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What is ads? asks users to enable notifications so it could deliver intrusive ads uses fake messages and images to make users subscribe to notifications

It does not matter whether you use Google Chrome, MS Edge, or Mozilla Firefox, ads may start showing up directly on your screen without warning. These suspicious notifications often include various misleading information about users' computer health (“Your PC is infected!”) or try to lure people into registering for an alleged money-making service that requires a small investment, which later turns out to be a scam. Likewise, regular advertisements might also be seen from time to time.

So, what is, and why is it showing these malicious ads? The truth is that you have enabled notifications from the website to be shown, whether by accident or after being tricked by a misleading message. There are many victims of push notification scams, and they are constantly looking for ways to terminate the pop-ups once and for all. If you are one of them, you came to the right place, and we'll explain how to deal with this situation accordingly.

Keep in mind that, while is not caused by adware, it could be highly related to it, especially if you experience additional infection symptoms, such as pop-ups, banners, in-text links, redirects, and other intrusive activity on your browser or outside of it. We'll explain how to deal with this unwanted software and avoid it in the future.

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups
Distribution The unwanted activity starts as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed via the notification prompt
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up at any time at the bottom right or top right corner of the screen
Associated risks Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous: you might suffer from monetary losses, disclosure of sensitive information to unknown parties, or install malware/PUPs on the system
Elimination To get rid of notifications, you should access your web browser settings – check the below paragraphs for more information. You should also scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner to check for adware
Additional steps Make sure you clean your browsers after you delete PUPs from the system. To do that automatically, you can use FortectIntego a website with no content

The push notification feature was introduced to web browsers for desktops in 2015, and many people are still not accustomed to it that well. That being said, the prompts to enable notifications can be encountered on almost every popular website – so what is the deal here?

Let's start with the fact that most people dislike push notifications. According to Mozilla's findings, almost 50% of people actively decline the request within the prompt, while others simply close the prompt or don't interact with it at all. Only one percent of participants of the experiments actually accepted notifications upon entering a website.[1]

Because of this, not many people have a lot of experience with push notifications. Cybercrooks are well aware of this fact, hence they use some tricks in order to make people press the “Allow” button without thinking much – they simply present it as something else. In other words, they try to create an illusion that the button within the prompt is designed for something entirely different. Here are a few examples of messages you might encounter on

  • Click Allow if you are not a robot
  • Prepare to download! You need to enable notifications to start downloading
  • Click Allow to continue watching
  • Can't play this video! Browser may block video autoplay.. Click “Allow” to play the video, etc. ads can show links to malicious websites

Along with these messages, users might see an appropriate image or a video which would allegedly back up the claims of the whole scheme. For example, there might be a fake YouTube video image in the background or a picture of a uTorrent file, seemingly there to be downloaded.

These tricks are not new and have been used by many other websites of a similar origin, including,,, and many others. Thus, if you are asked to enable notifications for some type of content, keep in mind that it is all a scam, and you might end up receiving intrusive ads as a result. Luckily, it is not that difficult to ever this decision – we show how below.

Remove the annoying pop-ups

The main reason why users are confused about seeing pop-ups is that they are usually tricked into subscribing in the first place. Initially, many people believed that these pop-ups were the same as ads that can be encountered on various websites, judging by the contents alone.

However, there is a fundamental difference between the two. Pop-up ads are either triggered by a website entry or installed software running in the background, while the push notification feature is an API, which is a part of the browser. Upon creating a new website, developers can include the feature so that visitors would be able to accept or decline the request. However, since scam websites trick people into believing that the “Allow” button does something else, they can't connect the dots and struggle with the removal process.

Antivirus software can't detect and remove the source of push notifications because the feature is legitimate – it is the contents that are not. To terminate the activity, you need to access the browser settings and deny permission for the website to show notifications to you – follow the steps below.

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.
  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):

  • Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  • Select Notifications.
  • Scroll down to the Sites section.
  • 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 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

How to effectively remove adware from the system

As we already mentioned, adware might well be the reason why you ended up on the site in the first place. It is not an unusual phenomenon, as adware, deceptive advertisers, and scam authors are commonly connected to one another. Unfortunately, that leads to users being even more susceptible to all types of online nasties, increasing the chances of them being scammed or malware installed.

You might not even know that adware is present in your system due to its deceptive distribution methods. Potentially unwanted program distributors often disguise optional components behind pre-ticked boxes, fine print text, Advanced mode, and other elements to make people install something that they never asked for in the first place.

Therefore, it is important to stay vigilant when installing new software, especially if it comes from less trustworthy sources (you should stay away from pirated programs – they might result in infection of ransomware[2] or another devastating virus). Always pick the Advanced settings when prompted, read the instructions carefully and never rush.

In most cases, getting rid of adware is easy – you just need to get rid of the program or browser extension that is causing the unwanted pop-ups, redirects, and other intrusive activity. If you are unsure which app might be the culprit, you could instead rely on SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another reputable anti-malware.

After you get rid of adware, you should take your time cleaning web browsers. Cookies[3] and other remnants within web browser caches could continue to show you ads, as well as track every step you make. If you want to speed up this process, you can rely on FortectIntego maintenance and repair utility, which could also help you fix virus damage if such was present on your system, consequently getting rid of crashes, errors, and other issues. If you rather do this yourself, proceed with the instructions we provide below.

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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

How to prevent from getting adware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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