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What is ads? uses fake messages to convince users to press the “Allow” button within the notification prompt is a deceptive website you should not trust

Most of the websites you encounter online are useful in one way or another – be it for information or entertainment purposes. Unfortunately, there are plenty of websites created for malicious purposes, and is one of them. The main goal is to make sure that users click the allow button within the notification prompt as soon as they access the website. To make the scam more efficient, crooks also often employ browser redirect feature, which makes users visit the website in the first place. Sometimes these redirects can also be caused by adware infection, so you should definitely check your system if you are constantly redirected to deceptive scams, phishing,[1] or similar sites.

Because users that tricked into pressing the allow button, they didn't know that by doing that, they gave permission to show notifications directly on their screens at any time. However, this activity is usually delayed and doesn't start immediately, so most victims cannot connect these two actions.

If you are looking for ways to remove these annoying and intrusive pop-ups, you came to the right place. In this article, we will talk more about how the scam works, how to prevent being tricked in the future, and how to deny a website to show notifications to you.

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups
Appearence As soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Popup notifications show on the desktop at particular time intervals. These popups show fake notices and propagate scams. Links can also lead to malware-laden sites
Dangers Clicking on links that are embedded within the notification prompt, exploring the sites these links bring to, or downloading files can be particularly dangerous – you can get infected with malware, suffer from financial losses and privacy issues
Deletion Access the settings of your browser and remove the permission for the site to deliver you notifications – more details below. Also, check your system for infections with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software
Further steps Cleaning web browsers is just as important when dealing with potentially unwanted programs, so do so by following the instructions below or use FortectIntego to do it quicker

Many people believe that their systems have been infected with some kind of virus after seeing so many pop-ups coming to their screens at random times. Indeed, intrusive ads could be a major sign of some malware or adware infection. However, when speaking of push notifications, they are not connected to malicious software of any kind but rather a permission that users give to a website after being tricked by fake messages.

The push notification feature in itself is not malicious and can be used by many legitimate websites. Upon entry, users are offered to receive them, and they need to either allow or block them. Indeed, such a feature can be useful when applied to websites that people are actually interested in – they can quickly receive information directly on their screens.

Cybercriminals realized it could be used to deliver ads to users, and hence they began engineering websites that are dedicated precisely for that reason, although no users would subscribe for annoying notifications that are randomly shown to them constantly. This is where social engineering[2] tricks come in.

Here is an example of a message you could encounter on or a similar scam site:

Click Allow to verify, that you are not a robot

Website authors are trying to confuse users by using a feature similar to captcha code – this creates an illusion that it is a verification procedure that prevents DDoS attacks. In reality, there is no content to be explored; such sites have nothing more than this initial message + picture. There are many other tricks that crooks use. For example, they promise a file that could be downloaded, or that there is a video to be viewed. virusDo not click on links provided by, as you might get infected by malware

Remember that no online content should be locked behind some requirements or permissions. In this situation, you should neither click “Allow” or “Block” (because you are likely to be redirected to another similar site) and instead leave the page.

If this scam tricked you, do not worry, as we explain how to remove push notifications from your desktop in the next paragraph.

Stop pop-ups

While you can't completely deny the possibility of malware or adware[3] infection, the first thing you should do is actually remove the notifications from your desktop. Push notifications can show up at any time above all the other programs, even if the browser is not on that particular site or if the browser is running in the background. Besides, many people are tricked into accepting notifications, so they can't connect these two activities.

In any case, removing the URL of a website from the “Allowed” list within the browser settings panel is relatively easy. We provide guidelines for the most common/popular web browsers.

Google Chrome (desktop):

  1. Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.
  4. Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
  5. Click the three vertical dots next to it and pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Google Chrome (Android):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to Sites section.
  4. Locate the unwanted URL and toggle the button to the left (Off setting).Stop notifications on Chrome Android

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
  2. Click on Privacy & Security section.
  3. Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click Settings button next to it.
  4. In the SettingsNotification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the URL in question.
  5. Select Block and then click on Save Changes. This should remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2


  1. Click on Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
  3. Select the web address in question, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.Stop notifications on Safari

MS Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and click the Settings and more button (three horizontal dots) at the top-right of the window.
  2. Select Settings and then go to Advanced.
  3. Under Website permissions, pick Manage permissions and select the URL in question.
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 2

MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
  2. Select Site permissions.
  3. Go to Notifications on the right.
  4. Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
  5. Click on More actions and select Block.Stop notifications on Edge Chromium

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right on the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to Privacy tab.
  3. In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
  4. Locate web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer

Take care of adware

There are two ways you could have accessed the website (although it is never on purpose):

  • Random URL redirection.
  • Adware.

An occasional redirect is something that most users experience in their lives. A click on a fake “download” button, empty space, or an automatic rerouting could be the cause of it. Legitimate websites do not employ such tactics – they don't boobytrap links with redirects to insecure places (although there are plenty of sites in the so-called gray area).

That being said, random redirects can sometimes be very dangerous (for example, if a vulnerability is present on the software installed on the victim's system), so it is best to avoid them. The suspicious activity is mostly present on less secure websites such as X-rated, pirated program downloads, gambling, and similar sites, so try staying away from these for security reasons.

When that happens, the best thing to do is leave the page immediately by closing the web tab – it is important not to click on anything or download files. Some users are not aware of these dangers and get tricked by scams like, “Your system is infected with (3) viruses,” or “Congratulations, you have won” messages.

When it comes to adware, it is a type of ad-supported software that specializes in displaying pop-ups, deals, offers, coupons, and other commercial content. While most of it is relatively safe, it might be a reason for users to end up on deceptive or malicious websites as well. Besides, adware is commonly spread via bundling or fake updates – this is why many people don't even know they have it installed on the device in the first place.

To remove adware easily, you can simply scan your machine with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another anti-malware software. Cleaning web browsers after that is very important as well, so you should employ FortectIntego for that purpose. Alternatively, you can perform these steps manually – we provide the instructions below.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

How to prevent from getting adware

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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