What kind of page is pioxu[.]live?
Pioxu[.]live is the address (URL) of a rogue webpage. Our researchers discovered this site while investigating untrustworthy pages. Pioxu[.]live is designed to promote scams and browser notification spam. Additionally, it can redirect visitors to other (likely unreliable/hazardous) websites.
Most visitors to pioxu[.]live and similar webpages access them through redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks.
It must be mentioned that the behavior of rogue pages may vary depending on the visitor's IP address (geolocation). In other words, this information can determine the content encountered on and through such sites.
At the time of research, pioxu[.]live ran a scam similar to "McAfee - Your PC might be vulnerable". The scheme requested the visitor to check whether their McAfee anti-virus subscription was active, as their device is vulnerable otherwise. The user is presented with their supposed serial number and is offered a 50% discount for a renewal.
It must be stressed that this deceptive content is in no way associated with the actual McAfee. Typically, scams of this kind promote untrustworthy/harmful software such as fake anti-viruses, adware, browser hijackers, and PUAs. However, we have observed instances where schemes of this ilk were used to proliferate malware.
There are also cases where scams redirect to official websites of legitimate software. The deceptive promotion abuses the affiliate programs of genuine products/services and generates revenue for the scammers in the form of illegitimate commissions.
It must be mentioned that there are no guarantees that a scam will continue to redirect to an official site, as opposed to one merely masquerading as a legitimate page. Therefore, we strongly recommend downloading and purchasing content only from official and verified sources.
Furthermore, pioxu[.]live requested its browser notification delivery to be enabled. If allowed, the site will spam users with notifications/ads that endorse online scams, unreliable/hazardous software, and even malware.
In summary, through websites like pioxu[.]live – users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Name||Ads by pioxu.live|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||ESET (Malware), Full List Of Detections (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
Captchagenius[.]top, ilitonline[.]com, editortrip[.]com, and mediatesupervis[.]com are merely a few examples of rogue sites that we have analyzed recently. These webpages display browser notifications that promote deceptive and malicious material. Note that any legitimate content encountered through these adverts is most likely endorsed by scammers abusing its affiliate programs for illegitimate commissions.
How did pioxu[.]live gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites cannot deliver browser notifications (ads) without user consent. Therefore, you've likely accessed pioxu[.]live and permitted the advertisement delivery by clicking "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option presented on this webpage.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving unwanted browser notifications – do not permit suspicious sites to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). Instead, ignore or deny notification requests from such webpages (i.e., select "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
Should your browser continuously force-open suspicious websites without prompt, it could be caused by the presence of 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 pioxu[.]live website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ads by pioxu.live?
- 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 pioxu[.]live in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Websites need user permission to display browser notifications. Hence, if you are receiving these ads from pioxu[.]live – it means that you have likely visited this page and pressed "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 trigger any malware download/installation processes. However, these ads can endorse dangerous content capable of causing severe issues (including system infections).
Is pioxu[.]live a virus?
No, sites like pioxu[.]live are not considered to be viruses, but they can promote virulent content. Rogue webpages commonly push online scams, unreliable/harmful software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove pioxu[.]live ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and revoke the permissions granted to the pioxu[.]live page. Additionally, it can restrict all further access to this and other rogue/malicious websites. Therefore, no extra steps will be required.