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This article aims to help you with the removal of Special-promotion.online ads from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files and objects in full.

In case that a lot of ads pushed by the dubious website Special-promotion.online appear at unusual places in a preferred browser and even out of it, your system is most likely infected by a potentially unwanted program. All ads you see could slow down affected browser and make it completely unresponsive at times. In addition, the undesired adware program could use various tracking technologies to spy on you, your system and browsing behavior. Keep reading to learn more about the impact of the nasty Special-promotion.online and find efficient ways for its removal.

Threat Summary

Name Special-promotion.online
Type Redirect, PUP
Short Description Special-promotion.online is a suspicious website that pushes lots of ads in an attempt to trick affected users into visiting promoted web pages. It is associated with potentially unwanted program designed to alter various system and browser settins.
Symptoms The affected browsers redirect to Special-promotion.online and other sites of unknown origin during browsing sessions. Large number of online advertisements make the affected system and installed web browsers sluggish.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Special-promotion.online – Spread Techniques

The unwanted adware program associated with Special-promotion.online ads is likely to sneak into the system without any notifications or requests for your permission. And most of the times such apps come in software bundles. Their spread happens via various forums, online databases, torrent websites, P2P networks and even social media channels. Once you install a desired third-party app that incorporates this nasty PUP into its installer you start to notice the presence of the annoying Special-promotion.online ads each time you are browsing the net. Usually, the regular install steps do not present information about any additional components and by simply following them you get tricked into infecting your system with PUPs like Special-promotion.online. To prevent the extras from accessing your device it is advisable to choose the Advanced or Custom configuration options during the installation process of new apps. There you could find all apps that are part of the installer and opt out the installation of the undesired.

Another technique used by malicious intenders to deliver the nasty Special-promotion.online directly in the browser is the insertion of malicious scripts in web pages. Those malicious scripts could be set to exploit available vulnerabilities in order to install the PUP unnoticeably. The URLs of these compromised web pages are often spread via social media channels, email messages, and malvertising campaigns.

The intrusive ads pushed by Special-promotion.online could appear in frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Special-promotion.online – More About The Impacts

Once Special-promotion.online establishes its harmful files and objects on the system it becomes able to generate a lot of ads and cause redirects to websites of unknown origin. The ads are likely to appear at unusual places in a preferred browser and even out of it. Ads of all kind – pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, videos, images, in-text links and annoying browser redirects could attempt to trick you into visiting the pages they promote. It is likely that they are the reason why your browser is sluggish and your system completely unresponsive at times.

This aggressive advertising could be explained by the fact that the owners of Special-promotion.online whoever they are, gain revenue via the scheme pay-per-click. It works in the following manner – advertisers of various products and services partner with owners of PUPs like Special-promotion.online; then nasty programs affects users’ devices and start to push lots of ads; each time a user clicks on an ad displayed by Special-promotion.online advertisers pay to its owners for the visit they receive.

Another not so obvious impact of Special-promotion.online infection is data collection. Unfortunately, as long as the undesired program has access to your system it is likely to utilize various tracking technologies to obtain data from your browsers and system. The harvested details could be transferred and stored on its servers. In case that you want to keep your sensitive data private and safe, you need to locate all harmful files dropped by Special-promotion.online and remove them from the computer.

In the worst case scenario, this undesired program may serve malicious intenders as a gateway to your system. Thus, they could be able to exploit existent vulnerabilities and infect your system with severe malware infections like Trojans, ransomware, or other adware programs. As all this could happen in the background you may not be able to stop them. To avoid being a victim of another malware attack you need to delete Special-promotion.online entirely from the infected system as soon as possible.

How to Remove Ads by Special-promotion.online

The steps listed below will help you to remove Special-promotion.online website completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or Safari web browser. The guide that follows will also be helpful for the removal of all harmful files stored on your Windows system. You will find two removal approaches – manual and automatic. Have in mind that some nasty files are hard to find. If they remain on the system you can still experience redirects to Special-promotion.online during browsing sessions. For maximum efficiency and protection, it is good to scan the system for some leftovers with certified anti-malware tool.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Special-promotion.online from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Special-promotion.online

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Special-promotion.online 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
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Special-promotion.online:

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 Special-promotion.online. 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 Special-promotion.online. 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online. 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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 Special-promotion.online 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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