Predictivadnetwork.com redirect virus has been harassing online surfers since April of 2015 and visitation to this website has evidently grown since June of 2017. The domain leads to deceptive websites like Track.spzan.com that will attempt to mislead people into downloading or purchasing suspicious software tools or provide remote access to operating systems. Technical support scams are very commonly noticed by people that have become infected with adware applications. The repetitive appearance of Predictivadnetwork.com pop-up also indicates the same unfortunate scenario.
Predictivadnetwork.com redirection leads to phishing scams and Trojan-laden websites
The latter suspicious message is featured in many online video-streaming websites like watchseries.do, jkanime.net, streamango.com, streamcheery.com, tamilrockers.nz, userscloud.com, sockshare.net and 0123movies.com (Web traffic analysis). All of them initiate automatic redirection to Predictivadnetwork.com rogue domain which also leads to other destination sites. For instance, we have discovered that content from Propeller Ads Media, PopAds, Adf.ly, AdCash and AdSupply could be incorporated into the website.
Poland and United States of America are the hardest hit regions, followed by Turkey, France and Portugal. Predictivadnetwork.com redirection virus can also bother other countries, but the infection appears to be the most active in the aforementioned locations. The title of this domain suggest that it belongs to a specific ad network. Even legitimate ad-serving companies can be exploited by hackers, just like when Taboola became a tool for hackers to transmit their malicious content in a respectable website of MSN.com (Malvertising in MSN.com).
The threat of malvertising has been growing ever since the success of programmatic advertising. A change in hackers’ tactics has been noticed as statistics suggest that the popularity of exploit kits has decreased, while the phishing-related adverts became more frequent.
We are expecting that during redirection, people will briefly notice Predictivadnetwork.com/script/preurl.php?r=1545501 link in their address bar before it changes to the final destination. Our analysis reveals that the website manages to learn users’ geo-locations (probably derived from the IP addresses) and display online ads that are common to specific countries. We were redirected to Cryptofrenzy.net which appears to be another scam, promising users to provide them early invitations for ICO pre-sale.
We also were introduced to several technical support scams like Testpc24.newsteadysystem2updates.win, stating that “apple.com recommends: update the latest version of Flash player. Your current Adobe Flash Player version is out of date”. If users are tricked into downloading AdobeFlashPlayerInstaller.dmg, they are unknowingly downloading Trojan.MAC.Generic.30, Trojan.EUYI-2, Adware.Mac.Loader.1 (VirusTotal analysis). The exact label depends on the exact anti-malware tool used to scan it.
Also, redirection lead to a highly-inappropriate website which displayed adult content. To keep users from visiting pornographic domains, we won’t mention the exact address. Furthermore, Predictivadnetwork.com redirect also read to Nofreezingmac.work which urged users to download MacKeeper.pkg file. Of course, since this installer is downloaded from an unreliable source, users end up with a Trojan.Application.MAC.PazaCA.1, Osx.Malware.Agent-6327782-0, Riskware.Script.MacKeeper.enqqce (VirusTotal scan). Also, the result can be different for different scanners.
Lastly, our analysis showed that services like Muvflix.com can be promoted by Predictivadnetwork.com pop-ups. Cinematrix service guarantees that no charges will be applied for validation of accounts, but the scam with premium memberships and free trials have been noticed more than once.
How to prevent redirection from taking place?
It might be that the redirection is taking place because of an adware infection in your operating system. This can be managed with an anti-malware tool like Reimage. Run a scan and find out everything that is wrong with this your device.
Then, the tool will offer automatic removal of all threats. We cannot clearly indicate which application is triggering redirection, but we hope you check Control Panel for any unknown tools. The instructions above will help you get rid of the tool.
Of course, redirection might be occurring because you are visiting domains that are set to transfer users to Predictivadnetwork.com deceptive domain. We have mentioned which domains initiate the most frequent redirection.
How to remove Predictivadnetwork.com redirect using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like Predictivadnetwork.com redirect install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
- Choose Uninstall Program;
- Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Predictivadnetwork.com redirect .
- Click uninstall button.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
Removing Predictivadnetwork.com redirect from your browsers