What kind of page is mca-track[.]online?
While inspecting suspicious websites, our research team discovered the mca-track[.]online and mcatrack[.]online rogue pages. They are designed to promote scams and browser notification spam. Additionally, such webpages can redirect visitors elsewhere (likely unreliable/malicious sites). Most users access pages like these via redirects caused by websites that utilize rogue advertising networks.
The behavior of rogue sites (i.e., what they host and/or promote) might differ depending on visitors' IP addresses/ geolocations.
Both mca-track[.]online and its alternate domain (mcatrack[.]online) ran the "McAfee - Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!" scam. It consists of a fake system scan and multiple threat reports. The goal is to trick the user into downloading/installing software that is typically untrustworthy, fake, or malicious.
It must be emphasized that this deceptive content is in no way associated with the actual McAfee. More information on this can be found in our article on this scam.
Furthermore, mca-track[.]online requested that its browser notification delivery be enabled. If allowed, the page will spam users with notifications/ads endorsing online scams, unreliable/harmful software, and even malware.
In summary, via websites like mca-track[.]online – users can experience system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Name||Ads by mca-track.online|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||ESET (Malware), alphaMountain.ai (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Observed Domains||mcatrack[.]online (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 investigated numerous rogue webpages; crystalchiseler[.]top, shielding-fordevice[.]com, mobileunderguard[.]com, rentlysearchin[.]com, and mobiledevice-guard[.]com are merely some examples. These sites display browser notifications that push deceptive/malicious material.
It is noteworthy that while legitimate content may be encountered through these advertisements – it is unlikely to be promoted by its actual developers or other official parties. It is most probable that this promotion is undertaken by scammers who abuse the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.
How did mca-track[.]online gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites need user consent to deliver browser notifications (adverts). Therefore, you have likely accessed this page at some point and permitted the delivery by selecting "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or an analogous option.
Rogue sites commonly use deception (e.g., fake CAPTCHA verification, clickbait, adult-oriented content, etc.) to lure visitors into enabling notifications.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving unwanted browser notifications – do not permit suspect websites to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). Instead, ignore or deny notification requests from such pages (i.e., press "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
In case of continuous unprompted redirects to questionable sites, check the device for installed adware. 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 the mcatrack[.]online website:
Appearance of the mca-track[.]online website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ads by mca-track.online?
- 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 mca-track[.]online in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Sites cannot display browser notifications without user permission. Hence, if you are receiving these ads from mca-track[.]online – it means that you've likely visited this webpage and permitted their delivery by clicking "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
No, merely clicking on a browser notification will not jumpstart any system infection chains. However, these adverts can promote harmful content capable of causing severe issues (including malware infections).
Is mca-track[.]online a virus?
No, websites like mca-track[.]online are not classed as viruses, but they can promote virulent content. Sites of this kind endorse online scams, unreliable/hazardous software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove mca-track[.]online ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your system and revoke the permissions granted to the mca-track[.]online page. It will also deny further access to this and other rogue, deceptive, and malicious websites. Therefore, no extra steps will be necessary.