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Sites Trick Users Into Subscribing to Browser Notification Spam

30th September, 2018  By Lawrence Abrams

 

Sites that try to trick users into subscribing to browser notification spam are increasingly becoming a method used to promote unwanted extensions, fake software, adware bundles, adult sites, and scam sites.

 

Scam sites pushing browser notification subscriptions
Scam sites pushing browser notification subscriptions

 

Scam sites like the one above are promoted through poisoned search results or adware redirects and tell users that they need to subscribe to the site in order access a service or watch a video. For example, in the image above the site states that the visitor must subscribe to notifications in order to view a video.

 

Once the users signs up for notifications, the site will either perform a redirect to another site or display the video. The visitor, though, will now receive spam browser notifications delivered directly to their desktop.

 

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