ads (Tutorial) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge ads Removal Guide

What is ads? is a fake website that is used as a tool to send ads directly to users' desktops is a fake website that you should not interact with

Users have complained about a strange phenomenon that comes on their computer screens – pop-ups. They seem not to be triggered by anything, regardless of whether one is streaming a video or simply browsing their favorite websites – as long as the web browser is operational (even in the background). To make matters worse, the ads are visible even if another application is currently being used.

So what's the deal with ads, and where are they coming from? The truth is, they are not directly related to any type of virus infection but are rather a result of users being tricked into allowing the website to send push notifications to them without restrictions. To put it simply, various scam techniques are used in order to convince users that doing so would result in something beneficial while, in reality, it is the complete opposite.

That being said, some people might get redirected to the scam website by adware,[1] so the possibility of the infection should not completely be disregarded. Pop-up ads are one of the main signs of adware infection, although push notifications that come from various websites are not directly related to it.

Nonetheless, below we will provide instructions on how to stop these ads, as well as how to effectively find and remove adware and malware from your system. Also, you can find some security tips that could help you prevent being a victim of another scam in the future.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam
Distribution The unwanted activity sometime after the “Allow” button is pressed via the notification prompt
Symptoms Push notifications show on the desktop at random time intervals. These popups show fake notices and push scams. Links can also lead to malware-laden sites
Risks If you click on links provided by the website, you might end up infecting your system with malware/PUPs, disclosing your personal information to cybercriminals, or losing money for useless services
REmoval To stop the intrusive pop-ups, you need to access the settings section of your browser. You should also check your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software to eliminate adware and malware
Additional tips Make sure you clean your browsers after you delete PUPs from the system. To do that automatically, you can use FortectIntego

There are two versions of the website that users might encounter. If you enter this URL into the address bar of your browser, you will be led to something that looks like a website about celebrities. However, when you start looking around, you can soon see that something is wrong. Namely, the site is offering to “Get the latest sports updates from around the world.” This is something that completely contradicts the theme of the pictures shown.

This is not surprising, however, as it is a fake website, generated from predetermined phrases and pictures. We have already discussed countless other sites, such as or, which were generated in the exact same way. Thus, once you see something similar in the future, keep in mind that they are not real sites, and accepting push notifications from them would not provide you with “News” but instead make you receive intrusive pop-ups that show malicious or misleading ads.

In other cases, especially when the reason for a website visit is a redirect from a malicious site, users would see nothing like it but instead would show a fake message along with a picture that seemingly correlates with what it says. Here are a few examples you might expect:

  • Click “Allow” if you are not a robot
  • Click “Allow” to win the prize and get it in our shop!
  • Loading. Please tap ALLOW button to continue
  • Click “Allow” to start downloading
  • If you are 18+, tap Allow

These messages sometimes try to imply that pressing the “Allow” button would result in the reveal of some type of underlying content, which is a lie. If pressed, the button would allow the site to send notifications without any restrictions. Thus, it is best to leave the site immediately, without pressing anything or interacting with any buttons or links. popupsOnce you press the "Allow" button, you permit the site to show you information via push notifications at any time

Find and delete adware

Before you proceed with removing the intrusive push notifications, you should make sure that no system infection is present. The easiest and most efficient way to do so is by performing a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful anti-malware software.

If you want to eliminate adware manually, you can try doing that, but it does not guarantee a proper removal. There are so many different adware strains, and all of them operate in a different manner, so it is easy to skip some components during the process. Thus, before you proceed with this, we strongly advise you to perform a full system scan with security software.

Remove unwanted applications

Some programs can be installed on the system level and removing them would require you to uninstall them in a similar manner you do with regular programs.


  • 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 uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2


  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

Get rid of browser extensions

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • 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

Mozilla Firefox

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

MS Edge (Chromium)

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

MS Edge (legacy)

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


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

It is important to note that adware is commonly programmed to track user data as long as it is operational. For that, it uses cookies, web beacons,[2] JavaScript, and other technologies. Cookies, in particular, can stay on your browser indefinitely, although most of them do have an expiration date, which can be as long as ten years. Thus, removing cookies from time to time is advisable.

Removing web data is also recommended after the elimination of adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted applications. For a quicker solution, we recommend using FortectIntego PC repair and maintenance utility, which can fix the damage done to the system by malicious software and remove all the junk and other leftover files for you automatically.

Adware avoidance tips

While adware removal from the system is very important, you should also ensure that the infection probability in the future is minimal. Here are a few tips that can help you prevent the unintentional installation of adware:

  • Avoid all illegal software distribution websites – torrents, warez, etc.;
  • When downloading apps from third-party websites, keep in mind that freeware often comes in a packaged bundle;[3]
  • During the installation process, always pick Advanced or Custom installation settings instead of Recommended or Quick ones;
  • Watch out for pre-ticked boxes, misleading button placements, fine print text, and deceitful offers;
  • Have a powerful security application installed at all times and keep it updated.

How to stop the push notifications from or other malicious websites

Once you have made sure that there is no potentially unwanted or malicious software installed on your system it is time to get rid of the annoying push notification problem. Many people try to remove these ads by scanning the system with security software but to no avail. This is because the push notification feature itself is not malicious and can't be removed.

What can be malicious is the contents of these push notifications. In order to stop them, all you have to do is access browser settings and then go to the site settings section. Below you will find the instructions for all major browsers on how to perform these steps.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

Stop browser notifications

Remove unwanted notifications from 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. Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  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

Remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome (Android):

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

Remove unwanted notifications from 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 next to it. Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  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

Remove unwanted notifications from Safari:

  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

Remove unwanted notifications from 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. Stop notifications on Edge 1
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge. Stop notifications on Edge 2

Remove unwanted notifications from 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

Remove unwanted notifications from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right of the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to the 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

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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