Another deceptive website,, operates in a virtually identical manner to all the other countless pages running the same browser-based tactic. These sites show dubious, misleading, or clickbait messages to their visitors in an attempt to trick them into clicking the displayed 'Allow' button under false pretenses. What actually happens, is that users will be subscribing to that page's push notification services unknowingly. Afterward, the site will proceed to deliver numerous unwanted advertisements to the system, generating monetary gains for its creators.

The most widely used misleading scenario is for the questionable page to pretend to be running a CAPTCHA check for bots. Other alternatives include promising access to additional content, claiming that a video will become available or that a file is now ready for download. The exact text of the messages may be a variation of:

'Click Allow to watch the video'

'Download is ready.'

'Click Allow to download your file'

'Click Allow to verify that you are not a robot'

Users should remember that advertisements delivered via such untrustworthy sources also should be approached with caution. Engaging with the advertising materials could trigger forced redirects leading to more suspicious pages. Users risk being taken to phishing pages trying to collect private information, fake giveaways, domains spreading PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), such as adware and browser hijackers or other dubious places.


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