What is brokenbad[.]biz?
Sharing many similarities with eneedande.online, sweetadvance.ru, watch-this-viral.video, and countless others, brokenbad[.]biz is a rogue website. It is designed to present visitors with dubious content and/or redirect them to various (likely unreliable and malicious) sites.
These webpages are seldom accessed intentionally; most get redirected to them by untrustworthy pages, intrusive advertisements, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). This software can stealthily infiltrate systems and subsequently cause redirects, run intrusive advert campaigns, and collect browsing-related information.
Brokenbad[.]biz in detail
The behavior of rogue sites is dictated by their visitors' geolocations. The pages learn this data by checking users' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. In other words, whether visitors to brokenbad[.]biz are presented with questionable material and/or get redirected elsewhere - depends on their geolocations.
Additionally, websites of this type use clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, or other deceptive tactics to trick users into allowing their browser notifications. This applies to brokenbad[.]biz as well, and if its notifications are enabled - the site will start running intrusive advertisement campaigns.
The delivered ads pose a threat to device and user safety. Intrusive advertisements promote a variety of untrustworthy, rogue, deceptive/scam, and malicious websites. Furthermore, some of these adverts can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent.
How do potentially unwanted applications operate?
Unwanted applications can have various functionalities, and these functions can be in different combinations. For example, this software can force-open webpages and/or deliver intrusive advert campaigns. What is more, PUAs typically have data tracking abilities.
Targeted information includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so forth. PUA developers monetize the collected data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties, likewise intent on misusing it for profit.
To summarize, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. Therefore, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Fortinet (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||3.brokenbad[.]biz; 1.brokenbad[.]biz; 2.brokenbad[.]biz; 0.brokenbad[.]biz; 7.brokenbad[.]biz; 4.brokenbad[.]biz; 6.brokenbad[.]biz; 8.brokenbad[.]biz; 5.brokenbad[.]biz; 9.brokenbad[.]biz; 10.brokenbad[.]biz|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Potentially unwanted applications in general
PUAs appear legitimate and offer "handy" functionalities. However, they rarely work as advertised, and in most cases - the functions do not work at all. The only goal of unwanted software is to generate revenue at user expense. PUAs operate by causing redirects, delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, and gathering private data.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are spread through downloaders/installers of other programs. This false marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device.
Intrusive adverts are also used to proliferate PUAs. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install these applications. PUAs may have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and trustworthy download channels must be used. Dubious sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled and harmful content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from additional apps, tools, and so forth. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate; however, they redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this type, the device must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. 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 adverts delivered by the brokenbad[.]biz website:
Appearance of the brokenbad[.]biz website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is brokenbad.biz 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.