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What is ads? is a fake website designed to trick users into subscribing to push notifications is a malicious URL used by unfair individuals to gain revenue from advertisements. The bad side here is that users are often tricked into subscribing to push notifications without realizing it, as scam authors use various social engineering[1] tricks to convince them. As a result, they later suffer from persistent push notifications – they can show up at any time without warning.

To make matters worse, ads are not secure at all – they expose users to potentially dangerous material all the time. For example, the promoted messages might say that they won an expensive gift and need to provide their home address or other personal information to retrieve it. This way, crooks obtain sensitive user data, which can be exploited in many different ways.

Type Push notifications, ads, scam, pop-ups
Distribution The malicious activity starts at some point after the “Allow” button in the notification prompt is clicked
Symptoms Intrusive pop-ups showing on the desktop without a warning. Their contents can be misleading or even malicious
Risks You might suffer from malware infections, financial losses, or personal data disclosure to cybercriminals
Removal You can stop the unwanted notifications by accessing web browser settings. If you suspect adware infection, you should use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software to get rid of it
Other tips It is advisable to clean web browser caches to prevent further data tracking and other issues related to web data corruption – use FortectIntego to do this quicker scam techniques

Most users venture to push notification scam sites by accident after they click on a deceptive link. Torrents, illegitimate video streaming platforms, software cracks, and similar websites that populate these are one of the main causes of redirects to malicious websites. Thus, we recommend staying away from high0risk sites in the first place, as they often host scams and distribute malware, such as Trojans.[2]

Since the element of surprise is present, users are more likely to make mistakes, and that works in scammers' favor. Also, push notification prompts can be easily misinterpreted when put in a different context. These are a few examples of messages that or another scam site can use to convince people to subscribe:

  • Press “Allow” to verify, that you are not a robot
  • Just one more step! “Allow” to continue
  • Click Allow to start downloading
  • Click “Allow” to win a prize and get it in our shop!
  • If you are 18+, click Allow, etc.

Those who don't think this through, might simply consider this as some type of verification and proceed with the given instructions. Since, at this point, users are then rerouted to other websites, and nothing much happens, they tend to forget the whole ordeal. Only sometime later, they might encounter annoying push notifications that show up on their screens without warning. push notifications

Push notifications vs. pop-up ads

Users have been affected by push notification scams for many years now, seeing how the feature was migrated to Google back in 2015. Users suddenly started seeing requests to enable push notifications, although, thanks to misleading background messages, they might be interpreted as something entirely different.

As such, there is not much overall understanding of how push notifications work – users don't even think about it too much as they originally tend to decline the request to enable notifications from even legitimate websites.[3] Since people are then tricked into permitting malicious websites to show the push notifications, they get very surprised when they start seeing ads from,,, or similar suspicious websites.

At the same time, many users are well aware of pop-up ads they have previously encountered on various websites. Considering how similar the two are, it is not surprising. However, there is a fundamental difference between the two is that pop-up ads are triggered upon the website entry (or malware infection), while push notifications run on the system level at any time when the browser is operational.

This can result in push notifications being shown at random times, regardless of users' actions at the time – they might be streaming a YouTube video, browsing their favorite websites, or even not actively using the browser at all.

How to effectively remove push notifications?

Before you proceed with the elimination of the unwanted push notifications, we recommend you first scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another reputable anti-malware software to ensure that there's no adware or malware hiding in your system. If found, we also recommend taking care of your computer health with FortectIntego – it can repair malware-caused system damage, clean your browsers to protect privacy, and remove junk and other leftover files.

To get rid of push notifications, you should access the browser settings and visit the site settings section. There, you need to block the related URL from showing you ads.

Google Chrome (desktop)

  1. Open the 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 choose 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.
  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


  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

MS Edge (legacy)

  • Open Microsoft Edge, and click the Settings and more button (three horizontal dots) at the top-right of the window.
  • Select Settings and then go to Advanced.
  • Under Website permissions, pick Manage permissions and select the URL in question.
  • Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 2

Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right of the window.
  • Select Internet options and go to the Privacy tab.
  • In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer
  • Locate the web address in question under Allowed sites and pick Remove.
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How to prevent from getting adware

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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