What is akaiksots[.]com?
Akaiksots[.]com is a rogue website similar to sweepstakessurvey.org, fresh-content.biz, desktopshieldprotection.com, hisqueost.xyz, and thousands of others. It operates by loading dubious content and/or redirecting visitors to other (likely untrustworthy or malicious) pages.
Users typically access rogue sites inadvertently, via redirects caused by suspect webpages, intrusive adverts, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Whether visitors to akaiksots[.]com and similar websites are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere - depends on their IP addresses/ geolocations.
Additionally, most rogue pages use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick visitors into allowing their browser notifications. This also applies to akaiksots[.]com; should its notifications be enabled - the site will begin running intrusive advertisement campaigns.
The delivered ads can be misleading, deceptive, and even dangerous. These advertisements endorse untrustworthy, scam, and even malicious websites. Some intrusive adverts are capable of infiltrating software (e.g., PUAs) into systems - when they are clicked on.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||n.akaiksots[.]com; j.akaiksots[.]com; c.akaiksots[.]com; l.akaiksots[.]com; x.akaiksots[.]com; h.akaiksots[.]com; b.akaiksots[.]com; z.akaiksots[.]com; k.akaiksots[.]com; w.akaiksots[.]com; o.akaiksots[.]com|
|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 offer "useful" functionalities, which are seldom operational. Instead of delivering on any promises, unwanted apps can force-open webpages (e.g., akaiksots[.]com, etc.), run intrusive ad campaigns (adware), modify browsers (browser hijackers), and gather vulnerable data. In summary, PUAs can cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed using the "bundling" marketing technique - packing regular programs with various additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts are used to spread PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs may also have "official" download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software and download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore available options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate; however, they redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, 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.
Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by the akaiksots[.]com website:
Appearance of the akaiksots[.]com website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is akaiksots.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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why am I seeing ads (browser notifications) delivered by akaiksots[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You have likely visited akaiksots[.]com and allowed it to display its browser notifications. It is noteworthy that rogue sites of this type are usually accessed inadvertently, and they use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA, etc.) - to trick visitors into enabling their notifications.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
Clicking on a notification will not jumpstart any malware infection processes. However, these ads can promote malicious content (e.g., sites, apps, etc.) that can cause infections.
Is akaiksots[.]com a virus?
No, akaiksots[.]com is not considered to be a virus, yet it can promote virulent content. Websites like akaiksots[.]com are commonly used to promote various scams, unreliable and harmful software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove akaiksots[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and reverting all the permissions granted for suspicious and malicious websites. It can also block further access to akaiksots[.]com and other untrustworthy sites. Hence, no additional steps will be necessary.