Athree.xyz

Athree.xyz Description

Type: Adware

The Athree.xyz website is designed to deliver dubious and misleading content to its visitors. The page is likely to utilize various false scenarios to trick visitors into subscribing to its push notifications. Of course, like most untrustworthy websites of this type, it also may be able to change its behavior based on the IP address and geolocation of the specific users. For example, infosec researchers have observed the site to also run a variant of the 'You've visited illegal infected website' scam.

Athree.xyz will attempt to convince users that their computers might be at risk. The presented reason for it is that the user has supposedly visited compromised websites that have left their device vulnerable or potentially infected with malware. The hoax website will even offer users the chance to perform a security scan, even though no website is capable of such functionality on its own. Not surprisingly, the supposed scan will find various threats and malware on the device. The numerous false claims of the page will be presented as if coming from the legitimate security vendor McAfee. However, users should keep in mind that McAfee Corp. has no association with the numerous con websites abusing its name, branding, logo and design scheme.

The likely goal of the fraudsters is to scare users into downloading a promoted application. The delivered application could be an intrusive PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) equipped with browser hijacker, adware and data-harvesting capabilities. Alternatively, the con artists could be using fake security alerts to trick users into buying a subscription for a legitimate application. In this case, the operators of the dubious website are likely trying to earn profits via illegitimate commission fees.

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