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Removing the notifications/ads displayed by shield-fordesktop.com site

Also Known As: Ads by shield-fordesktop.com
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is shield-fordesktop[.]com?

While inspecting untrustworthy sites, our researchers discovered the shield-fordesktop[.]com webpage. It operates by promoting deceptive material (scams), pushing browser notification spam, and redirecting visitors to other (likely dubious/malicious) pages.

Most users enter sites like shield-fordesktop[.]com through redirects caused by webpages using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam notifications, intrusive advertisements, or installed adware.

shield-fordesktop[.]com pop-up redirects

Shield-fordesktop[.]com overview

It is pertinent to mention that the behavior of rogue websites (i.e., what they load and promote) might be determined by the visitor's IP address/ geolocation.

During our inspection of shield-fordesktop[.]com, we found three scams running on it. One was presented as an article on an Android OS application, another offered a "Security Checkup" as the device is at serious risk, and the last one was the "Your Chrome Is Severely Damaged By 13 Malware!" scam. This deceptive content is primarily used to endorse adware, fake anti-viruses, browser hijackers, and various PUAs.

It must be emphasized that no website can detect the threats/issues present on devices - hence, any that make such claims are scams.

Additionally, shield-fordesktop[.]com requests visitors to enable browser notification delivery. In some variants, it displayed a pop-up window stating - "Missing permissions detected/ Click on the bell icon shown in the top right/left of the address bar then click allow".

Rogue sites use browser notifications to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. These adverts promote online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and malware.

In summary, through websites like shield-fordesktop[.]com - users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by shield-fordesktop.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 23.106.248.15
Observed Domains 57.shield-fordesktop[.]com; 15.shield-fordesktop[.]com
Related Domains shieldfor-desktop[.]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

We have inspected thousands of rogue webpages; freecaptcha[.]toptrusted-captcha[.]toponline-guard[.]com, and advnottech[.]com are merely some examples.

These pages deliver browser notifications that primarily promote deceptive and malicious content. Note that any legitimate products encountered via these ads are highly unlikely to be endorsed by their actual developers. This endorsement is done by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.

How did shield-fordesktop[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?

Websites require user consent to deliver browser notifications. If you are seeing such advertisements from shield-fordesktop[.]com - this means that you have likely visited this page and permitted it to display them by selecting "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

To avoid receiving unwanted browser notifications, do not permit dubious sites to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). We advise ignoring or denying notification delivery requests (i.e., pressing "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).

Should your browser continuously force-open suspicious websites without prompt, it might be caused by 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.

Screenshots of notifications/advertisements delivered by the shield-fordesktop[.]com website:

Ad delivered by shield-fordesktop[.]com 1 Ad delivered by shield-fordesktop[.]com 2 Ad delivered by shield-fordesktop[.]com 3 Ad delivered by shield-fordesktop[.]com 4

Screenshot of shield-fordesktop[.]com promoting the "Your Chrome Is Severely Damaged By 13 Malware!" scam:

Scam promoted on shield-fordesktop[.]com 1

Screenshot of another scam promoted on shield-fordesktop[.]com:

Scam promoted on shield-fordesktop[.]com 2

Appearance variant of the shield-fordesktop[.]com website (GIF):

shield-fordesktop[.]com website appearance (GIF) 1

Alternative appearance variant of the shield-fordesktop[.]com website (GIF):

shield-fordesktop[.]com website appearance (GIF) 2

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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 shield-fordesktop[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

Websites cannot display browser notifications without user permission. Hence, you have likely accessed shield-fordesktop[.]com and enabled it to deliver these ads (i.e., clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.).

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

No, clicking on a browser notification will not initiate any malware download/installation processes. However, the content (e.g., websites, apps, etc.) promoted through these adverts can be deceptive/malicious and cause serious problems (including system infections).

Is shield-fordesktop[.]com a virus?

No, websites like shield-fordesktop[.]com are not classified as viruses, but they can endorse virulent content. Rogue sites primarily promote online scams, untrustworthy/dangerous software, and even malware.

Will Combo Cleaner remove shield-fordesktop[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and undo the permissions given to the shield-fordesktop[.]com webpage. Additionally, it is capable of restricting access to this and other rogue, deceptive, and malicious websites. Hence, no extra steps will be necessary.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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