Complaints by site publishers have recently increased about referral traffic coming in from a website, known as seojokes.net. The spam may be contained either in messages posted on various places on the site, such as comment sections or replies on a forum or any other places. Whatever the case may be, the Seojokes.net referrer spam is reported to quickly devaluate Google Analytics statistics, plus the web links may affect the users on your website. This is the main reason why spam security experts strongly recommend to completely block off the seojokes.net referrer spam from your website, instructions for which you can find if you read the article below.
Seojokes.net Referrer Spam – How Does It Work?
The spam, related with sending web links from the domain name seookes.net can possibly originate from two primary spam bots.
Web Crawlers Also Known as Spiders
Another name for this type of referrer spam is “spiders” and the main reason for that is that they crawl like such from a web site to a web site, looking for a target site to spam. The sites they look for are usually sites with no captcha or lower overall spam security. Once they locate such a website, the spam bots have the ability to drop spammed URLs in the same time and very quickly to spike your traffic. However, do not be concerned, since this type of spam may also be blocked quite easily and it usually stops after being blocked once on your website, because the spam bots operate on many websites simultaneously and they risk being flagged and permanently shut down. So their only option to remain live and spamming for as long as possible is to quickly stop the spamming process after some time.
Ghost Referrer Spam
This spam is more dangerous than the previous two and just like it name suggests, once it has targeted your site, it may remain for longer periods of time, just like a ghost. The signs of this spam being on your site, may be a very similar site traffic each day, for example ~500 users each day, even on the weekends, when the traffic should be lower. This is because such spamming software relies on the free HTTP protocols and via those it may connect to the website it wants to spam without being logically connected to it with an IP address that you can ban. Not only the statistics on your Google Analytics is ruined as a result of using this spam, but it may also change popular posts and other key aspects of your site, targeting specific statistics. Being the more sophisticated type of spam, more advanced measures are required to block it.
The Seojokes.net Referrer Spam Site – More Information
The domain Seojokes.net is not a real domain by itself meaning that instead of visiting it when a user on your site clicks on it’s URL, they are transferred to a third-party website via a web browser redirect. The site is called rankexperience.com and looks like the following:
The site is reported to be based in Netherlands initially, but it’s real location is concealed, so it is not known whether this site is safe to work with or not, although we assume that any site connected to a referral traffic is potentially unsafe.
In addition to this, the referral spam itself, related to seojokes.net may also be associate with a Google technique, known as “dorking”. This technique basically means that the spamming software may look for specific info on your website which makes it appear in google. It helps the spam bot to filter websites which to spam, based on specific criteria and items. Here is how several Google Dorking commands, related to vulnerabilities and other weaknesses appear like:
The end goal for those dorking commands may be to look for different vulnerabilities on your website, such as:
- Vulnerable website files.
- Opportunities, allowing hackers to gain access to web servers related to the site which are unsecured.
- Sites containing secret directories with vital data.
- Error messages.
- Vulnerability and network logs.
- Various online devices.
- Information, regarding the web server of the website.
- Files that have usernames or passwords in them.
- Files with passwords.
How to Block Seojokes.net Referrer Traffic
Since this type of referrer spam is primarily connected with multiple different risks, including the devaluation of your site’s statistics, it being flagged as spamming site and banned from google or the risk to your users as well. This is the primary reason we advise you not to underestimate this spam and act immediately. You can follow the instructions below in order to block the Seojokes.net referrer spam from different locations on your website.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Seojokes.net Referrer Spam
Step 2: Uninstall Seojokes.net Referrer 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Seojokes.net Referrer Spam 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 Seojokes.net Referrer Spam there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Seojokes.net Referrer Spam from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Seojokes.net Referrer Spam 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 Seojokes.net Referrer 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:
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 Seojokes.net Referrer Spam files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Seojokes.net Referrer 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.
Remove Seojokes.net Referrer 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.
Erase Seojokes.net Referrer 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.
Uninstall Seojokes.net Referrer 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.
Remove Seojokes.net Referrer 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".
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 Seojokes.net Referrer Spam will be removed.
Eliminate Seojokes.net Referrer 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.