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What is ads? ads might reroute you to malicious websites is a fake website created by unfair individuals is a malicious website that was designed by crooks to trick users into subscribing to push notifications. Misleading messages along with correlating pictures are used to make users accept the notifications offer, so many people get quite surprised after they see that intrusive pop-ups are showing on their desktops at random times, regardless of whether they use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge or Safari – all browsers can be affected.

This happens because any modern web browser has the built-in push notification feature that is implemented as an API – Application Programming Interface.[1] This feature is commonly used by push notification scam websites like to promote various insecure and malicious material.

While some push notifications from the site might be your regular advertisements that promote legitimate apps or products, malicious ads that include phishing and other scam content. This way, if the ads are clicked, people might be rerouted to other malicious pages and end up tricked into downloading malicious software or disclosing their personal details.

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups, scam
Distribution The unwanted activity starts as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed via the notification prompt
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up at any time at the bottom right or top right corner of the screen
Related risks Installation of PUPs/malware, financial losses, data disclosure to malicious parties
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 removal
Tips Delete browser caches, clean the device from junk, and repair virus damage quickly and efficiently with FortectIntego

Is a virus?

If you have encountered a scam website, it does not automatically mean that it is a virus of some sort. In fact, the most likely scenario is that you clicked on a booby-trapped link somewhere else. It is important to note that this occurrence is more likely during visits to high-risk websites such as pirated software distribution ones.

Push notifications themselves are not malicious, as they are an integrated part of any web browser. You have probably seen many legitimate websites asking for the exact same permission (although most people automatically decline and others simply block notifications to not be bothered by these requests in the future).

That being said, if you are frequently seeing suspicious ads and are suffering from redirects to potentially dangerous websites, there is a high chance that your system is infected with a potentially unwanted or malicious program. In most cases, such behavior is typical of adware,[2] although all sorts of malware might tamper with user browsers. shows misleading messages to convince people press the "Allow" button

To ensure that no such malware or adware is present on the device, you should perform a full system scan with powerful anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. This way, you can be sure that no malicious processes or files are present on your system. After the unwanted and malicious programs are eliminated, you should also clean your browser caches to avoid unwanted data tracking by third parties. We recommend employing FortectIntego maintenance system tool for this job.

How people get tricked

Push notification scams are among the most common forms of online fraud out there and, while they are not the most dangerous ones, the endless loop of malicious links that are incorporated in the scheme might result in various damaging consequences to the affected victims – financial losses and data disclosure to unsafe parties to name the few.

Once the fake website is accessed, users are suddenly asked to confirm that they are not robots, or that there's a video about to be played. Sometimes, these scam authors go one step further and fake the video playback of a well-known Hollywood movie or employ other convincing methods. They might also be told that the page can not be closed unless the “Allow” button within the prompt is clicked. These methods are not unique and have been used for years by now.

Removal of pop-ups

It is not that difficult to stop the intrusive ads from being shown. Without a doubt, this should be done in order to increase the security of the device and reduce the risk of accidental ad clicks. Also, it would get rid of the annoyance that people feel when they have to deal with continuous pop-ups spamming them during their online time. Please follow these steps:

Google Chrome

  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)

  • Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  • Select Notifications.
  • Scroll down to the Sites section.
  • 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

MS Edge

  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

MS Edge (legacy)

  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


  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

Don't accept push notifications from malicious websites

As we already mentioned, the push notification feature in itself is not malicious and can be used by many legitimate websites to offer users to receive information at certain times. Indeed, some users might find it useful, although, in practice, it seems like most simply find it useless and annoying.

According to research done by Mozilla a few years ago,[3] as many as 99% of users did not accept push notifications when the prompt was present to them on various websites. This is probably where that unfamiliarity of the feature is coming from, and since people get deceived to enable notifications on,,, or similar sites, they commonly don't even know where the suspicious activity is coming from.

Keep in mind that these fake push notification websites are very common, and they all use similar or even identical images and phrases that are meant to convince users to press the “Allow” button within the prompt upon site entry. No reputable website would hold its content away behind requests to enable notifications and this prompt has simply no other function than allow that particular website to send information via the API without restrictions.

If you get tricked in the future for you click the button by accident, remember that you can easily prevent any website from continuing to send you intrusive or malicious notifications by following the guide provided in the previous section.

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How to prevent from getting adware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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