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Also Known As: Ads by watch-this-viral.video
Damage level: Medium

What is watch-this-viral[.]video?

The main purpose of the watch-this-viral[.]video page is to promote questionable websites and to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications. Like most websites of this type, watch-this-viral[.]video is promoted through other pages of this kind, untrustworthy ads and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).

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Watch-this-viral[.]video page in detail

Watch-this-viral[.]video displays a couple of pop-up windows encouraging visitors to click the "PLAY" button to start the video and the "Allow" button to close this page. It uses a clickbait technique to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications. Notifications from pages like watch-this-viral[.]video cannot be trusted.

It is known that watch-this-viral[.]video shows notifications used to promote various scams, potentially unwanted applications, and so on. Some examples of notifications that watch-this-viral[.]video displays are provided below. Pages like this one (or any other dubious sites) should never be allowed to show notifications.

Furthermore, watch-this-viral[.]video might open download pages for browser hijackers, adware, and other unwanted software, scam websites asking to provide credit card details, names, surnames (or other sensitive information), and so on. It is all the more reason not to visit watch-this-viral[.]video.

Some examples of untrustworthy pages that pages like watch-this-viral[.]video could open are "Your Device Might Have Security Issues", "You Are Our Winner Today!", and "Important Defender Update Available". Although, these pages might open legitimate sites as well.

Usually, when a website like watch-this-viral[.]video opens another (legitimate) website and users create an account and (or) purchase something on it, individuals behind a page like watch-this-viral[.]video get paid a referral fee. It is common that watch-this-viral[.]video are used to promote legitimate sports bettings, online gaming pages.

More information about potentially unwanted applications

Typically, users download and install potentially unwanted applications unintentionally. Once installed, apps of this kind start displaying advertisements (and) or collecting various data. They generate coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners, and other annoying ads. As a rule, those ads conceal web content and advertise shady, potentially malicious pages.

In some cases, ads generated by PUAs can execute certain scripts to cause unwanted downloads or even installations. Examples of details that PUAs collect are Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites. Also, PUAs can be designed to collect sensitive data (foe example, credit card details).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by watch-this-viral.video
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 watch-this-viral[.]video in general

To summarize, watch-this-viral[.]video page and similar websites are designed to promote other pages and to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button so they could show untrustworthy notifications. Most of the mare pretty similar, here are some examples: inteo[.]xyz, auldlikeaver[.]top, and rcgaxg[.]com.

How did adware install on my computer?

Usually, users download and install PUAs when they are included in downloaders and installers for other programs. This distribution method is called bundling. As a rule, offers to download or install PUAs are optional - they can be declined by unticking checkboxes or through "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings.

Users agree to download or install PUAs when they do not check and change those settings. Sometimes, users cause unwanted downloads or installations by clicking on deceptive advertisements designed to run certain scripts or through fake installers that are promoted on deceptive pages or through other unreliable sources.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloaders and installers that have settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" (or ticked checkboxes) are likely to be used to distribute PUAs. Therefore, downloads and installations should not be completed until all unwanted offers are declined. As mentioned previously, PUAs are bundled with free programs.

Files and apps should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct download links. It is recommended not to use Peer-to-Peer networks (for example, torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, free file hosting websites, third-party downloaders, and other sources. Those sources can be used to distribute unwanted software.

Advertisements on questionable websites (for example, on pages related to gambling, adult dating, pornography) should not be clicked as well. Those advertisements are often used to promote untrustworthy websites or distribute (download or install) unwanted apps.

No suspicious or unwanted plug-ins, add-ons, or extensions should be installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system. 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 watch-this-viral[.]video website (GIF):

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Notifications from the watch-this-viral[.]video website:

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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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