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Not all websites are created to be informative or useful – there are plenty of malicious online places that are dedicated to scam users in one way or another. is one of the sites that should never be trusted, as it employs various scam techniques to convince users to do something they normally wouldn't, all with negative consequences.

People don't visit malicious websites on purpose but instead are redirected from somewhere else while browsing the web on Google Chrome, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or any other browser. Once on the landing page, visitors are quickly presented with two noticeable elements – a prompt asking to enable notifications and a deceptive message along with a picture. The latter is used to convince users to press the “Allow” button to allegedly bypass some security check or for many other reasons. In any case, all of these messages are entirely fabricated in order to make users subscribe.

Those who do get tricked by the scam would later find themselves being spammed with notifications, which would come up at random times and interrupt computer activities. To make matters worse, these pop-ups can show up regardless of which website is being visited or which browser is used.

The push notifications could include any type of deceptive and even malicious content, including links. If clicked, they could lead users to malware-laden or scam websites. Clicking these links is highly discouraged; you should instead take your time to access your browser's settings section and stop them from being shown in the first place.

Type Push notifications, scam, ads
Distribution The unwanted activity starts at some point after the Allow button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Intrusive desktop notifications show up on the desktop at any time, promoting websites of dubious content
Associated risks Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous: users might suffer from monetary losses, install malware or potentially unwanted programs on their systems, or disclose their sensitive data to cybercrooks
Elimination To get rid of notifications, you should access your web browser settings – check the below paragraphs for more information. You should also scan your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner to check for adware
Further steps Cleaning web browsers is just as important when dealing with potentially unwanted programs, so do so by following the instructions below or use FortectIntego as an automatic fix

Social engineering tricks used by push notification scammers

Push notifications are initially not malicious, and many websites use them. They can be implemented during the site creation process, which allows the developers to offer users to receive notifications if they like. They can either agree by clicking the “Allow” button or decline by pressing “Block.”

While most users have previously encountered such a request on many legitimate websites, this feature can be perceived completely differently if presented in a different way. And this is precisely what crooks do – they try to make people believe that the “Allow” button has a completely different function.

One of the most common fake messages related to push notification scam sites such as,, or uses the following:

Press “Allow” to verify, that you are not a robot

With this message, crooks are trying to confuse users by making them think that clicking the Allow button is a simple verification check. Indeed, many websites employ security checks such as captchas to prevent bots flooding them with connections (otherwise known as DDoS attacks) and causing major malfunctions. virusCrooks use fake messages and images to convince users to press the "Allow" button within the notification prompt

In order cases, you might come across similar fake messages, claiming that a video will be shown or that some 18+ content unlocked. When dealing with these scams, always keep in mind that no legitimate websites lock their content behind some type of requests apart from notifications about cookies and data privacy.

If the “Allow” button is clicked, notifications from the site will be permitted, although the pop-ups would not show up immediately but rather sometime later. This is done deliberately in order to prevent users from realizing where the intrusive ads are coming from. Luckily, you can easily remove them by accessing the settings section of your browser.

Remove ads easily

Most people who suddenly start seeing strange popups on their desktops are completely unaware of where they are coming from or what is causing them. They typically can't remember that they did click the “Allow” button within the notification prompt on a deceptive website, be it purposely or accidentally. In fact, many believe that what they did was a simple verification procedure and has nothing to do with push notifications.

At this point, people start scanning their machines with security software, believing that it could get rid of the pop-ups that carry links and other misleading information within. In fact, it is a correct step to take, and we strongly advise you to perform a full system check with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful security software to ensure there is no malware installed on your device.

However, it is unlikely that a scan with anti-malware would remove ads from your system. This is because they are not actually ads but notifications that come from a scam website. You can easily prevent this from happening by following these steps:

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

Keep in mind that clicking links that the website pushes is extremely dangerous. In fact, you might even click on a link by accident, as the notifications can show up pretty frequently, without warning. If you have been redirected to a suspicious website, leave it immediately. If you were tricked into downloading something, immediately scan your device with security software to ensure nothing malicious was installed without your permission.

If you indeed find that there's something suspicious on your system, remove it immediately. Also, make sure that you clean your web browsers with FortectIntego or by following instructions at the bottom of this post, as malware and adware commonly insert components into browsers for tracking or other reasons. In fact, cookies can be hijacked, which would allow malicious actors to steal access to various accounts and similar personal information.

Security tips to avoid online scams

Many years ago, the internet was a place full of malware, scams, and phishing websites. In fact, not much has changed since those days, apart from accessibility by users. Tech giants such as Google and regulatory bodies are making changes to the world wide web to make it more secure. That's why it is unlikely for you to access a malicious link from Google's search results (although there's plenty of websites that are in the gray area).

However, that does not mean that the internet is safe, and there are still many websites that are very dangerous. Cybercriminals are hacking legitimate websites, injecting malicious JavaScrips[1] into poorly protected sites (torrents, warez, porn, gambling, etc.), or creating spoofing[2] ones to fool people to provide their account information directly to them.

Therefore, it is vital to stay secure online and remember that not all websites are safe, even if they might seem so. First of all, avoid all the high-risk websites which host software cracks or similar illegal installers, or you might easily get infected with Nqsq ransomware or similar malware.

Also, security software should be installed and running at all times. It can warn you about phishing[3] attempts and prevent most viruses from being executed. Ad-block is another great addition that could save you from malicious and intrusive ads.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps

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

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

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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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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