Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 387
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 25,463
First Seen: March 15, 2022
Last Seen: February 15, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows exists solely to propagate a browser-based tactic that takes advantage of the legitimate push notifications browser feature. These hoax websites show users various misleading messages that all include an instruction to press the displayed 'Allow' button. What the sites usually omit, though, is the fact that pressing the button will enable their push notifications.

The most commonly encountered deceiving scenario sees the dubious page pretending to do a CAPTCHA check. Other equally as fake, claims include promising users access to additional content, a video, a file ready to be downloaded or adult-oriented materials. Of course, all of these statements are completely false and users that follow them will soon experience a drastic increase in the advertisements encountered while browsing.

The advertisements associated with hoax websites should not be approached carelessly. By interacting with them, users could get redirected to additional untrustworthy destinations that may include phishing portals, fake giveaways or other types of online tactics. The advertisements also may be part of the distribution chain for intrusive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). These intrusive applications are commonly equipped with browser hijacker, adware or even data-collection capabilities.


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