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Greentopper.online ads Removal Guide

What is Greentopper.online ads?

Greentopper.online tries to convince users that the browser is blocking access

Greentopper.onlineGreentopper.online was created by crooks to monetize user activity

Greentopper.online is a deceptive website that tries to trick people into thinking that their browser is blocking the access. The page tries to get users to click the “Allow” button to supposedly gain access to the website. In reality, there is no other content to explore on this page besides the fake message.

When users click “Allow” they start getting spammed with annoying pop-up ads that can appear even when the browser is closed. The creators of the page can generate revenue from pay-per-click advertising. Unfortunately, the links embedded in the pop-ups can lead to dangerous pages.

The scam pages can fool people into providing personal information, downloading PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), and even malware.[1] This can result in monetary losses, identity theft, and operating system damage. In this guide, you will find all the steps on how to deal with the threat.

NAME Greentopper.online
TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS Pop-up ads start appearing in the corner of the screen
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, sneaky redirects, freeware installations
DANGERS Ads shown by the website can lead to dangerous websites where they can give away their personal information or download potentially unwanted programs and malware
ELIMINATION Remove notification permissions manually by going to your browser settings
FURTHER STEPS ReimageIntego is a maintenance tool that should be used after the removal is complete to get rid of any remaining damage and optimize the system

Techniques used by scam websites

Social engineering is used to manipulate people by praying on human vulnerabilities. Greentopper.online and similar websites, like Freeadvhub.com, and Speedcaptcha-here.top use fake CAPTCHA verifications, images of loading screens, and files waiting for download to trick them into clicking the “Allow” button. A great example of how smoothly this operation can work are illegal streaming sites.

They are filled with redirects and deceptive ads. Very often, when people want to watch a movie or TV show for free, they end up on sites like 123movies.co and Movie4k.to. Next to the video screen, fake buttons usually appear saying “Download now.” These are ads that redirect users to other pages. “Your download is ready, click “Allow” to download your file” is also a commonly used phrase to infect people with push notification spam.

Greentopper.online adsGreentopper.online uses social engineering to get users to click "Allow"

Browser cookies can be used to make a profit

With the help of cookies,[2] shady websites you visit can collect data about your browsing behavior, hobbies, and so on. The small text files can store information like your IP address, geolocation, links you click on, and things you purchase. It can later be sold to advertising networks or other third parties.

To delete that information, use ReimageIntego maintenance tool. It can get rid of cookies and cache automatically. This powerful software can also fix various system errors, corrupted files, and registry issues.

The removal process

Push notifications are subscription-based so users can only disable them manually in the browser settings. You can use our step-by-step guide for detailed instructions:

Google Chrome (desktop):

  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.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  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):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to Sites section.
  4. 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 Settings button next to it.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  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

Safari:

  1. Click on Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to 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.Stop notifications on Edge 1
  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

The possibility of adware

Even after you have disabled the website's permissions you may still experience some symptoms like an increased amount of commercial content, pop-ups, banners, and ads injected into the search results. This can be caused by an adware infection. This kind of advertising-supported software operates in the background of your machine without your knowledge.

The reason why most people do not know about PUAs in their systems is that they usually infiltrate without anyone noticing. Most of the time, adware gets installed from freeware[3] distribution sites. Because they do not earn any money from giving away software for free, they include additional programs in the installers that monetize user activity.

If you want to avoid this in the future, we highly recommend using official web stores for getting your applications. They are much safer, and you will not have to worry about intruders sneaking into your system. We also suggest always choosing the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation method and unticking the boxes next to any files that seem unrelated.

We recommend using professional security software like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes to scan your system. It will identify a suspicious program and will delete all of its files. It will also help in preventing adware infections in the future by giving you a warning that a program you want to install seems unsafe. If you want to remove a PUA manually, here are the instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.

macOS:

  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
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