptionThe domain may do various malicious things to a website or a compromised PC.
SymptomsThe user may witness multiple redirects to other potentially harmful domains.
Distribution MethodClicking on links (E.g. Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info/?hrefhjsd/). By being redirected to it via a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), Ghost Traffic
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info
User ExperienceJoin our forum to have a discussion about Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info Referral Spam.

The new referral spam in town is called Get-your-social-buttons.info and it redirects to the sharebutton.to domain:

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Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info Description

The referral traffic from Get-your-social-buttons(.)info 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 sharebutton.to,although other domains of the same website, such as sharebutton.org and sharebutton.net do exist as well.

Get-your-social-buttons(.)info is capable of doing the following:

• The spam domain could replace its URL with that of the targeted website, making that website appear as the spamming one. This can happen without any knowledge of the user.

• Spammers can modify the SEO calculations of targeted websites by adding links in their access logs, if such SEO info is present. Spammers apply such tactics to make their links popular in Google search results. That harms any website where such referral links are inserted. Any website with analytical data is a potential victim and can be affected.

• The spam domain can even distribute malware by creating links from sites that include it in their content. This scenario is quite perilous due to the fact that data can be obtained directly from the website, thus allowing spammers to send even more spam. Another unfavorable outcome is loss of personal information.

In conclusion, Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info 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 Get-your-social-buttons(.)info its domains and affiliate websites, all of which gain a better SEO ranking as a result.

How to Deal with Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info?

Method 1: Filtering Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info 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 – Get-your-social-buttons(.)info
Step 6: Select Views to Apply Filter.
Step 7: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.

Make sure you check out the methods from this article to help you to further block out this referrer spam from Google Analytics!

We have also researched other methods to remove this spam:

Method 2: Block it from your server.

In case you have a server that is an Apache HTTP Server, you may want to try the following commands to block Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info and Sharebutton(.)to domains in the .htaccess file:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Get-your-social-buttons.info \.info/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Get-your-social-buttons.info \-for\-website\.info/ [NC,OR]

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

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

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*Sharebutton.to \-for\-website\.to/ [NC,OR] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]

Also, have a look at the link below to get to know other spam URLs being blacklisted from other servers:

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

Disclaimer:This type of domain blocking for servers in an Apache environment has not been fully tested and it should be done by experienced professionals. Backup is always recommended.

Method 3 – Via WordPress

There is another method, which uses WordPress plugins to block referral spams from websites. We have recently seen one particular plugin reported to work, called WP-Ban. You can research and find others that are 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.

If you are constantly being redirected to dubious websites or keep seeing intrusive spam advertisements, we recommend you to use an advanced anti-malware program to determine if your computer has been infected by malware or other threats related to Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info and Sharebutton.to.

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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

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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