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What is ads? can fool people into downloading unknown browser extensions displays a deceptive message to manipulate users is a deceptive site that tries to trick people into downloading adware,[1] browser hijackers, or other types of PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).[2] The website uses various deceptive tactics to make people believe they need some kind of browser extension to be able to view content or proceed further and explore the page.

If users add random extensions promoted by shady websites to their browsers, a lot of things can happen. People might experience an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, banners, and redirects. The main settings of the browser also can get changed automatically, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine.

TYPE Online scam; adware
SYMPTOMS A page appears asking users to add a browser extension if they want to proceed
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, rogue advertising networks, freeware installations
DANGERS People can infect their machine with PUPs and be taken to dangerous pages
ELIMINATION Eliminate the plugin via browser settings; performing a scan with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Use a maintenance tool like FortectIntego to fix any remaining damage and optimize the machine

Distribution methods

Pages, like are rarely found in the search results. Usually, they hide on other shady pages that are unregulated. These unsafe sites are often full of deceptive ads and sneaky redirects. You should only visit pages that you know and trust.

Do not click on random links or ads even if they seem to be promoting legitimate products and services. Crooks can use social engineering methods to make them look trustworthy. It is always best to go directly to the source. There is another possibility that the page appeared without any user input.

This could happen if you are infected by adware. It is advertising-supported software that can cause an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, banners, and redirects. Depending on the type of infection, different removal methods may apply. We suggest you follow our guide fully. might appear after browsing through unsafe web pages

Check your browser for hijackers

You can remove browser extensions by going to your browser settings. We suggest looking at the plugin list and removing them one by one to see if notice any changes.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • 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

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

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox


  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Protect your privacy

Web-based applications can force users to browse only through selected channels which raises many user privacy and security concerns. The fraudsters can read all your browsing history and collect various other data, like your IP address, geolocation, websites you visit, links you click on, and things you purchase online.

That is why security experts recommend clearing cookies[3] and cache regularly. Most users find this process time-consuming and tiring so you can deploy a maintenance tool like FortectIntego that can do this automatically with a click of a button. Besides that, this software can fix various system errors, registry issues, and corrupted files which is especially helpful after virus infections.

Freeware installations

You should be aware that adware and other PUPs can be spread on freeware[4] distribution sites. Individuals that run these platforms need to make money, so they include additional programs in the installers hoping that users will not notice them. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happens most of the time, as people do not really pay attention to the installation process.

You should always choose “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The most important part is to inspect the file list. If you see any additional files that are unnecessary, untick the boxes next to their names.

Remove the PUP hiding in your system

Eliminating only the extension may not be enough because you might have adware installed in your system. If you still experience the settings changing, pop-ups and banners, the best option is to use professional security tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to make sure you get rid not only of the PUA itself but also all the related files and entries.

What is more, the program may not be named the same as the extension, so it can be complicated to identify it. Sometimes developers disguise such apps as handy tools, so you would not suspect them. Anti-malware tools can detect suspicious processes in your machine and eliminate them entirely better than you can.

However, if you are sure you know which program is causing the symptoms and manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions 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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What to do if failed?
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Alternative Software
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How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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