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What is ads? spams users with intrusive pop-up ads periodically push notifications can carry all sorts of information, including malicious links

The internet is full of websites that show visitors all sorts of misleading messages and other content in order to make people do something that they otherwise wouldn't., for example, uses a legitimate feature within Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or another web browser, in order to show ads to users that often can be not only misleading but also insecure to click on.

The symptoms of push notifications showing up on users' desktops have sparked a lot of questions among those affected, as they can show up completely randomly, without users performing any significant actions such as clicking links or accessing particular websites. In fact, ads might show up regardless of what people are doing, as long as the browser is active or is idling in the background.

The truth is that users themselves allow these push notifications without even realizing it. Social engineering tricks are commonly used by scammers to convince them to do so, and they are successful in some cases. Upon entering the site, they are quickly shown a brief message and an image that is supposed to convince people to press the “Allow” button within the notification prompt.

For example, users might be told that they need to confirm that they aren't robots or that a browser is blocking video playback and they need to resolve this issue by pressing the “Allow” button. Of course, all these claims are fake and were only invented in order to fool people to subscribe. Crooks can later profit from ad revenue this way.

As evident, people usually don't enter websites that could harm them on purpose (although they do tend to diminish the possibility of getting infected when they do). Thus, in most cases, they end up on after clicking a malicious link or after being redirected by adware. Both possibilities are just as likely, thus the infection case should always be investigated.

The main danger of this activity is the contents of ads that the website keeps pushing constantly. Since the authors of the scam are not particularly concerned about users' safety or positive experience, they rely on unsafe advertising networks to deliver the ads through, hence those affected can see various phishing[1] messages.

As a result, people might be tricked into wasting their money on useless services or even installing malware on their devices. Thus, we strongly recommend avoiding clicking and interacting with these promotions at all costs and instead eliminate the intrusive pop-ups, as we explain below.

Type Push notifications, scam, pop-ups, ads
Distribution The intrusive push notifications show up as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed
Symptoms You may start seeing intrusive pop-ups on your desktop – clicking these may lead to insecure or even malicious websites
Risks 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
Elimination 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 You should delete web browser caches and other data from your browsers to protect your privacy and prevent information leaks. You can do that quicker with FortectIntego

What are push notifications?

Many people who do have the ad problem don't know much about the source of them. First of all, it is important to note that they are not the same as pop-up ads that one sees on a website that has them embedded. Push notifications themselves are not malicious in any way, as they are a legitimate feature used by most modern browsers – it was first adapted in 2015 by Google Chrome for desktop computers.

Many websites choose to employ this feature, and people can either accept or decline this proposal. Without a doubt, such functionality can be particularly useful to those who want to receive new information from websites they like. The downside of this is that push notifications can show up on the screen at times when they expect them the least, which can ruin the experience. Thus, many people choose not to enable them. Hence they have little practice with the feature in the first place.

This is exactly why crooks decided to use it for their own purposes and began creating fake websites such as,,,, and many others. None of these scam sites have any content in them apart from the fake message and a picture that is meant to confuse visitors.

Here is one of the examples that you might see after entering a push notification scam site:

Click Allow if you are not a robot

This is a typical phrase used by fake websites in order to make people confused about what they are asked to do. Since many websites employ the protection feature that would prevent bots from entering it (captcha is a good example of such protection measures), users might get totally confused and believe it is one of those instances, clicking the “Allow” button in the process. virusWhile push notifications are not directly related to a virus, adware could be a reason why you ended up on site in the first place

In order to avoid being scammed in the future, you should always remember that the push notification prompt only has one function – to allow that particular website to send you information at any time. Besides, no reputable website would ask you to do so in order to let you view its contents.

Removal steps explained

Many users believe that ads are related to some sort of virus infection. While this can be true in some sense, malware infection is not the direct cause of this activity. Therefore, in order to stop these pop-ups, you need to access your browser settings and make adjustments there.

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

Adware checks to be made

Unfortunately, adware is a very common reason why people end up on malicious websites. The advertisements and scammers tend to go hand-in-hand, so it's not surprising that users are more susceptible than ever before – increasing their chances of being scams or malware infections.

You might not even be aware that adware is present on your system in the first place, thanks to its deceptive delivery techniques. PUP distributors and developers often employ software bundling, fake updates, misleading messages, and similar techniques to ensure that adware is spread to as many computers as possible. This increases the advertising profits for both parties. In the meantime, users have to deal with unwanted ads and data tracking activities.

First and foremost, you should always stay away from pirated program distribution sites, as these commonly not only bundle potentially unwanted applications but also malware such as ransomware.[2] Also, when installing shareware or freeware[3] from third-party sources, always read the instructions carefully and pick the Advanced method instead of Recommended one if such is available.

All that being said, you should download and install SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes and perform a full system scan in order to check your system for infections, ensuring that no malicious processes are running in the background. Likewise, anti-malware is one of your first lines of defense against cyberattacks, so never dismiss its detection warnings.

You should also take your time to remove your browser's cookies, caches, and other web data. Many tracking mechanisms can be used for data gathering purposes; hence it is recommended to clean browsers after adware removal. You can either refer to the instructions below or employ an automatic maintenance tool FortectIntego instead.

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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

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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