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What is ads? is that tries to convince you to subscribe to push notifications that are filled with links to malicious sites shows misleading messages to make users click the "Allow" button

Ads are necessary for content creators and companies to generate revenue for their operations – it has been one of the main monetization methods in the online sphere for many years now. In fact, most users don't mind ads that are not intrusive. Ads that change the page's structure, show up on top of everything else, autoplay videos, or cover the whole screen is something that many people are not willing to deal with – websites that do this are generally avoided.

However, push notifications are something relatively new and, while they were created with having good intentions in mind, crooks realized that they can be used to deliver advertisements to users' screens. pop-ups might show up at random times, covering some portion of the screen. It also matters not which website is currently being visited, the notifications from the site would show up regardless of this aspect.

Without a doubt, it can seriously mess up users' time online when they are visiting their favorite websites, playing online games, or streaming videos. This is not the worst aspect of the notifications – it is the contents of those notifications that might be dangerous.

Once users are tricked into subscribing to notifications from fake websites, they are flooded with notifications at random times, which commonly include various misleading or deceptive information within. For example, they might be told that their security software has expired and that they need to renew their license, which leads to malware downloads or personal information disclosure to cybercriminals. In other cases, users might be promised easy money for a “small” investment, only to be scammed and never receive anything in return.

All in all, you should not click or interact with notifications in any way, as you might end up infecting your computer with malware, losing money, or compromising your privacy. You can easily remove them by accessing your browser settings, although you should also take your time to check your system for infections and also clean your browsers. We explain all the steps in this article.

Type Push notifications, ads, pop-ups, scam
Distribution The unwanted activity starts as soon as the “Allow” button is pressed via the notification prompt
Symptoms Pop-up notifications show up at any time at the bottom right or top right corner of the screen
Associated risks Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous: you might suffer from monetary losses, disclosure of sensitive information to unknown parties, or install malware/PUPs on the system
Elimination You can disable notifications via browser settings; in case you experience more ads and redirects to suspicious sites, you should check your system for adware with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes security software
Additional steps In case your computer is crashing, returning errors, and is generally sluggish, we suggest you repair it with FortectIntego

How did you end up on

There are several ways you can reach certain websites – you can use the search function from Google or another provider, enter the web address into the URL bar, use bookmarks, or click on a link on some website online. Some of these methods provide guaranteed, satisfactory results, as they help you reach the destination without issues.

However, links on various websites are something completely different, as not all of them might lead you to a place where it might seem they would lead, and this is precisely how users encounter for the first time.

While it is impossible to avoid such occurrences (in some cases, users might be taken to a different website with the help of automatic scripts, so they don't even need to press anything), there is a way to reduce the chance of encountering malicious websites – here are a few suggestions from security experts:[1]

  • Employ adequate security tools (anti-malware, ad-blockers);
  • Never visit websites that provide illegal streaming and pirated software[2] download services.

Nonetheless, there is also another reason why you might end up on malicious websites, and it is adware.[3] This is particularly likely if you also observe other infection symptoms, such as changes to browser settings, increased number of ads everywhere you go, random redirects, etc.

Likewise, adware or malware might run in the background without a visible window or might not be shown in the installed program list. Therefore, we recommend running a scan with powerful security software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. It would ensure that all the malicious components are eliminated. virusThe push notifications from can promote links to malicious websites

Browsers should also be looked at thoroughly if adware was found on the device. You can use the instructions at the bottom of this post to clean them manually or use a more effective and quicker method by employing FortectIntego repair and maintenance utility.

The scam operation explained

One of the main reasons why users are surprised by notifications is that they are clueless about what is causing them. This makes a lot of sense if we start looking at how crooks manage to fool users into subscribing to the website in the first place.

You have probably previously noticed prompts on legitimate websites that ask whether or not you want to enable notifications from that particular site. The way it is asked differs from browser to browser (for example, in Chrome, it is a bit less apparent of what is being asked), although the result is always the same – if users click “Allow,” they permit that particular site to send users notifications at any time.

With having that in mind, crooks realized that the feature could be used to promote commercial content to users, and all they had to do is make people subscribe to notifications. This is when they came up with an idea to create fake websites with no other purpose but to trick people into clicking that required button. This behavior is not new and has been observed on other identical websites, including,, or

  • Click Allow if you are not a robot
  • Push allow to close this window
  • Click “Allow” to continue streaming
  • If you are 18+, click Allow, etc.

As you can see, these tiny social engineering tricks make it seem like the push notification prompt's function is something completely different. It isn't: no matter what the background message claims, it will always result in you allowing the notifications to be shown to you without restrictions.

Thus, do not allow random websites to show you notifications in the future. Do not click the “Block” button either (you are likely to be redirected to another similar site) but instead follow the instructions in the next section to remove the push notifications once and for all.

Easy removal

It is not difficult to remove the unwanted pop-ups, although many users are unaware of how to do that as they have never had to deal with this intrusive behavior before. If you are one of those people, you should follow the instructions below to remove the website's access to your push notifications.

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):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to the 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 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 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 of the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to the 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

Note that these instructions are not necessary if you have an adware problem on your device and are going to reset your browsers. In such a case, all of the settings would be reset, and the notifications would no longer appear on your browser. You can check the instructions on how to do that below. That being said, we don't recommend doing so and rather cleaning the browsers either manually or automatically.

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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

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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