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What is ads? is a rogue website that shows misleading virus infection messages is a fake website that shows misleading messages is a malicious website created by scammers to mislead users into downloading potentially dangerous software. Upon entry, they are immediately shown what looks like a virus scan progress bar for a few moments – it also bears the name of a reputable security vendor Norton. Users are then quickly shown the alleged results of the scan, which implies that several viruses have been found on the system.

In reality, the scan and its results are entirely fake, and Norton has nothing to do with this scam. The main goal of crooks is to make people click on affiliated links and make them install software, which translates into profits. Redirects to download pages might also not be secure, and users may end up infecting their systems with malware in the process. also asks users to enable push notifications. If you have accidentally clicked the “Allow” within the prompt, you would be getting intrusive pop-ups filled with malicious links on a regular basis. We explain how to deal with this phenomenon in the removal section below.

Type Scam, fraud, phishing, redirect
Operation Shows a message which claims that the antivirus subscription has expired and needs to be updated; it also asks to enable notifications
Distribution Redirects, adware, or other infections
Risks Installation of PUPs or malware, sensitive information disclosure, financial losses
Removal Make sure you scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner – especially if you downloaded and installed software from a scam site
Security tips After the removal of PUPs and malware, we recommend scanning the system with FortectIntego to clean browser caches and fix virus damage automatically

Browser-based scams are extremely common and come in various shapes and forms. Technical support or fake virus infection messages are among the most widespread scamps populated by websites like,,,, and many others.

The mentioned websites, among others, are actively distributing the same phishing[1] content and always use either McAfee or Norton names in their scam schemes. Usage of widely recognized company names is a well-known social engineering[2] tactic used to spread malware, steal user accounts, and more.

The scam scheme

Upon the entry to, users are trying to be convinced that there's a security scan going on. Within a few brief moments, people are shown the following 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.

Evidently, scammers are trying to convince users that their devices have been infected with malware that needs to be removed. Here they claim that the security software license has expired, regardless if one actually possessed Norton's license in the first place. is a malicious website that imitates security software scans

Whenever you see notifications that claim that your device is infected, please disregard them immediately and close down the tab they're shown in. While you might not necessarily be redirected to malicious websites, you can never know for sure, so the best thing here is not to interact with any scam content at all.

Adware and its removal

Adware[3] is deceptive software that manages to sneak into users' devices without them noticing. Alternatively, users might install an adware-type program without knowing its suspicious behavior, believing it's a regular app.

As a result, many users aren't even aware that they have potentially unwanted software on their systems, although those affected can see symptoms such as intrusive ads on visited websites, unexpected redirects, phishing content encounters, changes to browser settings, and more. In some cases, no visible symptoms are present, or they are unnoticeable.

Thus, we recommend you check your system thoroughly – first by uninstalling all the unwanted apps from the system and then the browser. The best way to remove the most aggressive adware and malware are by scanning the device with anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, however.


  • Enter Control Panel into the Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  • Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  • From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  • Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  • If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  • Wait till the uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2


While moving apps into Trash is how you delete most normal applications, adware tends to create additional files for persistence. Thus, you should look for .plist and other files that could be related to the virus. If you are not sure, skip this step entirely.

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.

Usually, you can uninstall extensions from your browser by clicking the “Extensions,” although this might not always be possible. In such a case, you should access the settings menu of your browser and eliminate the suspicious extensions from there (note that even trustworthy apps might become rogue after they are sold to malicious parties).

Your next task your be to clean your browsers from cookies and other trackers. The easiest way to do this is by employing FortectIntego utility, although a manual solution is also possible:

Google Chrome

  • Click the Menu and pick Settings.
  • Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click Menu and pick Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security section.
  • Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click on Clear Data…
  • Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  • Select Privacy and services.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Under Time range, pick All time.
  • Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge


  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Finally, if you have enabled push notifications by accident, you can get rid of them via browser settings easily. Proceed with the following instructions:

Google Chrome

  1. Open 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

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


  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
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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

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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