pop-up ads (scam) - Tutorial pop-up ads Removal Guide

What is pop-up ads? pop-up ads can lead to malicious websites ads might include malicious links website may appear in your web browser when you are using the internet, although you are likely to be redirected here from somewhere else. Upon initial inspection, it might seem like a site that focuses on covering news in politics, business, arts, and other topics. However, this site is something you should stay away from, as it is nothing trustworthy.

In fact, it lures users into subscribing to notifications and then sends links and other insecure content directly on their desktops. If the content is interacted with, users might disclose their personal information to cybercriminals, download potentially unwanted programs/malware or lose money on useless services/engage in various scam schemes. This type of online fraud is very common and has been used by many similar websites before (e.g.,,,

If you have been receiving pop-ups every time you launch your browser (be it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or any other), you came to the right place. In this article, we will explain how to deal with these annoying ads and how to secure your system, ensuring that no malicious programs are running in the background.

Type Push notifications, pop-ups, ads
Appearence Intrusive pop-ups can start showing up as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Intrusive notifications from the site will be shown directly on the desktops
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 You need to block the website from sending you notification prompts – you can do that via browser settings; if you experience frequent redirects to suspicious sites, check your system for adware
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

Push notification feature explained

The notifications from dubious websites can be avoided easily – all you have to do is close down the webpage. And yet, there are plenty of victims who are scammed into subscribing to notifications from malicious websites. This is because of social engineering[1] techniques that crooks use – they make it look like pressing the “Allow” button will result in something completely different.

The push notification feature is an API[2] that allows websites to send users requests to send information. Upon accessing a site, users are presented with a pop-up window that asks if the notifications should be enabled. This window can slightly vary in wording, although it always means the same thing.

If users accept by pressing the “Allow,” “Subscribe,” or correlating button, they grant the website permission to transmit information at particular intervals. Reputable websites do no spam users with malicious links but instead send something they would be interested in without disturbing them.

Cybercriminals, however, have a different idea of handling this. They soon realized that the feature could be used to deliver ads to users, which would result in a quick profit from pay-per-click advertising.[3] As we already mentioned, insecure websites such as, upon acquiring permission, might start sending malicious links or prompts to download and install insecure or useless software. pop-upsScam techniques are used to convince users to click the "Allow" button

In order to convince users to subscribe to these ads, website authors use cheap tricks. For example, one of the most commonly used phrases is “Click “Allow” if you are not a robot,” which tries to imitate a well-known website defense mechanism (against bots) such as captcha codes.

In other cases, crooks promise users a video, claim that there is 18+ content to be explored, or that a download file is pending. You should never believe these requests as they are all fake.

If you have already subscribed to push notifications from the site one way or another, you should not worry much, as the permission can be easily reverted. To do so, you have to access your web browser and block the website in the appropriate section. Check the guide for all modern browsers in the below paragraphs.

Stop receiving ads

Because users are commonly scammed into receiving these pesky notifications, they have no idea where they are coming from or how to stop them. Due to the intrusive ad activity, some people might believe that it is some type of virus, although this is not the case in this instance. This is why so many people receive no results when they scan their systems with anti-malware and receive no results.

In order to remove pop-up ads, you have to access the settings of your web browser. Below you will find a detailed step-by-step guide, so find your browser name and follow the instructions.


  • 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.

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.
  • 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


  • Click on Safari > Preferences…
  • Go to 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

Unexpected URL redirects might indicate adware infection

While the appearance of the push notifications on your desktop does not automatically mean that your device is infected, such possibility shouldn't be excluded completely.

Being redirected somewhere while browsing the web is a relatively common occurrence, especially if you commonly browse high-risk websites (torrents, X-rated, etc.). Additionally, accidental clicks are also possible. Deceptive websites also include scripts that would reroute people even if a click is made on a seemingly empty space within a page. In such a case, the best thing to do is simply leave the site immediately and never proceed with downloading files or performing other actions.

Another reason for redirects could be adware – a type of potentially unwanted program, also known as ad-supported software. Its presence might sometimes result in intrusive pop-ups or other ads appearing on web browsers; in rare cases, redirects can also occur. In the background, adware is also known to track user data and share it with other parties for more profits. This is why it is important to check your system and ensure no malicious programs are running.

You can look for unwanted programs manually. If you need help – check the instructions below. However, some aggressive adware might be difficult to find or/and remove, so we recommend running a scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner anti-malware instead.

To complete adware removal, you should also clean your web browsers, as cookies and other tracking technologies might remain on the browser. Additionally, some ads might continue to show up due to the built-up cache and web data. In order to do this, you also have to access the settings of your web browser – check below. You can do it faster with FortectIntego; it can also check the system for virus damage and repair it automatically, so we strongly recommend this tool.

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 pop-up 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 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

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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