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How to stop a browser from opening the rcgaxg.com page?

Also Known As: Ads by rcgaxg.com
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is rcgaxg[.]com?

Rcgaxg[.]com asks for permission to show notifications (in a deceptive way) and promotes questionable pages. It is more or less similar to news-ciwuwi[.]cc, allhotfeed[.]com, yourseismo[.]top, and more. It is uncommon for pages of this type to be visited intentionally. Pretty often, they get opened by installed potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).

rcgaxg[.]com pop-up redirects

Rcgaxg[.]com website in detail

As previously mentioned, rcgaxg[.]com uses deception (a clickbait technique) to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications - it displays a message encouraging visitors to prove that they are not underage by clicking the "Allow" button. Usually, notifications from pages like rcgaxg[.]com are used to promote untrustworthy websites.

Another reason not to trust the rcgaxg[.]com website is that it could open a couple of other pages designed to trick visitors into providing credit card details, names, surnames, email addresses, and other personal information. Also, rcgaxg[.]com could open download pages for browser hijackers, adware, and other PUAs.

A couple of examples of websites that pages like rcgaxg[.]com might promote are "CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE THE VISITOR NO. 1.000.000", "Your Device Might Have Security Issues", and "Important Defender Update Available". Although, rcgaxg[.]com may open legitimate pages as well.

It is worth mentioning that individuals behind pages like rcgaxg[.]com get paid a referral fee when their websites open legitimate pages, and visitors create new accounts, purchase products or services on them. Either way, it is strongly recommended not to trust rcgaxg[.]com or similar sites.

More about potentially unwanted applications

It is worth mentioning that PUAs can be designed to collect browsing-related information such as entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, visited sites, or even sensitive data like passwords, credit card details. Moreover, that information may be misused for malicious purposes (for example, to steal accounts, identities).

Also, PUAs can be designed to generate banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads, and other advertisements. By clicking ads generated by PUAs, users may open questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. These are the main reasons not to have any PUAs installed on browsers or computers.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by rcgaxg.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (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.
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Websites like rcgaxg[.]com in general

Rcgaxg[.]com is designed to display a deceptive message encouraging to click the "Allow" button and promote other pages of this kind. Typically, websites like rcgaxg[.]com are promoted through other untrustworthy pages, shady advertisements, and potentially unwanted applications - it is uncommon for them to be visited on purpose.

How did adware install on my computer?

Sometimes, PUAs are distributed via deceptive advertisements. Users download or install PUAs by clicking on those advertisements. Although, it is more common for apps of this kind to be distributed through downloaders or installers for other programs. This distribution method is known as bundling.

Usually, those downloaders and installers have "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other options, or ticked checkboxes. Users download or install PUAs with other programs when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged (or checkboxes ticked). Typically, PUAs are distributed via downloaders and installers for free programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and through direct links. Other sources can be used to distribute potentially unwanted or even malicious apps. It is common that unwanted software is distributed through third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites, etc.

Furthermore, it is worth remembering that downloaders and installers that have options such as "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" are likely to have optional offers. Therefore, those settings should be checked (and unwanted offers deselected) before finishing downloads and installations.

Advertisements that untrustworthy websites (or installed PUAs) display should not be clicked. Those ads might open unreliable pages or cause unexpected downloads or installations. Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed.

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 rcgaxg[.]com website (GIF):

rcgaxg[.]com website appearance (GIF)

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and select "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disabling browser notifications in Google Chrome web browser (PC)

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and tap "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)

Disabling browser notifications in Google Chrome web browser (Android)

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)

Disabling browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser (Android)

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)

Disabling browser notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser (PC)

Safari (Mac):

  • 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)

Disabling browser notifications in Safari web browser (Mac)

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

rcgaxg[.]com adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes rcgaxg[.]com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

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Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rcgaxg[.]com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rcgaxg[.]com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by rcgaxg.com, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rcgaxg[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rcgaxg[.]com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by rcgaxg.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by rcgaxg.com, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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