Project Free TV Description
The Project Free TV is a website that provides users with a library of free movies and TV shows that they can watch. It must be noted that the website itself is legitimate but the way that it is being monetized is through a dubious ad network. This means that whenever a visitor clicks on a title that they have found interesting, it will result in an ad popping-up or a forced redirect to open a third-party website.
This is where users must start to exercise caution as the ads and websites could represent a security risk that should be ignored. Infosec researchers have observed the Project Free TV redirecting visitors to a page that uses fake claims to try and convince people into downloading and installing a promoted PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). The page displays false warnings that the user's device has been infected with malware threats, and to stop the viruses from causing further damage, the user should install the promoted application immediately. The untrustworthy pages can also try to convince users into installing other PUPs such as browser hijackers, adware, or applications that possess the capabilities of both.
Having such applications installed on your device usually leads to certain browser settings being inadvertently modified. The PUPs will prevent the user from changing the settings back to their previous state. Furthermore, most PUPs are equipped with data-harvesting functionalities that can access browser and search histories, IP addresses, geolocation, and more.
The conclusion is that users should be extremely careful when opening websites that employ dubious ad networks.