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Removing notifications/ads delivered by flv3mp3.com illegal download site

Also Known As: Ads by flv3mp3.com
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is flv3mp3[.]com?

Flv3mp3[.]com is an illegal audio (MP3) file downloading site that allows users to convert YouTube videos (via links) into said files. Our researchers found this website while inspecting shady pages. Like most sites that offer illegal/dubious services, flv3mp3[.]com uses rogue advertising networks. Therefore, through it - visitors can get redirected to various untrustworthy and dangerous webpages.

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Flv3mp3[.]com overview

Rogue advertising networks promote a wide variety of untrustworthy, deceptive, and malicious websites. Therefore, the moment when a site that uses these networks is accessed - visitors can be redirected to a promoted webpage(s). More often, the redirects occur when hosted content (e.g., buttons, links, ads, etc.) is clicked.

When we accessed flv3mp3[.]com, it did not redirect to a different website immediately and firstly led through its own pages. Once the "CONVERT" button presented in flv3mp3[.]com was pressed, the site displayed a page with a survey ad in it.

After one of the options in the pop-up survey was clicked - the website showed another one of its pages. It encouraged visitors to enable the site to deliver browser notifications - so that they could view the results of the poll. Pressing "Allow" did show said results, but it also gave consent for flv3mp3[.]com to display its notifications.

Returning to the initial page (as it was not closed by the redirects) and clicking "DOWNLOAD" - flv3mp3[.]com redirected us to a different site. Where such redirects lead to - likely depends on the user's geolocation.

Furthermore, rogue webpages typically host various intrusive advertisements, and flv3mp3[.]com is not an exception to this. These ads push likewise hazardous sites, and some of them can be triggered (by being clicked) to download/install software stealthily. It is noteworthy that the browser notifications displayed by rogue websites usually endorse scams and other unreliable/malicious content.

Therefore, we strongly advise against visiting/using flv3mp3[.]com and other websites that employ rogue advertising networks.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by flv3mp3.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 95.216.138.88
Observed Domains cdn.flv3mp3[.]com; mx7.flv3mp3[.]com; mx4.flv3mp3[.]com
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, false claims within visited websites, potentially unwanted applications (adware)
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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Similar websites

We have done extensive research into sites that employ rogue advertising networks; mp3fromyou[.]tube, onlinevideoconverter[.]pro, and youtube-to-mp3[.]org are just a few examples of such webpages. These questionable networks are widely used on the Internet, primarily to cover hosting costs and generate revenue.

What threats does visiting a rogue website pose?

Websites that use rogue advertising networks can promote content via redirects, advertisements, and browser notifications. These networks endorse adware, browser hijackers, fake anti-viruses, PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), and in rare instances - even malware.

They also promote online scams, e.g., tech support, phishing, fake errors, bogus outdated software alerts, etc. Additionally, some rogue webpages (e.g., flv3mp3[.]com) push browser notification spam that is also used to promote untrustworthy/malicious material.

To summarize, visiting/using sites that employ rogue advertising networks can result in users experiencing - system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

How to avoid visiting rogue websites?

We strongly advise against visiting sites that offer illegal or questionable services/content (e.g., Torrenting, illegal streaming/downloading, etc.), as they are usually monetized through rogue advertising networks.

It must be mentioned that such webpages can be accessed inadvertently via mistyped URLs or redirects caused by other rogue sites, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or adware installed onto the system.

To minimize the chances of unintentional access to untrustworthy websites, we recommend ignoring or declining notification requests from suspicious pages (i.e., "Block", "Bock Notifications", etc.).

Adware can display adverts promoting dubious websites and/or force-open them. To avoid allowing advertising-supported software into your system, we recommend downloading only from official and verified sources. Furthermore, installation processes must be treated with caution, e.g., reading terms, studying available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all additions.

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 flv3mp3[.]com website (GIF):

flv3mp3[.]com 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)

Why am I seeing ads (browser notifications) delivered by flv3mp3[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

Websites cannot display browser notifications without user consent. Therefore, you've likely allowed flv3mp3[.]com to deliver its notifications.

I have clicked on notifications/ads, is my computer infected?

Browser notifications are not used in malvertising directly; hence, clicking on one will not trigger any malware download/installation processes. Some intrusive advertisements can infiltrate malicious software into systems upon being clicked, but it is not a common malware distribution technique. Both browser notifications and intrusive ads are more likely to redirect to a malware-proliferating website. These sites can stealthily download/install malicious programs and/or trick visitors into doing so themselves.

Is flv3mp3[.]com a virus?

No, flv3mp3[.]com is not classified as a virus. However, this site can endorse virulent content. Most rogue webpages of this type promote scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and even malware.

Will Combo Cleaner eliminate the threats posed by flv3mp3[.]com website?

Combo Cleaner is designed to scan visited websites and issue warnings when the pages are rogue or malicious. It can also revert browser notification delivery permissions granted to such sites. Combo Cleaner is capable of blocking all further access to these dubious websites as well. What is more, it can scan downloaded files for malicious content.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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