What kind of page is pushbus[.]com?
Pushbus[.]com is a rogue website our researchers discovered while inspecting suspicious sites. This page promotes browser notification spam by using deception, and it can redirect visitors to other untrustworthy/malicious websites. Most visitors to such webpages enter them via others that use rogue advertising networks.
What rogue sites load/promote may depend on the visitor's IP address/ geolocation. Hence, content encountered on and through these webpages - can vary.
When we entered pushbus[.]com, it presented us with an image of a pink robot beside instructions telling the visitor to - "Click 'Allow' if you are not a robot". This fake CAPTCHA verification is intended to bait users into enabling pushbus[.]com to deliver browser notifications.
The displayed notifications/ads endorse unreliable/harmful websites and software, online scams (e.g., fake virus alerts, program updates, lotteries, giveaways, surveys, etc.), and even malware. Once we clicked the "Allow" button, it caused a redirected to - offersworld4u[.]online - a page practically identical to pushbus[.]com.
|Name||Ads by pushbus.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), 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, false claims within visited websites, 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.
Browser notification spam in general
The browser notifications pushed by these sites are primarily deceptive and malicious. However, we have observed legitimate products being promoted through these ads. It is noteworthy that it is highly improbable that the actual developers undertake or approve this promotion. The spam notification advertising technique is popular with cyber criminals who abuse affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
How did pushbus[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Sites cannot deliver browser notifications without user consent. Therefore, you have likely visited pushbus[.]com and permitted it to do so. This webpage (like many of its kind) employs deception to trick visitors into enabling the notifications.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
We highly recommend ignoring or denying notification delivery requests issued by questionable websites. In other words, we advise pressing "Block", "Block Notifications", or similar options. Clicking "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or analogous buttons - give webpages permission to display the notifications, which rogue sites use to advertise dubious/malicious content.
Should your browser continuously force-open random webpages, it could be due to adware installed onto it or the system. 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 notifications/advertisements displayed by the pushbus[.]com website:
Appearance of the pushbus[.]com website (GIF):
Video showing how to eliminate ads delivered by pushbus[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
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- What is Ads by pushbus.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 pushbus[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You've likely accessed pushbus[.]com and permitted it to deliver notifications (i.e., clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or similar options).
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, browser notifications are not used directly in malvertising. Therefore, merely clicking one will not trigger malware download/installation. However, the content endorsed through these advertisements can be malicious and cause severe problems (including system infections).
Is pushbus[.]com a virus?
No, pushbus[.]com is not classified as a virus, yet it can promote virulent content. Sites of this type often push various scams, unreliable and harmful software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove pushbus[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and undo all the permissions given to pushbus[.]com. Furthermore, it is capable of blocking access to this and other rogue/malicious websites. Therefore, no extra steps will be necessary.