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If ads are constantly showing up on your desktop, you have enabled notifications from this site. Hundreds of users fall victim to push notification scams every day – and it does not help that new websites emerge every day. If you are looking for ways to stop these annoying pop-ups, we are here to explain how to eradicate them.

In most cases, people get redirected[1] to this malicious website from somewhere else – be it adware[2] causing it or just a random click on a link. To be precise, users do not visit such websites intentionally, which is precisely what scam authors are counting on. Once on the page, visitors are presented with two elements it consists of:

  • Push notification prompt which asks whether or not you want to allow notifications to be shown
  • A picture or a message which encourages users to press “Allow” instead of “Block.”

After this, users either realize that the is up to no good and leave it immediately, or get tricked by the message and proceed with what was asked of them – press the “Allow” button. Unfortunately, this action means that website authors are now capable of sending pop-up notifications at any time.

While the initial activity of push notifications has nothing to do with potentially unwanted programs or malware, it is strongly recommended to check the system thoroughly, especially if you don't understand how suspicious items are showing up on your device. For more advice and removal instructions, check the below paragraphs.

Type Push notifications, scam, ads
Distribution As soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Intrusive notifications are displayed on the screen at random time intervals. They commonly include links to potentially dangerous websites
Risks Clicking on links that are embedded within the notification prompt, exploring the sites these links bring to, or downloading files can be particularly dangerous
Removal To prevent the site from displaying notifications to you, access the site permission section via your web browser settings – you can find more details below
Further steps Redirects and ads might indicate adware infection, so you should check your system with security software, clean your browsers, and attempt to fix virus damage with a repair tool FortectIntego

Scam in detail

It all starts with users entering the scam website. This is usually done thanks to various insecure websites that employ URL redirects or links or adware. The latter is commonly spread via software bundles and other deceptive methods, making users unaware that the software is installed in the first place. Also, some legitimate apps sometimes might go rogue due to ownership change or other reasons.

Once installed, potentially unwanted programs start delivering commercial content, be it via redirects, sponsored search results, or ads placed on random websites. This is why it's important to check the system with powerful security software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

As soon as users show up on the page, they are taken by surprise – they are asked to enable notification due to one reason or another. Here are a few examples of fake messages:

  • Press Allow to verify, that you are not a robot
  • Click Allow to continue
  • Click Allow to watch the video
  • If you are 18+ tap Allow, etc.

However, regardless of whether the Block or Allow button is pressed, visitors are likely to end up on the same page or be redirected to other similar websites, e.g.,,, and

In order to avoid being tricked by push notification scams, you should be treat websites you get redirected to with caution and remember that the “Allow” button within the notification prompt always means the same, regardless of the message is asking you to proceed because it will allegedly show you a video. virusMaking users to click the "Allow" button is website's main goal

Finally, let's talk about the most dangerous part of the scam – the push notifications themselves. Even here, scammers are trying to do their job, as often, insecure advertising networks are used due to the increased pay. In most cases, users can encounter links to various scam websites, including get-rich schemes or useless software. Additionally, they might also be asked to subscribe to some service they never needed and charged on a weekly or monthly basis.

Event malicious links can be shown to users. These can result in an infection of dangerous computer threats, such as Trojans, data-stealers, or even ransomware. Thus, it is vital not

Stop the intrusive ads

While one might believe that push notifications are the same as ads that show up when you visit a website, it is not the case. Push notifications are a legitimate feature that can be used by website or software developers to deliver information to users directly into their screens.

What puts them into the gray area is that some websites use fraud to make users subscribe and then, as mentioned above, deliver ads that are less than secure. To make matters worse, most users are not even aware that they have been scammed into subscribing, hence they don't know how to remove pop-ups in the first place.

Even if you were tricked, you should not worry, as this decision is easily reversible. Here you will find the instructions on how to do that on all modern web browsers:

Google Chrome

  • Select Menu > Settings > Advanced.
  • Click on Site Settings > Notifications.
  • Check the Allow section and find the address of the site.
  • Select More Actions and pick Block.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Go to Menu and then select Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security > Notifications > Settings.
  • Choose Block after picking this option from the drop-down menu.
  • Confirm with Save Changes.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Go to Menu and pick Settings.
  • Select Site permissions.
  • Click on Notifications.
  • Find the site URL, and click More actions.
  • Pick 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


  • Click on Safari > Preferences…
  • Go to the 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

Don't forget to check for adware

If you have stopped push notifications via the web browser settings, your job is not done just yet. As we already explained, one of the reasons why you get redirects to potentially dangerous websites is adware, so it is important to check whether or not this is true. It is likely to be so if you are also experiencing adware infection symptoms, including browser slowdowns and ads show up in places they are not supposed to be.

Keep in mind that some adware is particularly malicious and is treated as malware. For example, the persistent Wajam or Ask Toolbar remain the most widespread PUPs that are treated as malicious by most security applications.[3]

In most cases, you can remove adware using regular uninstallation methods. If you need help, follow these steps:


  • Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  • Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  • From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  • Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  • If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  • Wait till the uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2


  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

However, it is best you rely on security software for this process, as you might not be able to remove everything yourself. Besides, more malicious programs might be completely invisible to regular users.

If your system was indeed infected with unwanted or malicious software, you should also clear your web browsers carefully. For that, you can follow the instructions below or employ FortectIntego maintenance and repair utility. It can also get rid of junk from your system and automatically fix various system errors and malware damage.

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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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