What kind of page is dotchaudou[.]com?
Dotchaudou[.]com is a rogue webpage that our research team discovered while inspecting questionable sites. It operates by pushing browser notification spam and redirecting visitors to other (likely untrustworthy or malicious) websites.
Rogue sites are seldom accessed intentionally. Most users enter them via redirects caused by pages that use shady advertising networks.
The behavior of rogue webpages (i.e., what they host/endorse) may depend on the visitor's IP address/ geolocation. Hence, what users encounter on and through these websites - may vary.
When we accessed dotchaudou[.]com, it presented us with a loading bar. Below were these misleading instructions - "Click the Allow button to subscribe to the push notifications and continue watching" - which imply that this must be done to resume streaming/watching online content.
If tricked by dotchaudou[.]com, visitors will enable the site to display browser notifications and use them to run intrusive advert campaigns. The delivered notifications/advertisements promote unreliable/harmful sites and software, online scams (e.g., fake threat alerts and outdated/missing software warnings, etc.), and even malware.
Therefore, through websites like dotchaudou[.]com, users can experience system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Name||Ads by dotchaudou.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|Observed Domains||m.dotchaudou[.]com; f.dotchaudou[.]com; q.dotchaudou[.]com; o.dotchaudou[.]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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser notification spam in general
Their browser notifications typically push deceptive and malicious material. It is improbable that reputable developers use notification spam to endorse their products, yet they can be encountered through these adverts. This promotion is done by scammers who abuse affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
How did dotchaudou[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Sites cannot display browser notifications without user consent. Hence, you've likely visited dotchaudou[.]com and were lured by it to permit the notification delivery. Note that many rogue pages employ clickbait to trick visitors into enabling them to run intrusive advertisement campaigns.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications, we advise against permitting dubious websites to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or similar). We recommend ignoring or denying notification delivery requests (i.e., pressing "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
Should your browser keep continuously force-opening suspicious sites without prompt, it might 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.
Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by dotchaudou[.]com website:
Appearance of the dotchaudou[.]com website (GIF):
Video showing how to eliminate ads delivered by dotchaudou[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ads by dotchaudou.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 dotchaudou[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You have likely entered dotchaudou[.]com and enabled it to show them (i.e., pressed "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or an analogous option presented on the page).
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, merely clicking on one will not trigger any malware download/installation processes. However, the websites and software pushed through these advertisements can be dubious/malicious and cause serious problems (including system infections).
Is dotchaudou[.]com a virus?
No, sites like dotchaudou[.]com are not categorized as viruses. Although, these pages commonly promote dangerous content, e.g., online scams, untrustworthy and harmful software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove dotchaudou[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning computers and removing all the permissions given for this webpage. It can also block further access to dotchaudou[.]com and other rogue, scam, and malicious sites. Hence, additional steps will be unnecessary.