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What is ads? – a fake website created to trick users into subscribing to push notifications is a scam website designed to trick users

Notifications by can appear on your screen unexpectedly. This behavior can occur at any time, on top of all the other apps, which can be particularly disruptive and annoying. If you are dealing with this situation and you can't figure out where these pop-ups are coming from or how to remove them, you came to the right place – we will guide you through the process of elimination step by step.

It all starts with an unexpected redirect – users end up on the site after clicking on some suspicious link or after simply being automatically redirected. Upon entry, they are exposed to two main components of the scam:

  • A pop-up which asks to press the “Allow” button;
  • A deceptive message in the background (along with a picture) encourages users to allow notifications to be shown.

Some users have not seen a push notification scam before and do what is asked of them; they don't even suspect that, by doing so, they allowed the website to use the push notification feature as pleased. At some point after this, they start seeing annoying and intrusive pop-ups that are shown at the bottom-right or top-right of the screen (depending on the operating system used).

These notifications are usually filled with various high-risk content – links to malicious websites, misleading and scam messages, etc. You should not click on these links and explore the websites they're lead to, as you might end up disclosing your personal information to cybercriminals or installing malware on your computer without even realizing it.

If you were a victim of a push notification scam, you should not panic, as there's an easy way to stop the pop-ups from flooding your screen every time you open Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or MS Edge; we explain all the details below.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam
Distribution As soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt on the website
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up on a regular basis on the screen – these ads often include inappropriate, scam, phishing, or other similar content
Risks Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous. Users might suffer from financial losses, disclose their sensitive information to unknown parties or install malware/PUPs on their systems
Termination You can stop the intrusive notifications by accessing web browser settings, as explained in the instructions below. If you suspect adware infection, you should scan your machine with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another security software
Recovery Make sure you clean your browsers after you delete PUPs from the system. To do that automatically, you can use FortectIntego

Ads vs. push notifications

Advertisements are not something exclusive to the internet – people have to deal with them on a daily basis on TV, merchandise, billboards, and many other places. Ads have a huge effect on a product's financial success, as nobody buys something they know nothing about. In other words, advertisements are used as means of promoting certain services, items, and much more.

Likewise, they serve as passive income for website developers, as it helps them to monetize their content without locking it behind paywalls. In fact, most regular computer users don't mind ads that are non-intrusive, so they allow people to enjoy free content while being a good source of income for websites or apps.

Not all ads are beneficial and are often exploited by various parties for fast revenue. This, unfortunately, includes not caring for users' safety and even deliberately creating schemes that would redirect them to malicious websites. In fact, even the most popular websites are overusing ads to the point where the contents of the website can be barely visible, making people click on ads by accident and generating pay-per-click[1] revenue in the process.

Pop-up ads are usually triggered one somebody enters a particular website that has them embedded. In some cases, aggressive adware[2] installed on the system might also cause disruptive browser behavior, so you should check your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another reputable anti-malware to make sure no potentially unwanted programs are hidden on your device. If adware is indeed found, you should then use the instructions at the bottom of this article to clean your web browsers or employ FortectIntego PC repair and maintenance utility to do it automatically. virusRedirects to push notification scam sites might be a sign of adware or malware infection

That being said, the push notification feature is something completely different. It is an API (Application Programming Interface)[3] that allows website developers to send a request to send notifications for each visitor upon website entry. If they agree, the push notifications will be shown on top of all other apps at times set by the site creators.

Most reputable websites won't show users inappropriate and misleading information within the prompts, and they also will not spam them with push notifications. The feature was created to provide relevant information that users are interested in, although it was soon adopted by various crooks.

Websites like,,, and many others were created for one and only reason – to make users subscribe to notifications so that crooks could benefit from ad clicks. These ads often show messages such as:

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Click here to protect your Mac

Do not click on these messages, as you might end up on a malicious website. Instead, you should ignore these pop-ups and access your browser settings to eliminate the notifications for good. Follow the instructions in the next section.

Remove ads

Most users are tricked into subscribing to notifications from fake websites. In fact, there are plenty of sites that seem like nothing of the ordinary, but they might also start sending notification prompts full of insecure links and misleading information in them.

The problem with removal is that many people are tricked into subscribing to the push notifications thanks to the misleading information it provides. Users might be told that they need to confirm the action by pressing the allow button or that there is a video to be viewed. The activity then does not start immediately, so people can not connect these two incidents together.

In any case, if you want to get rid of the annoying pop-up ads, you should proceed with the following steps:

Google Chrome

  • Select Menu > Settings > Advanced.
  • Click on Site Settings > Notifications.
  • Check the Allow section and find the address of the site.
  • Select More Actions and pick Block.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Go to Menu and then select Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security > Notifications > Settings.
  • Choose Block after picking this option from the drop-down menu.
  • Confirm with Save Changes.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Go to Menu and pick Settings.
  • Select Site permissions.
  • Click on Notifications.
  • Find the site URL, and click More actions.
  • Pick Block.Stop notifications on Edge Chromium

MS Edge (legacy):

  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


  • Click on Safari > Preferences…
  • Go to the Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
  • Select the web address in question, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.Stop notifications on Safari

Don't forget that frequent redirects to malicious websites might be caused by adware infection. Due to its deceptive distribution practices, many people are not even aware that it is running in the background. Likewise, malware can also be the cause of intrusive ads; regular computer users can not spot malicious background processes, so we strongly recommend employing a powerful anti-virus tool instead.

Also, you could also try to remove adware manually, as long as you know which application is the culprit. For example, if just recently you installed an app from a third-party site and you spotted ads, redirects, and other unwanted activity, you should remove it just as you do with regular programs. Note that adware can also spread as browser extensions, so you should clean them accordingly. Refer to the instructions below for more detailed information.

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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

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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