ads (Tutorial) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge ads Removal Guide

What is ads? – a website with fake promises you shouldn't trust ads might include links to malicious websites

Every time you enter a web address into the URL bar, you are taken to a predetermined website of your destination. However, while browsing the web and clicking on links, the outcome might be something completely different than you expected. is one of the websites that you might come across accidentally, and it will try manipulating you into subscribing to notifications immediately.

If you were to access the site by entering its address directly, you would be shown something that looks like a sports news website. However, this is not the version that most users encounter after being redirected. Instead, they are shown two major components of the scam, which include:

  • Pop-up prompt which asks to allow notifications to be shown
  • Background picture or a message which encourages to press the “Allow” button for one reason or another, which is always fake.

With the help of a few social engineering[1] tricks, website authors manage to convince users to allow these notifications, which results in rather disruptive behavior that comes via the browser, although the notifications are shown on the system level. pop-ups are by no means useful in any way. Not only do they fail to provide “The Latest Sports Updates From Around The World,” but instead insert links to potentially dangerous websites. These ads can show up at any time and be very disruptive. Even accidental links, under certain circumstances, might result in an automatic malware installation. Some of the content can be relatively harmless, although there is no guarantee it actually is, as the website is rogue.

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups
Appearence Intrusive pop-ups can start showing up as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Intrusive notifications from the site will be shown directly on the desktops
Risks Clicking on links that are embedded within the notification prompt, exploring the sites these links bring to or downloading files can be particularly dangerous – you can get infected with malware, suffer from financial losses and privacy issues
Removal Blocking push notifications is relatively easy – you have to enter web browser settings for that. Also, if adware infection is suspected, the easiest way to get rid of it is scan your device with security software
Additonal 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 for a quicker solution

Scam techniques explained

The push notifications feature is something that some users are barely aware of. They have definitely encountered them before, although they do not quite understand how they work. To elaborate, the feature was introduced over a decade ago – it allows apps and website developers to show pop-ups at predetermined or random timeframes.

Any apps that show pop-up ads should be eradicated immediately, and the chances are that, if you have SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or similar security software installed, they did not manage to reach your system. However, notifications coming from websites are something completely different – they would not be recognized by anti-malware tools. This is merely an API[2] that allows a website to transfer information to you, and it can include any type of content.

As soon as crooks realized that they could use push notifications to transmit links, they knew they hit the jackpot, as ad revenue can be huge from these scams. The only thing they need to do is convince users to press that “Allow” button.

To do that, they use fraud. The main goal of scammers is to convince visitors that the notification prompt doesn't do what it actually does. For example, you might encounter one of the following messages in the page's background:

Click Allow to continue

Press Allow to verify, that you are not a robot

Click Allow to watch the video

If you are 18+ tap Allow virusWebsites might trick users into subscribing to notifications

These messages somehow promise users that there is more content to be explored, although this could not be further from the truth. Instead, whether “Allow” or “Block” is pressed, people are likely to be redirected to another scam website that will ask for the same thing. At this point, however, if the former option was used, the permission to show pop-ups has already been provided.

Get rid of pop-ups on Google Chrome and other browsers

There are thousands of websites that specialize in push notification scams –,, or are just a few examples. While a significant portion of these fraudulent sites are shut down relatively quickly, crooks can quickly recreate them under different names.

If you have been scammed and subscribed to ads, you should not panic, as this can easily be reverted by accessing the settings section of your browser.

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 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 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 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

Don't forget to check for adware

Everyone who starts seeing questionable pop-up ads out of nowhere might start believing that there is some type of a virus installed on the system. While we already explained that this is not the case in the previous paragraphs, it does not automatically mean that your system is clean.

Whenever you see suspicious activity on your system, it should be a cause of concern – be it unexpected system crashes or pop-up ads. One might signal that malware managed to corrupt system files, while the other might suggest that adware is sneakily producing ads and causing browser redirects.

The latter is especially true if you commonly encounter websites of dubious content (tech support scams, phishing, spoofing, and similar malicious sites, etc.). In this case, not only you should find the root cause of the issue and eliminate it but also make sure that your browsers are fully cleaned.

While you can remove adware manually, it might sometimes be difficult to determine which program is responsible for the issues. It might be an app installed on the system level, or it could be a browser extension. Besides, some programs might go rogue suddenly, and apps that were completely safe before might start behaving badly.

Therefore, we recommend you not dig through your computer folders to find all the bits of unwanted software or malware but instead employ a powerful anti-malware tool such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. It can do the job for you and ensure that no malicious processes are running in the background.

In order to clean your browsers quickly, you can employ FortectIntego maintenance software. It can delete cookies and cache for you, as well as other junk files from the system. Besides, it can fix malware-caused damage automatically, resolving BSODs,[3] errors, crashes, and other system failures that might be present due to a malware attack or other unrelated reasons.

Alternatively, you can always clean browsers yourself. Below you will find all the information needed for the most commonly used browsers.

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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 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 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

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

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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