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What is ads? is a malicious website designed to trick users into subscribing to notifications shows a misleading message designed to make users click the "Allow" button within the prompt

If you have been using the internet frequently, you should have encountered all sorts of ads on various websites – pop-ups, in-text links, banners, auto-play videos, and all sorts of others. In fact, it is nothing new on the internet, and many users are used to the fact that they have to face ads; mostly, they don't mind this activity, as long as it does not interfere with their ability to access websites contents.

But what can one do when ads do not stem from entering a particular website but instead show up randomly on the screen, regardless of what you are doing? ads belong to this category, and their behavior has been puzzling users for a while now. In reality, these are not ads per se but rather push notifications that are initiated by the site. If they show up on your screen, you must have allowed it in one way or another – and this is where the deception lies.

Users stumble across accidentally, usually after clicking on a malicious link elsewhere. This is not something new – while it can happen to anyone, avoiding high-risk websites can reduce this possibility. In some cases, users might also be redirected by adware[1] that could have been accidentally installed before. The latter aspect should definitely be investigated, and we address it in further sections below.

Immediately, visitors are surprised with a request to press the “Allow” button within the notification prompt just to allegedly confirm they are not a robot. Crooks are deliberately trying to manipulate users into thinking that it is just a simple verification feature similar to captcha, that is used on so many sites for legitimate reasons. Likewise, there could be other reasons given to enable them – promises of a movie or another video, 18+ content, and more.

In other words, crooks are trying to make it seem like the push notification prompt is not what it actually is, and the message in the background serves this purpose well. Keep in mind that, regardless of what the message says, pressing the “Allow” button would always result in the same thing – push notifications would be allowed to be shown without any restrictions from or any other similar website.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam
Might be related to Adware infection
Distribution The pop-ups start showing up at some point after the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Push notifications show on the desktop at random time intervals. These pop-ups show fake notices and push scams. Links can also lead to malware-laden sites
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 – users can get infected with malware or suffer from financial losses
Removal You can stop the unwanted notifications by accessing web browser settings. If you suspect adware infection, you should use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software to get rid of it
Additional steps Cleaning web browsers is just as important when dealing with potentially unwanted programs, so do so by following the instructions below or using FortectIntego for a quicker solution

What are push notifications?

There are a lot of misconceptions about what push notifications are and how they work. Initially, they were used by the operating system to provide certain details about important events, e.g., that a battery is running out on the phone. Later on, this feature was expanded and provided to third-party applications as well. Finally, in 2015, push notifications came to desktop browsers, and many websites are using them.

To set it up, website creators need to enable an API, which then prompts a pop-up upon website entry, and visitors are free to accept or decline this offer. Most people seem to dislike the feature in general, as they see it as just another annoying step before they can fully see the content of the site, according to an experiment conducted by Mozilla.[2]

Fundamentally, push notifications are completely different than ads, though. Ads can be triggered by a website entry that hosts them or by an application installed on the device. The push notification feature is a part of the browser; the contents of these are determined by the website that is sending them, and, in the case of, nothing good comes out of it.

The main goal of scam authors is to make sure that a constant flow of ads is ensured since it generates revenue. Unfortunately, the networks for ads are picked without caring too much about their quality, and malicious ads generally earn more. Hence, you might be exposed to all sorts of phishing content once subscribed. virusThe "robot check" is one of the more common fake messages on push notification scam sites removal explained

While scanning your computer with security software is the first thing you should do upon seeing it acting out of the ordinary, it won't remove ads for you. As we explained above, push notifications themselves are not malicious. The website that sending them is. Thus, to stop it from sending you alerts, you need to remove it from the “Allowed” list in your site settings section. Please follow the steps 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 pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Google Chrome (Android):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to the Sites section.
  4. 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.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  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 (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

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

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right of the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to the Privacy tab.
  3. In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
  4. Locate web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer

Why are you redirected to suspicious websites?

There are many things that users do on the internet – they shop, browse their favorite social media posts, stream videos, download files, and much more. While doing these things, some people might put themselves in danger, whether willingly or not. For example, it is a well-known fact that torrents, warez, and software crack websites are infested with malware, although many people completely ignore this fact just to be able to install otherwise pricy apps for free.

Likewise, there are plenty of other websites that are known to have security issues, such as illegal video streaming sites, porn, gambling, and more. In other words, the more controversial the activity promoted on a particular website, the less it is regulated. While it doesn't necessarily mean that all of such sites host malware, there is a much bigger chance of being redirected to a scam site from there or encountering a booby-trapped page that would exploit software vulnerability[3] to install malware automatically without user interaction whatsoever.

Therefore, stay away from these types of places as much as possible and employ tools that could help you – SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes are good antimalware solutions that could prevent the infiltration of Trojans, ransomware, rootkits, backdoors, and other dangerous threats. Likewise, an ad-blocker can stop malicious scripts from being executed on most sites.

That being said, we strongly recommend you use security software to check your system for adware and malware. This is especially important if you spot suspicious activity (ads, redirects, random mouse movements, crashes, etc.) on your device or if you explored the malicious websites you were redirected to – clicked on links, installed programs.

After you remove malicious software from your system, you should repair virus damage and clean your browsers with FortectIntego. While cleaning your browsers manually is not difficult (we provide instructions below), fixing malware damage might be. So if you experience critical system failures, we recommend using the software instead of reinstalling the OS.

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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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