ads (spam) - Free Guide ads Removal Guide

What is ads? spams people with pop-up ads instead of providing valuable content was created for the purpose of generating revenue with PPC advertising makes users think that when they will click the “Allow” button they will start receiving the latest sports updates from around the world. In reality, they start getting spammed with annoying pop-up ads that may even lead to danger. Scam sites like fake software updates, giveaways, surveys are often advertised using social engineering techniques that fool less IT-savvy people.

The site is also most likely generated, because there are hundreds that look exactly the same, like,, and Also, the site is displaying conflicting information. One text says that users will receive sports updates, and the other one says that they will receive movie updates. This is already a red flag that you should pay attention to when browsing the Internet.

TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS Pop up ads start appearing in the corner of the screen
DISTRIBUTION Push notification spam websites can appear while browsing through other shady websites, accidentally clicking on deceptive ads, or installing freeware
DANGERS Links in the push notifications can lead to dangerous websites and cause monetary losses, installations of PUPs, and even malware
ELIMINATION Disable push notifications in the browser settings
FURTHER STEPS Use FortectIntego to fix any remaining damage and performance issues

Distribution techniques

Unfortunately, push notification spam is mostly caused by users themselves. Because they are based on a subscription model, only they can request them. This happens because people rush, do not read the prompts or do not understand what they are saying, browse through shady pages. Websites like are promoted on web pages that most likely engage in illegal activities, like illegal streaming platforms.

Because they are unregulated, they are full of deceptive ads, and sneaky redirects. “Download” and “Play” buttons, often open new tabs with advertisements in them. Some people might think that they have to click the button to be able to watch a movie or TV show. You should never trust sites that randomly open out of nowhere. If you actually want to get push notifications about sports news, look for a legitimate, well-known website that can be trusted.

Of course, the appearance of this page could also have been caused by a PUP,[1] like adware. This software hides in the system and performs various tasks without the users' knowledge. If you have it on your PC, you might experience symptoms like an increased amount of commercial content, pop-ups, banners, surveys, redirects, etc. This way, the program generates revenue[2] for the developers without you even suspecting it.

Stop pop-up ads from appearing

As we mentioned before, push notifications work on a subscription-based model, so if you request to receive them, you will have to block them yourself too. You can do this easily by following our step-by-step instructions:

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.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  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):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to Sites section.
  4. 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 Settings button next to it.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  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 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:

  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

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 on 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

Clear cookies and cache

Cookies are small text files that a website can store on your browser. The main purpose of a cookie is to identify users, save site login details or customize web pages according to the individual’s preferences. Most websites will install cookies as a way of developing a profile for a person. The cookies will track each time a user visits a site, what they search for, what they buy, and more.

Unfortunately, not all websites can be trusted with data gathering. If you browse a lot, you most likely accept the usage of cookies on many websites. You should consider deleting cookies on your browsers because they pose a security threat. There have been instances where threat actors hijack cookies and gain access to browser sessions to steal personal data.

Cookies can also slow down your device over time as you accumulate many of them. Most importantly, they store your personal information. Cookies remember the sites you visit and the purchases you make. Websites can then track you and follow you to develop a more detailed profile and later sell it to advertising networks. pop-up ads may be deceptive and come from untrustworthy sources

The good news is because they are stored on your device, they are quite easy to get rid of but can still take quite a lot of time if you use more than one browser. You can use FortectIntego optimization tool that can take care of this automatically. This software can also fix various system errors and fix corrupted files to have more than one use. If you want to proceed with a manual guide follow this:

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.


  1. Go to Settings > Apps/Applications.
  2. Expand the full list of the installed apps.
  3. Tap on Chrome and select Storage & cache.
  4. Clear storage and clear cache of the app.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  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.


  1. Click Safari > Clear History.
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.

MS Edge:

  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.

MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete.
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete

If you still experience unwanted symptoms

If blocking the site permissions in your browser settings did not work, that might mean that you have a potentially unwanted program installed in your system that is generating ads in the background without your consent. In this case, you can use anti-malware tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes or other trusted ones and scan your system. Security software can also prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning about suspicious programs.

Try to avoid installing programs from freeware distribution sites as well, as they include additional programs in the installers[3] without telling users about it. Using official web stores and product websites is always the best option, although we know it can get costly. Try not to rush through the installation process and always choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” method.

If you want to try to remove adware yourself, you can find instructions for Windows and macOS under this post.

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Getting rid of ads. Follow these steps


Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  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

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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