ads (Free Instructions) ads Removal Guide

What is ads? is a fake website that displays misleading surveys to extort personal user data is a fake website used by crooks to harvest personal user information is a scam that one might encounter when browsing the web on one of the popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome or MS Edge. Users do not usually venture to these kinds of websites on purpose but are rather redirected after clicking a link somewhere else (the behavior is more prevalent on high-risk websites).

Once on the page, users are presented with an “Online Test” with a survey and a misleading claim that the visitor can become a millionaire by making money easily via the internet. These types of misleading messages are popular because it plays on users' belief that they can get large sums of money quickly and easily – these are known as get-rich-quick[1] schemes. To make it more believable, crooks behind the scam also commonly use fake Facebook messages from non-existing users or fake stories from local celebrities.

The main goal of the scam is to harvest user information, such as email, home address, phone number, and similar. This data can later be used in further scam campaigns or might be sold in underground forums to cybercriminals. Also, crooks profit from users paying the fake initial investment, which later never returns any profits. In other words, everything shown within the webpage is a scam and should not be believed.

If you have been experiencing frequent redirects to potentially dangerous websites that show phishing[2] messages, there is a high chance that a potentially unwanted program, namely adware, is installed on the system. Below we will explain how to check for it and get rid of it effectively.

Type Scam, phishing, adware, redirect, survey scam
Operation Offer to participate in a survey in exchange for an expensive gift or asks to participate in fake surveys
Goal Make people provide personal information, subscribe to useless services, download malicious software or subscribe to push notifications
Dangers Information disclosure to malicious parties, installation of potentially unwanted programs, malware infections, financial losses, etc.
Removal You should remove potentially unwanted programs installed on your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software. If you have subscribed to push notifications, you can undo this easily via browser settings
Security tips If you have found infections on your system, use FortectIntego to clean your browsers and other system components

Check the system for adware

If you have noticed that your browser acts rather differently from before, not in a good way, there might be an adware or other malicious program installed on your system. You might not have noticed how you have infected your system due to deceptive distribution methods of PUPs and malware – bundling,[3] fake updates, software cracks, etc.

Browser extensions are the most common forms of adware out there because they are very easy to produce and can be rebranded really easily to avoid bad reputation or some detections by security software. Thus, you should click the “Extensions” button next to the “Settings” menu and remove the unwanted extensions. shows fake surveys

Next, we recommend checking the system for the installed programs on the system level. If you don't know which programs should or shouldn't be installed on your device, you can skip this step and instead rely on SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful anti-malware to get rid of all the aggressive adware and other malware automatically for you.


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


On a Mac, removing adware might require a few more steps besides moving the unwanted app into Trash. Adware is known for inserting additional files that might cause the infection to resurface, so we recommend removing them too.

  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.

Take care of the unwanted push notifications

The authors of the scam website intend to gain the maximum benefits from the scheme. This means that not only do they want to make users provide their personal details that could later be used for further malicious purposes, but they also seek to profit from users' clicks on ads. This is why, upon the page entry, they are offered to enable push notifications, which they might be tricked into doing.

If you have accidentally clicked on the “Allow” button within the shown notification prompt, you might start seeing suspicious ads shown on the system level independently of which website is currently being visited. The quality of these ads is also horrendous, so you can expect various phishing messages to show up at random times.

You shouldn't interact with any of those pop-ups and instead, remove them from your desktop once and for all.

Google Chrome (desktop)

  1. Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate the 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 choose Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

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 the Settings button.
  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

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


  1. Click on Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to the 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

Take care of your privacy

You should stop the data tracking by removing cookies and other web data from your system. You can either employ FortectIntego PC repair and maintenance utility or perform the steps manually. Keep in mind that security experts[2] highly recommend performing this process from time to time to avoid corrupted cache errors and reduce the risk ok session hijacking[3] attacks.

Google Chrome

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

Mozilla Firefox

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

MS Edge (Chromium)

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


  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari
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How to prevent from getting adware

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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