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What is ads? push notifications can disrupt your daily browsing sessions

News-Burewo.ccPush notifications are not initially malicious, although can be used by crooks to deliver ads to users

While browsing the web, you might come across various websites. Unfortunately, not all of them are designed to provide relevant information or be interesting but rather have nefarious purposes – to scam people. is one of those websites that should never be trusted, as it manipulates people into subscribing to notifications that deliver unsafe content directly to the screen.

In most cases, users do not visit this website purposely – they get redirected from somewhere else. This is typically related to clicking a suspicious link on another website, although sometimes redirects can happen automatically upon a malicious site entry. As soon as the site is accessed, users can see two of the following components:

  • A pop-up prompt that asks to allow notifications
  • A background picture that tries to convince that pressing the “Allow” button is a correct action to proceed with.

This scheme is a typical scam that is used by thousands of malicious websites. As soon as the request is fulfilled, users will be shown intrusive pop-ups on a regular basis – these might include links to ad-filled, scam, phishing, and other malicious sites.

Type Push notifications, scam
Infiltration Website authors use various tricks to make users enable notifications to be shown. In particular, the pup-ups start showing up after the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Intrusive notifications with scam or other malicious content is shown at the bottom-right corner of the screen
Dangers Clicking links and exploring the content website promotes can be extremely dangerous. As a result, people can suffer from financial losses, personal information disclosure to cybercriminals, malware/PUP infection, etc.
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
Additional steps Redirects and ads might indicate adware infection, so you should check your system with anti-malware (e.g., SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner), clean the installed web browsers, and attempt to fix virus damage with a repair tool FortectIntego

More about the scam

Twenty years ago, the internet was a much more dangerous place – websites were unregulated, and search engines would produce results that are less relevant and even malicious in nature. Thanks to security implementations by various agencies, as well as tech giants such as Google, the internet is now a much safer place than it used to be.

However, it does not mean that the internet is completely safe, and websites like proves that. While it is not the worst thing you can encounter online, it is definitely not a positive one, especially if you don't know where it came from and how to get rid of it.

If you are not sure what you are dealing with (the intrusive pop-ups that show up at random times and disturb your online time), we can help you clear some things about this. First of all, what you encountered is a legitimate browser feature that is used by many websites.

It allows sites to send information, links, or anything else to users, notifying them about whatever they are interested in. For example, you can subscribe to YouTube notifications – these will deliver you the most relevant video suggestions or notify you when your favorite content created uploaded a new video.

At the same time, visitors are free to block these notifications if they don't want to receive them. It is all fair, as long as they are being offered to receive these notifications clearly. Unfortunately, crooks soon realized that this built-in feature could be used to deliver commercial content to users – all they have to do is trick them into pressing the “Allow” button upon entry.

To do that, social engineering[1] techniques are used. Here are a few examples of messages you might receive upon entering a website such as,,, and many others:

  • Click “Allow” to close this window;
  • If you are 18+, tap “Allow”;
  • Press “Allow” to verify, that you are not a robot;
  • Click “Allow” to watch the video;
  • Prepare to download! You need to enable browser notifications to start downloading. virusOnce the Allow button is pressed, users then start receiving intrusive pop-up ads at random times

There are many variations for these messages, but all of them always attempt to make users believe that the allow button is not what it actually is. For example, people are lured with a promise that there is a video to be shown; however, as soon as the permission to show notifications is granted, there is no video to view, no file to download, and no other content to explore. Users are then usually redirected to another site of a similar nature.

How to get rid of pop-ups

If you have enabled notifications that now show intrusive pop-ups, it does not necessarily mean that your device is infected with some malware (although it might seem so for many due to the invasive activity). This is another reason why many people who encountered this phenomenon do not manage to remove notifications with the help of security software.

In order to remove ads, you have to access your browser settings and deny the permission for the site to show notifications to you. Here's how:

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

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:

  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

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

Google Chrome (Android):

You might have seen similar activity on your Android device. In order to stop notifications in your phone, proceed with the following steps:

  • 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

Check your device for adware infection and clean your browsers

You have likely allowed notifications by accident, or you were tricked into doing so. However, it is important to note that the reasons why you ended up on the site might also be a cause of concern. As we already mentioned, you have likely clicked on a link or were taken here automatically via the URL redirect.[2]

Likewise, there might be a potentially unwanted program, namely adware,[3] that is causing these redirects on your web browser automatically. Adware is a deceptive software that specializes in showing users ads, all while providing little to no functionality that other useful applications do.

Here are a few symptoms you should look out for:

  • Intrusive pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, in-text links, and other commercial content is shown on your web browser while browsing the web;
  • Redirects lead to various malicious websites or sites of dubious origin (for example, porn, gambling, etc.);
  • Search results are directed to a different provider and are filled with sponsored links and ads;
  • Your browser or computer has become slower.

The easiest way to check for adware is by scanning your device with security software SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. Most of the potentially unwanted programs can also be uninstalled manually via the Programs and Features (Windows) or Applications section (Mac). However, this becomes more difficult if you have many apps installed.

Finally, do not forget to clean your web browsers after adware/malware elimination. For a quick solution, you can use the FortectIntego maintenance tool or proceed with the manual instructions 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 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

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

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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