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Removing the notifications/ads displayed by browser-under-protection.com

Also Known As: Ads by browser-under-protection.com
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is browser-under-protection[.]com?

Our researchers discovered the browser-under-protection[.]com rogue website during a routine inspection of untrustworthy pages. It is designed to promote scams, push browser notification spam, and redirect to other (likely dubious/malicious) sites.

These webpages are typically accessed via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks.

browser-under-protection[.]com pop-up redirects

Browser-under-protection[.]com overview

The behavior of rogue pages can depend on the visitor's IP address (geolocation). Hence, the content encountered on and through these sites can vary.

When we inspected browser-under-protection[.]com, we found three variants - three distinct scams promoted on this webpage.

Browser-under-protection[.]com ran the "Your Chrome Is Severely Damaged By 13 Malware!" scam, one presented as an article about an Android OS application, and another one disguised as a "Critical Alert" stating that a "Security Checkup" is highly recommended.

Scams of this kind are usually employed to endorse fraudulent and malicious software (e.g., fake anti-viruses, adware, browser hijackers, PUAs, trojans, ransomware, etc.).

Additionally, some of these scams displayed a pop-up stating - "Missing permissions detected/ Click on the bell icon shown in the top right/left of the address bar then click allow" - these deceptive instructions are intended to trick visitors into enabling browser-under-protection[.]com to deliver browser notifications. All variants of this page presented us with notification delivery requests.

Rogue websites use browser notifications to run intrusive advert campaigns. The notifications/ads promote online scams, unreliable/harmful sites and software, and even malware.

To summarize, via webpages like browser-under-protection[.]com - users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by browser-under-protection.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 2.browser-under-protection[.]com; 21.browser-under-protection[.]com; 45.browser-under-protection[.]com; 56.browser-under-protection[.]com; 31.browser-under-protection[.]com; 89.browser-under-protection[.]com; 32.browser-under-protection[.]com; 71.browser-under-protection[.]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.
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Browser notification spam in general

We have analyzed thousands of rogue pages; hehighursoo[.]comvictorysweepstakes[.]com, and win-scan[.]com are just a couple of our latest finds.

These websites deliver browser notifications that primarily push deceptive and malicious content. While reputable developers do not employ notification spam to promote their products - they can still be encountered through these advertisements. This is because the endorsement is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.

How did browser-under-protection[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?

Websites cannot deliver browser notifications without user consent. Therefore, you have likely entered browser-under-protection[.]com at some point and clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option - thus permitting the site to display these ads.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications - do not allow suspicious sites to deliver them. In other words, do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or any analogous options presented on such webpages. We advise ignoring or denying notification delivery (i.e., selecting "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).

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

Text presented in one of the scams promoted on browser-under-protection[.]com website ("Your Chrome Is Severely Damaged By 13 Malware!"):

Pop-up:


YOUR DEVICE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED!
Immediate Action is Required!

 

OK

 

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Background:

 

Google SecurityThursday
9 June 2022


WARNING! Your Chrome is severely damaged by 13 Malware!


We have detected that your Chrome is (62%) DAMAGED by Tor.Jack Malware. Malicious and Aggressive Ads have injected this on your device.
Immediate Action is required to Remove and Prevent it from spreading that will leak sensitive data from your device. It includes your Social Media Accounts, Messages, Images, Passwords, and Important Data.


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Screenshot of a scam promoted on the browser-under-protection[.]com website:

browser-under-protection[.]com appearance variant 2

Screenshot of another scam promoted on the browser-under-protection[.]com website:

browser-under-protection[.]com appearance variant 3

Appearance variant of the browser-under-protection[.]com website (GIF):

browser-under-protection[.]com website appearance (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 browser-under-protection[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

Sites require user permission to display browser notifications. Therefore, you've likely visited browser-under-protection[.]com and consented to the delivery of these adverts (i.e., clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.).

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

No, clicking on a browser notification is harmless in itself. However, the content promoted through these notifications can be dangerous and cause serious issues (including malware infections).

Is browser-under-protection[.]com a virus?

No, websites like browser-under-protection[.]com are not considered to be viruses, but they can endorse virulent content. These sites typically push online scams, fake/harmful apps, and malware.

Will Combo Cleaner remove browser-under-protection[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?

Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and undoing the permissions given to the browser-under-protection[.]com webpage. Furthermore, Combo Cleaner can block access to this and other rogue, scam, and malicious sites. Hence, no additional steps will be required.

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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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