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How to remove protectnscan.com ads

Also Known As: Ads by protectnscan.com
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is protectnscan[.]com?

Protectnscan[.]com displays deceptive content to promote shady websites and asks for permission to deliver notifications. It is very unlikely that someone would visit protectnscan[.]com on purpose. This page is similar to webdefencesurvey[.]com, rewardsltd[.]com, stayprotectedsupport[.]com, and many other sites.

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Protectnscan[.]com site in detail

Protectnscan[.]com displays a fake McAfee security alert encouraging to perform an antivirus scan designed to show fake detections list. It seems that protectnscan[.]com fraudulently advertise legitimate antivirus software to collect commissions from an affiliate program.

It is also possible that protectnscan[.]com can redirect to a phishing website asking to provide personal information or some other shady page designed to trick users into paying money for fake software, services. Another problem with protectnscan[.]com is that it can show notifications (if allowed) to promote scams, shady apps, pages, etc.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by protectnscan.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names ESET (Malware), 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)

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More information about pages like protectnscan[.]com

Protectnscan[.]com and similar pages are promoted through untrustworthy advertisements, other pages of this kind, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). PUAs can be designed to collect various information, generate advertisements. Most users install them unknowingly.

How did adware install on my computer?

Most potentially unwanted applications are distributed via downloaders and installers for other programs, shady ads, fake installers. Users can find and deselect PUAs in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other similar options that downloaders or installers used to distribute those apps have. Users agree to download or install PUAs when they leave those settings unchanged.

If clicked, advertisements used to distribute PUAs run certain scripts and download or install unwanted apps. Fake installers usually are disguised as legitimate ones. They are promoted using deceptive websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Always check downloaders and installers that have "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, or ticked checkboxes for optional downloads or installations. Deselect unwanted apps before downloading or installing programs. Also, do not click on advertisements showing up on shady pages.

Use official websites and direct links as sources for downloading files and applications. Avoid using other sources to download them. 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 protectnscan[.]com website (GIF):

protectnscan[.]com website appearance (GIF)

Another appearance of protectnscan[.]com website:

protectnscan.com website appearance (2022-01-17)

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove 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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

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 protectnscan[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

Websites do not deliver browser notifications unless they have permission to do so. If protectnscan[.]com shows any notifications, it means that it has been visited and allowed to deliver them.

I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?

No, clicking on a notification cannot result in having a computer infected with malware. However, websites that those notifications are used to promote can be malicious.

Is protectnscan[.]com a virus?

Protectnscan[.]com and similar pages are not considered to be viruses. Usually, the purpose of these pages is to promote various scams, shady apps, potentially malicious websites.

Will Combo Cleaner remove protectnscan[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate any permissions that have been granted to protectnscan[.]com. Also, this app will block access to this website (no additional steps will be required).

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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