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What is ads? ads might show you links to websites of dubious origin uses various fake messages to convince users to click the "Allow" button within the notification prompt

The web is full of websites that promote a variety of different scams., for instance, utilizes Google Chrome's (or any other browser's) legitimate pop-up notifications feature to show them ads of dubious content, as well as promote links to dubious places on the internet. In fact, there are thousands of similar websites that use exact same schemes – the most recent ones we described were,, and

Users likely access without their own volition and are instead redirected from another place on the internet (most commonly, torrents, cracks, gambling, and similar insecure sites). Upon the website entry, they are introduced to a push notification prompt asking whether notifications are allowed and a background message that seeks to trick users into allowing them.

Unfortunately, many people don't realize that by pressing the “Allow” button, they permit the site to send them information at random times. Usually, crooks exploit this permission in order to deliver various links directly to users' screens, which can be particularly intrusive; it can interrupt one's work or entertainment time.

Clicking on these links might put you in danger, so you should stay away from them. For example, you might be tricked into providing your personal details (such as credit cards) or download potentially unwanted or malicious software. Stay away from these pop-ups and remove them as quickly as possible instead.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam
Distribution Pop-ups start showing up as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Intrusive pop-ups from the site will be shown directly on users' desktops
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, suffer from financial losses or privacy issues
Deletion In order to stop the unwanted ads from being shown, you need to access the settings of your browser – you can find more details below
Further steps Cleaning web browsers is just as important when dealing with potentially unwanted programs, so do so by following the instructions below or use FortectIntego as a quick fix

Ads and push notifications explained

Advertisements are extremely prevalent everywhere: on TV, roads, merchandise, and, of course, on the internet. They are used to promote items, products, services, and much more. Many websites utilize ads in order to keep the service free and perhaps make it the main source of income to creators. For example, YouTube creators greatly rely on ads in order to live off of whatever they are making the videos about, and whatever they are passionate about, which is a good thing.

However, there is a much darker side to ads, as some parties tend to exploit them at the cost of users' inconvenience or even endangerment. For example, some sites use insecure advertising networks, which can put people in danger.

Cybercriminals can buy out the ad space and insert JavaScript ads that exploit software vulnerabilities[1] if such a present on visitors' devices to install malware automatically. Additionally, even the most popular websites cover their content with ads, making it very awkward and annoying to view, all in order to monetize as much as possible.

Such ads can be easily avoided – one can stop visiting sites that are filled with ads or employ an ad-blocker. These methods simply do not work for notifications, however, and it is easy to explain why.

Push notifications are quite a bit different than pop-up ads, even though they look almost identical. In order for them to work, they need to be triggered by a website entry. Alternatively, some malicious programs, such as adware,[2] could show pop-ups and ads that do not belong to websites themselves. virusRandom redirects to deceptive websites can indicate adware infection

However, the push notification feature is different. As soon as you enter a website that uses this API, it would show a prompt for users that they can block or allow. If they allow it, they grant permission to the site deliver push notifications without restrictions, even if a different website is being viewed at the time or the browser is running in the background. Also, these pop-ups would be shown on top of all other ads, making the activity very intrusive.

Most websites would not give you a headache by constantly sending you notifications, but the story is quite a bit different for You might receive pop-ups regularly – not only are they intrusive, but they also promote scams (get rich quick, tech support scams, etc.) and show links to dangerous websites.

Remove intrusive pop-ups

In order to trick users into subscribing to notifications, crooks use various social engineering techniques. They use elements that users might be familiar with and present them as something different. In this case, push notifications are presented as a trigger to confirm the action, download a file, or watch a video. Here is one of the most common examples you might come across when visiting or another similar site:

Click “Allow to verify, that you are not a robot

Website authors presented push notification prompt as a verification feature that is commonly employed by websites to protect themselves from DDoS[3] attacks. In reality, it is all a scam, and all users do by pressing the “Allow” button is allowing it to send notifications at any time, regardless of which website is being visited at the time.

If you were tricked in a similar way, you shouldn't worry, as this change is easily reversible. Keep in mind that you can deny or allow notifications from any other website in the same way we explained below.

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.
  4. Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
  5. Click the three vertical dots next to it and choose 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.
  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

Ensure there's no malware and adware installed on your device

As we already noted, you have likely not entered a scam website yourself. So why is it so that your browser is taking to places you would otherwise never visit? As we previously explained, various intrusive ads and random browser redirects could be a clear indication of adware infection.

Adware is commonly spread within software bundles, or via deceptive ads/fake updates, hence some might not be aware that it is running in the background in the first place. Likewise, malware could also behave in exact same way. Therefore, if you have followed the steps above in order to remove notifications but you still notice strange computer or browser behavior, you should immediately scan it with the powerful SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner anti-malware software.

If you want, you can also try looking for PUPs yourself, although this might be quite tricky, especially if you were not aware of some apps being installed on your machine without permission. After you are done, you should take your time to clean your web browsers, and you can do that easier with FortectIntego. If you choose so, you can instead follow the instructions below. If you leave a browser the way it is without clearing browser caches, the tracking activities might continue. Additionally, ads and redirects might also not stop. So keep in mind that this step is detrimental to your security and privacy.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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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

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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