What is spdate[.]com?
Spdate[.]com is a rogue site akin to captcharesolverhere.top, new-updates-service.com, yoursurveyprogram.com, and thousands of others. It is designed to load dubious content and/or redirect visitors to different (likely unreliable or malicious) websites.
Rogue pages are typically entered via redirects caused by suspect sites, intrusive adverts, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
How rogue webpages work is determined by their visitors' IP addresses/ geolocations. Hence, whether users are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere - is dictated by this information.
Furthermore, most websites of this type push their browser notifications by attempting to trick visitors into allowing them with deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA, etc.). Spdate[.]com is not an exception; should its notifications be enabled - the site will begin running intrusive advertisement campaigns.
The delivered ads promote a wide variety of sale-oriented, rogue, untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, and even malicious pages. What is more, some intrusive adverts can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Webroot (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Observed Domains||m.spdate[.]com; trk.spdate[.]com; vlm.spdate[.]com; mlkp.spdate[.]com; img2.spdate[.]com; trackadw.spdate[.]com; live.spdate[.]com; static.spdate[.]com; images.spdate[.]com; sxd.spdate[.]com; sp1.spdate[.]com; tunchang.spdate[.]com; sp5.spdate[.]com; etc.|
|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 usually look harmless and advertise fake functionalities. However, instead of operating as promised - unwanted apps can force-open webpages, run intrusive ad campaigns (adware), modify browsers to promote fake search engines (browser hijackers), and gather vulnerable information.
To summarize, the presence of PUAs on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. "Bundling" is the term defining this deceptive marketing technique. Intrusive advertisements proliferate these apps as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. PUAs may also have "official" download pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is highly recommended to research software and download it from official/verified channels. Dubious sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and harmful content.
Download/Installation processes must be treated with caution; this entails - reading terms, exploring available options, and using the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all supplements. Intrusive adverts look legitimate; however, they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g., pornography, gambling, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be inspected 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 spdate[.]com website (GIF):
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- What is spdate.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 spdate[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You have likely visited spdate[.]com and allowed it to display browser notifications. It is noteworthy that such websites are usually accessed inadvertently and use deceptive material (e.g., fake CAPTCHA, clickbait, etc.) to lure visitors into allowing their notifications.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, clicking on a browser notification will not trigger any malware download/installation processes. However, these adverts often promote virulent content that can cause system infections.
Is spdate[.]com a virus?
While spdate[.]com is not deemed to be a virus, it can promote dubious/malicious content. Sites of this kind are commonly used to endorse various scams, untrustworthy and harmful apps, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove spdate[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and undo the permissions given to the spdate[.]com website. Additionally, it will block further access to this and other rogue/malicious sites. Hence, no extra steps will be necessary.