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How to stop personal-scan.com from showing notifications

Also Known As: Ads by personal-scan.com
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is personal-scan[.]com?

Personal-scan[.]com is one of the deceptive websites operated by affiliates who aim to collect illegitimate commissions. After examining this site, we found that it displays deceptive content (a scam similar to "McAfee - Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!") to promote legitimate software.

Also, personal-scan[.]com asks for permission to show notifications. We discovered it while inspecting other shady websites.

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Personal-scan[.]com in detail

Personal-scan[.]com displays a fake security alert, a pop-up window claiming that visitors have visited an infected website and now their computers are at risk of being infected. It also performs a fake system scan and shows a message stating that a computer is infected with five viruses and encourages to start the McAfee antivirus to eliminate threats.

McAfee is legitimate antivirus software. It has nothing to do with personal-scan[.]com (the McAfee company never uses sites like Personal-scan[.]com to promote its products). Personal-scan[.]com is controlled by affiliates who aim to trick visitors into purchasing software through their page.

Also, personal-scan[.]com asks for permission to show notifications. As a rule, notifications from such pages promote various scams, shady websites, and (or) potentially malicious apps. Thus, sites like personal-scan[.]com should never be allowed to display notifications.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by personal-scan.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Avira (Malware), ESET (Malware), Fortinet (Malware), Sophos (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 172.67.146.223
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

Most websites similar to personal-scan[.]com are promoted via untrustworthy ads and websites that use rogue advertising networks. Users do not visit them intentionally. Sometimes, these pages (and their notifications) can be promoting malicious software. Examples of similar pages are urgentscanur[.]com, estimatorone[.]xyz, and antivirus-defence[.]com.

How did personal-scan[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?

This website has permission to show notifications because the "Allow" button was clicked while visiting it. Websites cannot display notifications without permission. Pages like personal-scan[.]com usually display deceptive content to trick visitors into clicking the "Allow" button.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

Click the "Block", "Block Notifications", or a similar button when shady pages say they want to show notifications or close them. Never trust websites stating that you must click the "Allow" button to watch a video, download a file, prove that you are not a robot, verify age, etc.

If you are receiving unwanted notifications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of personal-scan[.]com website (GIF):

personal-scan[.]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 personal-scan[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

If a website shows notifications, it is because it has permission to do so. Permission to show notifications is granted by clicking the "Allow" button when a browser notifies that a website wants to show notifications.

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

No, computers cannot be infected by notifications. Nevertheless, notifications displayed by pages like personal-scan[.]com can open malicious websites.

Is personal-scan[.]com a virus?

Personal-scan[.]com is not a virus. It is a deceptive website controlled by affiliates who attempt to trick visitors into purchasing McAfee antivirus. It uses deception to promote legitimate software. Also, this site may be used to promote various scams or questionable/malicious applications and websites.

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

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system, remove all the permissions granted for personal-scan[.]com and block all further access to personal-scan[.]com. 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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Medium threat activity

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