ads (scam) - Free Instructions ads Removal Guide

What is ads? is a malicious website that shows fake virus infection pop-ups imitates a scan by a reputable security vendor

There are plenty of websites out there that you should avoid, and one of them is This site is full of harmful content that can put your computer at risk. Most people end up on this website by accident, usually after clicking on a link from another site or being redirected by a malicious script. When they land on the page, they're often surprised to see a security scan from Norton – a reputable security vendor.

A few moments later, presents people with an alleged result, which finds that users' systems have been infected by several viruses:

Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!
Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired!
Renew now to keep your pc protected.
If your PC is unprotected, it is at risk for viruses and other malware.

This message is created to scare people, and using the name of a famous security provider gives the impression that these results are real. However, there is nothing authentic about this message – it's only meant to make users panic so that they'll buy the software license. It is also worth mentioning that users may get redirected to malicious websites where they would be tricked into downloading malware or potentially unwanted programs such as adware.

In these schemes, scammers want to profit from affiliate marketing and malicious ads. Because the illicit scheme is used for advertising products, we do not recommend subscribing or downloading software. Instead, we recommend you perform a few checks on your system for infections. Also, if you have enabled push notifications from, we will explain how to get rid of them easily in the guide below.

Type Scam, ads, redirect, fraud
Infiltration Compromised websites, pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications
Scam content The scam is based on scaring users into believing that their systems are infected and that they need to remove those infections with promoted software
Dangers Loss of finances due to fake subscriptions; redirects to other malware-laden, scam websites; installation of potentially unwanted or malicious software
Removal Make sure you scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner – especially if you downloaded and installed software from a scam site
Other tips If you do not clean your browser from cookies and other web data, you see the unwanted ads return or data continue being tracked. Stop it with FortectIntego

Similar scams

Technical support and virus infection scams are extremely prevalent and have been around for many years. Scammers often impersonate legitimate parties in order to seem more legitimate, and is not an exception here.

Norton is one of the oldest security software providers out there, hence it is not surprising that users would associate it with something legitimate. In fact, there are plenty of other websites that use the exact same tactics, including,, or, although some of them might employ McAfee's name instead.

What is important is that the mentioned security vendors have nothing to do with the fake websites that advertise their software in illegitimate ways. Because of the misleading nature of these ads, we recommend you stay away from everything shown on these websites and simply remember that detections are all fabricated. virusThe results are always the same for all users that are shown the scam message

How to deal with the scam

The first thing you should do is not interact with any buttons or links presented on it. Redirects to other malicious websites are extremely common here, so you end you may end up downloading malware or disclosing your personal info. If you have already disclosed your personal details, such as email, phone, or credit card information, be prepared for the consequences: you may be targeted by other phishing[1] attempts, so be extremely wary. Besides this, you should also perform system infection checks.

Remove adware

Users who come across redirects could have adware or other forms of malware installed on their computers. Adware is software that is frequently found bundled with freeware and downloaded unwittingly from third-party sources. After being duped by a freeware[2] bundle or a fake Flash Player update, some people may also install adware.

If you've started seeing more ads and fake content, your device will likely be infected with adware. Run a powerful anti-malware scan like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to cleanse your system and prevent future infections. These software options will also help identify any other dangerous threats that might be present on your device. If you have previously downloaded software from a scam site, it is essential to rid your system of it immediately.

After you remove all the malicious software from your system, you should also remove caches from your browser. This is vital to ensure that unknown third parties would no longer track you via cookies[3] placed on your browser. For a quick solution, use FortectIntego, or proceed with the following manual steps:

Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  • Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click Menu and pick Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security section.
  • Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click on Clear Data…
  • Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content, and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  • Select Privacy and services.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Under Time range, pick All time.
  • Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge


  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Get rid of push notifications

Users who do not have the push notification function disabled would be prompted if they want to get notifications when they first visit. While it is doubtful that many individuals will accept this, the “Allow” button might be inadvertently pushed, allowing the site to display push notifications on users' computers at any time.

If you noticed that your device is being spammed by pop-ups you can't seem to get rid of, it is likely that it's the push notifications you are dealing with. They are legitimate, but if you allow malicious sites to use them, they might send you spam and other nasty stuff. Proceed with the following instructions:

Google Chrome

  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

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 (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
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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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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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