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How to remove unwanted apps designed to open pages like push-news.org?

Also Known As: Ads by push-news.org
Damage level: Medium

What is push-news[.]org?

Push-news[.]org is designed to trick visitors into agreeing to receive its notifications and open about two, three other unreliable pages (it depends on the geolocation of its visitors). Push-news[.]org is similar to news-mosuka[.]cc, neehoose[.]com, boustahe[.]com, and hundreds of other pages of this type.

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Push-news[.]org in detail

It is likely that push-news[.]org is promoted via shady advertisements, websites, or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). In one way or another, it is unlikely that push-news[.]org gets visited by users intentionally. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, push-news[.]org is designed to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications.

Push-news[.]org uses a clickbait technique to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button - it loads a fake CAPTCHA test, a deceptive message encouraging visitors to click the aforementioned button to prove that they are not robots. Other websites like push-news[.]org could use different clickbait techniques.

It is highly advisable not to allow push-news[.]org to show its notifications. As a rule, websites of this kind show notifications containing dubious advertisements, links to potentially malicious pages, etc. Instructions on how to disable unwanted notifications are provided below.

Furthermore, push-news[.]org could open various untrustworthy websites, for example, deceptive pages designed to trick visitors into downloading and installing unwanted software (like adware, browser hijackers), providing personal information (like credit card details, login credentials), and other dubious sites.

Push-news[.]org could open legitimate pages as well. At the time of the research, it opened an online trading platform. In such cases, individuals behind sites like push-news[.]org get paid a referral fee if users create an account, purchase a product or service on the website opened via push-news[.]org.

As mentioned previously, it is likely that push-news[.]org is promoted through PUAs. Usually, apps of this kind are designed to collect various information and (or) generate advertisements as well. It is common that PUAs target IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, and other browsing-related data.

Also, PUAs could be designed to gather sensitive information. The problem with it is that collected data may be used for malicious purposes, for example, it may be sold to third parties, used to steal identities, make unauthorized purchases, transactions, and so on. Therefore, PUAs should not be trusted.

Also, PUAs could be designed to display unwanted banners, pop-up ads, surveys, coupons. Quite often, ads displayed by PUAs are used to promote questionable websites. In some cases, those could be designed to run certain scripts and cause unwanted downloads, or even installations.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by push-news.org
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 3.221.196.186
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.
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Pages like push-news[.]org in general

To summarize, push-news[.]org and other websites of this type cannot be trusted. Typically, users do not visit them by themselves. One of the reasons why a browser could open them is that it could have some PUA installed on it. It is worth mentioning that users rarely download and install PUAs intentionally.

How did adware install on my computer?

Quite often, potentially unwanted applications are bundled together with other programs. In such cases, users download or install PUAs when they do not change certain settings. Usually, unwanted applications can be deselected via "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other settings (orticked checkboxes) that downloaders or installers for other programs have.

In other cases, users unintentionally download or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements. More precisely, when users click ads designed to execute certain scripts. As a rule, those advertisements appear on questionable websites (for example, gambling, adult dating, pornography pages).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloaders, installers that have settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" (or ticked checkboxes) often include offers to download, install potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, it is recommended not to finish downloads, installations without checking the settings mentioned above.

Files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. It is common that Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial sites, free file hosting sites, third-party downloaders (and installers) are used to distribute potentially unwanted apps.

Advertisements on questionable websites should not be clicked as well. Quite often, those ads are designed to open other dubious websites. Sometimes, they can cause unexpected downloads or installations. Unwanted or suspicious plug-ins, add-ons, or extensions installed on a browser should be removed.

Any unwanted programs installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. 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 push-news[.]org website (GIF):

push-news[.]org website appearance (GIF)

Notifications from push-news[.]org:

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove 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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

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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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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