Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 905
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 5,877
First Seen: December 25, 2022
Last Seen: September 30, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is one of the many websites that display deceptive messages to trick visitors into allowing it to show notifications. Additionally, the site may redirect visitors to other shady online destinations. The page was discovered by cybersecurity researchers, among other sites using rogue advertising networks.

Deceptive Messages Encountered on is a website that attempts to deceive visitors into clicking the shown 'Allow' button to pass a fake CAPTCHA. If clicked, this allows the site to show intrusive notifications. Notifications generated by such dubious sources are often deceptive in nature and could claim that a computer is infected with malware, urging users to remove 'detected' threats. Clicking these notifications can lead to phishing websites, technical support fraud pages, sites hosting threatening applications and other possibly harmful destinations. Furthermore, redirects visitors to another untrustworthy page that is offering a file download. Accepting such downloads can lead to adware, browser hijackers or other intrusive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) being installed on the user's device.

What are Rogue Websites Like

Rogue websites are created by evil-minded actors who use them as a platform to collect sensitive user data, promote online tactics, push dubious applications or PUPs, or try to take advantage of affiliate programs for legitimate products as a way to earn commission fees. To unsuspecting visitors, these sites may appear authentic, as they often even mimic legitimate brands, appearing almost identical to the original version. However, these deceptive websites usually lack basic security protocols. This lack of protection puts users at risk of having their private information collected or manipulated without their consent.

How can Users Protect Themselves from Rogue Websites?

It is necessary to be aware of how you interact with the Internet when trying to avoid rogue sites. First, it is a good practice only to visit reputable websites with strong security measures in place. Additionally, it's wise to double-check website links before entering your personal data – typically, URLs will include red flags like typos or characters that don't belong in an authentic Web address (such as a "0" instead of an "O"). Furthermore, if presented with an offer from an unknown source, always research it thoroughly first; if something sounds too good to be true, then this should set off warning bells in your head! In addition, genuine companies almost never solicit customers out of the blue.

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