What is sauwoaptain[.]com?
sauwoaptain[.]com is similar to many other rogue websites including routgveriprt[.]com, notification-centar[.]com, and windowsguidenews[.]com. This site redirects visitors to other untrustworthy websites or presents dubious content. Generally, people are redirected to it when potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are installed on browsers and/or operating systems.
Therefore, people do not generally visit sauwoaptain[.]com intentionally. Furthermore, apps that open these sites usually serve intrusive ads and gather various data.
PUAs open websites such as sauwoaptain[.]com in new browser windows or tabs. When opened, they display dubious, often deceptive content or redirect visitors to other (about two or three) dubious websites. This depends on visitors' geographic locations.
People who visit sauwoaptain[.]com are asked permission to show notifications - the site encourages them to click the "Allow" button so that they can browse the website further. In most cases, giving these websites permission to show notifications enables them to serve dubious, deceptive advertisements that can lead to unwanted downloads and installations.
Furthermore, most unwanted apps of this type collect data. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, and other, possibly sensitive and personal information. Developers share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.
Information tracking and sharing can cause problems with browsing safety, privacy, browsing, and so on. Some users might even have their identities stolen. Another negative side of PUAs is that they are often designed to display coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners and other intrusive advertisements.
These ads conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. These ads sometimes execute scripts that download and install unwanted apps. Therefore, PUAs should never be installed.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Observed Domains||adware.sauwoaptain[.]com, static.sauwoaptain[.]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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Developers promote PUAs as useful, legitimate programs, however, they aim to trick people into downloading and installing this unwanted software. In fact, most PUAs do not operate as advertised and are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue by causing redirects to various untrustworthy websites, gathering data, and delivering ads.
How did adware install on my computer?
Few people download/install PUAs intentionally. Most are tricked when PUAs are included into various download or installation set-ups. Generally, information about the inclusion of PUAs in set-ups is hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on.
When software is downloaded and/or installed without checking and changing the settings, PUAs are also allowed to be downloaded and/or installed. PUAs can also be downloaded and installed through deceptive ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Download software only from official websites and via direct links. Unofficial websites, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, installers are not reliable tools to download or install software - they are monetized by promoting various unwanted apps.
Download and install software properly and do not leave settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" of the software installation/download setups unchecked and unchanged. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted software and only then finish the process.
Remove any unwanted, unknown extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on the browser immediately. Also apply this to software 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.
Appearance of sauwoaptain[.]com website (GIF):
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- What is sauwoaptain.com pop-up?
- 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.