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What is ads? is a fake website, messages of which you should never trust is a website without any content, even though it might seem otherwise is a suspicious website you might encounter at any time while browsing the web on your browser. While the site is not the most malicious one there is, it can cause plenty of annoyance to users and, in some cases, pose a serious security threat. Users suffer from unexpected notifications that come seemingly out of nowhere. They can show up at any time while people are browsing their favorite social network, streaming a video, or simply browsing the web. They are also not triggered by any particular user action and are always shown on top of other apps, which might make the web browsing experience a true nightmare.

The push notifications contain all sorts of misleading and even malicious events that should be completely ignored, as they might cause serious security issues. In this article, we will explain how the scam operates and how to remove the intrusive notifications that are produced via your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or any other web browser thanks to this scheme.

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups, scam
Appearance Desktop notifications start showing up in particular time intervals after clicking on the “Allow” button upon the site entry
Symptoms Pop-up notifications are shown on a desktop at random times
Dangers Redirects to malicious websites can result in unwanted site notifications, personal information disclosure to unknown parties (cybercriminals), monetary losses, installation of other potentially unwanted programs/malware
Removal 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 elimination
Additional steps 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

How the scam operates

The scheme starts with a simple browser redirect, as users don't visit potentially dangerous websites on purpose (with a few exceptions). That being said, the activity is very prominent on less secure websites, such as illegal video streaming or pirated software download sites. Another reason a browser could lead you to the scam is due to adware[1] infection – this type of software specializes in showing ads to users and exposing them to as much commercial content as possible.

Once on the site, users are usually taken by surprise – they are shown two distinct components, which is the prompt which asks whether or not the website should be allowed to show notifications and what seems to be a verification message. I.e, users are asked to confirm that they are not robots or that a video is about to be played and all they need to do is press the “Allow” button to achieve that result.

However, as soon as they do so, nothing really happens, and there is no further content presented simply because it does not exist. The only reason for the creation of or any similar websites (for example,,, or is to make users subscribe for notifications so that ads could make it much easier into their desktops.

Even pressing the “Block” button is not recommended in such a situation, as it would also result in a redirect to a similar website. Unfortunately, there are many users who get tricked by the scam and then end up doing what they are asked for. virusPush notifications might bring malicious links to your screen

The frequency of these push notifications is usually quite high, as the developers of this social engineering[2] attack receive financial benefits each time the ads are shown to users. The most problematic issue here is that the messages within these prompts can often carry false information in order to make users install other malicious software, subscribe to useless services, or disclose their sensitive information to crooks. Here are a few examples:

  • “Your computer is out of date! Download the updates here!”
  • “Lose weight quickly with this weird old trick!”
  • “What to earn some cash quickly? This woman earns $4,000 while working from home just a few hours a day!”
  • “You have won iPhone 13! Click here to receive it!”
  • “Your system is infected with a virus. Click here to download antivirus software and protect tour PC,” etc.

These are typical tricks that are used by cybercriminals to gain some type of benefit. Usually, social engineering attacks are financially motivated, although personal information can be stolen for other malicious purposes (although it still comes down to monetary gains).

In any case, it is important not to click on any of these messages, as you might be a victim of another scam or you might also infect your system with dangerous malware, such as ransomware[3] or a Trojan. Therefore, ignore all the pop-ups completely and instead proceed with the instructions below to terminate the unwanted activity. removal

Push notifications are not malicious, and they were created a while ago in order to inform users about important system events by Apple. Developers soon realized that this feature can be used by other applications as well and, in essence, people have been seeing similar functionality for years now (for example, when a pop-up message comes up and shows that a new email was received), and they can be very useful.

However, when the party that is sending these notifications is not trustworthy, the result is not positive in any way. The good thing is that you can remove ads just as easily as you have accepted them – all you have to do is access the site settings within your browser.

Google Chrome (desktop):

  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 (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

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

There is a chance that you might still see suspicious ads and suffer from browser redirects while browsing the web. In such a case, we strongly recommend you run a scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another security software to ensure that no malware or adware is present on your device.

Adware is another type of deceptive software that is commonly spread via bundles downloaded from third-party websites. This is one of the reasons why many people aren't even aware that their devices are infected – they don't notice when potentially unwanted programs manage to slip into their systems.

After you eliminate all the infections from your system, we strongly recommend you either reset or clean your browsers for better security and privacy. Cookies and other technologies are used to track user data, and they might remain on the device for years before they self-delete. Thus, delete them and other associated web data from time to time.

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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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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