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What is ads? is a fake website created to trick users into subscribing to notifications pop-ups show up because users click the "Allow" button within the notification prompt

Internet is very vast. It is estimated that more than half a million websites are created every day,[1] with more than 4.5 billion users browsing them on a regular basis. When looking at numbers, it becomes clear that moderating every single website (especially considering how easy it is to create and launch one nowadays) is almost impossible. This is why scam sites, such as, show up on a regular basis. The main goal is to make visitors subscribe to the notifications – there is no other purpose than that.

Crooks commonly produce these types of websites in large quantities – we have previously described,, or, all of which have been bugging users with intrusive pop-ups.

In most cases, users are redirected to after clicking on a suspicious link somewhere else or after being rerouted by URL redirection. Alternatively, redirects on Google Chrome or another browser might be a sign of adware infection, so this possibility should not be excluded immediately.

Upon entering the site, visitors are presented with a notification prompt with two options: allow or block. If the former is selected, users would later be spammed with persistent pop-ups that show up directly on users' screens, no matter which website is being accessed via the browser at the time.

While this activity can be particularly intrusive and annoying, it is important to note that it can also be dangerous. Even accidental link clicks might lead to dangerous websites where, under particular circumstances, malware could be downloaded and installed on the system automatically.

If you were a victim of the scam, you should never click on provided links and stop the unwanted notifications straight away. For that, you need to access the settings of your web browser – we explain how below.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam
Distribution The intrusive push notifications show up as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms You may start seeing intrusive pop-ups on your desktop – clicking these may lead to insecure or even malicious websites
Risks Installation of potentially unwanted programs or malware, data loss, information leak, financial losses due to encountered scams
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 Cleaning web browsers is just as important when dealing with potentially unwanted applications. You can do that by following the instructions below or by employing FortectIntego for an automatic fix

How the scam works

It is evident that nobody would like to be pestered by some intrusive pop-ups that show up at random times and interrupt whatever one is doing on the PC, and scam engineers are well aware of that. Therefore, they come up with various tricks that are meant to convince users that subscribing to get the notifications from is something beneficial or even mandatory.

For that, website authors employ various fake messages. Some of them are designed to appeal to users who are keen on exploring certain content – such as videos or X-rated material. Here are a few examples of such messages:

  • If you are 18+, tap allow
  • Just one more step! “Allow” to continue
  • Press Allow to watch the video
  • Click “Allow” to continue streaming

Additionally, one of the most popular techniques used to trick people is by asking them to press the Allow button in order to verify that they are not robots. This is a well-known verification technique similar to captcha codes, used by most websites to prevent DDoS[2] attacks. In this case, however, it is entirely fake, and you should not oblige to this request. All in all, keep in mind that you do not need to enable notifications, provide your personal information or do similar things to access content on a legitimate website. virusYou might encounter after being redirected from somewhere else

However, there is no content to explore, regardless if the Block or Allow button is pressed. In fact, most users are then redirected to a similar or even worse website when gullible people might lose money to other scams or infect their systems with malware. Thus, the best thing to do is to close down the browser tab immediately.

What are push notifications and how to remove them

In essence, when random pop-ups start showing up on your screen, you might think that your system is infected with a virus. It is not surprising, as many people through the exact same thing. While pop-up ads and push notifications might look very similar (even identical), they are not the same thing at all when it comes to their operation.

The push notification feature is a built-in API that can be used by website developers during the creation process. If selected, it will prompt a pop-up to appear as soon as a visitor enters. Nowadays, most websites employ this feature – it can no doubt be useful for both parties involved. Users might subscribe to receive the relevant information directly on their screens, which makes it much more noticeable.

Despite this, this feature was asked to be abused from the very start. Crooks realized that any type of information can be delivered through it, including links. It is not a secret that ad revenue is an easy and quick method to monetize users' clicks; while practiced widely, it becomes a malicious practice as soon as it is done without the user's consent. In this case, the consent indeed provided, although people are tricked into doing so.

In any case, if you have subscribed to notifications from a website you don't want to receive notifications from, you can easily undo this action via the website settings section. Check the information below on how to do that on every major web browser.

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

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


  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

Additional tips

If you have used the aforementioned instructions to remove pop-ups, your browsing experience, and computer safety will be better. Remember, you can use these instructions to stop or allow any website to show you notifications. You can also make it so that the push notification prompts would be less intrusive or not visible at all – here's how:

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Go to Menu > Settings
  • Scroll down to the Privacy and security section
  • Select Site Settings
  • Scroll down again and pick Notifications
  • Choose to Use quieter messaging option
  • To remove prompts completely, pick the Don't allow sites to show notifications option.

Besides this, we strongly recommend you check your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another reputable anti-malware software. While there is no reason to believe that something malicious is installed on your device (unless you experience very distinct symptoms, such as system crashes or overall strange behavior), it is always to be safe rather than sorry. Besides, adware and similar potentially unwanted programs might be pretty sneaky regarding their distribution methods, so you might not even know you have them installed.

If security software indeed finds something suspicious, you should immediately initiate a removal process. Once done, make sure you have your browser caches,[3] cookies, and other web data cleaned, and damage repaired automatically with FortectIntego. If you prefer to do that manually, check the instructions we provide below.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Android

Uninstall unwanted programs from Android device:

  1. Go to Settings -> Apps/Applications.
  2. Expand the full list of the installed apps.
  3. Scroll through the list and tap on a suspicious application once.
  4. Tap on it and select Uninstall. Uninstall from Android
  5. Reboot the device.

Clear Storage and data files on Android from Google Chrome or other apps:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps/Applications.
  2. Expand the full list of the installed apps.
  3. Tap on Chrome and select Storage & cache.
  4. Clear storage and clear cache of the app. Clear Chrome cache and and data Android

If you are seeing ads on top of other apps but are not sure what is causing it, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to Apps/Applications.
  2. Tap Advanced.
  3. Select Special App access.
  4. Tap on Display over other apps. Check if can display over other Apps Android
  5. Eliminate apps with these access rights enabled.

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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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