Nowadays cybercriminals are adopting new ways to lure normal users into their trap. They are using social engineering methods to trick users. Press Allow to close this windows scam is such an example. In this scam, the fraudster tries to push users into subscribing the push notifications.
The website displays the message on its pages that, “Press ‘Allow’ to close this window”. Further, they mention, “This windows may be closed by pressing ‘Allow’ button. If you want to continue using this site, just click on more info.” When the user tries to close such a window they see these messages and without thinking they click on the allow button.
The main purpose of such messages is to make users click on the allow button. This button enables the push notification. Push notification is used to notify users of new content on a website. When a new URL or post is added the users receive a notification with its link.
These fraudsters exploit this feature to promote their malicious pages. They could also promote their client’s pages using the redirect option. It is not like that they are going to send you some genuine content. The links of these pages are filled with lots of malicious and fraud products.
What Harms can it do?
You might be thinking that what is wrong in receiving the push notifications. Nothing wrong in ordinary cases, but after tricking users to subscribe for push notifications, these websites don’t send notification of good content. Let’s check the possible harms such notifications can do.
- Display lots of notification and redirects you to other websites which ruin your browsing experience.
- Can lead to malicious sites that can further infect your PC with severe threats like ransomware, Trojan, keylogger, spyware, rootkits, and even zero-day malware.
- The adware causing the redirects could track your online activity and report it to its makers. Information like browsing history, search history, IP address, location, hardware, and software is at stake.
- It eats lots of RAM and processor which make your PC slow to respond.
How to Stop the Pop-up Notifications from the Browser?
Follow the below steps to stop receiving the allow notification request further from the browsers. You can also disable the already allowed websites that are sending you notifications.
Click on the Menu button and then click on Settings.
Scroll down and click on the Advanced button
Now click on Content settings under Privacy and security section.
Content settings will open now click on Notifications.
Now slide the toggle button to left so that it comes to Blocked instead of Ask before sending (recommended)
The websites you have already permitted to display notification will still show it. To stop it, scroll down to Allow section and click on the menu button against sites you want to stop the notification and click on Block.
Click on Menu button and then click on Options
Now go to the Privacy & Security section and scroll down to the Permissions section and click Settings against Notification.
Now tick the box of Block new request asking to allow notifications. It will block the new requests.
To stop the websites, you already given permissions to display notifications click status of the site and choose Block. Now click on Save Changes to save the settings.
How to Remove “Click Allow to close this window” Scam from your PC?
The prime reason that leads you to such websites that do the notification scam is you have an adware infection that is redirecting you to such sites. To remove this infection follow the below steps.
Step 1- Scan with MalwareFox Antimalware
MalwareFox antimalware is a robust security suite that effectively detects and removes different kinds of malware including adware, browser hijackers, redirects, etc.
Download MalwareFox and install it on your PC.
Once the installation is complete, MalwareFox will update the program and signatures from the database. Let it update everything.
Once it completes the update, click on Scan.
Click on Next when the scan gets completed.
Step 2 – Remove Unwanted Programs from Control Panel
The adware responsible for redirecting you on such scam websites gets to enter in your computer with the help of third-party software. So, you need to remove such software from your computer. Follow the instructions to remove them –
Click on Cortana Search and type Control Panel and click on it from the results.
Now click on Uninstall a program under Programs section.
You will see the list of all installed programs. Now right click on each unwanted program and click Uninstall. Follow the screen instructions to remove it from your PC.
How to Stay Away from “Click Allow to close this window” Notification Scam?
Once you removed all the infection, it is time to think about not getting in such trouble again. Follow below guidelines to stay away from “Click allow to close this window” notification pop-up scam.
- Do not install free or pirated software from untrusted websites.
- Do not visit rogue websites that offer malicious products such as torrents, porn, pirated software, etc.
- Do not click on the links of a spam email.
- Never click on Allow button unless you want to see the notifications even when your browser is closed.
- Install an excellent antimalware like MalwareFox to avoid malware infection. Enable its real-time protection so that it can stop such notorious threats from entering in your computer.