What is ytdownload[.]net?
ytdownload[.]net is an untrusted website offering YouTube video conversion to MP3 and MP4 file download services. This site infringes copyright laws and uses rogue advertising networks. Therefore, when ytdownload[.]net is visited and/or used, it causes redirects to various dubious and even malicious web pages.
When websites using rogue advertising networks are accessed and users interact with content presented in them (i.e. hosted ads or displayed buttons are clicked), they are redirected to various sale-based/promotional, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious pages.
Visiting these sites can lead to a wide variety of problems. Note that ytdownload[.]net has been observed redirecting to bogus web pages, including promotional sites of Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs).
Furthermore, once clicked, intrusive advertisements (which are commonly hosted on websites that use rogue networks) redirect to similarly dangerous pages and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs).
These unwanted apps typically seem legitimate and offer a wide variety of "useful" functionality, ranging from system cleaning/optimizing to easy access tools and online content (e.g. email, weather, news, movies, sports, music, etc.), however, the features promised rarely work as advertised and, in most cases, do not work at all.
Furthermore, PUAs usually have dangerous undisclosed capabilities. Some unwanted applications can force-open untrusted and harmful sites. Adware-types deliver intrusive advertisements, which have the previously mentioned characteristics (i.e. causing redirects and making stealthy downloads).
Browser hijackers modify browser settings and restrict/deny access to them to promote fake search engines. The promoted search engines are seldom capable of providing search results, and so they redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate sites. Most PUAs (regardless of type) can track data.
They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, web pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on likewise misusing it for profit.
In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.
|Name||Ads by ytdownload.net|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|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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Therefore, visiting and/or using these suspect pages is not recommended due to the risks they pose to user privacy and device integrity. Should a browser be automatically force-opening dubious web pages, it is likely to be caused by PUAs installed on the system.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are often downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling".
By rushing through download/installation of software (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using "Quick/Express" settings, etc.) many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well.
When clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without users' permission. Some PUAs have "official" download web pages from which they can be downloaded.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all software before download/installation. Use only official and verified download channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule), and other third party downloaders commonly offer harmful and bundled content, and are therefore untrusted and should be avoided.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, however, they can redirect to dubious and malicious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others).
If you encounter ads or redirects of this kind, inspect the system and remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately. 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.