Mydesktopdefence.com ads Removal Guide
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Mydesktopdefence.com is a malicious website that shows fake virus warnings
Mydesktopdefence.com is a malicious website that shows misleading information
Online scams are something that most people come across in their lives, especially if they frequently browse the web for one reason or another. Mydesktopdefence.com is one of the domains used for the delivery of one of such scams, and it might be encountered unexpectedly, although usually, after clicking a link on another malicious website.
The Mydesktopdefence.com scam might manifest in many different ways, although most commonly, crooks rely on scare tactics that are so commonly used elsewhere. Typically users are presented with a fake pop-up that imitates something like a scan made by McAfee security software, which then “finds” infections and claims that users need to renew their subscription and download the new version of the alleged security app.
Do not download anything from this website, as you might infect your system with highly dangerous malware. Likewise, you could be asked to provide your personal information or subscribe to useless services, which would cost you money. To make it clear – it is all a scam, and everything said there should be ignored.
Upon entry, the website also asks users to enable notifications, which, if accepted, would allow it to send information via push notification feature at any time without restrictions. This would allow Mydesktopdefence.com to send you push notifications with all sorts of fake messages – they would try to trick you into purchasing something or “investing” into the get-rich-quick schemes. We explain how to remove these annoying pop-ups as well.
|Type||Scam, phishing, redirect|
|Operation||Shows a message which claims that the antivirus subscription has expired and needs to be updated; also asks to enable notifications|
|Distribution||Redirects from other websites, adware|
|Symptoms||Redirects to suspicious websites with a lot of commercial or scam content; fake messages offer to download malicious software; ads on every visited website; unknown extension or program installed on the system|
|risks||Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous: users might suffer from monetary losses, install malware or potentially unwanted programs on their systems, or disclose their sensitive data to cybercrooks|
|removal||You can remove potentially unwanted software or malware either by scanning your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or performing manual elimination steps we provide below|
|Further steps||Cleaning web browsers is one of the secondary things you should do after PUP/malware removal to secure your privacy. You can use ReimageIntego to do it quicker|
The fake message
As we already mentioned, in most cases, users come across malicious websites after clicking on a malicious link. This activity is usually associated with high-risk websites such as torrents, illegal video streaming, X-rated, gambling, and similar sites, although even reputable websites might get hacked sometimes and result in the same behavior.
Once on the site, users are shown a fake virus scanner that allegedly checks the system for infections. At this time, there are several pop-up messages that are shown at the bottom-right corner of the browser window – these are meant to represent the fake virus detections. Finally, after a few seconds, several pop-up windows will be shown, which would then end up with 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.
The fake scan and the fake message are all initiated upon the website entry, thus it is not difficult to figure out that the alleged scan is done through the internet. However, this is all very misleading, as websites can not detect whether or not your computer has malware installed on it. You need dedicated security software which has to be installed on your device, in order to diagnose your system properly.
Fake messages are made to scare users and make them download malicious software or spend money on useless services
Thus, if you see messages that your system is infected with viruses, your computer has been blocked, or that it encountered an error and some action needs to be taken (tech support called, software downloaded, subscription renewed, etc.), ignore all these messages as they are fake.
How to check your system for infections
It is evident by now that the “Your PC is infected with 5 viruses” message is fake and has nothing to do with your real computer health. Nonetheless, the possibility of the infection can't be dismissed completely.
Users who encounter scams and other malicious websites more often might also have a potentially unwanted program installed on their devices, usually adware. This software is typically relatively useless when it comes to its functionality, as its main goal is to exp[ose users to deals, offers, discounts, banners, pop-ups, and all sorts of other ads.
Due to the way these apps are associated with insecure advertisement networks, affected users can see all sorts of malicious ads often. Therefore, if you noticed an increased number of ads and similar symptoms, you should make sure that your device is not infected.
Before you proceed with the steps, we recommend you employ powerful SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes security software and perform a full system scan with it. It would ensure that no malicious, otherwise invisible, processes that could be running in the background are removed effectively. Anti-malware software can also remove most potentially unwanted programs too, so the below steps might not even be necessary.
- Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
- Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
- 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 uninstallation process is complete and click OK.
While moving apps into Trash is usually 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.
- From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
- In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
- Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)
To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:
- Select Go > Go to Folder.
- Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
- In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
- Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.
Once you have terminated programs installed on the system level, you should then check your web browsers. Potentially unwanted applications mainly come in extension format nowadays, as they are easy to produce and replicate. In fact, man browser hijacker families are copies of one another simply presented with a few different visual components. If you have never dealt with browser extension elimination, follow the steps below to get rid of everything you don't recognize:
- Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
- In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
- Select Add-ons.
- In here, select the unwanted plugin and click Remove.
MS Edge (Chromium)
- Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
- Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.
- Click Safari > Preferences…
- In the new window, pick Extensions.
- Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.
Remember to check every extension carefully and that some extensions, even if seemingly trustworthy extensions, might sometimes go rogue and start disruptive behavior abruptly. Thus, if you are not sure which add-on might be causing the suspicious activity, you should simply remove them all and then reintroduce one extension at a time.
Potentially unwanted applications might comprise components that perform various functions. For example, cookies are often used to track users' online behavior so that ads could be more targeted. This and other data is commonly shared or sold to other parties, which can't guarantee its security. Thus, after PUP removal, you should delete web data and other leftover files from your browsers. This job can be done much easier with software like ReimageIntego, which can also fix any damage that could have been caused to your system files while the malware was active.
- Click on 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.
- 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.
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.
- Click Safari > Clear History…
- From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
- Confirm with Clear History.
Mydesktopdefence.com also asks users to enable notifications, and if they accept, another problem arises, as they would then receive ads through the push notification feature. This can cause more problems, as these ads would bring links to malicious websites that also show fake messages and try to scam users in many different ways.
Therefore, if you are accidentally or purposely enabled notifications from the website, you should never click the provided links and instead, remove the pop-ups by accessing your browser settings, as we explain below.
Getting rid of Mydesktopdefence.com ads. Follow these steps
Stop browser notifications
Remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome (desktop):
- Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
- Scroll down and click on Advanced.
- Locate Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.
- Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
- Click the three vertical dots next to it and pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.
Remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome (Android):
- Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
- Select Notifications.
- Scroll down to the Sites section.
- Locate the unwanted URL and toggle the button to the left (Off setting).
Remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox:
- Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
- Click on Privacy & Security section.
- Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click the Settings button next to it.
- In the Settings – Notification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the URL in question.
- Select Block and then click on Save Changes. This should remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox.
Remove unwanted notifications from Safari:
- Click on Safari > Preferences…
- Go to the Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
- Select the web address in question, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.
Remove unwanted notifications from MS Edge:
- Open Microsoft Edge, and click the Settings and more button (three horizontal dots) at the top-right of the window.
- Select Settings and then go to Advanced.
- Under Website permissions, pick Manage permissions and select the URL in question.
- Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.
Remove unwanted notifications from MS Edge (Chromium):
- Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
- Select Site permissions.
- Go to Notifications on the right.
- Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
- Click on More actions and select Block.
Remove unwanted notifications from Internet Explorer:
- Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right of the window.
- Select Internet options and go to the Privacy tab.
- In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
- Locate web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.
How to prevent from getting adware
Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are
There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.
Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.
Data backups are important – recover your lost files
Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.
While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.