What kind of page is flowvideo[.]ru?
Flowvideo[.]ru is a rogue page that we discovered while inspecting untrustworthy websites. This webpage is designed to promote spam browser notifications and lead visitors to other (likely dubious/malicious) sites.
Most users enter rogue webpages via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
It is noteworthy that how rogue websites operate (i.e., what they load/promote) might depend on the visitor's IP address/ geolocation.
When we inspected flowvideo[.]ru, it presented us with a fake video player and clickbait designed to trick visitors into enabling browser notification delivery. The bogus video's title was "VideoAdult.mp4", and the screen had a loading icon atop it. Below the video player were the deceptive instructions - "Press the Allow, button to continue". This clickbait implies that to watch the adult-oriented footage - users must enable flowvideo[.]ru to display its notifications.
Rogue webpages employ browser notifications to advertise untrustworthy/harmful sites and software, online scams, and even malware.
Therefore, through websites like flowvideo[.]ru - users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by flowvideo.ru|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|Observed Domains||0.flowvideo[.]ru; 2.flowvideo[.]ru; 3.flowvideo[.]ru; 1.flowvideo[.]ru|
|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
There are thousands of sites like flowvideo[.]ru on the Web. News-waxawo[.]com, protectionsrequired[.]com, mous0[.]biz, and maloprotect[.]xyz are just some of the rogue webpages we have analyzed recently.
The browser notifications these websites deliver - promote deceptive and malicious material. However, any legitimate products encountered through these advertisements are unlikely to be promoted in this manner by their actual developers. This endorsement is typically undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
How did flowvideo[.]ru gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites deliver browser notifications only if users permit them to do so. If you are seeing ads from flowvideo[.]ru, this means that you have likely accessed the page at some point and consented to its notification delivery (i.e., clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.).
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
Should you enter a questionable webpage, do not permit it to display browser notifications. In other words, we strongly advise against pressing "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or similar options. Instead, we recommend ignoring or denying notification delivery requests (i.e., selecting "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
If your browser is randomly force-opening suspicious sites unprompted, it could be due to the presence of 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.
Appearance of the flowvideo[.]ru website (GIF):
Video showing how to eliminate ads delivered by flowvideo[.]ru using Combo Cleaner:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ads by flowvideo.ru?
- 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 flowvideo[.]ru in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Sites cannot deliver browser notifications without user permission. Hence, you have likely visited flowvideo[.]ru and permitted it to display these adverts by clicking "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, clicking on a browser notification is harmless in itself. However, the content (i.e., websites, software, etc.) pushed via these ads can be illegitimate/malicious and cause serious problems (including system infections).
Is flowvideo[.]ru a virus?
No, sites like flowvideo[.]ru are not categorized as viruses, but they can promote virulent content. Websites of this type can endorse online scams, untrustworthy/harmful apps, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove flowvideo[.]ru ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and undo the permissions granted for the flowvideo[.]ru website. It is also capable of restricting further access to this and other rogue and malicious pages. Therefore, no additional steps will be necessary.