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If your web browsing is constantly interrupted by ads, your experience might be poor. The pop-ups can show up at any time on top of all the other apps currently running, regardless of what you are doing: watching a YouTube video or browsing your favorite social media. The contents of these push notifications are often malicious can if links are clicked, users are led to other phishing or even malware-laden websites.

The reason you are seeing pop-ups is that you have allowed it, either intentionally or not. The site uses fake messages and images to make sure that users click the “Allow” button within the notification prompt, which instantaneously grants permission to deliver information via the browser, as long as it is running or idling.

It is important to note that those who encounter scam websites and/or suffer from intrusive advertisements regularly might be infected with adware[1] – a type of potentially unwanted program commonly bundled with freeware. We will provide instructions on effectively deleting adware from the system and stopping the intrusive ads.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam
Distribution Desktop notifications start showing up at random times after clicking on the “Allow” button upon the site entry
Symptoms Redirects to suspicious websites that accommodate commercial or scam content; fake messages offer to download malicious software; ads plague every visited website; unknown extension or program installed on the system
Danger Crooks attempt to make people provide their personal information, download potentially malicious software, or make them subscribe to 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 anti-malware software to eliminate adware and malware
Other tips PUPs can leave traces within web browsers – cookies are used for tracking. You should get rid of these leftover files with FortectIntego or employ our manual guide

What are push notifications?

There are plenty of misconceptions about the push notification feature, as many people believe it is some form of advertisement. It is not true, as it is a feature that manifests via the API,[2] accessible on all modern web browsers. This is why you commonly see legitimate websites to enable notifications upon the first entry.

While push notifications and pop-up ads might seem almost identical, they have some fundamental differences. Ads are triggered by users accessing a particular website that hosts it or might be inserted by malicious software installed on the system (this is why many people believe that is a virus).

Push notifications, on the other hand, are not triggered by user actions and can engage as long as the web browser is operational, as they run on the system level. This means that shutting it down would not result in intrusive ads display, although which is hardly a solution to the annoying problem.

Scam methods explained

Depending on the browser you use, the wording of requests to enable push notifications can vary. With the help of social engineering, crooks can easily present users with fake reasons why these notifications should be enabled. Here is an example of a message you might encounter after accessing the site:

Push allow to close this window
This window may be closed by pressing the “Allow” button. If you want to continue using this site, just click on more info.

In other cases, users might be asked to confirm they are not robots or press “Allow” for video playback. In other words, crooks are trying to convince users that the function of the push notification prompt is not what it actually is. virusNotifications from malicious websites might show misleading and fake ads

How do you get to

There are two ways you could have accessed malicious websites – you are were rerouted by a malicious program installed on your system or were redirected from somewhere else. In the case of the latter, the activity is more common when visiting websites of dubious origins, for example, torrent services that allow users to download cracked versions of legitimate software they otherwise would have to pay for.

These places are extremely dangerous, and not only do they host various malicious files that could result in dangerous infections of ransomware or other malware, but they are also loaded with fake download buttons and malicious scripts. By interacting with these websites, users could reach plenty of other malicious content.

While you can avoid high-risk sites by not visiting them and employing ad-blockers to prevent malicious script execution, adware-related ads can't be shut down unless the unwanted software is removed for good. The easiest way to remove adware and malware is by using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another reputable anti-malware software. After that, we also recommend employing FortectIntego to remove virus leftovers and clean web browsers automatically.

Remove intrusive push notifications

Push notifications are not dangerous by themselves, although they can carry information that can include anything that the website authors planned for. For example, links to malicious websites or misleading messages about getting rich quickly[3] can be observed from insecure scam websites.

Therefore, it is important to get rid of them as soon as possible, and it is only possible by accessing web browser settings as follows:

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

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.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer
  4. Locate 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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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Anti-malware specialist

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