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.
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 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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
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):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and select "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and tap "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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is desktopshieldprotection[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes desktopshieldprotection[.]com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to eliminate ads delivered by desktopshieldprotection[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the desktopshieldprotection.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with desktopshieldprotection.com pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the desktopshieldprotection.com pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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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.