What is the antom[.]xyz site?
Antom[.]xyz is a rogue website sharing many similarities with check-this-special-video.live, brokenbad.biz, eneedande.online, and thousands of others. It is designed to load questionable content and/or redirects visitors to different (likely unreliable or malicious) sites.
Users seldom access such webpages intentionally; most get redirected to them by untrustworthy websites, intrusive advertisements, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). This software can infiltrate devices without user consent and then cause redirects, run intrusive advert campaigns, and gather browsing-related data.
Antom[.]xyz in detail
The behavior of rogue sites is determined by their visitors' geolocations. The pages learn this information by checking users' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. Therefore, whether visitors get redirected elsewhere and/or are presented with dubious material - depends on their geolocations.
Additionally, most websites of this kind use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, etc.) to trick users into allowing their browser notifications. Antom[.]xyz is not an exception; should its notifications be enabled - the webpage will begin delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns.
The displayed adverts can be misleading, untrustworthy, and even hazardous. They promote a variety of sale-oriented, unreliable, deceptive/scam, and malicious sites. Some intrusive ads can be triggered (by being clicked on) to download/install software (e.g., PUAs) stealthily.
How do potentially unwanted applications operate?
Potentially unwanted applications can have different harmful functionalities, which can be in varied combinations. For example, these apps can force-open suspect websites and/or run intrusive advert campaigns. What is more, most PUAs have data tracking abilities.
This software can record browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, etc.) and collect sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, etc.). The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. To protect device and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||ESET (Malware), Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||302e617bgftgmi4106.antom[.]xyz; f26b417ibp2qn8n3e2.antom[.]xyz; secure-accesss-1d4ef3558g.antom[.]xyz; fcd8917ik5m8wi4d5d.antom[.]xyz; 086f017ik4k3vbl7b9.antom[.]xyz; e966617ikfngm6ob14.antom[.]xyz; f530917c8464pblc60.antom[.]xyz; 096b517tlzw15fee18.antom[.]xyz; b918117p2a3ib0470.antom[.]xyz; 5d27317hqtl7v0479.antom[.]xyz; aec9517qedugxvrc5f.antom[.]xyz|
|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
PUAs usually appear legitimate and harmless. They also promise a broad range of "handy" functionalities. However, the advertised functions are seldom operational. The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs are designed to cause redirects, deliver intrusive ad campaigns, and collect private information.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. This false marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is named "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the adverts can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission. Some PUAs can also have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research software before download/installation. Additionally, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, etc. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., pornography, gambling, adult-dating, and so on).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by the antom[.]xyz website:
Appearance of the antom[.]xyz website (GIF):
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- What is antom.xyz 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.