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If you have noticed suspicious pop-ups on your screen while streaming a movie or browsing the web, you are not alone. Usually, people don't expect it because they don't seem to be doing anything to trigger the intrusive activity. This is because the ads are coming through the push notification feature – a legitimate API[1] that was initially created for beneficial uses.

It all starts with users being redirected to the website. It either happens after clicking a link on insecure websites, although automatic redirects can occur as well. Likewise, it is not uncommon for users to experience browser redirects due to adware infection, so this aspect should be investigated as well.

Upon entering the website, users are usually taken by surprise, as the presented information is rather unusual. They are shown two elements – a notification prompt that asks whether notifications should be enabled and a message that greatly encourages users to do so. The trick is that this message always uses some type of deception, and its only goal is to make visitors click that “Allow” button.

At this point, if users do what is asked of them, they would soon notice that push notifications from the site start showing up randomly. These pop-ups commonly include misleading information about computer health or promise free expensive items such as iPhone or PlayStation.

The most susceptible people to the scam are those who don't know much about how push notifications work, and often believe that it's the same as pop-up ads. While it might look similar, it's not exactly the case, and we'll explain why below. We'll also show how to remove the notifications once and for all, as well as check the system for infections.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam
Distribution The unwanted activity starts at some point after the “Allow” button is pressed via the notification prompt
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up on the desktop at random times – the ads often include inappropriate, scam, phishing, or other similar content
Dangers If you click on links provided by the website, you might end up infecting your system with malware/PUPs, disclosing your personal information to cybercriminals, or losing money for 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 antimalware software to eliminate adware and malware
Additional checks Cleaning web browsers is just as important when dealing with potentially unwanted programs, so do so by following the instructions below or using FortectIntego as an automatic fix

Redirects and adware: main reasons people end up on scam websites

When you click on a link, you expect to end up on a page that makes sense, for example, if you click on “Download,” you expect the download of a file to begin. Unfortunately, plenty of deceptive links do not follow this pattern and are commonly used for malicious purposes.

The biggest offenders in this regard are websites that distribute pirated software and video streaming sites that offer otherwise paid content to view for free. Not only can users be tricked into providing their sensitive data, such as credit card details, but they can also be redirected to insecure websites such as

This is why it is important to be wary of links on high-risk websites – it is best to avoid such places altogether. In some cases, you might not even be aware that you are accessing a website of dubious content. To help you with that, we strongly recommend using ad-blockers and web-protection software that would warn you about dangerous websites.

Likewise, unexpected browser redirects might also be a sign of adware or even malware infection. In most cases, users are not even aware that they have a potentially unwanted program running in the background due to its deceptive distribution techniques, which include:

  • Software bundle packages downloaded from third-party websites;
  • Deceptive advertisements that portray dangerous apps as useful ones;
  • Fake updates, especially for plugins like Flash Player[2] or Java.

Users might also install adware or malware intentionally without knowing its full scope of capabilities that can endanger their online security and computer safety. Therefore, it is important to check your device thoroughly, and the best way to do it is by employing SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another reputable anti-antimalware. scamUsers are commonly asked to allegedly confirm that they are not robots

If any malicious or unwanted software is indeed found, make sure it is deleted at once. We also recommended cleaning your web browsers for best results, as the implemented cookies might result in prolonged data tracking, even after PUP removal. Also, malicious actors might hijack cookies sessions under certain circumstances, so security experts recommend cleaning browsers regularly.

For that, you can either follow the manual guide we provide below or by employing an automatic tool FortectIntego. As a complementary PC maintenance and repair solution, it can also be used to clean other junk from the device, remove corrupt registries and fix errors, BSODs,[3] and other computer issues within just a few minutes.

How to remove ads

As soon as users notice suspicious pop-ups showing up on their desktops, covering everything running at the time, they immediately believe that they have been infected by some type of virus. While the checks for malware and adware should be performed due to the aforementioned reasons, the ads are not directly related to any type of infection.

Instead, if you want to remove the notifications you enabled accidentally, you need to access the settings section of your browser. We provide the instructions for all modern browsers as follows:

Google Chrome

  • Select Menu > Settings > Advanced.
  • Click on Site Settings > Notifications.
  • Check the Allow section and find the address of the site.
  • Select More Actions and pick Block.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Go to Menu and then select Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security > Notifications > Settings.
  • Choose Block after picking this option from the drop-down menu.
  • Confirm with Save Changes.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Go to Menu and pick Settings.
  • Select Site permissions.
  • Click on Notifications.
  • Find the site URL, and click More actions.
  • Pick 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


  • Click on Safari > Preferences…
  • Go to the Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
  • Select the web address in question, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.Stop notifications on Safari

Keep in mind that you can use these instructions if you want to block notifications from any other website.

Avoid being a victim of a scam

A push notification feature is a legitimate tool that is used by many websites. It allows the creators to ask whether visitors want to receive information directly o their screens, and they can either block it or allow it. If this suggestion is provided clearly – none of the visitors get confused. According to some research, half of the users tend to decline those offers in the first place, while the prompt usually remains unaccepted in 99% of the cases.

Regardless if it is a generally liked feature or not, it is by itself is not malicious. Unfortunately, crooks realized that they could use it to carry out their malicious deeds as well, and all they had to do is convince people to subscribe to notifications. Naturally, nobody would allow a random website to show notifications, hence they came up with a quick solution instead.

They started creating websites that had no content in them whatsoever, and their main purpose was to trick people into allowing notifications. For that to be successful, they attempt to make visitors believe that the purpose of the “Allow” button within the prompt does something completely different. Here's a message example you might encounter on,,, or a similar website:

Click Allow to confirm you're not a robot

In this case, crooks are trying to make people confuse the permission to show notifications with a legitimate verification feature used by many websites, similar to captcha. However, you should always remember that there is no other function for this button – if you click it, you would always allow that particular site to show notifications.

Likewise, you should also not block, as you are likely to be redirected to other malicious websites. Simply ignore all the messages and close down the browser tab.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 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

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 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

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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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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