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Stop Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw Referral Spam In Google Analytics

Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw are associated with referral spam that has been reported by spam researchers to impact data in Google Analytics. Experts strongly advise website publishers to swiftly filter out Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw since the domains are distributed with different URLs and reported to be dangerous. Users, visited the domain, should scan their devices with a specific anti-malware scanner to make sure their systems are secure.

Name Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw
Type Malicious domain being spammed by Referral Spams
Short Description The domain may do various dangerous or unhealthy deeds to afeected PCs.
Symptoms Once clicked on the spammed domain, the user may witness redirects to other potentially harmful domains.
Distribution Method Via spamming software (Ghost Referrers or Crawlers)
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss about Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw.

Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw Referral Spam – What is it

Referral spam is also known as Referrer Spam and it is an automated spam attack that is created to serve different purposes:

  • It aims to drive traffic to affiliate, vendor or other third-party sites.
  • In some cases, malware writers may use spam to infect users on a massive scale.
  • Targeted spam by the competition or for other interests.

Referral spammers have a goal mainly to generate hoax traffic that is non-organic to third-party sites which may be clients or the spammers themselves. Malware researchers warn users that the Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw threat is actual, and the some of its URLs may infect computers. It is highly recommended to take the necessary precautions since the referral spam tendency continues to grow and it`s at its peak at the start and the end of the year.

Furthermore, security experts outline the two primary spamming techniques that are employed by spammers at this moment:

Spam Technique #1: Web Crawlers’ Spam

Crawlers, also known as spiders spam in waves and they have the capability to corrupt the GA data in very small time frames. This affects mostly websites with statistical data that is low in numbers. The site administrator may witness sudden spikes of incoming traffic and increased bounce rates that are unusual. What is more, the spam can prevent the website`s admin to conduct analysis based on this data. And if this spam is on a massive scale and is sent simultaneously, it may even crash some low-end servers that do not have the proper spam defenses. However, the possibility to crash the site is way less than to devaluate your statistics and drive away your site visitors.

Finally, spammers that use crawlers have less aggressive behavior, and they may immediately stop spamming after they are warned once. However, beware because crawlers may be combined with other spamming software that may cause immense headaches to your sites.

Spam Technique #1: Ghost Referral Spam

Ghost Referral spam (known as Ghost Referrer) is the more widely chosen spamming software since it is reported to have a better outcome, especially in the hands of an experienced spammer. The spammers in the situation of Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw may use Ghost Referrers primarily because the spamming software can take advantage of the free HTTP connection passing through. This allows it to spam while not even to be present on the website. This allows it to remain concealed while spamming for longer periods of time, just like its name suggests – a ghost. This is very dangerous if it is in the hands of an experienced coders since they may have the ability to mask a whole HTTP session, resulting in complete concealment of the spam bots.

Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw referral spam may even have the ability to target different statistical data and hence affect how search results of your web page may appear in Google. The domains being featured in spammed messages continue to increase, and the only way for website publishers to protect themselves is to stay updated with the latest domains being flagged as spam domains.

Snip(.)tw and Snip(.)pl– More Information

The primary domain Snip(.)tw redirects to a website, called instatheme(.)com which may offer similar services to WordPress. Since the website may collect different information from users and share it with third-parties and its service also ad-supported.

snip(.)tw-redirect-sensorstechforum

Furthermore, Instatheme may collect different information from users and share it with third-party websites. Also, researchers have reasons to believe that the Snip(.)tw spam may also contain various URLs to it similar to the examples below:

19312snip(.)tw or snip(.)tw/23e92d20

It is highly recommended to keep your distance from such snip(.)tw domains as a user and in case you have visited them, you should check whether your PC is safe or not by scanning it for malware.

Regarding the Snip(.)pl domain, it represents an eBay auction helping service that may or may not be legitimate:

snip(.)pl-sensorstechforum

When the Snip domains were researched, the whois service displayed the following technical information which we were able to discover about the Snip(.)tw domain:

Snip(.)tw
IP Address: 64.13.237.217
Location: United States
City: Culver City, CA 90232
ISP: Media Temple

When the domain was researched further, the following domain names and their IP addresses popped up:

Snip(.)com (190.93.253.80)
Snip(.)net (209.204.64.47)
Snip(.)mobi (50.63.202.11)
Snip(.)cz (81.0.236.12)
Snip(.)de (212.16.232.253)
Snip(.)it (98.136.188.100)
Snip(.)kz (37.58.75.27)
Snip(.)ly (190.93.252.80; 190.93.253.80)
Snip(.)pl (212.75.96.84)
Snip(.)pt (5.10.82.120)
Snip(.)to

Similar to other notoriously spammed domain names such as the Russian erot(.)co (78.110.60.230) and erot(.)pl (94.23.29.144) this host has been actively reported on blacklisting sites for phishing attacks and other risky activities to the user PC.

Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw Referral Spam – How To Protect Yourself

If you have detected several spam comments, replies and others on your website linking to any snip domains it is strongly advisable to block them out using these instructions:

Security researchers suggest users to guide themselves by the following instructions for removing referral spam by Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw:

Method 1: Filtering Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw Spam 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 – Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw
Step 6: Select Views to Apply Filter.
Step 7: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.
You are done! Congratulations!

Also, make sure you check out these several methods to help you further block out this referrer spam from google analytics:

https://sensorstechforum.com/exclude-all-hits-from-known-bots-and-spiders-in-google-analytics/

We have also researched the following methods to remove this spam:

Method 2: Block it from your server.

In case you have a server that is Apache HTTP Server, you may want to try the following commands to block Snip(.)tw and Snip(.)pl domains in the .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* snip \-for\-website\.tw/ [NC,OR]

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]

DISCLAIMER: Some of the Snip domains listed above may not be associated in any way with referrer spam but for safety purposes it is recommended to block them out. It is the one who blocks them`s own responsibility to research the domains before taking any actions.

Also here is a web link to some spam URLs being blacklisted from other servers:

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

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

Method 3 – Via WordPress

There is a method outlined by security researchers online that uses WordPress plugins to block referrer spams from sites. There are many plugins that help deal with referrer spam, simply do a google search. We have currently seen one particular plugin reported to work, called WP-Ban, but bear in mind that you may find an equally good or better. WP-Ban has the ability to block users based on their IP address stated above in the article and other information such as the URL, for example.

If you are a user and you continue to be redirected by to this annoying website or keep seeing advertisements on your PC, it is highly recommended to use an advanced anti-malware program to see if your computer hasn’t been infected with malware or other threats related to Snip domains. By doing so you also make sure you are protected by any future intrusions on your machine.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw

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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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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'.

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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw and remove related files and objects

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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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw:

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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw. 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw. 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw. 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw, 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw:


Download

SpyHunter for Mac



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Remove Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Erase Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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 Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw 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.


Remove Push Notifications caused by Snip(.)pl and Snip(.)tw from Your Browsers.


Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.

settings

Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

advanced settings

Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

Content Settings

Step 4: Open “Notifications”:

notifications

Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

Block, Edit or Remove

Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.

options

Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":

Settings

Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

remove push notifications firefox

Stop Push Notifications on Opera

Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings

opera

Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

content settings

Step 3: Open Notifications:

notifications

Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

three dots

Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.

preferences

Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".


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