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Nuxncx-news.xyzThe so-called push notification virus shows intrusive pop-ups at random times, regardless of which website is being visited

Most users do not encounter purposely but instead are usually redirected from some other website. This phenomenon can be related either to adware infection or clicks on links on another malicious site. Either way, the suspicious pop-up notifications start showing up on users' screens as soon as they press the allow button within the notification prompt. belongs to a group of sites that commonly attempt to scam users by showing misleading and incorrect information. To be precise, in this case, the notification prompt is shown at the top left of the website while the message in the background strongly encourages users to press the allow button. Push notification scams are among the most common ones one can encounter online, along with Flash Player[1] update prompts or technical support scams.[2]

The misleading scheme allows crooks to trick users into subscribing to notifications which can later be used to promote various commercial content. While some of it is okay to view from a security standpoint, the messages that are carried through often include links to scam websites. Clicks on such links bring scammers revenue, all while putting users in danger. This is why you should never click on links provided by this website.

We compiled this article to help users who suffer from unwanted pop-ups. We will explain how to stop the intrusive activity and how to make your computer more secure overall.

Type Push notifications, pop-ups, ads
Distribution Pop-up ads might show up as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed upon the site entry
Symptoms Notifications are shown at the top of all other ads and often carry potentially dangerous content
Dangers 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
Deletion To stop the unwanted activity, you have to access your browser's settings section and deny permission for the website in question. Adware could also be the reason you see ads, so you should scan your device with security software to be safe
Further 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

What are push notifications? Are they the same as pop-up ads?

First of all, let's talk about what push notifications actually are, as many just confuse them with pop-up ads. This is very understandable because, visually, they look almost identical. However, there is a major difference. Push notifications are a feature and a part of an API designed for website authors and application creators to show information directly on user screens at particular time intervals.

If the website author chooses to apply this feature, visitors are shown a push notification prompt which they can freely decline or accept. This allows users to choose whether or not they want to receive relevant information from a particular website.

When it comes to pop-up ads, the story is quite a bit different. These are usually triggered when a website is opened and are usually embedded within. In other words, these pop-ups cannot be shown unless the user accesses a particular site. On the other hand, push notifications can show up even when an app or a website is closed. This is why you might see pop-ups at random times.

While reputable websites usually don't spam users with notifications unless necessary, scammers can engage in this activity without respecting them. All they have to do is to trick visitors into pressing that allow button. For that, they employ various social engineering[3] tricks and exploit those who are less familiar with the feature itself.

There are thousands of websites created on a regular basis that attempt to deceive users and make them subscribe (for example,,,, and many others). The reason why these sites are so popular is that they are very easy to make and monetize. virusMany users get tricked by fake notices that claim that there is content to be explored

Here we can see an example of a message you can encounter upon entering the website:

Press “Allow” to watch the video

Next to this, you might see an image or a GIF which would remind you of something you see on popular streaming sites such as YouTube. Cybercriminals deliberately try to mislead users and make them think that they will be able to see a video as soon as they press the allow button. However, this is not the case.

This is not the only trick that crooks use. The same scam website can employ different presets that are very easy to implement. In fact, once you've seen a few of these fake messages, you can easily recognize them anywhere else on the internet.

In reality, all the promises that website authors make are simply not true. There's simply no content to be explored – no video to be played or no file to be downloaded. You should also not bother pressing the block button because it is unlikely to do anything, and you will simply be rerouted to another scam website. The best option here is to close down the tab of your web browser immediately.

How to stop the ads from showing up

Considering how disruptive the push notifications that come from a malicious website can be, it is not surprising that many people believe that they have some sort of virus installed on their systems. This is when users employ security software to check their computers, although these efforts bring no positive results, and pop-ups continue.

As we already explained, push notifications themselves are not malicious, although they can be used to carry information that is less than desirable or even secure. The good news is that's removing them is hardly a difficult task, as long as you know what to look for. Below you will find instructions on how to stop a website from sending you information via notification prompts.

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):

  • Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  • Select Notifications.
  • Scroll down to the 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 the 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

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


  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

Don't forget to check your device for adware

Potentially unwanted programs are everywhere – from deceptive websites that represent these apps as useful to sites that use software bundling as a main monetization practice. Unfortunately, many users are not aware of these tricky applications or what their actual goal is. Due to suspicious distribution methods, many people are not even aware that they have a PUP installed on their computers. This is one of the main reasons why this software is considered unwanted.

Because many users might not know that they had a potentially unwanted program installed on their computers, they might not realize that intrusive ads and redirects are symptoms of an infection. If you're wondering how this is related to push notifications, adware could be one of the reasons you ended up on the site in the first place.

Sometimes, it is difficult to know whether or not redirects are caused by adware or simply due to an accidental click. Therefore, we recommend that users who are experiencing ads, redirects, pop-ups, and other suspicious activity on their web browsers scan their computers with powerful security software. While there are many options available on the market, our choice would be SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. These apps can also be used to find and remove more dangerous malware on the device. Besides, anti-malware software can't prevent the entry of malicious programs, which is your first line of defense in general.

Of course, you can always choose to remove unwanted apps yourself, although this might not be convenient if you don't know which program is the culprit. Keep in mind that adware can be installed on the system level and on the browser level (as an extension), so you should make sure that both of these sections are checked properly.

If your security software finds something suspicious on your browser or computer, you should remove it and then either reset your browsers or clean cookies, web data, cache, and other leftovers thoroughly. This can be done automatically with FortectIntego maintenance utility if you want quicker results. We provide instructions on how to do that manual as well – check 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 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

How to prevent from getting adware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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