What is the apel[.]top site?
Similar to verifyrobots.online, ositieonthat.space, mobsuitem.com, eneedande.online, and thousands of others, apel[.]top is a rogue website. It operates by loading questionable content, pushing its browser notifications, and/or redirecting visitors to different (likely unreliable or malicious) pages.
Rogue sites are typically accessed via redirects caused by untrustworthy webpages, intrusive adverts, or PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) already installed onto the system.
Apel[.]top in detail
Whether visitors to the apel[.]top site are presented with dubious material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their IP addresses/ geolocations.
Additionally, most rogue pages used deceptive content to trick users into allowing their browser notifications. Apel[.]top employs fake CAPTCHA verification for this purpose. Should the notifications be allowed, the website will start delivering intrusive advert campaigns.
The displayed ads are more than just a nuisance, they also endanger device and user safety. Intrusive advertisements promote various untrustworthy, rogue, scam, and malicious webpages. Some of these ads can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent - when they are clicked on.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||alphaMountain.ai (Malicious), CyRadar (Malicious), Fortinet (Malware), Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||0.apel[.]top; a.apel[.]top; c.apel[.]top; 6.apel[.]top; 1.apel[.]top; 4.apel[.]top; 9.apel[.]top; b.apel[.]top; 2.apel[.]top; 5.apel[.]top; 8.apel[.]top; 7.apel[.]top; 3.apel[.]top|
|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 appear innocuous and offer "useful" functionalities, which are usually nonoperational. Furthermore, these apps typically have harmful abilities, e.g., force-opening suspicious and dangerous websites, running intrusive ad campaigns, hijacking browsers, and collecting private data. In summary, PUAs can cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even lead to identity theft.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are spread using the "bundling" marketing tactic - packing ordinary programs with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the adverts can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs may also have "official" download pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to research software and always download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and harmful content.
When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study possible options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all supplements. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, yet they redirect to questionable websites (e.g., pornography, gambling, adult-dating, etc.).
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 - 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.
Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by the apel[.]top website:
Appearance of the apel[.]top website (GIF):
Example of a spam email used to promote apel[.]top website:
Text presented within:
Subject: - I promised.
Une demande de contact a été formulée par e-mail via - de la part de :
Hi, this is Anna. I am sending you my intimate photos as I promised. -
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- What is apel.top 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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why am I seeing ads (browser notifications) delivered by apel[.]top in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You have likely visited apel[.]top and allowed it to deliver browser notifications. Note that websites of this kind are usually accessed inadvertently, and they use deceptive content (e.g., fake CAPTCHA verification, clickbait, etc.) to trick visitors into enabling the notifications.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, clicking on a browser notification will not result in a system infection. However, the websites and applications endorsed through these advertisements - can be malicious.
Is apel[.]top a virus?
The apel[.]top site is not considered to be a virus, yet it can promote virulent content (e.g., malicious websites, apps, etc.).
Will Combo Cleaner remove apel[.]top ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and removing permissions granted to rogue and malicious websites (e.g., apel[.]top). It will block further access to such sites as well. Hence, no extra steps will be required.