Picprosto.click ads (Tutorial)

Picprosto.click ads Removal Guide

What is Picprosto.click ads?

Picprosto.click tries to make users allow notifications by using scam messages

Picprosto.clickPicprosto.click is a fake website that shouldn't be trusted

Picprosto.click is a misleading website designed by scammers. Users do not visit this site intentionally, although there is a bigger chance of encountering it when browsing insecure websites such as torrents or illegal video streaming platforms. After being redirected to the site, users are then shown a fake message which encourages click the “Allow” button within the push notification prompt shown at the top-left corner of the page.

Those who get tricked by the scam can later witness intrusive Picprosto.click ads coming up at random times. Not only can they be annoying, but they often carry malicious links. If you are suffering from this problem, you came to the right place. We explain how to deal with the unwanted activity and provide more information about push notification scams.

Name Picprosto.click
Type Push notifications, pop-ups, ads, scam
Distribution The website gains access to deliver any information as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the push notification prompt
Symptoms Pop-ups show up on a regular basis on the screen – these ads often include inappropriate, scam, phishing, or other similar content
Risks Push notifications sent by the site might result in you visiting dangerous websites; consequently, you might suffer from malware infections, financial losses, or personal data disclosure to malicious parties
Removal You can disable notifications via browser settings; in case you experience more ads and redirects to suspicious sites, you should check your system with software like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner for adware infection
Other checks Make sure you clean your browsers after you delete PUPs from the system. You can do that quickly with ReimageIntego maintenance utility

Picprosto.click phishing messages make users allow notifications

Users would not intentionally subscribe to fraudulent websites to receive intrusive ads, and crooks are well aware of that. Therefore, they always come up with elaborate ideas on how to trick users into doing something they otherwise wouldn't.

Notifications are a relatively new feature in the desktop environment, as they were originally introduced on mobile devices. An API[1] later was introduced, allowing any app to send notifications if the user wants them. In the case of the Picprosto.click scam, users are tricked into subscribing.

Here are a few examples of messages you might come across:

  • Click “Allow” to win a prize and get it in our shop!
  • Download is Ready – click Allow to download your file
  • Please tap the Allow button to continue
  • Click “Allow” to verify that you are not a robot
  • Browser verification in progress, click the button “Allow” to access, etc.

Keep in mind that the functionality of the push notification prompt never changes, regardless of what the background message or the picture claims.

Picprosto.click virusRedirects to Picprosto.click might be a sign of adware infection

Ads within push notifications might be dangerous

People who accept push notifications from a scam site immediately see no significant differences and quickly forget about the ordeal. Online sometime later, users would notice the intrusive Picprosto.click ads showing up directly on their desktops. Since they have already forgotten about them encountering the scam in the first place, they are confused about where the activity is coming from.

The push notification feature is enabled on the system level, which means that it can be triggered at any time, as long as the browser is either actively being used or is running in the background. This means that push notifications would show up even if you aren't actually doing anything on your browser.

Unfortunately, the scammers often choose insecure advertising networks, which results in malicious ads being pushed by Picprosto.click. They may include get-rich-quick schemes, fake virus infection prompts, fake giveaways, etc. Even if you do not directly click on these pop-ups, you might do so accidentally, so you should get rid of the ads ASAP.

Other push notification scams

Push notification scams are widespread and are probably one of the most common online fraud types you might encounter while browsing the web (usually shady websites). While they are likely to be made by many groups of crooks, it is not a secret that they work under the exact same principle, as we explained previously.

It is not uncommon for various scam pages to copy one another and use the same messages and even images in the background. For example, you can see a message used by Picprosto.click on many alternative scam sites, including Freenotifications.com, Rincipledecli.xyz, Myauto.site, and many others. Once you see a few of these scams, it will be much easier for you to recognize them in the future and avoid being scammed in the process.

Is Picprosto.click a virus?

When enabled via fraudulent sources, many users believe that push notifications are the same as a virus infection. Push notifications run on the system level because you must have allowed it at some point before, be it intentionally or not. However, it is important to note that those affected by adware[2] or malware might be redirected to suspicious websites more often and also encounter more ads while browsing the web.

Even if you don't notice adware infection symptoms, we recommend you perform a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful anti-malware software so you can be sure that nothing malicious is running in the background. If malware is found, security software will automatically quarantine and remove it for you.

After you are done with unwanted or malicious software removal, you should also repair virus damage if such has occurred. The easiest way of doing this is by employing the ReimageIntego maintenance utility, which can also clean your browsers from various trackers[3] and other leftover files.

Remove the unwanted push notifications

Once you have checked your system with security software, you can now be sure that it is secure. The only thing left to do is remove the annoying push notifications from Picprosto.click – proceed with the instructions below:

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

Safari

  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 (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.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer
  4. Locate the web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.
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Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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