Threat Database Rogue Websites

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 3,221
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 146
First Seen: August 31, 2023
Last Seen: September 30, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows operates as a deceptive website with the primary intention of misleading its visitors into subscribing to unwanted browser notifications. In addition to this intrusive tactic, the website is also capable of initiating redirects that lead users to other online destinations, which are often similarly as unreliable and may even pose risks to users' online security and privacy. The typical route through which users come across pages like involves forced redirects triggered by websites employing rogue advertising networks.

Rogue Sites Like Tricks Users with Deceptive Messages and Alerts

The content found both on and accessed through rogue websites can exhibit differences based on the geographical location determined by the visitor's IP address. During the investigation, it was observed that the website engaged in an attempt to mislead visitors into granting permission for the delivery of browser notifications, which are essentially advertisements.

The Web page background was designed to portray the displayed ads as the latest updates in the gaming world, categorized as 'Most Recent' gaming updates and 'Breaking Updates' on ongoing gaming events. This visual backdrop consisted of a compilation of images extracted from popular video games. Superimposed on this imagery was an arrow indicating the option to enable notification permissions, accompanied by a persuasive message – 'Receive the Latest Sports Updates From Around The World.'

However, it's important to note that websites with fraudulent intent, such as rentlysearchin[.]com, can exploit this feature to push browser notifications that cover a numerous topics, irrespective of the claims made by the originating websites. These types of pages are known to display notifications or advertisements that predominantly promote online tactics, untrustworthy or harmful software and even various forms of malware.

Do not Allow Rogue Websites to Interfere with Your Browsing

To minimize any potential security or privacy risks associated with the typically dubious content delivered by rogue websites, users should take immediate steps to block any notification generated by unreliable sources. Some effective steps to consider include:

  • Find Privacy and Security Settings:
  • In the browser settings menu, navigate to the section related to 'Privacy,' 'Site Settings,' or 'Permissions.' This is where you can manage website permissions, including notifications.
  •  Clear Browser Cache and Cookies:
  • Sometimes, rogue websites use cookies to track your browsing behavior. Wiping your browser's cache and cookies can help remove any lingering traces and prevent further notifications.
  •  Use Browser Extensions:
  • Certain browser extensions or add-ons are designed to enhance your browsing experience by blocking unwanted content, including notifications. Search for reliable extensions specifically designed to block notifications.
  •  Stay Cautious When Allowing Notifications:
  • Be cautious when granting notification permissions to websites. Only allow notifications for websites you trust and find genuinely useful.
  •  Update Your Browser:
  • Make sure your browser is up to date. Browser updates often include security enhancements that can protect you from unwanted notifications.
  •  Consider a Security Software:
  • Consider using reputable security software that offers ad-blocking and anti-malware features. These tools can help prevent notifications from unsafe websites.

By following these steps, users can regain control over their notification preferences and prevent unwanted and intrusive notifications from rogue websites.

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