Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 435
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 4,495
First Seen: October 28, 2022
Last Seen: February 15, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is an untrustworthy website that relies heavily on misleading messages and social-engineering tactics to take advantage of and trick visitors. It must be pointed out that users are highly unlikely to open the page intentionally, as it lacks any meaningful or useful content. Instead, what users are likely to encounter on the site are online tactics. In one confirmed instance, the site was observed pushing a popular browser-based scheme.

Many rogue websites attempt to exploit the legitimate push notifications feature, as a way to deliver unwanted advertisements to users, while generating money for their operators. However, for the tactic to work, these sites must first manipulate visitors into subscribing to their push notifications. That is why the deceptive pages often utilize fake scenarios., for example, could show an image of a robot and messages similar to:

'I'm not a robot'

'Click 'Allow' if you are not a robot'

In most cases, the questionable website will not tell visitors the real functionality of the 'Allow' button. Instead, it will try to hide it under various pretenses. Once users click on the button, they will grant important browser permissions to the dubious page that will allow it to begin generating unwanted advertisements.

The advertisements could easily promote additional, questionable pages or even intrusive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Users could even be shown advertisements for shady websites running fake giveaways, technical support frauds or phishing schemes. Even clicking on the 'Allow' button could trigger forced redirects that may take users to more sites of this type.


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