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How to recognize untrustworthy pages like listentoyoutube.cc

Also Known As: Ads by listentoyoutube.cc
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is listentoyoutube[.]cc?

Our team has examined the listentoyoutube[.]cc page and concluded that this page offers to convert YouTube videos to MP3 files (while downloading videos from YouTube is a breach of YouTube's Terms of Service), uses rogue advertising networks, and promotes a questionable application.

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Listentoyoutube[.]cc in detail

At the time of the research, listentoyoutube[.]cc opened masstech[.]info - a deceptive website that uses a clickbait technique (displays a fake CAPTCHA) to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications. However, listentoyoutube[.]cc may also redirect to download pages for shady apps, various scams, and other untrustworthy sites.

We also found that listentoyoutube[.]cc displays a pop-up with the "Install Free App" message in it. That application could be an adware-type app designed to generate ads and (or) or some browser hijacker designed to promote a fake search engine.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by listentoyoutube.cc
Threat Type Unwanted ads and redirects, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 193.218.118.93
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Other dubious webistes that use rogue advertising networks
Damage Redirects to shady websites, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Web pages of this type in general

Most websites offering to download videos or music from YouTube use rogue advertising networks: they open potentially malicious web pages and (or) have shady advertisements on them. Examples of pages similar to listentoyoutube[.]cc are mp3fy[.]com, fastfrom[.]com, ytop1[.]com. Trusting such pages can result in installing adware or other unwanted software.

How did adware install on my computer?

Lots of adware-type and other questionable apps are distributed through dubious websites (for example, pages claiming that installed software is out of date). Another popular way to distribute adware is to bundle it with other software.

Adware gets installed alongside other software after finishing installations without changing "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings (or unticking checkboxes) available in installers. Sometimes, adware gets installers after clicking on deceptive advertisements.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download programs (and files) from legitimate sources such as official pages, platforms, direct links. Avoid opening files downloaded from dubious websites, third-party downloaders, and similar sources. Also, do not click on advertisements appearing on questionable pages and deselect unwanted apps (using available settings) before downloading/installing programs.

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 listentoyoutube[.]cc website (GIF):

listentoyoutube[.]cc website appearance (GIF)

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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)

What kind of page is listentoyoutube[.]cc?

It is a page that uses rogue advertising networks (opens questionable pages)

Is it legal to download videos from YouTube?

No, downloading videos from YouTube is a breach of YouTube's Terms of Service

Is listentoyoutube[.]cc a virus?

Websites like listentoyoutube[.]cc are not considered to be viruses. Usually, they have shady advertisements on them and (or) open potentially malicious websites. In some cases, they promote questionable software.

Will Combo Cleaner eliminate threats posed by listentoyoutube[.]cc website?

Combo Cleaner can scan visited websites and warn users if they are questionable or malicious. Also, this application can block all access to pages of this kind.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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