pop-ups (fake) pop-ups Removal Guide

What is pop-ups? asks to enable notifications to later deliver you ads

Captchacheckout.topPush notifications, once enabled, can show up at any time and interfere with your web browsing

If you have encountered notifications on your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another web browser, you are not alone. The website is of a deceptive nature and uses scam techniques to make visitors press the “Allow” button within the prompt at the top-left corner of the page. This type of fraudulent content site is extremely prevalent and is commonly referred to as a push notification virus,[1] although the phenomenon itself has nothing to do with infections.

As soon as you allow the website to display notifications, you will be soon flooded with intrusive pop-ups shown at random times when you browse the web. These prompts might be injected with potentially dangerous website links or advertise software/products of poor quality. Besides, the intrusive nature of these ads can completely ruin the web browsing experience for you.

If you decide to visit the links provided by Captchacheckout, you might come across malicious websites which could result in malware infections or personal information being stolen by cybercriminals. Thus, never explore the contents of such sites and instead use this guide to remove the intrusive pop-up ads from your browser and computer.

Type Push notification virus, scam, ads
IP address
Distribution You will start seeing pop-ups as soon as you allow the site to display notifications via the prompt
Symptoms Intrusive pop-ups show up at the bottom-right corner of the screen at random time intervals. The notifications include links to scam or other potentially dangerous websites
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
Elimination To prevent the site from displaying notifications to you, access the site permission section via your web browser settings – you can find more details below
Further steps Redirects and ads might indicate adware infection, so you should check your system with security software, clean your browsers, and attempt to fix virus damage with a repair tool FortectIntego

The scam scheme explained

Initially, push notifications are not malicious. It is a simple browser feature that allows websites to send requests upon site entry, which would allow them to deliver notifications. The frequency of these is relatively unpredictable and highly depends on the website itself.

That being said, some users definitely find the feature useful – it allows them to get the newest information, offers, and news from their favorite websites. At the same time, many users find these prompts rather annoying and simply remove them immediately upon entering the site. This is why the prompt can be completely disabled via the browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other web browsers.

Online fraud has been around for years – from spoofing websites to fake Flash Player[2] updates – and it has been used to distribute the most treacherous malware or steal credentials from thousands or even millions of users worldwide. Push notifications are just another tool that actors can use for personal gain. In this case, it is ad click monetization.

All the developers of the page need to do is drive users to the webpage (adware is commonly used for that) and make them believe that pressing the “Allow” button is not what it actually is. Many novice users can be easily tricked by this scheme and allow the notifications without even realizing it.

To make the scam more believable, crooks use a widespread authentication feature that should prevent bots from messing with a particular site. Many websites use this protection – users have to enter captcha code or perform some type of other actions that a bot would not be able to perform automatically.

In this case, scammers want to confuse users and make them believe that the “Allow” prompt is nothing more but the authentication prompt required by so many other websites. Hence, they show the following message in the middle of the screen, which also includes a vector picture of a robot:

Click “Allow” to confirm that you are not a robot! virusLinks displayed in the pop-up ads might be malicious

Regardless if “Block” is chosen, users will then be shown to the same page or rerouted to a different website based on their location. These sites can include all sorts of content – gambling, scam, online gaming, X-rated, and more. Do not explorer these websites, as they might be dangerous and can cause you even more issues in the future.

If you have already pressed the “Allow” button, please do not click on any links that show up on your screen. Instead, all you have to do is access your web browser settings and remove the permission. If you want to find out how to do it, check the paragraphs below. If you are frequently being redirected to suspicious or malicious websites, you should also check your system with anti-malware, for example, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, and then clean the web browsers with FortectIntego.

Remove pop-ups from your browsers is just one of the thousands of websites that uses scam techniques to make people allow the notifications to be shown (we previously discussed,, and many others). These sites are usually are just a copy-paste of one another, and they don't require much time and effort to set up.

The problem is that users who were not aware that they were tricked in the first place are not aware that what they have done is allowed the site to show ads to them. In order to stop this activity, they need to access the settings of the web browser and deny that permission. Here's how to do it on most popular browsers:

Google Chrome

  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 (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

In a similar matter, you can allow or prevent any website from delivering you notifications. The best practice is not to allow them to be shown in the first place.

Adware and how to deal with it

As we already mentioned, if you constantly see ads whenever you browse the web or your homepage and other browser preferences were altered without your permission, you likely have a potentially unwanted program installed on your computer. These apps are usually installed along with other software you download from third-party sources, hence you might not even know that they are present on your device.

This is why it is important to treat the installation process of new programs with absolute caution – you might be offered additional apps on the way. You should always pay attention to the installation instructions, decline the offers, never rush through steps and, most importantly, always pick Advanced/Custom settings when prompted.

However, now we need to talk about adware removal (or at least check whether or not it is present on your PC). The easiest way of doing so is by scanning your device with security software, although some PUPs might not be detected by anti-malware apps. You can otherwise (usually) uninstall most recently installed programs as you usually do. If you need some help with this, follow these steps:

  • 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.

On a Mac, perform the following actions:

  • From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  • In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  • 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

If you found adware on your system, it is vital to complete its removal by cleaning your web browsers, as it often inserts additional components without permission (for example, cookies – these could be used to track your online activities).[3] You can use FortectIntego as a quick solution or refer to all the guidelines on cleaning web data and cache manually below.

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Getting rid of pop-ups. Follow these steps

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 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

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

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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