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What is ads? is a fake website that attempts to imitate a security scan is a fake website designed by crooks to earn money from affiliate advertising is a fake website created by scammers to profit from affiliate link clicks and software downloads. Users typically end up there after clicking a malicious/fake link on some other high-risk site, which works very well with the element of surprise in social engineering[1] schemes like this one.

The main operation of the scam is to show fake virus infection alerts to users so that they would get frightened about the state of their computer (fearing that it has been infected) and then download software from the affiliate links. To make the scam more believable, they fabricate a security scan, allegedly performed by McAfee antivirus, which then shows alarming results to unsuspecting people.

In reality, the security vendor has nothing to do with this scam, and it's the unfair individuals who use phishing[2] techniques to sell software. As a matter of fact, you should never trust links that are promoted in such a way, or you may download fake security software and infect your system with malware.

While the scan results are fully fabricated, frequent redirects to might be a sign of adware infection. Therefore, we provide detailed instructions on how to deal with these potentially unwanted programs, as well as show how to disable push notifications if you have accidentally enabled them from this site.

Type Scam, ads, redirect
Infiltration Compromised websites, pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications
Scam content Claims that the subscription for security software has expired and that it needs to be immediately renewed to remove the allegedly found threats. Asks to download potentially malicious software and enable push notifications
Dangers Those who have malicious software installed on their systems are more likely to encounter dangerous websites, resulting in financial losses, malware infections
Removal If you have interacted with the scam site, make sure you scan your system for infections with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner
Other tips If you do not clean your browser from cookies and other web data, you see the unwanted ads return, or data continue being tracked. Stop it with FortectIntego

How users end up on

The goal of tech support and similar online scams is to profit from advertisements, software downloads, and subscriptions to services. Crooks often use insecure advertising networks that do not adequately check the quality of the ads and insert them on various (malicious) websites. This is why you are more likely to be exposed to a scam message or other type of malicious content while visiting torrent sites, illegal video streaming services, etc.

Usually, deceptive links are inserted in various places of the insecure page – for example, a fake “Download” link or a torrent website is quite common. In some more extreme cases, users might be rerouted to another site by accidentally clicking on empty space on the page, or malicious scripts could be used to initiate the redirect automatically.

Adware could also be the reason for unwanted browser behavior, and those who see scams and phishing websites more often than not are likely to be infected by this potentially unwanted software.

How scammers trick people into downloading potentially dangerous software

Fake virus infection prompts are not an uncommon form of online fraud. Fear is a very powerful emotion, and those who are not particularly savvy with computers or the internet are much easier to trick – and these are the targets of scammers.

Once users get unexpectedly redirected to, they could get an impression that they have entered a McAfee site, which immediately initiates a security scan – or at least it seems so. People are then shown fake scan results, where allegedly several viruses have been found on their devices, followed by this message:

Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!


Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired!
Renew now to keep your PC protected.
If your PC is unprotected, it is at risk for viruses and other malware.

All of these claims are fake and shouldn't be trusted. The logos and pop-up windows are not real and can only operate via the web browser. Only reputable security software installed on the device can detect and remove malware from the system effectively. hosts a fake anti-malware scan that comes up with alleged virus infections

Removal guide

There's no doubt that malware found by the scam site is fabricated, and these results should be disregarded completely. In fact, the same result is shown to any user that happens to be visiting the site.

However, as we already mentioned, adware might be the reason you are redirected to suspicious websites in the first place. Adware is a type of software that spreads via software bundles[3] or other suspicious methods, which allows it to slip in undetected. In the background, it may run background processes and initiate ads, redirects, and other unwanted activities.

Instead of relying on fake scan results or downloading unreliable software from these ads, we recommend employing the SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes security tool that can immediately expose all the malicious components on the system and effectively remove them. Also, with FortectIntego, you could quickly get rid of leftover files such as cookies used for tracking and cleaning your system to ensure the best performance.

Take care of push notifications

Besides the phishing messages and attempts to sell questionable software to users, there is also a push notification prompt that shows up immediately upon website entry. While there is no deception that asks to enable notifications, some users may unintentionally click the “Allow” button. Alternatively, some people might simply click it because they would think that there's some type of permission that needs to be granted to the site.

In reality, those who click the “Allow” button would immediately permit ads – they would show up at random times and disturb users' browser sessions. Not to mention that the contents of these ads can be equally as misleading and malicious as the contents of the website itself. If you need to remove push notifications, follow these steps:

Google Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate the Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.
  4. Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
  5. Click the three vertical dots next to it and pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
  2. Click on Privacy & Security section.
  3. Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click the Settings button next to it.
  4. In the SettingsNotification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the URL in question.
  5. Select Block and then click on Save Changes. This should remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2


  1. Click on Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to the Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
  3. Select the web address in question, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.Stop notifications on Safari

MS Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and click the Settings and more button (three horizontal dots) at the top-right of the window.
  2. Select Settings and then go to Advanced.
  3. Under Website permissions, pick Manage permissions and select the URL in question.
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 2

MS Edge (Chromium)

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
  2. Select Site permissions.
  3. Go to Notifications on the right.
  4. Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
  5. Click on More actions and select Block.Stop notifications on Edge Chromium

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right of the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to the Privacy tab.
  3. In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
  4. Locate web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer
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How to prevent from getting adware

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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