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What is ads? shows pop-ups that contain misleading messages and malicious links is a misleading website created by scammers ads might start appearing unexpectedly whenever you browse the web, stream a video, or even play a video game. Some users have noticed that the activity does not occur all the time – this is because push notifications can only be used whenever the browser is operational.

Many people are baffled by the pop-up origins, as the activity doesn't seem to be triggered by user actions. If you have been suffering from a similar problem, it means you have allowed this website to deliver you notifications at some point before.

If you don't remember doing this, you are not alone. Push notification scams are very common, and plenty of fake messages are used to trick people into subscribing. Users are frequently misled by what initially looks like a convincing reason to click the “Allow” button within the prompt.

Even if you don't remember any of this, you shouldn't worry too much, as we will explain how to deal with the annoying push notifications. Also, we will provide instructions on how to check the system for adware, as redirects to phishing[1] websites are one of the common traits of adware.[2]

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups, scam
Distribution Intrusive pop-ups can start showing up at some point after the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms You may start seeing intrusive pop-ups on your desktop – clicking these may lead to insecure or even malicious websites
Dangers Installation of potentially malicious software, loss of money, personal information disclosure
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 It is important to clean your browsers after removing PUPs from your system – do it automatically with FortectIntego or refer to the manual guide below

Dangers of illegal websites and adware

Most users try to stay away from suspicious or malicious content online, although it does not always transpire well. For example, most people know that email attachments can be used to deliver malware, so they avoid opening them (although malspam remains one of the most common virus distribution techniques to this day).

However, people tend to forget all the security tips and measures they have heard of previously as soon as they want to acquire something illegally, for example, copyrighted movies or TV shows, as well as software that would otherwise be paid for – MS Office or various Adobe applications.

These websites can be extremely dangerous, as they create a perfect environment for cybercriminals – they can buy ad space to place malicious scripts, use fake program installers to spread malware, or employ fake “Download” buttons to redirect users to other places for advertising revenue.

Another way you might end up on is if you have adware installed on your system. Adware is a type of potentially unwanted software that spreads along with freeware or misleading ads, which often results in unintentional installation. If you have been experiencing an increased number of advertisements you encounter while you browse the web, you should make sure you check your device for infections.

One of the most convenient and easiest ways to do so is by scanning the system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes security software. If any adware or other malware was found, we also recommend using FortectIntego to fix virus damage and clean browser caches automatically.

Scam messages employed by crooks

In order to make a scam scheme work and earn revenue from illegally-inserted ads, crooks create various fake websites. Thanks to adware, malicious links, insecure advertising networks, or other means, they manage to spread those websites around the web, making users visit them.

Once there, they are shown a misleading message which, if not through, might lead to users accepting push notifications from a malicious website. These are a few examples you might expect when vising or similar sites:

  • Your file is ready to download. Press Allow to continue.
  • If you are 18+, click Allow.
  • Click Allow to confirm that you are not a robot.
  • Can't play this video! Perhaps your browser doesn't allow video playback. Click the Allow button to watch the video
  • Just one more step! “Allow” to continue, etc. virus"Confirm you are not the robot" is one of the most common messages used in push notification scam schemes

These messages are broadly used across other scam websites too, as they are merely copied from one another. You should not accept this request and better leave the page altogether (even clicking the “Block” button might forward you to another malicious website). Even if you did accept the prompt, you could always remove the push notifications easily.

How to get rid of the annoying pop-ups

Many users misleadingly believe that their systems are infected after they encounter mysterious pop-ups showing up without warning. This is usually followed by a security software scan of a machine, which does not bring any results, and the activity returns immediately.

It happens because push notifications are set to be run via the API[3] – a component of any modern web browser. The feature can be used by any website, as long as users accept the request to show notifications. Since many are tricked into doing so, they don't even know where the annoying pop-ups are coming from.

Luckily, it is really easy to remove ads by blocking the URL of the site within the web browser settings. These instructions can be used for any other website, doesn't matter if it is legitimate or not.

Google Chrome (desktop)

  1. Open the 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 (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

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.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer
  4. Locate the web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.
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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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