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What is ads? is a fake website that imitates antivirus scan processes to mislead users is a malicious website that imitates security software scans

There are thousands of scam websites that try to make people believe their systems are infected with malware so that a fake security application would be downloaded and installed. is one of the websites that operate in such a manner – it imitates a fake system scan of McAfee security software by using logos and pop-up windows that are distinctive to this security vendor.

Once the scan is complete, users are shown “results,” which claim that the system has been infected and needs to be cleaned with the said security software. scan results are undoubtedly fake, and you should not download any software promoted through the site.

Upon entry, you might also be asked to enable push notifications in a pop-up prompt shown at the top left of the page. If you click the “Allow” button either intentionally or accidentally, you will allow the site to send you push notifications at any time when the browser is running. This would result in more intrusive ads even when visiting unrelated sites.

Also, those who suffer from frequent redirects to suspicious websites or encounter ads everywhere are likely to have adware[1] installed on their systems. Regardless of which actions you took, we will explain how to deal with this situation correctly – follow the steps below.

Type Scam, phishing, adware, redirect virus
Goal Make people provide personal information, subscribe to useless services, download malicious software or subscribe to push notifications
Distribution Redirects from other malicious websites, adware
Risks Those who have malicious software installed on their systems are more likely to encounter dangerous websites, resulting in financial losses, malware infections
Removal You should not interact with the contents shown by a scam website, check your system for adware or malware infections with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software
Other steps Third parties can employ cookies to continue tracking your online activities, so we recommended clearing browser caches and other leftover PUP files with FortectIntego

Scam methods

Fear is a powerful emotion, hence many online fraud campaigns are directed toward it. When users aren't quite sure how viruses and the infection process work, they tend to get scared when shown misleading messages claiming that viruses have been found on their machines. For this to work better, scammers often employ well-known company names such as Google, Microsoft, or, in this case, security vendor McAfee.

In this social engineering[2] scheme, users are shown a fake security scan that is triggered as soon as they are redirected to from another website. They are caught off guard whenever they 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.

Those who believe this message is more likely to proceed with the offered solution for a problem that actually unlikely to exist. Websites can not determine whether or not your device is infected – special anti-malware software is required for this job. Thus, whenever you see a message which claims malware infection, ignore it and leave the page immediately. claims that the system has been infected with five viruses

By downloading this software, you are supporting scammers who receive the commission for every download made. Also, the offered software might not be legitimate or malware in disguise. Never provide your personal details or download apps from scam websites.

Check your device for infections

When it comes to malware and potentially unwanted programs such as adware, these programs can cause significant changes within the operating system. They also tend to run rather stealthily and insert various components all across the system, running background processes or not displaying any active windows, making it difficult for the affected users to spot and remove these infections.

Therefore, we recommend you first run a scan with powerful anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, to make sure that all the most malicious programs and their components are deleted at once. Likewise, if you have downloaded the software offered on, your machine could also be infected (even if it looks like a legitimate McAfee antivirus).

When it comes to potentially unwanted programs, you can find them installed on the system level or appended as an browser extension. Strat from finding unwanted programs as follows:


  • 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.

Clean your browsers

Your next step is to check your device for unwanted browser extensions, which can be easily found by pressing the “Extensions” (or equivalent) button to the right of the URL bar. Remove everything you don't recognize by pressing “Uninstall.”

Once done, you should take your time and clean your browsers from cookies[3] and other web data. This would prevent unwanted data tracking that could occur even after adware or other malicious software is removed, as cookies might remain present locally for years. To remove this web data, you could employ FortectIntego maintenance utility or follow the steps below:

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

Get rid of notifications

Push notifications can be used by both legitimate and illegitimate websites. Wen subscribed to push notifications, you might start receiving intrusive pop-up ads, irrespective of which websites are being visited at the time. These ads can include links to various malicious websites, so clicking them is not recommended.

Luckily, removing these pop-ups is rather an easy task, as all you have to do is block the address that is triggering push notifications. This can be done in the settings of the web browser.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

Stop browser notifications

Remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome (desktop):

  1. Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications. Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  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

Remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome (Android):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to the Sites section.
  4. Locate the unwanted URL and toggle the button to the left (Off setting). Stop notifications on Chrome Android

Remove unwanted notifications from 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. Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  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

Remove unwanted notifications from 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

Remove unwanted notifications from 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. Stop notifications on Edge 1
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge. Stop notifications on Edge 2

Remove unwanted notifications from 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

Remove unwanted notifications from 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

How to prevent from getting adware

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. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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