‘Negative Video About Your Site’ Scam Messages

Scammers are targeting website owners via messages claiming that a negative video about their site is circulating.  

The messages  claim that the video is going viral.  They  urge you to click a link to view the supposed video.

But there is no video, negative or otherwise. The messages  are designed to trick you into allowing push notifications that promote scam or malware websites. Some versions may also try to trick you into installing malware.

Here’s an example of the scam message:

There is a negative video circulating about your site that is going viral. Check out the video at [link removed]

Clicking the link opens a website that supposedly hosts the offending video.   But, the video player will be greyed  out and will display the following  pop-up message:


Can't Play Video Scam Pop-up
Transcript: Can’t play this video! Perhaps, your browser doesn’t  allow video playback.   Click “Allow” button to play video.

If you do click  “Allow” as instructed, you will then be prompted to click “Allow” again via a browser “Show Notifications” message:
Show Notifications MessageBut, by clicking “Allow”, you are giving permission for a scam website to send you  push notifications. Some of the notifications may open dodgy web pages crammed with malicious advertisements. Others may open  sites that harbour various types of malware.

In some cases,   after clicking Allow and following further instructions, malware may be installed on your computer. This malware may send malicious advertisements directly to your desktop even if your browser is closed. Or, it may hijack your browser and automatically redirect you to scam websites. It may also change your browser home page without permission, interfere with your normal browsing experience, and significantly slow down your Internet service.

If you encounter the bogus “Can’t play video” message, do not click the “Allow” button either on the pop-up or on the push notification.  

Dealing With the Threat

If you have NOT clicked the “Allow” button:

First, try closing the browser window that contains the scam pop-up. In many cases, this is all that is required.

However, in some cases, you may find it difficult or impossible to close the popup window. Or, if you can  close it, it may keep reappearing.  If so, you will need to terminate the processes associated  with your browser by taking the following steps:

Windows Computers

1: Hit “Control – Alt -Delete” on your keyboard and then click “Task Manager”.

2: With the “Processes” tab active, highlight any processes related to your browser and hit the “End Task” button at the bottom of the Task Manager window.

Mac Computers

1: Hit  â€œCommand + Option + Esc to open the “Force Quit Applications” window.

2: Select the name of the browser you are using and hit the “Force Quit” button.

If you have allowed push notifications due to

If you HAVE clicked the “Allow” button:

You will need to disable the scam push notification via your browser settings.

The steps that you need to take depend on which browser you are using.   This Digital Trends report provides step by step instructions  for common Intenet browsers.

How to disable push notifications in your browser

If you suspect that your computer has been infected by malware as a result of the “Can’t play video” scam message, you can follow the detailed removal instructions outlined in this Bleeping Computer article.

Remove the Please Click ALLOW to start streaming/downloading! Web Page

It would also be wise to scan your computer for malware. We recommend  Malwarebytes, which is free for home users.

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