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How to block tools-basket.com notifications

Also Known As: Ads by tools-basket.com
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is tools-basket[.]com?

While inspecting questionable pages that use rogue advertising networks, we found tools-basket[.]com - a page that wants to show notifications, displays deceptive content and promotes suspicious apps. After examining numerous pages similar to tools-basket[.]com we learned that none of them are trustworthy.

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Tools-basket[.]com in detail

Once visited, tools-basket[.]com asks for permission to show notifications. Usually, pages like tools-basket[.]com show notifications that promote untrustworthy pages asking to provide personal information or transfer money, download sites for potentially malicious apps, and other shady sites. Thus, tools-basket[.]com should never be allowed to display notifications.

Also, this website encourages visitors to update an extension that is added to a Chrome browser. It says that this application will improve web browsing safety. We found that the application that tools-basket[.]com promotes is called ProTabs Default Search. This app is a browser hijacker.

There are two variants of tools-basket[.]com page. Another one is identical, except it displays a deceptive pop-up message. That message instructs visitors to click the "Allow" button to receive free samples and rewards (updates on the latest giveaways). It is designed to trick visitors into agreeing to receive untrustworthy notifications.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by tools-basket.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 18.160.225.31
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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Websites of this type in general

All web pages like tools-basket[.]com want to show notifications and display deceptive content to trick visitors into allowing them to deliver those notifications. Most of these sites can redirect to other shady pages. They get opened via deceptive ads and pages that use rogue advertising networks (e.g., illegal movie streaming, torrent sites).

Examples of other pages like tools-basket[.]com are aughableleade[.]xyz, watchvideo[.]cc, and advtstudio[.]com.

How did tools-basket[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?

Like any other website, tools-basket[.]com cannot deliver notifications without permission. If it already shows them, it means that it visited, and the "Allow" (or "Allow Notifications") button was clicked while visiting it.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

Do not click the "Allow" (or similar) button while visiting untrustworthy/suspicious web pages. Click the "Block" or "Block" notifications button if you do not wish to receive notifications from sites, or close them before agreeing or disagreeing to receive notifications.

Remember that legitimate pages never instruct visitors to click the "Allow" button to play a video, download a file, prove that they are not robots, etc. If you are receiving unwanted notifications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of tools-basket[.]com website (GIF):

tools-basket[.]com website appearance (GIF)

Another variant of the tools-basket[.]com page:

tools-basket.com ads another variant

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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 tools-basket[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

You are receiving notifications from tools-basket[.]com because this page has been allowed to show notifications. Permission to show notifications is granted by clicking the "Allow" button when a browser says that a page wants to show notifications.

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

No, notifications are not capable of infecting computers. Nevertheless, they can open malicious pages.

Is tools-basket[.]com a virus?

Tools-basket[.]com and similar pages are not viruses. They want to show notifications to promote various scams, questionable/malicious applications, and websites.

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

Yes, Combo Cleaner will run a system scan and remove permissions granted for tools-basket[.]com or any similar page. It will also block further access to tools-basket[.]com. 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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