Threat Database Rogue Websites

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: May 25, 2023
Last Seen: May 26, 2023 is a website that has been identified as untrustworthy and potentially harmful during an investigation into a series of suspicious sites. The website engages in deceptive practices, specifically by promoting browser notification spam and redirecting visitors to various pages that are likely to be unreliable or harmful.

Individuals mainly access and similar Web pages through redirects created by pages that employ rogue advertising networks, spam notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive advertisements, or installed adware. Tricks Visitors through Clickbait and Lure Messages

The specific behavior of rogue Web pages, such as, can be influenced by the visitor's IP address or geolocation. The site has been observed presenting visitors with a fake CAPTCHA verification test as a way to mask its true intention of tricking them into unknowingly subscribing to its push notification services.

To provide further details, the Web page features an image of a robot alongside a message stating, 'Click Allow to confirm that you are not a robot!' However, following the instructions and clicking the 'Allow' button does not function as a verification method. Instead, users will enable to display browser notifications on their devices.

Rogue Web pages utilize these notifications to conduct intrusive advertising campaigns. The advertisements they display are likely to promote various phishing, technical support or other online tactics, untrustworthy or intrusive PUPs and sometimes even malware. Consequently, users who encounter websites like may be exposed to a range of negative consequences, including system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Pay Attention to the Signs Indicating a Potentially Fake CAPTCHA Check

Distinguishing between a fake CAPTCHA check and a legitimate one can be challenging, but there are a few factors that users can consider to help them avoid falling for this scheme.

Firstly, users should pay attention to the overall design and appearance of the CAPTCHA. Legitimate CAPTCHAs usually have a professional and consistent look, with clear instructions and easily recognizable elements. On the other hand, fake CAPTCHAs may have poor design quality, spelling or grammar errors, or may use unusual or mismatched visual elements.

Secondly, users should consider the purpose of the CAPTCHA. Legitimate CAPTCHAs are primarily used to verify that the user is not a bot, aiming to enhance website security. They typically involve solving simple puzzles or identifying distorted characters. In contrast, fake CAPTCHAs may claim to serve a similar purpose but actually have hidden intentions, such as tricking users into enabling browser notifications or performing other malicious actions.

Additionally, users should be cautious of the behavior or requests associated with the CAPTCHA. Legitimate CAPTCHAs usually do not require users to release personal information beyond what is necessary for verification, nor do they request access to browser notifications. Fake CAPTCHAs, however, may ask for unnecessary personal details or prompt users to click on buttons that grant permissions for notifications or other potentially harmful actions.

Ultimately, users should exercise skepticism and consider the context in which the CAPTCHA appears. Suppose they encounter a CAPTCHA on a website that seems suspicious or unrelated to the expected purpose. In that case, it is advisable to proceed with caution and potentially seek additional information or assistance to validate its legitimacy.


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