What is mydesktopdefender[.]com?
Mydesktopdefender[.]com is a suspect site designed to load dubious content and/or redirects visitors to other webpages (likely unreliable or malicious ones). The Internet is full of such sites; success-news.org, ploringseav.space, and special-for.me are but some examples.
Rogue websites like mydesktopdefender[.]com are usually accessed via redirects caused by untrustworthy pages, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Mydesktopdefender[.]com in detail
How mydesktopdefender[.]com operates is determines by its visitors' IP addresses/ geolocations. In other words, this information dictates whether users are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere.
Additionally, mydesktopdefender[.]com uses deceptive content to push its browser notifications. Should they be allowed, the site will start running intrusive advertisement campaigns. Once clicked on, the adverts promote unreliable/malicious websites, and some can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Potentially unwanted application overview
PUAs pose a threat to device and user safety. Despite their legitimate appearance, these apps can cause redirects, run intrusive ad campaigns, collect browsing-related and personally identifiable information, etc. To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are spread using the "bundling" marketing technique - packing ordinary programs with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
When clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user consent. Some PUAs also have promotional/download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to research software and always download from official/verified download channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and harmful content.
When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all additions. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to dubious sites (e.g., pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.).
In case of encounters with advertisements and/or redirects of this type, the system must be checked and all suspicious 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.
Appearance of the mydesktopdefender[.]com website (GIF):
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- What is mydesktopdefender.com 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.