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Ourtopstories.com pop-up Removal Guide

What is Ourtopstories.com pop-up?

Ourtopstories.com push notifications is an unwelcome occurrence on your browser

Ourtopstories.comOurtopstories.com push notifications, once allowed, can become not only annoying but also dangerous

Pop-up advertising in itself is not harmful. It is a cheap and effective way for vendors to get their products in front of customers. But the ability to display ads by force is a perfect tool for manipulation.

Pop-ups can also be unwanted – these are usually fake pop-ups. This way, scammers can get any malicious link in front of a victim effectively. Untrustworthy sites can advertise legitimate websites as well to create revenue. However, it is not recommended to allow pages of this type to show notifications or click any of their promotional links.

A push notification virus is a type of browser disturbance that causes advertisements to show up on the desktop without the user's approval. They are typically acquired when users press “Allow” at the notification prompt after accessing a scam website.[1] However, the redirects to such sites are typically an indication of adware infection.

These types of potentially unwanted programs typically gain access to users' machines during the installation of freeware bundles, hence they rarely notice the entry point. In such a case, not only do you need to stop the unwanted notifications (if you have accepted them) but also look for adware[2] on your system.

If you're reading this, you probably have seen Ourtopstories.com push notifications and are searching for a solution. In this guide, we will help you understand how this website works and will provide different solutions according to your skills to get rid of it.

Name Ourtopstories.com
Type Push notifications, scam, ads, pop-ups
IP address
Distribution Website authors use various tricks to make users enable notifications. In particular, the injection of popups begins after the “Allow” button is pressed
Symptoms Users start seeing popups on their desktops at any time when they open their browsers
Dangers Clicking on the embedded pop-up links might lead to malicious websites. Consequently, users might be tricked into downloading malware/PUPs or disclosing their personal information
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
Further steps Redirects and ads might indicate adware infection, so you should check your system with anti-malware, clean your browsers, and attempt to fix virus damage with a repair tool FortectIntego

The dangers or malicious browser notifications and how to get rid of them

Ourtopstories.com is a website that asks users to click the “Allow Notifications” button in order to access content on their site, watch a video, enable Flash Player, etc. By subscribing to push notifications, it sends pop-up advertisements linking to dubious web pages, trying to encourage to install browser extensions, video games. Also, it can trick visitors into giving the site their personal information like credit card details and passwords.

Ads shown by this fake site are based on virtual location. It uses your computer's IP address,[3] so you might see ads in your language, making it look more legit.

You should not allow notifications on this site because they will appear even when the browser is closed. This adware can show you notifications that contain pay-per-view advertisements that generate income. These ads can consist of harmful malware or shocking imagery. If you have already allowed your browser to show these ads, you can quickly eliminate them.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  • Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  • Locate Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  • Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
  • 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

  • Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
  • Click on Privacy & Security section.
  • Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click Settings button next to it.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  • In the SettingsNotification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the URL in question.
  • 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)

  • Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
  • Select Site permissions.
  • Go to Notifications on the right.
  • Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
  • Click on More actions and select Block.Stop notifications on Edge Chromium

If you keep getting unwanted notifications on your computer, it means you have been infected with adware, or a site you previously visited has redirected you to this page. In order to remove adware from your system, scan it with powerful anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or refer to manual elimination steps below.

Keep in mind that, if you indeed find potentially unwanted programs on your system you should also clean your web browsers from well after their elimination. You can do it automatically by performing a full scan with FortectIntego maintenance and repair software, or you can do that as per guidelines below (although this process might take awhile).

Some sites that you visit can advertise Ourtopstories.com to generate revenue. Sometimes users install programs without reading the Terms of Use and License Agreement. So they do not know that the program will show ads or change browser settings. In most cases, those are free or cracked versions of programs, and when installing them, users do not check if they are downloading unwanted files together.

How to prevent the installation of PUPs

To avoid unwanted notifications or browser extensions when downloading such programs, you should make sure to turn off third-party browser add-ons. It is also advisable to use official websites for downloading applications to your system.

Getting a good antivirus will help to detect and remove these PUP's (potentially unwanted programs). However, you should still be careful of clicking on random links and opening attachments in spam emails. Make sure whatever you are clicking on is reputable. Most frequently, links left in the comments, forums are used for boosting traffic. Shady advertisements could be created to implement malicious code and cause unwanted installations in the background. Any suspicious browser plug-ins, extensions should be uninstalled.

You should check your computer for malware if you have been redirected to the Ourtopstories.com website and do not know why. In this case, there may be adware installed on your computer.

If you want to download a free program, choose “Custom” or “Advanced” installation mode and uncheck boxes that ask for your permission to install third-party applications. If you cannot find the “Decline” and “Skip” buttons, most of the time, they have intentionally unshowy font type and color compared to the “Next” button.

Keep your browsers upgraded because cybercriminals always look for new susceptibilities in programs to exploit them for their gain. If a vulnerability is found, often software creators will release a patch to fix it.

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Identify pop-up ads designed by cybercriminals

Extinguishing fake pop-ups from legitimate ones is not a hard task if you focus your attention on a couple of different things when you see one. Carefully look at the information presented to you. Check if there are spelling mistakes and if the imagery looks professional. A pop-up may claim to be from a popular service using its logo and branding. Compare the pop-up to the real thing and see if there are any discrepancies.

If you keep receiving notifications that seem to be from the same website and they appear more often than usual, it is a good idea to check the legitimacy of that website by searching for reviews on the internet or if other people experience it too.

Finally, you should check the guide we provide below on how to remove unwanted software from your PC effectively and then delete browser-related leftover components.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of Ourtopstories.com pop-up. 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 Ourtopstories.com pop-up 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

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