Threat Database Browser Hijackers

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 1,715
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 4,838
First Seen: May 5, 2022
Last Seen: February 15, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is created to run a browser-based tactic specifically. This particular scheme exploits the legitimate push notification feature to deliver annoying advertisements to users. It should be noted that there are countless websites propagating this particular hoax and they all operate in a virtually identical manner.

When users land on a page such as, they will be greeted by false and misleading messages. Although the exact text shown to the user may vary, based on certain parameters, such as geolocation and IP address, in nearly all cases, these messages will contain an instruction to press the displayed 'Allow' button. One of the more common scenarios utilized by such questionable pages consists of pretending to be doing a CAPTCHA check. Others may claim that clicking 'Allow' will grant access to files ready for download or let users watch an unspecified video.

If successful, will receive important browser permissions that will allow it to run an intrusive ad campaign. Users could be presented with advertisements for suspicious applications that turn out to be disguised PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) or taken to additional con websites. For example, cybersecurity researchers have confirmed that interacting with the page could cause redirects to another website at, which runs the exact, same scheme.


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