usefulhead.buzz is a generic website that asks you to allow notifications. As soon as you enter the website, you will see a browser alert saying “usefulhead.buzz wants to show notifications”.The site is not safe so allowing it to show notifications would be a mistake. Instead of showing you useful content, the site would simply spam you with various ads. It should also be mentioned that some of those ads could expose you to dangerous content, including malware and scams.
Like thousands of other websites, usefulhead.buzz misuses a legitimate browser feature that allows websites to show desktop notifications. The feature is safe to use as long as the site with permission is legitimate. However, usefulhead.buzz is far from that. It’s a deceptive website that’s disguised as a sports news site. Supposedly, if you allow it to show notifications, you will get sports-related alerts on your desktop. In reality, what will happen if you allow usefulhead.buzz to show notifications is you will be spammed with ads. And not necessarily safe ones either.
Questionable websites like usefulhead.buzz only display adverts to users rather than anything of value. Interacting with those advertisements is not a good idea because you could be exposed to anything from merely annoying to harmful content. You might be tricked by some advertisement into installing malware that is disguised as a trustworthy program. You may also be shown various scams.
This “push notifications” function is legitimate and can be useful in some cases. If there’s a particular website you frequent, you can allow it to show you notifications as long as the site is safe. The notifications would appear on the desktop and clicking on them would take you directly to the content. The types of notifications you see depend on what the site usually posts. For example, if you allow a news site to show notifications, you would see important news directly on your desktop.
If you have given usefulhead.buzz permission to show notifications, you need to revoke that permission sooner rather than later. It’s not difficult to do but if you are having trouble, you can use the directions provided at the end of this report.
What triggers redirects to sites like usefulhead.buzz?
There are numerous potential triggers for random redirects to websites like usefulhead.buzz. However, the most likely cause is your visits to risky websites. Some websites expose users to highly questionable ads, which makes them high-risk. For example, users are frequently exposed to dubious advertisements on websites that have pornographic or pirated content. A redirect could be triggered by any interaction with such websites. However, a good adblocker program would prevent these redirects. The adblocker program would also block intrusive redirects.
Your computer could be infected with adware if you’re randomly redirected to usefulhead.buzz and similar websites all the time. The most obvious sign of adware is the constant stream of advertisements, even when browsing reputable websites. When downloading and installing free programs, users unknowingly install infections like adware as well. Free programs often come with extra offers, and these offers are allowed to install alongside without requiring permission. The offers are typically browser hijackers and adware. Although the offers are technically optional, users must explicitly deselect them to stop them from installing. However, users typically choose Default settings and the offers can only be viewed in Advanced settings. It’s obvious that software bundling is a controversial installation method, which is one of the reasons why anti-virus programs detected programs that use it as potential threats.
You can prevent these unwanted installations if you install programs properly. You should always install programs using Advanced (Custom) settings as opposed to Default settings. All extra offers will be concealed and allowed to install automatically if you choose Default settings, as advised by the installation window. However, you would be able to not only review all offers but also deselect all of them if you choose Advanced settings. The best course of action is to deselect every offer that has been added to the program you are installing.
Even if offers first appear useful, allowing them to install will only cause your computer to get filled with junk programs that will cause various issues. Deselecting a few check boxes when installing programs is far easier than trying to get rid of infections like adware and browser hijackers after they have been fully installed.
You can remove usefulhead.buzz from the list of sites with permission if you were tricked into allowing the site to display push notifications. In addition to usefulhead.buzz, you should also remove all other questionable or unknown websites. Use the instructions below if you need help navigating the settings of your browser.
Here’s how to stop usefulhead.buzz ads from appearing on your desktop:
- Mozilla Firefox: Open the menu (the three bars at the top-right corner), click Options, then Privacy & Security. Scroll down to Permissions, press Settings next to Notifications, and remove usefulhead.buzz and any other questionable websites from the list. It’s possible to permanently turn off push notification requests by checking the “Block new requests asking to allow notifications” box in the same Notifications settings.
- Google Chrome: Open the menu (the three dots top-right corner), then Settings, then Privacy and security, then Site Settings. Click on Notifications under Permissions, and remove usefulhead.buzz and any other questionable websites from the list. It’s possible to permanently turn off push notification requests by toggling off “Sites can ask to send notifications”.
- Microsoft Edge: Open the menu (the three dots top-right corner), then Settings, then Cookies and site permissions, then Notifications. Review which sites have permission and remove usefulhead.buzz and any other questionable websites from the list. It’s possible to permanently turn off push notification requests by toggling off “Ask before sending”.
You should also scan your computer with anti-virus software because redirects to usefulhead.buzz could be triggered by adware. And adware is the easiest to detect and get rid of using anti-virus software. Furthermore, you should install an adblocker program to block both the redirects, as well as regular intrusive ads.
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