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There are plenty of users who have complained about the strange phenomenon seen on their desktops – pop-ups marked by the web address. People are also growing increasingly concerned about this phenomenon, as it does not seem to stop on its own, and its frequency is sometimes unbearable.

Push notifications seem to show up at completely random times, regardless of what users are currently doing – browsing their favorite websites, streaming a video, or even playing a video game. If they are in full-screen mode, they might still see the pop-up, which can be extremely intrusive. In other words, if the browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or any other one) is running or idling, the ads might show up at any time.

The truth is that users themselves subscribe to receive notifications from particular websites. In order to do that, they have to press the “Allow” button within the notification prompt that they see in the corner of the page. The catch here is that people are tricked into doing so and often don't even realize where the activity originates from.

How it all works

The encounter with push notification scams is purely accidental in most cases, although it is true that torrents, illegal video streaming, adult-oriented, gambling, and similar sites are more likely to incorporate booby-trapped links which, once clicked, would redirect users to rogue places online. Additionally, another reason for these redirects can also be a direct result of adware[1] or other malicious software infection, hence this point should be thoroughly investigated.

Upon entry to, users might be presented with all sorts of statements that are most certainly fictitious. Here's one of the examples that are very common on these types of sites:

Click “Allow” if you are not a robot

As evident, crooks are trying to present the “Allow” button as something completely different. In this case, they are trying to confuse users by imitating a very well-known technique used to verify users, ensuring that they are not robots – this is done in order to protect the websites from DDoS[2] attacks. Since people are familiar with this practice, they might not see the difference and do what they are asked to.

Once the offer to show notifications has been accepted, permission to deliver information to users' screens is granted. Usually, nothing really happens until much later, and this is exactly why so many people are baffled where this is coming from. Luckily, it is easy to get rid of these annoying pop-ups, and we will explain how below.

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups, scam
Distribution The unwanted activity starts as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed via the notification prompt
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up at any time at the bottom right or top right corner of the screen
Associated risks Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous: you might suffer from monetary losses, disclosure of sensitive information to unknown parties, or install malware/PUPs on the system
Elimination Notifications can be disabled via the browser settings; in case you experience more ads and redirects to suspicious sites, you should also get rid of adware – use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner antivirus for quick removal
Tips You should delete web browser caches and other data from your browsers to protect your privacy and prevent information leaks. You can do that quicker with FortectIntego

Mere 30 years ago, nobody could have guessed how important and impactful the internet would become later. Nowadays, more than half of the population is using it on a regular basis, with more locations gaining access to the world wide web constantly. Currently, the internet holds almost two billion websites[3] – a number that is hard to grasp.

It is evident that some of these websites are not created to provide news, entertainment, and other services to users. Instead, some individuals choose to take advantage of people for their own financial benefit and, since the internet offers a lot of anonymity, it serves as a perfect medium for that.

Push notification scams are very common, as they require very little effort and time to make (we have previously discussed,,, and similar sites). Crooks create these websites quickly because there is simply nothing in them – no buttons to press and no content to explore. The only thing that users see is the fake message which is accompanied by a picture. virusPush notifications from can be very intrusive

It is true that push notification scams are less dangerous, all things considered, but it does not mean that the promoted ads should remain on the system. Even if you are aware that the contents of push notifications are malicious, you might one day click on the link by accident due to the feature's unpredictability. If you do, never explore websites that are promoted by and instead get rid of push notifications from malicious sources.

Learn to remove ads

It is not that difficult to stop the intrusive ads from being shown. Without a doubt, this should be done in order to increase the security of the device and reduce the risk of accidental ad clicks. Also, it would get rid of the annoyance that people feel when they have to deal with continuous pop-ups spamming them during their online time. Here's how:

Google Chrome

  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.
  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)

  • 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 next to it.
  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

  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

MS Edge (legacy)

  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


  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

Additional tips

Once you have eliminated push notifications from all the malicious websites, we strongly recommend performing additional system checks. First of all, we advise you to avoid downloading software from high-risk websites (torrents and crack sites, for example, are used by cybercriminals to infect users with ransomware such as Fhkf.

Likewise, even popular third-party software distribution websites bundle software, so you should always be careful when installing new applications on your system – always pick the Advanced installation method instead of Recommended one, remove all the pre-ticked boxes, read the fine print, and watch out for misleading button placements.

Since random redirects might be a sign of adware, we suggest you scan your system with powerful security software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, to ensure that your device is definitely free from infections. Anti-malware is also the most effective method to prevent malware infiltrations – as long as you don't ignore the warnings it shows you.

You can also clean your web browsers to better protect your privacy and ensure that unwanted ads would not return. Likewise, this action would reduce the probability of the dangerous session hijacking attack, which would otherwise allow cybercriminals to steal your account logins and passwords. For this, we recommend employing FortectIntego or following the instructions we provide below.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

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

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 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

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

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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