What is bitcoinshortener[.]top?
Bitcoinshortener[.]top is a site offering URL (website address) shortening services. While this is a legitimate service, this website uses rogue advertising networks that promote various (likely deceptive and malicious) pages.
Using these networks for monetization is quite common on the Web; hence, there are thousands of such sites, and sabishare.com, fdrama.net, mp3fy.com, fastfrom.com, bigyshare.com, naijawide.com, and gospeljingle.com are some examples.
Websites that employ rogue advertising networks use several methods to promote suspicious pages. These networks endorse sites by force-opening them when the rogue webpage is accessed, or by causing redirects when hosted content (e.g., links, buttons, ads, etc.) - is clicked on.
Furthermore, such pages can host intrusive advertisements and/or push their browser notifications (which, if enabled, allow ad campaign delivery). Both of these traits apply to bitcoinshortener[.]top. The previously mentioned advertisements/notifications promote likewise untrustworthy and dangerous websites. What is more, some intrusive adverts can stealthily download/install software - when clicked on.
|Name||Ads by bitcoinshortener.top|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Observed Domains||test.bitcoinshortener[.]top; t.bitcoinshortener[.]top; ns1.bitcoinshortener[.]top; ns2.bitcoinshortener[.]top; mail.bitcoinshortener[.]top; go.bitcoinshortener[.]top; email.bitcoinshortener[.]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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Potentially unwanted application overview
Rogue webpages are typically accessed inadvertently through mistyped URLs or redirects caused by dubious advertising networks (i.e., rogue sites and ads), or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
This software can infiltrate systems without explicit user consent, and it appears legitimate though seldom works as promised. Instead, unwanted apps can have harmful functionalities, e.g., force-opening websites, running intrusive advertisement campaigns (adware), modifying browsers (browser hijackers), and gathering sensitive data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs are proliferated using the "bundling" marketing method - packing regular software with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive advertisements spread PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission. Additionally, PUAs may have "official" promotional/download pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software and download it from official/verified sources. Dubious download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive ads look innocuous, yet they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.).
In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, the device must be checked and all suspect 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 advert delivered by the bitcoinshortener[.]top website:
Appearance of the bitcoinshortener[.]top website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "Ads by bitcoinshortener.top"?
- 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 bitcoinshortener[.]top in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Websites display notifications with user permission. Hence, you've likely visited bitcoinshortener[.]top and allowed it to do so. These sites are typically allowed to deliver browser notifications inadvertently, as they often use deceptive content to trick visitors into permitting them.
I have clicked on ads, is my computer infected?
While some advertisements can infiltrate (potentially malicious) software into systems when clicked on - this is not particularly common. Deceptive ads more often redirect users to dangerous websites that can stealthily download/install malware or trick visitors into doing so themselves.
Is bitcoinshortener[.]top a virus?
Sites like bitcoinshortener[.]top are not considered to be viruses, yet they can promote virulent content. The rogue advertising networks used by such webpages - are commonly employed to endorse various scams, unreliable and harmful apps, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner eliminate the threats posed by bitcoinshortener[.]top website?
Combo Cleaner can scan visited websites and give warnings when they are found to be deceptive or malicious. It is also capable of blocking access to sites of this kind. Additionally, Combo Cleaner can scan downloaded files and issue alerts if they are detected as harmful.