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What is ads? is a fake sports website that provides nothing that it promises is a scam website you should never trust ads might start showing up on your desktop while you do anything online – stream a video, play a browser game, or simply explore websites of your choice. While it might come as a surprise to you, these pop-ups are there because you gave this website permission to do so. Of course, you were likely tricked into doing so, or you did so by accident. This is why so many other users find the appearance of push notifications rather baffling.

From first sight, might seem like a regular website that specializes in “the latest sports updates from around the world” – at least it seems so after entering the website's address into the URL bar. If looking closely, there is no relevant information displayed on the site, however. Likewise, this is not the version of the website visitors mostly see after they are redirected from somewhere else.

Users are immediately introduced to two components of the site:

  • A background message which tells users to press the allow button due to various fake reasons (typically, it also includes a random picture of some soft);
  • A push notification prompt that asks whether users want the notifications to be shown.

Many users fall victims at this point, as website developers use social engineering[1] tactics in order to make them click the “Allow” button – this is something that happened to you if you are seeing notifications popping up at random times. Most commonly, the activity does not start until much later, which is why people can't connect these two events. It is important to note that you could have also permitted the notifications by accident, which does not change the outcome, unfortunately.

In this article, we will tell you more about how these scams work, how to prevent being a victim looking forward, and ways to ensure that your computer is not infected. Of course, we also provide a detailed removal guide for the intrusive pop-ups to disappear once and for all.

Type Push notifications, scam, ads
Distribution Intrusive notifications with malicious content are shown at the bottom-right corner of the screen
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up on a regular basis at the bottom-right corner of the desktop – these ads often include inappropriate, scam, phishing, or other similar content
Risks Clicking on links that are embedded within the notification prompt, exploring the sites these links bring to or downloading files can result in malware infection, financial losses, or privacy issues
Removal To get rid of notifications, you should access your web browser settings – check the below paragraphs for more details. Also, scan your device with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner anti-malware to check for adware or malware
Additional tips Cleaning web browsers is important when dealing with potentially unwanted programs, so do so by following the instructions below or use FortectIntego for a quicker solution

Push notifications often abused by crooks

Push notifications are not malicious – it is a simple API (Application Programming Interface)[2] that is commonly used by various websites. Indeed, it can be very useful not only for websites but also for users – as long as they are adequately informed within the permission prompt.

Sadly, crooks have a completely different idea of how this feature can be utilized, and they won't skip an opportunity to grab some quick ad revenue from user clicks. In order to make this operation successful, they create websites such as – a page that is completely fake and has no other purpose whatsoever.

In order to make the scam believable, fake messages are used that are meant to convince users that the “Allow” button within the notification prompt is something entirely different. Here is one of the most common examples:

Click Allow to watch the video

In other cases, crooks try to imitate the verification process similar to captcha, where users are asked to press the Allow button in order to “confirm they are not robots.” Evidently, these are all fake, and you should simply leave pages that seemingly lock their content behind some type of permissions. notificationsScam authors use various fake messages to make users click the "Allow" button to enable notifications that later are used to show ads

Once enabled, push notifications can carry all sorts of information, including links. Once clicked, these links can generate pay-per-click revenue and benefit the authors of the website. Please never click on these, as you could be directed to dangerous places and get infected with malware or get tricked into disclosing sensitive user data. removal steps

Many users relate the intrusive activity of push notifications to malware infections. In reality, it has nothing to do with it, since the permission to show them can be acquired from users without them having a virus on their computers. Likewise, the possibility of adware infection should not be immediately dismissed – but more about this in the next section.

As for now, let's get rid of those pesky pop-ups once and for all. Below you will find the instructions for the most relevant browsers; these can be used to allow or block notifications to any other website as well.

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

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


  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):

  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.Stop notifications on Edge 1
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 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

Internet Explorer:

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

Redirects could be a sign of adware

You might be wondering how you ended up on such a scam website in the first place. If you type an address of a website into the omnibar (otherwise known as URL bar), you will always reach the destination correctly. However, when it comes to browser redirects, things change quite a bit.

URL redirection is a typical web browser behavior that usually serves a good function. Malicious actors can employ them to bring users to websites that they would never visit themselves. Most commonly, users are redirected after clicking a link on a website of dubious origin, for example, after clicking a fake download link on a torrents website. Security experts recommend staying away from such dangerous places while browsing the web, as ransomware or other dangerous malware can be lurking there.

In some cases, browser redirects can occur after clicking an empty space or even without users engaging with the website, thanks to automated scripts. In any case, this activity can oftentimes be prevented with adequate security tools or effective adblockers.

In some cases, browser redirects can signify adware infection. This is especially true if you are also dealing with frequent pop-ups, in-text links, banners, auto-play videos, and similar ads on a regular basis while browsing the web. However, you can never know the full capabilities of adware or malware, so you should take adequate steps in order to make sure it is removed if it is installed on your device.

Keep in mind that potentially unwanted programs[3] and malware often use sneaky distribution tactics, hence you might not even know they are there. To detect these unwanted and dangerous programs, you should scan your computer with powerful security software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. It can eliminate all the malicious components for you automatically, ensuring your personal safety and computer security.

You should also clean your web browsers to remove cookies and other trackers. Besides, in some cases, this might not be possible without a browser reset. You can find all the details below, although you can instead employ an automatic solution for this – FortectIntego. The app can also serve you as a tool that can fix virus damage once it is removed from your system and clean junk files, ensuring that your system is running at peak performance.

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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

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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