Avoid the video download service by fetchtube.com
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is fetchtube[.]com?
The fetchtube[.]com website offers a YouTube video download service. There are two issues with this web page: 1) it is illegal to download videos from YouTube, and; 2) it uses rogue advertising networks. People who use fetchtube[.]com are redirected to various untrustworthy websites. For these reasons, fetchtube[.]com should be avoided.
fetchtube[.]com redirects visitors to other dubious websites. For example, those that advertise potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) such as adware, browser hijackers, and so on. They are categorized as PUAs, since most people download and/or install them unintentionally when they are tricked.
When installed, browser hijackers change browser settings so that users are forced to visit a dubious website (typically, a fake search engine). Furthermore, apps of this type are often designed to gather information such as, for example, users' IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries and other data relating to browsing activity.
PUAs also record sensitive details. The data is usually misused to generate revenue by the developers and/or third parties. Adware-type apps display advertisements such as coupons, pop-ups, banners, surveys, and so on. If clicked, these redirect people to untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or run scripts that download/install other unwanted software.
Furthermore, websites such as fetchtube[.]com often redirect users to scam websites that distribute dubious software. They inform visitors that their computers are infected with viruses and encourage them to remove the problem with dubious apps (e.g., Smart Mac Booster).
These websites are commonly opened by PUAs that are already installed on the browser and/or operating system. In summary, to avoid being redirected to dubious web pages and tricked into download/installation of unwanted (or even malicious) applications, avoid services offered by fetchtube[.]com and other similar pages.
|Name||Ads by fetchtube.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Observed Domains||ns1.fetchtube[.]com, ns2.fetchtube[.]com.|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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fetchtube[.]com is one of many websites that use rogue ad networks and offer a video downloading service. Other examples of similar sites are flv2mp3[.]by, y2meta[.]com, and mp3-youtube[.]download.
Typically, these sites contain dubious ads that redirect people who click them to untrustworthy web pages, or they redirect them to the pages via PUAs. In any case, do not trust or use these web pages.
How did adware install on my computer?
People often download or install PUAs through intrusive ads that they intentionally or accidentally click, or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This method is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with other, regular software that they download from the internet intentionally.
Developers include PUAs into the set-ups of other programs and hide related information in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. Unwanted apps are downloaded and/or installed with regular software when people leave settings included in the setups unchecked and unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Files and programs should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct download links. Do not use Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial, dubious websites, third party downloaders, or other similar channels. The same applies to installation through third party installers.
Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings that are included in the download and/or installation set-ups. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted software before completing the download or installation process. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites.
Remove any suspicious add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins installed on the browser, or programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome:
Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".
In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):
Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one. Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen. Select "Settings" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge:
Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings". Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications".
Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):
Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences...". Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane.
Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
How to avoid browser notification spam?
Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.
Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
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