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How to block safemacpc.xyz notifications

Also Known As: Ads by safemacpc.xyz
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is safemacpc[.]xyz?

Safemacpc[.]xyz displays deceptive content (runs the "McAfee - Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!" scam) and asks for permission to show notifications. It uses a scare tactic to promote legitimate software. It is operated by affiliates who aim to collect illegitimate commissions.

Our team has discovered safemacpc[.]xyz while inspecting websites that use rogue advertising networks.

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Safemacpc[.]xyz in detail

Safemacpc[.]xyz runs a fake system scan and then displays a fake McAfee Total Protection message claiming that a computer is infected with five viruses and the McAfee subscription has expired. It urges visitors to renew the subscription to keep a computer protected.

Also, safemacpc[.]xyz shows a fake system warning claiming that the operating system is infected with viruses and malicious applications. That fake warning urges visitors to run a virus removal procedure immediately and states that closing the page will leave a computer damaged and vulnerable.

McAfee Total Protection is a legitimate antivirus solution developed by the McAfee company. Legitimate companies never use pages like safemacpc[.]xyz to promote their products or services. As it is mentioned in the introduction, safemacpc[.]xyz is owned by affiliates who aim to trick visitors into purchasing software via their page.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by safemacpc.xyz
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 5.45.112.153
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, unwanted applications (adware)
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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More about safemacpc[.]xyz

Safemacpc[.]xyz asks for permission to show notifications. If allowed, it may show notifications used to promote various scams, shady (potentially malicious) applications, and other dubious pages. Websites of this type should never be allowed to display notifications. More examples of similar pages are onlineportalsite[.]com, highpotencysecurity[.]com, and kxcdn[.]com.

How did safemacpc[.]xyz gain permission to deliver spam notifications?

Web pages are allowed to show notifications by clicking the "Allow" (or similar) button displayed by a web browser. They cannot display notifications without permission. Typically, pages like safemacpc[.]xyz display deceptive content to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

Do not click the "Allow" button while visiting shady pages. Especially when visiting websites claiming that it is required to click that button to prove that you are not a robot, play a video, download a file, etc. Close such websites or click the "Block" button. If you are receiving unwanted notifications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of safemacpc[.]xyz website (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 safemacpc[.]xyz in the right lower corner of my desktop?

If a website shows notifications, it means that it has permission to do so (it was visitd and allowed to show notifications). The same applies to safemacpc[.]xyz.

I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?

No, a computer cannot be infected by clicking on notifications. However, clicking notifications displayed by shady pages can open malicious websites.

Is safemacpc[.]xyz a virus?

Safemacpc[.]xyz is not a virus. It is used to promote legitimate software in a fraudulent way. Also, this site may promote other scams, dubious apps, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove safemacpc[.]xyz ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will stop safemacpc[.]xyz from showing notifications. It will remove permissions granted for this site. Additionally, this app will block further access to safemacpc[.]xyz. No additional steps will be required.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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