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Kudos0

fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

For the last several days, since using my computer in a hotel, I have been getting these weird notifications while using Chrome and Windows 10. I have run a complete scan on my computer twice with Norton and also a scan with Advanced System Care, and neither found anything, so I'm pretty sure I do not have any viruses and these notifications are a scam, but they still bother me and indicate that something might be on my computer that I don't want. They claim to be from Chrome and "loders.club" and say that three viruses have been found and I need to click on the notification (which I have not done) to fix it immediately. I doubt very much these are from Chrome, and I cannot find anything at all on Google named "loders.club" that is in any way related to computers or malware or viruses. So they seem harmless, but are they? Nothing that I can see has been installed on my computer. Where are these notifications coming from? Does anyone know how to stop them?

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Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Um, have you run Chrome Clean up tool.....

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2765944

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

No, never heard of it. I'll try it now. Thanks.

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Okay, your capture looks like, to me, Windows Notification for Chrome.
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/chrome-native-notifications-windows-10

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

OK, I ran Chrome clean up tool, and this is what it says: "No harmful software found"

Also, I wanted to clarify that these are not notifications of emails. I have not received any emails related to this, and I have checked the junk mail folder too.

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Thanks, very interesting and very weird, but we are dealing with Microsoft.

What puzzles me is that it claims to have found three viruses yet Norton and Advanced System Care both find zero viruses. I'm more inclined to trust Norton that Microsoft.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Okay, I'm not familiar with Advanced System Care. 
ASC related > https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8137091#comment-8137091

Maybe, run scans.
https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8154931#comment-8154931

Um, do you run content/ad blocker in Chrome?
Um, do you run Chrome Sync?

Lets hear from Community. 

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Thanks. I thought of installing Malwarebytes but I read some comments on the internet that having Malwarebytes and Norton installed at the same time would cause problems.

Another comment I wanted to make was this "loders.club" is one reason I was and still am highly suspicious of this. Why would Microsoft use some kind of weird meaningless name for some service like "loders.club", and even if they did, you'd expect to find something related to Microsoft by Googling "loders.club", which I didn't.

Thanks again for all your help.

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

This is definitely a scam. I clicked on the notification, and a window opened from the "Windows Defender Security Center" saying I had 5 viruses (which I don't). (I'd attach a screenshot of it, but when I try, I'm told that PNGs cannot be attached even though the attachment to my first post was a PNG. That makes no sense.) Anyway, there's a "Proceed" button which I certainly did not click on, but when I hovered over it, you can see that it will take you to "nespenet.com". I Googled that, and I got a "Site Blocked" warning from Norton. 

So definitely a scam. I just wish there was some way to block these notifications. What is it they know about me that is allowing them to send these notifications to me. I don't understand how they can do it. My email address? I'm not getting emails from them. My ip address? It can't be a coincidence that this all started after logging in in a hotel. 

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

carlwhart, thank you for reporting this. I have forwarded this to the Norton Safe Web team to review the site.

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

carlwhart:

This is definitely a scam. I clicked on the notification, and a window opened from the "Windows Defender Security Center" saying I had 5 viruses (which I don't). (I'd attach a screenshot of it, but when I try, I'm told that PNGs cannot be attached even though the attachment to my first post was a PNG. That makes no sense.) Anyway, there's a "Proceed" button which I certainly did not click on, but when I hovered over it, you can see that it will take you to "nespenet.com". I Googled that, and I got a "Site Blocked" warning from Norton. 

So definitely a scam.

Appreciate, your progress report.

How to post an image in the forums.  

Thanks

Kudos0

Re: fake(?) virus notification in Windows 10 from Chrome(?) and "loders.club"

Sounds like there are malicious redirects in some ads on the site you are visiting. Try installing an ad blocker extension in Chrome. 

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.

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