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What is ads? is a fake website that uses misleading messages to convince people to accept notifications from it is a deceptive website created by crooks to fool users ads might start showing up unexpectedly without users doing anything unusual – streaming a video, browsing their favorite websites, or even playing video games. This suspicious activity is actually related to push notifications – a feature that is present on any modern web browser, thus it can only occur whenever Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or Safari are being used or running in the background.

What makes the pop-ups annoying and rather intrusive is that they are shown on top of all the other program windows currently running. As a result, those who are doing something in the full-screen mode might be taken out of it immediately or might click on the push notification prompt accidentally, which would automatically bring them to some website.

The worst part of this activity is the contents of the push notifications. Since the website itself is completely superficial and does not have any other purpose apart from tricking users into subscribing to push notifications, the quality of shown ads is abysmal.

Among some legitimate advertisements (which users would rather not see due to their intrusive nature in the first place), there could be plenty of ads of misleading or even malicious content. For example, users observed announcements that they had won an expensive gift, such as the latest iPhone, and all they have to do is provide their personal information, including credit card details, in order to retrieve it.

In other cases, users might be told that their computers are infected with viruses and that they have to seemingly install or update a security app in order to get rid of them. Meanwhile, what people would be installing is another potentially unwanted or even malicious program.

Therefore, we strongly recommend not interacting with ads, regardless of their contents. If clicked, links could lead to malicious websites, where you might be tricked into providing your personal information, downloading malicious software, or subscribing to services that would charge you in particular timeframes automatically.

In order to get rid of these push notifications, you should follow our detailed instructions below. Likewise, since redirects to malicious websites might be a sign of adware/malware[1] infection, we suggest you check your system for infections and clean web browser caches after their removal.

Type Push notifications, scam, pop-ups, ads
Appearance Website authors use fake messages to make users press the “Allow” button within the notification prompt
Symptoms Push notifications show on the desktop at random time intervals. They show fraudulent content and links to potentially dangerous websites
Risks You might suffer from monetary losses, install malware or potentially unwanted programs, or disclose sensitive data to cybercrooks
removal Notifications can be disabled via the browser settings; in case you experience more ads and redirects to suspicious sites, you should also get rid of adware – use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner antivirus for quick elimination
Other tips Delete web browser caches and other data from your browsers to protect your privacy and prevent information leaks. You can do that quicker with FortectIntego

Phishing methods used

Social engineering is the primary groundwork of scammers and has been employed for years now in order to trick millions of users worldwide. It is frequently used to spread malware, make users provide their personal information such as account credentials, or, in the case of, subscribe to push notifications.

The push notification feature was first migrated from mobile devices to the Google Chrome desktop environment back in 2015. Since then, most modern browsers have adapted this feature, and many legitimate websites are always asking whether or not users would enable them to receive various information. Evidently, users can easily decline this offer, and, according to Mozilla's findings,[2] 99% of them do not interact with the notification prompt at all.

This is probably one of the reasons why so many people fall to push notification scams – they have little to no knowledge about the feature. Crooks, knowing all well about this, realized that the feature could serve as an excellent method to monetize by showing ads to users, and all they have to do is convince users to subscribe. is not a virus, although redirects to it or other malicious websites could indicate adware infection

That's precisely how so many scam websites (, or, for example) emerged. While Google and service providers manage to shut malicious pages down relatively quickly, new ones show up almost immediately under different names. The speed of reemergence is not surprising – these websites are mere copies of one another. For example, there are some messages, images, and phrases used to scam people into subscribing:

  • Click “Allow” if you are not a robot
  • Loading. Please tap Allow button to continue
  • If you are 18+, tap Allow
  • Click “Allow” to win a prize and get it in our shop!
  • Can't play this video! Browser may block video autoplay… Click “Allow” to play the video, etc.

These misleading messages are designed to mislead users into believing that the push notification prompt does something completely different, e.g., confirming that the user is not a robot. This is one of the most common tactics used because so many people have previously interacted with similar verification methods such as captcha or selecting correct pictures.

Thus, if you see some of these notifications on any website besides, please ignore these messages and instead get rid of them by accessing your browser settings as explained below.

Removal of ads

It goes without saying that unexpected pop-ups that show up on the desktop without warning make a lot of people concerned. It soon becomes obvious that there is something wrong, as the ads shown are commonly misleading or even insecure. It is not surprising that many people reach the conclusion that their systems have been infected with some type of malware that needs to be removed.

However, this is not the case. Push notifications are a part of a legitimate feature – API – used by all web browsers. Thus, it is not the feature that is malicious but rather the contents of these push notifications sent by a deceptive website. In order to get rid of them, you have to access browser settings and deny permission to it:

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 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 the 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 the 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 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

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 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

Additional tips

While push notifications are not a direct result of malware infection, this possibility should not be dismissed entirely. Those who are frequently redirected to suspicious websites are likely to be affected by adware, which is a type of potentially unwanted software that spreads via software bundles. Due to their deception distribution methods, many people might not be aware that they have a PUP installed on their device.

Therefore, after you get rid of the intrusive push notifications from or another similar website, you should download and install SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. By performing a full system scan with security software, you can rest assured that no malicious software is running in the background – it will all be removed automatically.

Likewise, cleaning web browsers from cookies[3] and other data is highly recommended for privacy and security reasons – check the guide below or use the FortectIntego maintenance application to do it automatically.

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Getting rid of ads. 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

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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