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How to remove the notifications/ads delivered by the advtbox.com website

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

What kind of page is advtbox[.]com?

While checking out untrustworthy websites, our researchers discovered the advtbox[.]com rogue page. It promotes browser notification spam by using deception. Additionally, advtbox[.]com can redirect users elsewhere (likely unreliable/malicious sites).

Most users can access such spam-pushing websites through redirects caused by pages using rogue advertising networks.

advtbox[.]com pop-up redirects

Advtbox[.]com overview

The behavior of rogue websites (i.e., what they host/promote) might vary depending on visitors' IP addresses (geolocations).

When we entered advtbox[.]com, it displayed an image of a pixellated purple robot beside text instructing to - "Click 'Allow' if you are not a robot". This fake CAPTCHA verification is designed to deceive visitors into allowing advtbox[.]com to deliver browser notifications.

These notifications/advertisements promote online scams, untrustworthy/hazardous sites and apps, and even malware. Therefore, via websites like advtbox[.]com - users can experience system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by advtbox.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 52.0.170.221
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 inspected thousands of rogue websites; news-rupite[.]ccnotifsystems[.]comwholeniceblog[.]comnews-xokise[.]cc, and jigisup[.]xyz are just some examples of our latest finds.

These pages deliver browser notifications that endorse online scams and malicious content. While legitimate products can be encountered through these ads, they are unlikely to be promoted in this manner by their actual developers. Instead, this endorsement is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs.

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

Websites cannot deliver browser notifications without user consent. Hence, you have likely visited advtbox[.]com at some point and permitted it to display these adverts (i.e., clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.).

It is noteworthy that rogue webpages often use deception (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick users into allowing notification delivery.

How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?

To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications, do not permit suspect websites to deliver them (i.e., do not press "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). We advise ignoring or denying notification delivery (i.e., clicking "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).

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

Screenshots of notifications/advertisements delivered by the advtbox[.]com website:

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Appearance of the advtbox[.]com website (GIF):

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

Sites cannot deliver browser notifications without user consent. Therefore, you have likely visited advtbox[.]com and permitted it to display them. In other words, clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option presented on this webpage.

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

No, clicking on a browser notification will not initiate any malware download/installation processes. However, the content encountered through these ads can be deceptive/malicious and cause serious issues (including system infections).

Is advtbox[.]com a virus?

No, advtbox[.]com is not classified as a virus, but it can promote virulent content. Rogue websites primarily endorse online scams, unreliable/harmful software, and even malware.

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

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and revert the permissions given to the advtbox[.]com webpage. It is also capable of blocking all further access to this and other rogue/malicious sites. Therefore, additional steps will be unnecessary.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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