Removing the notifications/advertisements delivered by authenticpcedge.com
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of page is authenticpcedge[.]com?
Authenticpcedge[.]com is a rogue page that our researchers discovered while investigating suspicious sites. It is designed to promote deceptive content and push browser notification spam. Authenticpcedge[.]com can also redirect visitors to other (likely unreliable/dangerous) webpages.
Users typically access such websites through redirects caused by pages that employ rogue advertising networks.
The content promoted on and via rogue websites may vary depending on the visitor's IP address (geolocation). When we accessed authenticpcedge[.]com, it presented us with the "You've visited illegal infected website" scam. It comprises a fake anti-virus interface, system scan, and threat reports. The scam claims that the visitor's device is infected with multiple viruses.
It must be emphasized that this content is not associated with the actual McAfee. Furthermore, it must be mentioned that no website can detect threats or other issues present on users' devices. In most cases, scams using this model aim to trick users into downloading/installing or purchasing untrustworthy, harmful, and malicious applications.
Additionally, authenticpcedge[.]com requested the visitor to enable its browser notification delivery. Rogue sites use their notifications to run intrusive ad campaigns. The displayed advertisements promote online scams, unreliable/dangerous software, and malware.
In summary, through webpages like authenticpcedge[.]com – users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by authenticpcedge.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|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 numerous rogue pages; linkforcaptcha[.]top, totalprotection-2023[.]store, kennu[.]click, reliablepcsearch[.]com, evnilost[.]xyz – are merely some examples.
These websites deliver browser notifications endorsing deceptive and malicious content. Note that while legitimate products and services can be encountered via these ads – they are unlikely to be promoted by their actual developers. It is most probable that this endorsement is undertaken by scammers who abuse the content's affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.
How did authenticpcedge[.]com gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites need user permission to deliver browser notifications. Therefore, you have likely accessed authenticpcedge[.]com and clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option – thus enabling the advertisement delivery.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications – do not permit dubious websites to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). We advise ignoring or denying notification requests from such pages (i.e., selecting "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
Should your browser keep force-opening suspicious sites unprompted, 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.
Screenshot of a notification/advert delivered by the authenticpcedge[.]com website:
Appearance of the authenticpcedge[.]com website (GIF):
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 authenticpcedge.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 authenticpcedge[.]com in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Sites cannot deliver browser notifications without user permission. Therefore, you've likely visited authenticpcedge[.]com and pressed "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or an analogous option.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, merely clicking on a browser notification will not initiate any system infection processes. However, these ads promote harmful content that can cause serious problems (including malware infections).
Is authenticpcedge[.]com a virus?
No, authenticpcedge[.]com is not considered to be a virus, but it can promote virulent content. Rogue webpages endorse various scams, unreliable/hazardous software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove authenticpcedge[.]com ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and remove the permissions given to the authenticpcedge[.]com page. It will also deny all further access to this and other rogue, deceptive/scam, and malicious websites. Therefore, no additional steps will be necessary.
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