What is the contentgate[.]xyz site?
Contentgate[.]xyz is a rogue website that shares many similarities with watchvideoplayer.com, thehugejournal.com, catests.space, and countless others. This page operates by loading questionable content and/or redirecting visitors to various sites (likely, unreliable/malicious ones).
Users seldom enter these websites intentionally; most get redirected to them by rogue webpages, intrusive ads, installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). These apps can infiltrate systems without explicit consent; hence, users may be unaware of their presence.
Contentgate[.]xyz in detail
When contentgate[.]xyz is entered, it first checks the visitor's IP (Internet Protocol) address to learn their geolocation. This data determines the site's further course of action. Therefore, whether visitors are presented with dubious material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their geolocations.
Furthermore, rogue websites use deceptive content to trick users into enabling their browser notifications. This applies to contentgate[.]xyz as well; it instructs to "Press Allow to watch the video". Should these notifications be allowed - contentgate[.]xyz will start running intrusive advert campaigns.
The delivered ads are more than just a minor annoyance, they also pose a threat to device and user safety. Once clicked on, the adverts can redirect to untrustworthy/malicious sites, and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).
How do potentially unwanted applications operate?
PUAs can have a variety of heinous functionalities, and these functions can be in different combinations. For example, these applications can force-open unreliable/malicious webpages and/or deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. What is more, PUAs usually have data tracking abilities.
Information of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so forth. The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||CyRadar (Malicious), ESET (Malware), Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||104e8pmus4pa9594.contentgate[.]xyz; 9ff3epm4kj2h968e.contentgate[.]xyz; f23e2pmusa7p2430.contentgate[.]xyz; e7a30q5m752myed4.contentgate[.]xyz; 5597aq5du8wbz586.contentgate[.]xyz; a3566q51zrn9l365.contentgate.[.]xyz; ab3a1q5tl52y93ba.contentgate[.]xyz; b3d9eq5ghy9k2390.contentgate[.]xyz; 56352q5u346vc31a.contentgate[.]xyz; 79883q5u3a63vfcd.contentgate[.]xyz|
|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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Potentially unwanted applications in general
PUAs usually appear ordinary and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation and/or purchase with offers of various "handy" functionalities. However, the features rarely work as advertised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
The sole purpose of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can cause redirects, run intrusive advertisement campaigns, and gather private and sensitive information.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This false marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., ignored terms, used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
Intrusive advertisements are used to distribute PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission. Some PUAs also have "official" promotional/download websites.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research software before download/installation. Additionally, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer harmful content.
When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate; however, they redirect to dubious websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so forth).
In case of encounters with such adverts and/or redirects, the device must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshots of advertisements delivered by the contentgate[.]xyz website:
Appearance of the contentgate[.]xyz website (GIF):
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- What is contentgate.xyz 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.