Removal instructions for the notifications/ads delivered by pcroomskill.com
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of page is pcroomskill[.]com?
Pcroomskill[.]com is a rogue website, practically identical to the downloaderfiles[.]cloud page. Our researchers discovered this site while investigating suspicious webpages. Pcroomskill[.]com is designed to promote dubious/harmful software and spam browser notifications. Furthermore, it is capable of redirecting visitors to other (likely untrustworthy/malicious) websites.
Users typically access pages like pcroomskill[.]com through redirects caused by sites that use rogue advertising networks.
It is pertinent to mention that the behavior of rogue webpages (i.e., what they host/promote) might depend on the visitor's IP address/ geolocation.
When we inspected pcroomskill[.]com, it stated that the visitor's download link was ready. The page instructed to copy and paste the link into the URL bar if it could not be accessed by clicking.
Typically, websites like pcroomskill[.]com use such deception to endorse installers bundled with adware and/or browser hijackers. However, they can promote various PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) as well. In seldom cases, the installers even proliferate trojans, ransomware, and other malware.
In our research experience, rogue sites like pcroomskill[.]com have promoted software like the App browser hijacker, and fake Chrome, Google Translate, and Google Docs extensions.
What is more, pcroomskill[.]com requested visitors to allow its browser notification delivery. Rogue sites use their notifications to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. The delivered ads endorse online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and even malware.
Therefore, through pages like pcroomskill[.]com – users experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Name||Ads by pcroomskill.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names (pcroomskill[.]com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (pcroomskill[.]com)||188.8.131.52|
|Detection Names (promoted installer)||Avast (FileRepMalware [Misc]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Packed.VMProtect.AIC), Fortinet (W32/PossibleThreat), Kaspersky (UDS:Trojan-PSW.Win32.PrivateLoader.ge), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/PrivateLoader!MTB), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser notification spam in general
We have inspected thousands of rogue webpages; rabonoldize[.]com, news-pijowo[.]cc, yourgoads[.]com, and read-the-article[.]com are merely some of our newest finds.
These sites display browser notifications promoting deceptive and malicious material. Keep in mind that any legitimate content encountered via these adverts is most likely endorsed by scammers abusing its affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions.
How did pcroomskill[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites can only deliver browser notifications with user consent. Therefore, if you are receiving these advertisements from pcroomskill[.]com – it means that you've likely visited it and clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option presented on this page.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving unwanted browser notifications – do not enable suspicious sites to deliver them. In other words, do not press "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or any similar options presented on such webpages. We advise ignoring or denying notification requests – i.e., clicking "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.
Should your browser continuously force-open questionable websites without prompt, it could be due to the presence of advertising-supported software (adware) on the device. 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 pcroomskill[.]com website (GIF):
Video showing how to eliminate ads delivered by pcroomskill[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Ads by pcroomskill.com?
- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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".
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).
Remove 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.
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)
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 pcroomskill[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Websites cannot display browser notifications without user consent – therefore, you've likely entered pcroomskill[.]com and selected "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, clicking on a browser notification will not initiate any system infection processes. However, these adverts endorse harmful content that can cause severe issues (including malware infections).
Is pcroomskill[.]com a virus?
While pcroomskill[.]com is not a virus, it can promote virulent content. Rogue websites primarily push various scams, unreliable/harmful software, and malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove pcroomskill[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and remove the permissions granted to the pcroomskill[.]com webpage. Furthermore, Combo Cleaner can block access to this and other rogue, deceptive/scam, and malicious sites. Therefore, no additional steps will be necessary.
▼ Show Discussion