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How to get rid of the ads delivered by situationalawareness.sbs website

Also Known As: Ads by situationalawareness.sbs
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is situationalawareness[.]sbs?

We discovered the situationalawareness[.]sbs rogue webpage while inspecting untrustworthy sites. It operates by loading scams, promoting browser notification spam, and redirecting visitors to other (likely unreliable/malicious) websites. Users typically access such pages through sites that use rogue advertising networks.

situationalawareness[.]sbs pop-up redirects

Situationalawareness[.]sbs overview

The behavior of rogue webpages (i.e., what they host and endorse) may depend on the visitor's IP address/ geolocation. When we accessed situationalawareness[.]sbs, it presented us with the "Your Windows 10 is infected with viruses" scam.

This deceptive content displays a fake system scan and threat reports allegedly from McAfee anti-virus and Windows OS. It must be stressed that this scam is in no way associated with either McAfee Corp. or Microsoft Corporation. Scams of this kind are typically employed to push untrustworthy and malicious software.

Additionally, situationalawareness[.]sbs requests visitors to enable it to display browser notifications. If allowed, the webpage will deliver notifications/adverts that promote online scams, unreliable/harmful sites and software, and even malware.

Therefore, through websites like situationalawareness[.]sbs - users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by situationalawareness.sbs
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 5.45.87.12
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 countless rogue webpages; hexaput0n[.]click, get-shields[.]com, goograriva[.]com, and webnotificationsgroup[.]com are merely some examples.

These sites display browser notifications that promote deceptive and malicious browser notifications. Note that any genuine products encountered via these advertisements are unlikely to be endorsed by their developers. Instead, this endorsement is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

How did situationalawareness[.]sbs gain permission to deliver spam notifications?

Websites can only deliver browser notifications with user consent. Therefore, you have likely visited situationalawareness[.]sbs and permitted it to display them by clicking "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or an analogous option.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

We strongly advise against permitting suspicious websites to deliver browser notifications (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). Instead, we recommend ignoring or blocking notification delivery (i.e., clicking "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).

Should your browser continuously force-open questionable sites, it might be due to adware installed onto the browser or 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.

Appearance of the situationalawareness[.]sbs website (GIF):

situationalawareness[.]sbs 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 situationalawareness[.]sbs in the right lower corner of my desktop?

Websites cannot display browser notifications without user permission. Hence, you've likely visited situationalawareness[.]sbs and pressed "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option presented on this page.

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

No, clicking on a browser notification will not trigger any system infection processes. However, the content pushed through these adverts can be dangerous and cause serious issues (including malware infections).

Is situationalawareness[.]sbs a virus?

No, websites like situationalawareness[.]sbs are not classified as viruses, but they can promote virulent content. Rogue sites endorse online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and even malware.

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

Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and undoing the permissions granted for the situationalawareness[.]sbs page. It can also restrict all further access to this and other rogue, deceptive, and malicious websites. Therefore, 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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Medium threat activity

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