Google Analytics: Referral Spam Removal Guide (100% Working Instruction)


Tactics Behind is Not Hidden Anymore has been flagged as a spamming domain since it is being used in referral spam campaigns all over the Internet. Cyberpunks from Samara (Russia) released the malicious domain on June 02, 2016, since then it has affected over 20,000 of websites globally. referral spam URL is used to create fake referral traffic data in Google Analytics Data of a specific website, hence, Webmasters at first got fooled but as of now, they are reporting all over the security blog about the this spam campaign. If still you are one of them who doesn’t know what does then let me explain, cyberpunks make use of various black-hat SEO technique in order to lure you thinking that your website has obtained a huge referral Internet traffic from and it will appear in your Google Analytics statistical report.

Sending phantom visitors to your website, to make it looks like genuine internet traffic that people really visited your websites, such dodging technique is called “ghost traffic” being primarily used by Russian hackers in order to promote sponsored websites and dark web as well. The reason behind such doings are only to get your attention and convince you to visit which may redirect your web browser to phishing websites including a suspicious URL which may be very long.

What are real risks associated with spam campaign?

If your website has been infected with referral spam, credentials associated with your website can be stolen and used to hack your websites. Moreover, once, cyberpunks got access to your website control panel, they can destroy your files saved on the websites. Even, if you own a commercial website then they will inject malicious malware code into your online payment system in order to steal your customers online banking credentials as well. Hence, we suggest you to get rid of referral spam as soon as possible.

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Manual instruction to Remove referral spam from your Website.

  • First of all, open your web browser and Open your “Google Analytics Dashboard” of your website.

  • Now you may notice “” referral spam point to your index home-page .


  • Now, you have to open “Admin” in the “Google Analytics Dashboard”


  • Afterwards, select “All Filters” from specific Account you wish the referral spam to be deleted from stats reports.


  • Now, carefully select “Add Filter ”


  • In the Filter Name enter “”.

  • Now, choose “Filter Type”: Custom .

  • And then choose “Filter Field”: Campaign Source .

  • Now, scroll below on Dashboard and click on Save button


Block Referral Spam coming from using the .HTACCESS file

  • Log into cPanel of your infected website.

  • In the Files section, click on the “File Manager” icon which will be clearly visible.

  • Select the check-box for “Document Root” for and select the domain name “” to access from the drop-down menu.

  • You also make sure “Show Hidden Files “ (dotfiles) is checked and Click on Go

  • Find the .htaccess file in the list of files and Add the following to your .htaccess file carefully.


RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}

RewriteRule .* – [F]”

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