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How to eliminate ads displayed by desktopshieldprotection.com website?

Also Known As: desktopshieldprotection.com pop-up
Damage level: Medium

What is desktopshieldprotection[.]com?

Desktopshieldprotection[.]com is a rogue website sharing similarities with myfreshspot.com, re*.biz, news-gemara.cc, ngecauuksehi.xyz, and thousands of others. It is designed to load dubious content and/or redirect visitors to different (likely unreliable or malicious) pages.

Sites of this type are usually entered via redirects caused by untrustworthy webpages, intrusive ads, or PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) installed onto the system.

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Desktopshieldprotection[.]com overview

The behavior of rogue sites is determined by their visitors' IP addresses/ geolocations. In other words, this data dictates whether visitors are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere. Additionally, desktopshieldprotection[.]com has been observed promoting a variant of the "Your PC is infected with 5 viruses" scam.

Furthermore, most sites of this kind use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick visitors into allowing their browser notifications. Should the desktopshieldprotection[.]com webpage's notifications be enabled, it will start running intrusive advertisement campaigns.

The delivered ads are more than just a nuisance, they also endanger device/user safety. They endorse various untrustworthy and malicious websites. What is more, some intrusive adverts can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) - when they are clicked on.

Threat Summary:
Name desktopshieldprotection.com pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), 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.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Potentially unwanted application overview

PUAs appear legitimate and harmless. They also offer "handy" functionalities that seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.

Instead, PUAs can force-open sites, run intrusive ad campaigns (adware), modify browsers (browser hijackers), and collect private data. In summary, unwanted apps can cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are spread using the "bundling" technique - packing regular programs with various supplements. Rushed download/installation processes increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads 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 download it from official/trustworthy channels. Dubious sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive advertisements appear innocuous, yet they redirect to questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with such adverts and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all suspicious 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.

Appearance of the desktopshieldprotection[.]com website (GIF):

desktopshieldprotection[.]com website appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove 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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

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 desktopshieldprotection[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

Websites deliver browser notifications with user permission. Therefore, you have likely visited desktopshieldprotection[.]com and permitted it to do so. Note that rogue pages of this kind are typically accessed inadvertently, and they use dubious content (e.g., fake CAPTCHA, clickbait, etc.) to trick visitors into allowing their notifications.

I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?

Infection processes are not triggered by clicking on browser notifications. However, the content (e.g., websites, apps, etc.) promoted through these ads - can be malicious and cause system infections.

Is desktopshieldprotection[.]com a virus?

Desktopshieldprotection[.]com is not considered to be a virus, yet it can promote virulent content. Websites of this kind are often employed to endorse various scams (e.g., "Your PC is infected with 5 viruses", etc.), untrustworthy and harmful software, and even malware.

Will Combo Cleaner remove desktopshieldprotection[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and remove the permissions granted to rogue and malicious websites. It can also block further access to desktopshieldprotection[.]com and other suspicious and dangerous pages. Therefore, no additional steps will be necessary.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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