ads (spam) - Free Instructions ads Removal Guide

What is ads? claims to provide people with the latest sports news uses deception tactics to fool users is a fake website that is disguised as a legitimate site that provides sports news by push notifications. The truth is that the page starts sending pop-up ads from questionable sources. The website's authors do not filter coming ads and do not blacklist shady promoters, so users are at risk of clicking on links embedded in the windows that lead to dangerous websites. People can get scammed or download potentially unwanted programs[1] or even malware.[2]

These kinds of pages are created for the purpose of collecting revenue from every click people make. None of the messages sent are from the page itself. The individuals behind this do not create any original content, so having push n notifications turned on for this site does not provide any benefits. Usually, push notifications are used to inform customers about news, updates, special offers.

Having been tricked by the site is especially annoying because the pop-ups can also appear even when the browser is closed. When people start receiving ads and do not see news, many of them think that they have been infected with a virus, but that most of the time is not true. Push notifications are based on a subscription model, so they start appearing only if a person requests so. Users think that because they do not realize what they did.

TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS Pop-up ads, banners appear on the screen even when the browser is closed
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites; deceptive ads; bundled software
DANGERS Deceptive ads can lead to dangerous websites where users are at risk of giving away their personal information and suffering from monetary losses
ELIMINATION Block push notifications by going to your browser settings
FURTHER STEPS Use FortectIntego repair tool to fix any damage left after removal and optimize your machine

In the last couple of years, push notification spam has become a real problem. Many individuals with selfish intentions take advantage of this useful function. The ability to send ads straight in front of users' eyes at any time opened the doors for making a profit. Thousands of similar websites exist just for the sole purpose of PPC advertising.[3] Some of the examples we already wrote about include,, and generates revenue from every click you make

Potential dangers with push notifications from sites like

People rarely open pages that engage in this activity by themselves. Usually, they were already browsing through shady pages filled with deceptive ads and sneaky redirects. As we mentioned before, ads sent by this website are not filtered. They are picked randomly by Google. Sometimes ads created by scammers slip through the verification process and are promoted. These days, fraudsters have many skills and use clever social engineering techniques that make people completely oblivious.

Some of the scam schemes people can encounter are fake giveaways, software updates, or scareware[4] – pages that convince users they have a severe threat on their system and they need to install a particular program that can take care of it and they will be safe again. It should not be needed to mention that Google, Microsoft, or other giant tech companies do not pick random visitors and shower them with gifts, or that a random website does not have the ability to scan your system and tell you that you are in danger.

The good news is, that you can eliminate this issue easily via browser settings. All you have to do is shown in the instructions 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.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  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 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 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

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right on the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to 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

Take care of your browsers

After you stop the ads from showing up, it would be a good idea to clear your browsers from cookies and cache. You likely were browsing through pages you were not supposed to and nowadays almost every website uses cookies to track users. They can record data like your IP address, pages you visit, links you click on, and purchases you make. This information can later be sold to advertising networks that use it to personalize advertisements shown to you even more and make you more likely to spend your money.

You can clear cookies and cache automatically with FortectIntego. This tool will improve your machine's performance as well as that data can clutter the space. Besides taking care of browsers without you having to worry about it, the software can also fix corrupted files, system errors and has other abilities and is an overall useful app to have.

Push notifications did not disappear?

There is another possibility – you have adware installed in your system which is a potentially unwanted program that generates ads while working in the background without your knowledge. Users usually do not know how they got this too. The most common way to get adware is by installing freeware from unofficial sources. Because the owners of these pages provide apps for free, they thought of different ways to monetize their time.

Because users often rush through the installation process, this became a very lucrative way to do this. They include adware and other types of PUPs in the installers, and people most often do not pay attention to that process. To avoid installing PUAs together with software that you actually want, never rush through the installation and choose the “Advanced” or “Custom” method and untick the boxes next to files that seem unnecessary.

If you think you have a PUP in your system, you can use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to eliminate it completely. You see, the app could have any name, and you do not know how it looks so you can accidentally remove the wrong one. That is why it is best to give this job to trusted professional security tools. If you know which program could be at fault and want to do this manually, you can do so by following our guides for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.


  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
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How to prevent from getting adware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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