What is funsmartlook[.]com?
Funsmartlook[.]com is pretty similar to captchacheckout[.]top, captchaverifier[.]top, captcha-bros[.]com, and other pages designed to trick visitors into allowing them to show notifications and open a couple of questionable websites. Usually, users do not visit pages like funsmartlook[.]com on purpose.
Funsmartlook[.]com in detail
Typically, websites like funsmartlook[.]com are promoted via potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), shady websites, and untrustworthy advertisements. Research shows that funsmartlook[.]com displays a fake CAPTCHA test encouraging visitors to click the "Allow" button to prove that they are not robots (it uses a clickbait technique).
As a rule, when pages like funsmartlook[.]com have permission to show notifications, they show notifications containing dubious advertisements, links to potentially malicious pages, and so on. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to allow websites like this one to show notifications.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, funsmartlook[.]com can open questionable websites. It could open deceptive pages similar to "Your Chrome Is Severely Damaged By 13 Malware!", "Chance To Win The New iPad", "Google Membership Rewards" and other pages designed to trick visitors into downloading browser hijackers, adware, providing personal information.
At the time of the research, funsmartlook[.]com opened the AliExpress website. It is likely that its developers get paid a referral fee when users purchase something or create a new account on the AliExpress page opened via funsmartlook[.]com. It is worth mentioning that funsmartlook[.]com may open other legitimate pages as well.
More about potentially unwanted applications
PUAs can be designed to collect various information and display unwanted advertisements. Quite often, PUAs gather IP addresses, entered search queries, visited websites and other browsing-related data. However, they can be designed to collect credit card details, passwords, and other sensitive information as well.
Another issue with PUAs is that they can be designed to display banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads, etc. If clicked, those ads could open potentially malicious websites or execute scripts designed to download or even install potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, ads generated by PUAs are not trustworthy and should not be clicked.
|Name||Ads by funsmartlook.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|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
In conclusion, users do not visit websites like funsmartlook[.]com willingly/intentionally. Most of these pages get opened via shady ads, websites or by installed PUAs. What most of them have in common is that they are designed to load dubious content and open other shady websites.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is very popular for PUAs to be distributed by bundling them together with other programs (by including those apps in downloaders or installers for other programs). When users do not check downloaders, installers for settings like "Advanced" and "Custom" and leave them unchanged - they download or install PUAs as well.
Another way to trick users into installing PUAs is to distribute these apps via fake installers that are designed to look like the official ones. In some cases, PUAs are distributed via advertisements by designing them to run certain scripts. Users cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking those ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Third-party downloaders and installers, Peer-to-Peer (P2) networks like torrent clients, eMule, questionable, unofficial, and other sources should not be used to download or install any programs. Apps (and files) should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links
Downloaders and installers that have "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings, or checkboxes should be checked for offers to download or install PUAs. Unwanted offers should be deselected before finishing downloads, installations (by leaving those settings unchanged, users agree to download or install included PUAs).
Advertisements displayed on untrustworthy pages should not be clicked too. It is common that by clicking those ads open untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. All suspicious, unwanted, or unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons that are installed on a browser should be removed.
Programs of this kind that are 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.
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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.