What kind of page is athree[.]xyz?
While inspecting dubious websites, our research team found the athree[.]xyz rogue page. It is designed to load deceptive material, promote browser notification spam, and redirect visitors to other (likely untrustworthy/malicious) webpages. Users typically enter sites like athree[.]xyz through pages using rogue advertising networks.
The behavior of rogue websites (i.e., what they host and promote) can be determined by the visitor's IP address/ geolocation. When we inspected athree[.]xyz, it ran the "You've visited illegal infected website" scam.
This content attempts to trick users into thinking that due to a visit to an illegal website - they must perform a scan with the "McAfee anti-virus", which detects various threats and infections. It must be emphasized that all these claims and viruses are fake, and this scam is in no way associated with the McAfee Corp. Most scams of this kind endorse untrustworthy and hazardous software.
Furthermore, athree[.]xyz asks visitors to allow it to deliver browser notifications. If enabled, this site will display advertisements that promote online scams, unreliable/dangerous webpages and software, and even malware.
In summary, through sites like athree[.]xyz - users can experience system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Name||Ads by athree.xyz|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||184.108.40.206|
|Observed Domains||bt.athree[.]xyz; proxy.athree[.]xyz|
|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
These websites display browser notifications that promote deceptive and malicious content. It has to be mentioned that any legitimate products encountered via these ads are highly unlikely to be endorsed by their developers. Instead, this promotion is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.
How did athree[.]xyz gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites require user consent to deliver browser notifications. Therefore, you have likely accessed athree[.]xyz at some point and permitted it to do so by clicking "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option.
It is noteworthy that many rogue webpages use deception (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick visitors into consenting to notification delivery.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications, do not permit suspicious websites to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). We advise ignoring or denying notification delivery requests (i.e., clicking "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
Should your browser keep randomly force-opening questionable sites, it could 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.
Appearance of athree[.]xyz website (GIF):
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- What is Ads by athree.xyz?
- 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 athree[.]xyz in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Sites can deliver browser notifications only if users permit them. Hence, you've likely visited athree[.]xyz and consented to the delivery of these advertisements (i.e., clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.).
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, merely clicking on a browser notification will not initiate any system infection processes. However, the websites/software pushed via these ads can be dangerous and cause serious issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).
Is athree[.]xyz a virus?
No, sites like athree[.]xyz are not classified as viruses, but they can promote virulent content. Rogue webpages endorse online scams, unreliable/harmful software, and malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove athree[.]xyz ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and revert all the permissions granted for this website. Furthermore, Combo Cleaner can block access to athree[.]xyz and other rogue/malicious sites. Therefore, no additional steps will be necessary.