What is ourcoolstories[.]com?
Similar to spdate.com, new-updates-service.com, yoursurveyprogram.com, and thousands of others, ourcoolstories[.]com is a rogue website. It is designed to load dubious content, push its browser notifications, and/or redirect visitors to other webpages.
Users are typically redirected to rogue sites by untrustworthy pages, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Whether visitors to ourcoolstories[.]com are presented with questionable material and/or redirected elsewhere (likely unreliable or malicious websites) - depends on their IP addresses/ geolocations.
Additionally, sites of this type often use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA, etc.) - to trick visitors into allowing their browser notifications. Ourcoolstories[.]com is not an exception; should users allow its notifications - the website will start running intrusive advertisement campaigns.
The delivered ads promote various untrustworthy and malicious webpages. Furthermore, some intrusive adverts can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission - when they are clicked.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Avira (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||a.ourcoolstories[.]com; d.ourcoolstories[.]com; r.ourcoolstories[.]com; y.ourcoolstories[.]com; j.ourcoolstories[.]com; o.ourcoolstories[.]com; g.ourcoolstories[.]com; v.ourcoolstories[.]com; h.ourcoolstories[.]com; w.ourcoolstories[.]com; c.ourcoolstories[.]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 appear legitimate, yet they can cause redirects to dubious sites, deliver intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, and collect private data. The sole goal of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. The presence of PUAs on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs are proliferated using the "bundling" marketing technique - packing ordinary programs with various additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device. Furthermore, once clicked on - some intrusive ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Select PUAs also have "official" download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to research software and download from official/verified channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled/harmful content.
When downloading/installing, it is crucial to read terms, study options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to various questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, 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.
Screenshots of ads delivered by the ourcoolstories[.]com website:
Appearance of the ourcoolstories[.]com website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is ourcoolstories.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 ourcoolstories[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Browser notifications are displayed with user permission. Therefore, you've likely visited ourcoolstories[.]com and permitted it to do so. Note that such websites are usually accessed unintentionally and use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA, etc.) to lure visitors into enabling the notifications.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
Browser notifications are not used in malvertising. Hence, the act of clicking on a notification is harmless. However, the sites/apps endorsed through them - can be malicious and cause system infections.
Is ourcoolstories[.]com a virus?
No, ourcoolstories[.]com is not considered to be a virus. It must be mentioned that sites of this type are commonly used to promote various scams, unreliable and harmful software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove ourcoolstories[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can remove the permissions granted for ourcoolstories[.]com without any additional manual steps. It can also block further access to this and other rogue/malicious websites.