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What is ads? ads can lead you to further malicious content online is a scam website that should not be trusted

Ads are something that most users come across while browsing the internet in one way or another. From barely visible ads to those examples where they take an almost full screen and start moving the elements in the background. It goes without saying that, in most extreme cases of ad implementation on websites, the user experience can be completely ruined. At the same time, larger and more intrusive advertisements earn more money for website authors.

It is easy to avoid websites that engage in such practices – people simply opt to not visit them. Likewise, ad-blockers can be used to stop most of the intrusive commercial content from being displayed. However, the situation becomes much more annoying and even serious when unwanted pop-ups start showing up without warning on the screen, covering all the other apps, regardless of which website is being visited at the time.

If you have encountered such an issue on Windows/Mac computer or a mobile device, you are not alone, as there are thousands of people who succumb to push notification scams almost daily. They are created by unfair individuals who use misleading messages and some social engineering[1] to trick users into subscribing to notifications from or any other similar site (e.g.,,, or

In order to stop these intrusive pop-ups, you need to access the settings of your browser and deny access to the site to you. Below we'll also provide tips and necessary procedures to ensure that the system is free of infections.

Type Push notifications, scam, ads
Distribution Intrusive pop-ups can start showing up at some point after the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up on a regular basis on the screen – these ads often include inappropriate, scam, phishing, or other similar content
Risks If you click on links provided by the website, you might end up infecting your system with malware/PUPs, disclosing your personal information to cybercriminals, or losing money for useless services
Removal You can stop the intrusive notifications by accessing web browser settings, as explained in the instructions below. If you suspect adware infection, you should scan your machine with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another security software
Recovery 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 scam in detail

Over half a million websites are created daily, and while some of them are being shut down for one reason or another, it totals up to 1.7 billion websites on the world wide web.[2] The content scope varies greatly, however – from reputable news sites visited by millions of people daily to shady, illegal sites that show inappropriate material or distribute illegal software.

Initially, the internet was almost not regulating, resulting in search engines bringing up malicious results and malware-laden pages being encountered everywhere. Over the years, security measures were implemented and every reputable company related to the business takes security seriously.

That being said, due to the vastness of the internet, moderating and regulating every single website is an impossible task. For that reason, there are plenty of crooks who create websites for malicious purposes, be it installing malware automatically on computers that have software vulnerabilities[3] or tricking people into subscribing to notifications.

The push notification feature is legitimate and is widely used by various websites. Upon site entry, people are offered to receive notifications from that particular site, so that they can receive relevant information directly on their screens in real-time. However, the feature is also abused by malicious parties, where users are led to believe that it is something completely different.

The scam is relatively simple – people are misguided by fake messages after they end up redirected to the site. Here is a few examples of the type of messages you can encounter when you access it:

  • Click Allow to confirm you're not a robot
  • If you are 18+ tap Allow
  • Click “Allow” to continue streaming
  • Can't play this video! Perhaps, your browser doesn't allow video playback. Click “Allow” button to play video
  • Just one more step! “Allow” to continue, etc.

Crooks create a completely misleading reason for users to accept notifications, i.e., they do not directly declare that push notifications would be enabled after the request is complete. It allows the site to include any type of information within the push notifications, which would be sent on the system level. scamScammers often use fake messages to make users click the "Allow" button

This means that as soon as users click that “Allow” button, they allow the site to deliver ads at any point later. Unfortunately, due to the above-mentioned misleading messages, people believe that they did nothing of that sort, which leads to them not understanding where pop-ups ate coming from.

When encountering similar websites, you should always leave them immediately, without interacting with anything or even clicking the “Block” button, as you would simply be forwarded to other shade pages. In order to remove the unwanted notifications, proceed with the instructions below and remember that no reputable website would prevent you from viewing its content unless you accept site notifications.

Removal of unwanted push notifications

Push notifications are not the same as pop-up ads, regardless of how similar they look visually. Their working principles are completely different. Those who agree to receive notifications from malicious websites can start receiving insecure or even dangerous content. For example, they might be told that they can earn large sums of money for a small investment, which later makes them lose it, without receiving any compensation.

Thus, do not click on any of the push notifications that come from this site, and instead, follow the instructions below to remove them for good. We provide instructions for all modern 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

Make an adware check

You might end up on by accident – usually after clicking a link on a malicious website. To avoid this, we strongly recommend you stay away from torrents, illegal video, streaming, and similar high-risk places. Of course, sometimes, it is impossible to avoid clicking on malicious links. Likewise, scripts could lead to automatic browser redirects. Thus, it is best to use some security measures at all times, such as ad-blocking extensions and security software.

However, unexpected redirects to malicious websites and continuous ads on all websites might be caused by adware – ad-supported software that is spread via software bundles or similar deceptive methods. This results in users not even being aware that they have it installed on their systems in the first place.

If you have recently installed apps from third-party sources, you should uninstall them and see if the symptoms disappear. If you need help with that, follow these steps:


  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


  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.

In some cases, adware might be particularly sneaky and show very few symptoms, at least those that are more noticeable. You might also not be able to find it manually. In such a case, we recommend you scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware software, so it can do it automatically for you.

Likewise, you might want to clean your browsers from cookies, caches, and other web data to stop data tracking. Refer to the instructions below or employ FortectIntego as an automatic option.

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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 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

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

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

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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