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Also Known As: Ads by watch-this-viral.video
Type: Adware
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).

watch-this-viral[.]video pop-up redirects

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):

watch-this-viral[.]video website appearance (GIF)

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

watch-this-viral.video notification watch-this-viral.video notification 2 watch-this-viral.video notification 3 watch-this-viral.video notification 4

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 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

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.

watch-this-viral[.]video 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 watch-this-viral[.]video 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:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing watch-this-viral[.]video  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 watch-this-viral[.]video ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by watch-this-viral.video, 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 watch-this-viral[.]video 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 watch-this-viral[.]video ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by watch-this-viral.video 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 watch-this-viral.video, 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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