Search-dur.com ads (spam) - Free Guide

Search-dur.com ads Removal Guide

What is Search-dur.com ads?

Search-dur.com can make people mistakenly agree to receive push notification spam

Search-dur.comSearch-dur.com can start displaying pop-ups even when the browser is closed

Search-dur.com is a bogus website that uses social engineering methods[1] to trick people into clicking the “Allow” button. It makes people subscribe to push notifications, so they get spammed with annoying pop-up ads that can appear even when the browser is closed.

Crooks ask people to press the button to watch the video. In reality, there is no other content available to explore on the site besides the deceptive message and image. There are thousands of similar websites that we previously wrote about, like News-rapera.cc, News-gedimo.cc, and German0.xyz. They all use messages like:

Type Allow to verify that you are not a robot
Click Allow to watch the video
Download is ready. Click Allow to download your file
Press Allow to verify that you are not a robot

If you were tricked by this site and are seeing pop-ups, we recommend not interacting with them. Crooks may use rogue advertising networks that place ads leading to dangerous websites. People can end up on scam pages that try to lure out personal information, make them download PUPs (potentially unwanted programs),[2] and even malware.

NAME Search-dur.com
TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS Pop-up ads start appearing in the corner of the screen sometimes, even when the browsing is not in-use
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Pop-ups can contain links leading to dangerous websites where users could get tricked into providing their personal information or downloading PUPs and malware
ELIMINATION Go to your browser settings to disable notifications; scanning your system with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to get rid of any remaining damage and clear your browsers completely

Distribution methods

Pages like Search-dur.com rarely pop up in the search results. They often hide on other shady websites that engage in illegal activities. Such sites are unregulated, full of deceptive ads and sneaky redirects. For example, illegal streaming sites[3] often display fake “Download” and “Play” buttons.

When users get redirected to a spam page like this, they can be under the impression that if they press “Allow,” they will be able to watch the movie or TV show they selected. We recommend only visiting pages that you know and trust. Do not click on random links and ads even if they seem to be promoting legitimate products or services.

Search-dur.com adsSearch-dur.com might appear after browsing through unsafe sites

Adware infections

There is another possibility that the bogus page automatically appeared without user input. This can happen when users are infected by adware. It is advertising-supported software that can cause an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, banners, and redirects.

Usually, such infections appear after freeware installations. Freeware distribution platforms include additional programs in the installers without disclosing it clearly. That is why it is recommended only to use official web stores and developer websites. It may get costly, but users might save in the long run by keeping their systems running smoothly.

You should also always choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The most important part is to check the file list and untick the boxes next to any unrelated applications.

Disable the intrusive pop-ups

Push notifications are based on a subscription model so that users can enable and disable them manually in the browser settings. If you need help with the process, follow the guide below:

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

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

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

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:

  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.

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.

Clear your browsers

After an encounter with a page like Search-dur.com you should clean your browsers from cookies.[4] These are small data files that can store browsing-related information such as an IP address, visited links, and purchased items online. This data can later be sold to advertising networks or other third parties. There are even cases when cookies are hijacked and used for malicious purposes.

You can use a maintenance tool like ReimageIntego that can delete cookies and cache automatically with a click of a button. Besides, this powerful software can fix most system errors, BSODs, corrupted files, and registry issues which is especially helpful after a virus infection.

Scan the system for adware

Once you block the notifications, there is still a chance that adware is hiding in your system. It is a type of PUP that can generate commercial content in the machine without your knowledge or consent. If you are still experiencing an increased amount of commercial content, we strongly suggest deploying professional security tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to scan your machine.

They can detect suspicious processes in your machine and eliminate all the files causing it. What is more, it can prevent such infections in the future by warning you about a dangerous download. Of course, you can remove programs manually, but it can be challenging to identify PUPs as they can be disguised as “handy” tools you use daily. If you want to perform manual removal, you can follow the instructions posted below for Windows and Mac systems:

Windows 10/8:

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

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Mac:

  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.Uninstall from Mac 2
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