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What is ads? ads show misleading messages about malware infections to make people click on promotional links and purchase software is a fake website that should be avoided is a website that imitates security software scan processes in order to frighten people and make them believe that their systems are infected with dangerous viruses and other malware. Scammers mimic a well-known vendor's McAfee system scans only to show fake virus infection alerts and then claim that their security software license has expired and needs to be renewed. This is when users are directed to a purchase page, which benefits crooks financially.

McAfee has nothing to do with this ploy, and it is the work of threat actors who seek to benefit from illegal advertisements. If you have been redirected to from somewhere else, you should ignore all these fake warnings and check your system using legitimate methods instead – adware[1] could be behind redirects to malicious sites in the first place.

The site would also ask to enable push notifications, which is yet another way for scammers to insert more ads of low quality. If you have accidentally enabled these, we'll show how to get rid of notifications quickly and easily below.

Type Scam, ads, redirect, rogue website
Infiltration Compromised websites, pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications
Scam content Shows fake messages about virus infections, allegedly coming from legitimate security software, and claims that the license of anti-malware has expired and needs to be renewed in order to fix the issue
Dangers Installation of other potentially unwanted software or malware, personal information disclosure to cybercriminals, financial losses due to scams, etc.
Removal Do not click any links or download software from the scam site. If you did, immediately scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software
Remediation If you're concerned about third-party cookies tracking your online activities, we recommend clearing your browser cache and deleting any leftover PUP files with FortectIntego

The fake results

Most commonly, people enter scam websites like after being redirected from another suspicious place, such as distributors of cracked software or illegal video streaming. The trick here is for users not to expect this in the first place, which benefits the scam authors in the long run.

After the redirect, people are quickly presented with what looks like a security scan being performed – there are scanned files that are shown, detections, and similar seemingly interactive material. In reality, it is a mere illusion, and it is shown to anyone visiting this malicious website. The results, which are completely bogus, are always identical as well:

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.

This message is intended to terrify users and give them the impression that their system is in danger. Fear is a strong emotion that is frequently employed in phishing scams and social engineering[2] strategies because it impairs people's ability to reason and causes them to make snap decisions.

In practice, no website can check if your system has malware since only a specialized application installed on the system with elevated access is able to accomplish this. Another security advice would be to always confirm that the URL of the website claiming problematic information matches the URL of the firm name shown on the page – by no means represents what it tries to portray, and the security vendor has nothing to do with it. is a scam that ties to impersonate legitimate security software scans

Next steps to take

Increased advertisement quantity, altered homepage, new tab settings, and redirects to questionable websites are all signs that potentially unwanted or dangerous software has been installed. For example, browser hijackers are known to take control of the browser, modify the search engine, and add many sponsored links at the top of the results.

Adware mostly works by sending users to dubious websites, inserting links into fairly unrelated text, displaying pop-up advertisements, and other similar activities that enable those who operate it to make money. Adware's primary flaw is that it prioritizes the display of ads, seldom providing any advantages to users in the process. Additionally, adware could expose them to dangerous material and lead to additional malware/potentially unwanted program installation.

We thus advise you to scan your system for adware even if you don't experience any unusual browser behavior. Running a scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes software is the easiest and most efficient way to do this since it can find all the malware-related components and remove them immediately. After that, you need clear the caches[3] from your browsers and remove any trackers from your computer. You can do this easily and quickly with FortectIntego, while manual methods are also an option.

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, you should tackle the push notification issues if you have accidentally enabled them. Without following the steps below, you won't be able to get rid of the annoying pop-ups that would show up on a regular basis on your desktop, regardless if you are actively using your browser or not.

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

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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Alternative Software
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How to prevent from getting adware

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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