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What is ads? is a fake website created by crooks to generate revenue from spam adsCrooks deceit users into pressing the "Allow" button is a fraudulent website designed by con artists to deceive people using social engineering techniques.[1] Its main goal is to force users to subscribe to push notifications. The perpetrators trick unsuspecting individuals into clicking the “Allow” button, which eventually adds them to a subscriber list, by displaying a deceptive message urging viewers to click a button to access a video.

As a result, users are subjected to constant spamming via intrusive pop-up advertisements that persist even after the web browser is closed. These advertisements may be generated by unethical advertising networks, and the links contained within them may lead to dangerous websites. Users may unintentionally be redirected to fraudulent platforms designed to trick them into disclosing personal information, downloading potentially unwanted programs (PUPs),[2] or installing malware.

TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS Annoying pop-up ads start appearing on the screen even when the browser is closed
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS The ads can lead people to dangerous pages that try to extract personal information or infect people with PUPs and malware
ELIMINATION Disable the pop-ups in your browser settings
FURTHER STEPS Use a maintenance tool FortectIntego to clear your browsers automatically

Distribution methods

Other spam websites that use push notifications, such as,, and, have previously been discussed. Because they tend to hide within unregulated and dubious platforms, these sites are rarely found in search results. Illegal streaming sites, for example, are notorious for hosting deceptive advertisements and employing sneaky redirects.

It is critical to use caution when visiting unfamiliar websites and to avoid clicking on random links or advertisements. Even if the advertisements appear to promote legitimate products or services, it is best to go straight to the source. It is also advised to avoid torrent websites and peer-to-peer file-sharing platforms.

Another possibility is that appeared without any user interaction, indicating the presence of adware. Adware can cause a flood of commercial content like pop-ups, banners, and redirects. Users are frequently unaware of such intrusions because they operate quietly in the background.

Adware typically infiltrates systems via freeware[3] distribution platforms. These platforms frequently include additional programs in their installers without clear disclosure. It is always best to choose “Custom” or “Advanced” installation and carefully review each step. Examine the file list carefully and uncheck any boxes associated with unrelated applications.

Runicmaster.topIt is best to be cautious and not click on random links and ads

Block notifications via settings

Because push notifications are based on a subscription model, users need to disable them manually. Here are the instructions for the most popular browsers:

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

The danger of cookies

Cookies are small data files that can track and store information about your online browsing activity, such as your IP address, geolocation, visited websites, clicked links, and purchases made. While cookies were originally intended to improve user personalization, it has become increasingly common for them to be used for commercial purposes.

These data files could be sold to ad networks and other third parties, raising privacy concerns. Furthermore, there is a risk that cookies will be compromised and used for malicious purposes. To reduce such risks, security experts recommend clearing cookies from your system on a regular basis. This procedure can be sped up by using maintenance tools such as FortectIntego. This powerful software not only clears cookies but also addresses system errors, corrupted files, and registry issues, which can be especially useful after a virus infection.

Check your system for adware

If blocking push notifications through the browser settings has proven ineffective or if you cannot locate the website in the list, it is possible that an unwanted potentially unwanted application (PUA) is lurking within your system. Some signs of its presence include being redirected to dubious websites and an upsurge in commercial content such as banners or surveys.

As it is challenging to pinpoint the specific app responsible for these bothersome behaviors, we always recommend utilizing professional security tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to scan your computer. Anti-malware tools are capable of detecting suspicious programs running in the background and completely eliminating them, along with any associated files.

However, if you are aware of the specific application causing the issue, you can follow the manual removal guides provided below for both Windows and Mac machines. It is important to note that manual removal may sometimes result in a reoccurrence of the infection, as users often struggle to eradicate all related files and entries.

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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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To ensure that all the files remain intact, you should prepare regular data backups. You can choose cloud-based or physical copies you could restore from later in case of a disaster. If your backups were lost as well or you never bothered to prepare any, Data Recovery Pro can be your only hope to retrieve your invaluable files.

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