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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.

Name Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info
Type Malicious domain being spammed by Referrer Spams
Short Description The domain may do various malicious things to a website or a compromised PC.
Symptoms The user may witness multiple redirects to other potentially harmful domains.
Distribution Method Clicking on links (E.g. Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info/?hrefhjsd/). By being redirected to it via a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), Ghost Traffic
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join 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} ^https://.*Get-your-social-buttons.info \.info/ [NC,OR]

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

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

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

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.*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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How to Remove Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info

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

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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.

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 Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info and remove related files and objects

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

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 Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info. 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 Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info. 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 Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info 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 Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info. 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 Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info, 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 Get-Your-Social-Buttons(.)Info:


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