What is aboutyoun[.]com?
Websites such as aboutyoun[.]com are promoted via deceptive advertisements, other untrusted pages, and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). I.e., users do not often visit them intentionally. Many web pages are similar to aboutyoun[.]com including, for example, datingbasedspot[.]com, captchatopsource[.]com and continue-site[.]site.
Note that users do not often download or install PUAs intentionally. Apps of this type can be designed to promote untrusworthy pages, gather browsing data, and generate advertisements.
Once visited, aboutyoun[.]com loads dubious content or opens other bogus websites. The way it functions depends on the geolocations of its visitors.
Furthermore, this website uses a 'clickbait' technique to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications: it displayes a message stating "Press Allow to watch the video". Note that aboutyoun[.]com and other rogue pages should not be allowed to show notifications, since they can promote other dubious pages, unwanted software, contain deceptive ads, etc. These notifications can contain links to malicious sites as well.
PUAs can display advertisements and gather information. More precisely, they can display coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners, and other ads. If clicked, these can open potentially malicious sites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Commonly, PUAs target browsing data such as IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites or other data relating to users' browsing activities, however, they might also gather personal, sensitive information as well. Furthermore, the developers might sell the data to cyber criminals or misuse it for other malicious purposes.
Therefore, potentially unwanted applications can introduce security and online privacy risks.
|Name||Ads by aboutyoun.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Observed Domains||1.aboutyoun[.]com, 3.aboutyoun[.]com, 4.aboutyoun[.]com, 5.aboutyoun[.]com, 7.aboutyoun[.]com, 9.aboutyoun[.]com, 0.aboutyoun[.]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.
Note that some PUAs can reduce computer performance, change browser settings, create unwanted toolbars in the web browser, etc. They are often advertised as useful, legitimate programs, however, they are useless to regular users and designed only to generate revenue for the developers.
In any case, PUAs should never be installed on browsers or computers.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed via download/installation set-ups of other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling".
Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and settings, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.
Some PUAs have "official" download sites. Intrusive advertisements proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Download software and files from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to use torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, unofficial websites or other sources of this kind.
Avoid third party installers. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, and decline offers to download or install unwanted software. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious websites, since they can open other untrusted websites or even cause unwanted downloads and installations.
Remove any unwanted, suspicious applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) that are installed on the browser. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system.
Regularly scan your computer with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software and keep this software up to date.
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.