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What is ads? pop-ups won't leave you alone is a malicious website that shows false notification prompts

If ads are showing on your screen constantly, you are not alone. The website was developed by unfair individuals who use social engineering tricks to trick users into subscribing to push notifications without them understanding what they have done. As a result, they start seeing pop-ups at the bottom-right corner on their screen on a regular basis – an activity that can be not only disruptive but also pose a danger to one's online security. belongs to a group of websites that are very prominent when it comes to fraudulent content online, along with Flash Player update prompts[1] or technical support scams. The scheme allows crooks to trick people and later expose them to commercial content that brings them revenue, all while compromising victims' browsing experience.

In this article, we will discuss methods of how the scam functions and how to avoid similar tricks in the future. Most importantly, we will explain how to stop the annoying notifications for good and ensure that no malicious software is installed on your device.

Type Push notifications, scam, ads
IP address
Distribution The unwanted activity (popups coming directly to the desktop) starts as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed via the notification prompt
Symptoms Popup notifications show on the desktop in particular time intervals. These popups show fake notices and propagate scams. Links can also lead to malware-laden sites
Dangers Clicking on links that are embedded within the notification prompt, exploring the sites these links bring to, or downloading files can be particularly dangerous – users can get infected with malware or suffer from financial losses
REmoval To prevent the site from displaying notifications to you, access the site permission section via your web browser settings – you can find more details below
Further steps Make sure you clean your browsers after you delete PUPs from the system. To do that automatically, you can use FortectIntego

Online fraud is nothing new, and it has been around for decades by now. While the early days of the internet allowed malicious actors to infect users with malware relatively easily due to a lack of security measures, the situation drastically improved over the years thanks to regulations.

However, there are plenty of insecure places on the internet, and even more, attentive users can become victims of a cyberattack. Phishing is one of the most commonly used techniques to promote malware downloads or disclosure of sensitive user data (for example, credit card details or account login information).

Push notification scams are usually less malicious than the above examples, but they can create a lot of frustration in people, mainly because of their disruptive nature. Besides, since many users are tricked into subscribing, they are not even sure where these ads are coming from or how to remove them.

Push notification scam explained is just of thousands of websites that use push notification scam scheme. There are plenty of other similar sites (which are essentially a copy of one another) we already wrote about –,, and are good examples.

They cost very little to make, and the profits received from ads justify the need for crooks to continue creating new ones. While content moderating authorities and tech giants shut down many of such pages, it often takes a while – at least not before at least several users get scammed.

There are several different templates that are used by, as well as many other similar sites. One of the most commonly encountered messages would be the following:

Press “Allow” to watch the video

In the background, site authors show an alleged video that is about to be played, although it is nothing but a picture. In other cases, you could encounter a message “Click allow to confirm that you are not a robot” – another popular notification that makes users oblige to the request to allow ads into their systems. virusAn example of scam page

In order to avoid being tricked by this in the future, you should always remember that the notification prompt functionality does not change based on what is shown in the background of the page. Every time you click the “Allow” button, you give the website permission to send you information.

However, since many people are tricked into subscribing, they don't realize that they themselves allowed the ads to be shown on their desktops. Luckily, there are easy steps you could take to deny this permission – check the instructions below.

Instructions: remove ads from your desktop

Web browser push notifications are harmless, as it is simply meant for websites to deliver information to users directly. First introduced over a decade ago by Apple, this feature became one of the most prevalent ways to deliver users relative information. Except that it is not always relative, as it depends on the website that is sending it.

If you agree for the notifications to be shown from trusted sources such as YouTube, you are guaranteed that you will not receive pop-ups more often than necessary, and the information provided won't be malicious. However, it is not the case for ads, as these commonly include scam statements or prompts to download useless or even dangerous software.

In order to get rid of these pop-ups, you have to access the settings section of your browser. Below you will find the instructions for the most popular browsers.

Google Chrome (desktop):

  1. Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate 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

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


  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

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right on the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to Privacy tab.
  3. In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
  4. Locate web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer

Check you system for malicious software

Due to the intrusive nature of pop-ups, users might think that it is some type of virus that is causing them. However, it is not the case, as it is the permission that allowed the site to send them to you. Nonetheless, there is something that should make you concerned.

There are two ways you might end up on scam websites:

  • You were redirected after clicking on a link on another website;
  • Adware is rerouting you.

Persistent redirects and ads may be a sign of adware infection. In order to remove adware and malware in the most efficient way, employ SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner anti-malware software. This is the easiest way to check whether some malicious files or processes are running in the background.

If your system turns out to be infected, use security software to eliminate everything found. However, adware was involved, you should also take your time and clear your web browsers properly for the best results. If a more malicious program, such as a Trojan,[2] was found, you should also check the system for virus damage.

You can do both of these tasks quickly thanks to FortectIntego maintenance and repair tool. It can clean your web browsers from cookies[3] and web data, as well as repair any damaged system components. Alternatively, you can also try doing it yourself if you like – we leave the instructions for that below.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

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

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

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

How to prevent from getting adware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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