What kind of page is worthyrid[.]com?
During a routine inspection of rogue websites, our research team found the worthyrid.com site. It pushes browser notification spam and redirects visitors to other untrustworthy/harmful pages. Users typically access webpages like worthyrid[.]com via redirects caused by sites using deceptive advertising networks.
When we accessed worthyrid[.]com, it presented us with clickbait designed to trick visitors into enabling the webpage's browser notifications. This content was a mixture of video-themed clickbait and fake CAPTCHA verification - "Click 'Allow' to confirm that you are not a robot", which implied that users would be able to view the video by pressing said option.
Once we clicked "Allow", worthyrid[.]com caused a redirect to a website promoting a variant of the "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" scam.
It is noteworthy that what worthyrid[.]com and similar pages host/promote - may depend on the visitor's IP address/ geolocation. Therefore, their behavior may vary from user to user.
If worthyrid[.]com is permitted to display notifications, it will use them to run intrusive advert campaigns. The delivered browser notifications/ advertisements endorse unreliable/harmful sites and software, online scams, and even malware.
|Name||Ads by worthyrid.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||2ntrfi.worthyrid[.]com; xn4iqv.worthyrid[.]com; invv7n.worthyrid[.]com; qyt8pi.worthyrid[.]com; hyjecr.worthyrid[.]com; bdhze4.worthyrid[.]com; kxkxgw.worthyrid[.]com; nze0xw.worthyrid[.]com; vjr2ws.worthyrid[.]com; rgx54z.worthyrid[.]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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser notification spam in general
The browser notifications displayed by such pages primarily push untrustworthy and malicious material. While legitimate products may be promoted through these ads, their actual developers are unlikely to undertake or approve of this marketing method. Spam notifications are commonly employed by scammers who abuse affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
How did worthyrid[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites cannot deliver browser notifications without user consent. Hence, you have likely visited worthyrid[.]com and were lured into allowing its notifications. It must be mentioned that most rogue sites use deception (e.g., a wide variety of clickbait, fake CAPTCHA, etc.) to entice visitors into giving permission.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving unwanted browser notifications - do not consent to suspicious websites displaying them, i.e., do not press "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or similar options. We recommend ignoring or denying notification requests (i.e., clicking "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
If your browser is randomly force-opening dubious sites (e.g., worthyrid[.]com), it could be due to installed advertising-supported software (adware). If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of an advertisement displayed by the worthyrid[.]com website:
Appearance of the worthyrid[.]com website (GIF):
Video showing how to eliminate ads delivered by worthyrid[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
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- What is Ads by worthyrid.com?
- 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 worthyrid[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You've likely visited worthyrid[.]com and permitted it to deliver browser notifications. Note that most pages of this kind use clickbait or other deceptive content to entice visitors into allowing the notifications.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, since browser notifications are not used directly in malvertising. However, while merely clicking them is harmless - the content they promote can be deceptive/malicious. Therefore, through these advertisements - users can experience various severe issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).
Is worthyrid[.]com a virus?
Worthyrid.com is not classified as a virus, but it can push virulent content. Rogue websites are often used to promote scams, untrustworthy/harmful applications, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove worthyrid[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and reverting the permissions given to the worthyrid[.]com webpage. Additionally, it can block all further access to this and other rogue, deceptive, and malicious sites. Therefore, extra steps will be unnecessary.