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How to stop pushmestar.com from delivering notifications

Also Known As: Ads by pushmestar.com
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is pushmestar[.]com?

Pushmestar[.]com is one of the deceptive web pages designed to display a fake CAPTCHA to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications from the page. Also, pushmestar[.]com redirects to a page with an identical design. We discovered this site while examining other websites that use rogue advertising networks.

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Pushmestar[.]com in detail

Pushmestar[.]com shows a message encouraging visitors to click the "Allow" button to confirm/prove that they are not robots. Notifications from this page are mainly fake virus alerts/warnings that promote various scam websites. Also, these notifications can be used to promote shady apps and malicious pages.

We also found that pushmestar[.]com redirects to notadslife[.]com - another untrustworthy website that wants to display deceptive notifications. Trusting these pages and their notifications can lead to identity theft, monetary loss, computer infections, and other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by pushmestar.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.21.44.223
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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Browser notification spam in general

In most cases, websites like pushmestar[.]com use various clickbait techniques to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications. They are promoted through other pages (e.g., adult sites, torrent sites, illegal movie streaming pages), untrustworthy advertisements, and adware-type apps.

Examples of sites similar to pushmestar[.]com are moderncaptcha[.]top, style-buzz-blog[.]com, and listen-heres[.]com.

How did pushmestar[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?

Pushmestar[.]com pop-up notifications got permission to show notifications after the "Allow" button was clicked while visiting it. This button appears when a visited page wants to show notifications. Web pages do not deliver notifications unless visitors allow them to do so.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

Do not click the "Allow" button when an untrustworthy page asks permission to display notifications. Close untrustworthy pages or click the "Block" (or "Block Notifications") button. Note that trustworthy websites do not display messages or other content suggesting that you have to click the "Allow" button to prove that you are not a robot, play a video, download a file, etc.

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

Appearance of pushmestar[.]com website (GIF):

pushmestar[.]com website appearance (GIF)

Notifications from pushmestar[.]com:

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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 pushmestar[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?

Notifications are coming from this page because it has permission to show them. This permission has been granted by clicking the "Allow" button.

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

No, notifications cannot cause such damage. However, it is possible that clicking on them would lead to malicious websites.

Is pushmestar[.]com a virus?

Websites like pushmestar[.]com redirect visitors to other pages and can show notifications. The purpose of these sites is to promote various scams, potentially malicious applications, and websites.

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

Yes, Combo Cleaner will check what permissions are granted for pushmestar[.]com and remove them. Alsso, it will block all further access pushmestar[.]com. No additional steps will be required.

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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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