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Type: might show fake alerts that might ask users to install or update applications like Adobe Flash Player. For instance, to convince a user to do so, the fictitious warning might say that the mentioned application will not work until the user updates it. A couple of smaller alerts that might suggest the same could also appear on the screen. Since they may have the proposed program's logo images, some users might think that these warnings are legit. However, the amount of them and some other details that we mention further in this article should raise suspicion. Of course, if you think you came across fake alerts, we advise not to interact with them as it could be risky. The safest option would be to eliminate If you want to learn how to do so, we invite you to check the instructions available at the end of this article.

Our researchers say that could be encountered after clicking unreliable advertising content, visiting file-sharing websites, or interacting with any untrustworthy content on the Internet. Thus, the first thing you should do if you want to avoid being redirected to or other sites that show fake alerts is to stay away from doubtful ads and websites. Also, it is possible that users could be redirected to such a website by adware that might be installed on their devices. In such a case, you might be redirected to various other untrustworthy sites or see lots of annoying ads on a daily basis. If it is the case or you suspect it could be, we recommend scanning your system with a reliable antimalware tool that could remove adware and other possible threats for you.

After landing on, your browser could be forced to go into the full-screen mode. Such actions might make it difficult for a user to leave a website or close his browser, which is why legit alerts do not enable full-screen mode. Also, one after another, notifications of various sizes that may suggest installing or updating various programs should appear. Our researchers say that the fictitious warning could suggest getting applications like HDVideoPlayer, WebBar, Avast, WebCompanion, PandaCleaner, InLog Browser, and so on. Also, some of them could be considered to be adware, for example, SafeFinder, RelevantKnowledge, or PremierOpinion. Of course, in the end, there might be not knowing what kind of tools could be added onto your device. Thus, agreeing to install or update suggested tools could be dangerous. If you wonder how you could recognize fake alerts and avoid getting tricked by them, we can tell you what to look for.

Firstly, you should have a closer look at the notifications' texts. They may contain logo images of legit software, but it does not mean that they are legitimate. Grammar mistakes, even the smallest ones, should be the signs suggesting that displayed warnings could be fictitious. There were a few mistakes in our encountered fake alerts that asked installing or updating Adobe Flash Player. For example, you could spot a few of them in the following sentence: “Download an updated new version of “Adobe Flash Player”.” (notice how the dot symbol is placed after and not before the quotation mark). Such mistakes can be easily overlooked, which is why it best to concentrate when you receive notifications asking you to download or install something.

Moreover, getting more than one notification that says the same or almost precisely the same should also raise a red flag. The same goes for multiple alerts that give different reasons. If the warning is legit, it should provide a specific reason. Plus, a user should be advised or suggested to do something instead of being given an ultimatum. Again such details are easy to miss, especially if you panic or do not pay attention. Therefore, you should always take your time to read notifications instead of interacting with them to make them disappear. If you come across or any other site showing fake alerts, we advise closing it as fast as possible. This task might not be easy for inexperienced users, which is why we display instructions explaining how to get rid of at the end of this paragraph. Once it is closed, we recommend scanning your system with a reliable antimalware tool too to make sure there are no threats.


  1. If you need to exit the full-screen mode, press F11.
  2. Close the browser by clicking the X button.
  3. If it does not work, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and open the Task Manager.
  4. Select the Processes tab and locate the browser’s process.
  5. Click it and press End Task.
  6. Exit the Task Manager.
  7. Scan your device with a trustworthy antimalware tool.
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