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Silvergrow.xyz ads Removal Guide

What is Silvergrow.xyz ads?

Silvergrow.xyz targets McAfee users to trick them into installing PUPs and malware

Silvergrow.xyzSilvergrow.xyz is a fake website disguised as a message from McAfee

Silvergrow.xyz is a bogus website that is designed to look like a security alert from McAfee which is an antivirus suite. Crooks try to make people believe that their subscription has expired and their PC is in danger. The site also uses scare tactics to make people act quickly. Users are bombarded with multiple pop-ups, danger signs, and a scary message:

Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!

ACTION REQUIRED!

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 page then proceeds to display animations that make it seem like the website is performing a system scan when in reality, it is not. The scam site can trick people into downloading PUPs (potentially unwanted programs),[1] or even malware. Crooks could also be asking for users' personal information, like name, email address, phone number, and credit card details which could result in monetary losses or even identity theft.

NAME Silvergrow.xyz
TYPE Scam, redirect virus, push notification spam, adware
SYMPTOMS Users may start seeing pop-ups that say their system is infected; the amount of commercial content on the machine may potentially increase
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites; deceptive ads; freeware installations
DANGERS The website may cause installations of PUPs or even malware
ELIMINATION Check your browser for malicious browser extensions, and scan your machine with anti-malware tools; follow our guide for push notification removal instructions
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to clear your browsers and get rid of ay remaining damage

How to disable fake security alerts?

Silvergrow.xyz adsSilvergrow.xyz can spam users' screens with intimidating security alerts

Silvergrow.xyz starts spamming users with push notifications that look like alerts from McAfee. They tell users that their devices are infected with Trojans, and other types of malware. Links embedded in these pop-ups can lead to dangerous websites where users can get scammed.

Crooks do not care about user privacy or security so they may use rogue advertising networks[2] that place ads leading to adult, gambling sites, and fake “Downloader” pages. To stop the annoying infection alerts, you have to block the site permissions. Follow the guide below for an easy process:

Google Chrome (desktop):

  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.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

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 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

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.
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 2

After removal is complete, we recommend using ReimageIntego repair tool to care for your browsers. Almost every website you visit uses cookies[3] to track your browsing activity, like the pages you visit, links you click on, and purchases you make. Your browsing data might be exposed or sold to advertising networks and other third parties.

Remove browser hijackers

Check if your browser is affected by a browser hijacker. Some of the symptoms may include changed settings (homepage, new tab address, and search engine), increased amount of commercial content, and unknown extensions added to the settings.

Web-based applications can automatically redirect users to scam sites, like Silvergrow.xyz. You should go to your browser settings and see if there are any plugins added. We recommend removing any apps one by one to see if you notice any changes.

Google Chrome

  • 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.Remove extensions from Chrome

MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Use professional security software

If you disabled push notifications and checked the browser for extensions but still experience unwanted symptoms like unexpected redirects and an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, and banners you should scan your system for adware. It is mostly spread on freeware[4] distribution sites.

Try to use only official channels for software installations. 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 apps.

We suggest using trusted professional security tools SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes for PUP removal. It should detect most suspicious apps and remove them successfully. Of course, you can also remove a PUP manually, but it is unknown which particular app could be causing annoying behavior, as crooks disguise them as “handy” tools. Manual uninstallation can also leave some traces of the program behind which could result in the renewal of the infection.

However, if you still do not want to use security tools and know which program is at fault, use the instructions below to help you uninstall it:

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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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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