How to block life.ru referral spam in Google Analytics

How to block life.ru referral spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Campaign Source Filter  |  Campaign Referral Path Filter | Language Settings Filter

What is life.ru referral spam?

Life.ru is a website that engages in an unethical blackhat SEO tactic known as referrer spam (or referral spam). The referrer spam website will utilize various blackhat methods in order to promote itself by spamming Google Analytics accounts across the world with fraudulent referral traffic. If you notice life.ru referral traffic in your Google Analytics data it does not mean that someone was actually referred to your website. The spammer utilizes this method in order to obtain your attention and provoke you to visit the URL that was referred to your website.

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The downside to life.ru referral spam is that it can ruin your Google Analytics data and make it hard to monitor your website’s appropriate information. The traffic acquired from fake life.ru referrals can affect most of the data in your GA reports. For example, the referrals will appear to land on a single webpage on your website and leave from the same website and this will create a 100% bounce rate. If your website is targeted by referrer spammers you may not be able to identify your website’s actual bounce rate unless you filter the traffic out.

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Although referrer spam can ruin your analytical data it will not harm your website or affect your website’s SEO, including your rank in Google search results pages. This is simply spam that wants to get your attention.

The spammer will utilize various tactics in order to make it look like your website received referral traffic from life.ru even though it really did not. This type of web traffic is a specific type of web traffic known as “ghost traffic.” The spammer essentially sends phantom visitors to your website’s Google Analytics account in order to make it appear as if someone visited your website from the referral URL.

Referrer spammers usually target your website’s data for several reasons:

  • Referrer spammers want to promote a website and want you to visit the webpage or search for it online through Google search engine results pages.
  • Referrer spammers want to boost their rank on Google search engine results pages by creating backlinks. They do this by logging requests into your website’s access log, which is then crawled by Google’s indexing bots and seen as a backlink to the spam site.

Campaign Source Filter

A campaign source filter can be used to block all life.ru referral traffic in Google Analytics. To block a specific path on the domain use the Campaign Referral Path Filter below.

1. Open your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab > Click Filters on the right side in the VIEW section.

2. Click the + ADD FILTER button to create a new exclude filter.

3. Add Life.ru or something you can easily remember as the Filter Name.

4. Select the Custom Filter Type.

5. In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Source in the list. In the Filter Pattern text box, add Life.ru and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage. To add multiple URLs to the same filter you can make a Filter Pattern similar to this with a | between each URL: Example.com | Example\.com | Life.ru

Campaign Referral Path Filter

A campaign referral path filter can be used to block single webpages.

1. Open your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab > Click Filters on the right side in the VIEW section.

2. Click the + ADD FILTER button to create a new exclude filter.

3. Add Life.ru or something you can easily remember as the Filter Name.

4. Select the Custom Filter Type.

5. In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Referral Path in the list. In the Filter Pattern text box, add a large portion of th permalink from the webpage’s URL you want to block and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

Language Settings Filter

A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to remove WiFi hotspot (Virus Removal Guide)

How to remove WiFi hotspot (Virus Removal Guide)

WiFi hotspot removal steps: 1. Remove WiFi hotspot with Malwarebytes | 2. Perform a second opinion-scan with HitmanPro

What is WiFi hotspot virus?

WiFi hotspot virus is a malicious program that runs on the Microsoft Windows Operating System. The program is detected as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) by reputable Antivirus and Antimalware programs. The WiFi hotspot virus is known to be the cause of many issues for computer and internet users. The program is primarily distributed by free online programs and content that utilize deceptive marketing tactics in order to infiltrate computer systems without user consent or knowledge.

WiFi hotspot virus

Once the WiFi hotspot virus has been contracted a shortcut will appear on Windows Desktop that says “Free WiFi,” it will run a process named WiFi hotspot (32bit).exe (or other), schedule new tasks in Windows Task Manager to run every time Windows starts, display advertisements on Windows Desktop and inside open programs (such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari), and collect user data from the computer. The extent of the usage of the collected user data is unknown; However, the data can be employed to generate advertisements that target specific users. WiFi hotspot virus will serve advertisements and cause affected internet browsers to open or redirect to new webpages after it is contracted. WiFi hotspot also bundles with and installs alongside third-party PUPs and Malware that can be the cause of other serious computer problems.

WiFi hotspot cannot be manually uninstalled from Windows Control Panel. There is no option to manually uninstall this program from Windows Programs and Features. The program will not appear in the list.

1. Remove WiFi hotspot with Malwarebytes

  1. Open your browser window and download Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free. <<CLICK HERE TO BUY MALWAREBYTES 3.0>>
  2. Open the executable file (mb3-setup.exe) to begin installing Malwarebytes.
  3. Select your language, click Next, then select “I accept the agreement,” click the Next button several times, and then click the Install button to install Malwarebytes. Click Finish once the install process is complete.
  4. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button on the Dashboard to begin scanning your compiter.
  5. Click the Quarantine Selected button once the scan is finished.
  6. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.

2. Perform a second opinion-scan with HitmanPro

  1. Open your browser window and download HitmanPro<<CLICK HERE TO BUY HITMANPRO>>
  2. Open the executable file (hitmanpro_x64.exe or hitmanpro_x32.exe) to begin installing HitmanPro.
  3. Click the Next button, check “I accept the terms of the license agreement,” and click the Next button again.
  4. On the Setup page select “Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended)” and add your email address to the registration fields to begin the free trial.
  5. Click Next to begin scanning your computer.
  6. Once the Scan results are displayed click the Next button and click the Next button again on the Removal results page.

Troubleshoot

How to restore your computer

If a restore point has previously been established on your machine you will be able to perform a system restore in order to restore your machine to a date and time before it was infected. You will lose files on your computer that were obtained prior to the restore point.

There are several options to restore your computer. Most computers have their own restore software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default restore program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to recover your computer to factory settings

A system recovery (or reset) will recover your computer to factory settings. You will lose the current programs and files on your computer.

There are several options to recover your computer to factory settings. Most computers have their own recovery software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default recovery program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to protect your computer against future threats

The key to staying protected against future infections is to take advantage of reputable Antivirus software and Antimalware software with real-time protection.

Security software like Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium and Vipre Antivirus have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.