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Intrusive ads on various websites can be particularly annoying – they pop up at random times, blocking the site's content entirely in some cases. Visitors can accidentally click on these advertisements, which can result in unwanted redirects. However, when pop-ups show up directly on your screen all the time, the web browsing and even computer operating experience can be completely ruined. In this case, we are talking about ads.

People do not deliberately visit websites of dubious origin but are rather redirected to them – this is how most of the scams are spread. Upon entering, users are presented with two distinct elements:

  • A pop-up asking visitors to allow notifications;
  • A message which also includes a generic picture, encouraging them to press the “Allow” button within the prompt.

The developers of this site are scammers and use fake statements in order to trick people. For example, they might say that it is a simple verification process in order to proceed, or that a video is about to be played. In truth, none of it is true and is a mere pretense for people to click that “Allow” button.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who oblige due to one reason or another – the click might even be accidental. Since the activity does not begin straight away, users typically completely forget about the encounter and proceed with their daily tasks on the computer.

After some time, pop-ups would start showing up at random times directly on users' screens. The links embedded in them could be dangerous, so clicking them is not recommended. Instead, follow this guide to eliminate the intrusive activity and make sure that no viruses are running in the background.

Type Push notifications, spam, ads, scam
Infiltration As soon as the “Allow” button is pressed within the notification prompt on the site
Symptoms Intrusive desktop notifications show up on the desktop at any time, promoting websites of dubious content
Damage Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous: users might suffer from financial losses, disclose their sensitive information to unknown parties or install malware/PUPs on their systems
Elimination To get rid of notifications, you should access your web browser settings. Additionally, checking your device for adware and malware is also recommended with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software
Further steps After you delete the infection and encounter system stability issues, you should attempt to fix them with a repair tool, such as FortectIntego. It can also serve as a great tool to clean your web browsers

First, let's talk about what push notifications are and how they work, as many people have misconceptions about the feature. First of all, most people immediately associate it with malware infections due to such an intrusive pop-up behavior. While this might or might not be true, although if it were true, the infection would not be causing push notifications to show up, but rather manifest itself in some other ways. But we'll talk about that later.

In reality, push notifications are not inherently malicious and are used legitimately by many well-known websites, for example, YouTube or eBay. Upon the site entry, users are offered to receive notifications from it, and they are free to decline or accept that offer. There is nothing wrong with the practice as long as it is done fairly – people can receive information that is actually relevant to them.

When users accept the offer by clicking “Allow,” they give permission to that particular website to deliver information directly to the screen, on top of all the other apps. This can ensure that the delivered information can be seen immediately. It is very similar to how push notifications work in phone apps; for example, if you receive a new email, you will see a notification about it if set up correctly. adsPush notifications feature is legitimate, although often abused by crooks to push ads

It is also worth mentioning that many people were very annoyed with push notifications since it's just another click that needs to be made before the website's contents can be viewed. According to Mozilla, which conducted an experiment concerning the matter back in 2019, most users disabled the prompt right away:[1]

Last year, we discovered during testing that about 99% of notification prompts go unaccepted, with 48% being actively denied by the user.

Regardless of whether you like the feature or not, it is important to know that there are plenty of malicious websites that are ready to abuse it for revenue, all while putting users in danger. Thus, if you see intrusive pop-up notifications constantly, check out the next section to remove them from your screen for good.

How to remove popups?

Besides, there are thousands of websites that use very similar scam techniques in order to convince users to subscribe to notifications. In fact, sites like,, or have no content in them and are practically identical when it comes to their operation.

What is so convenient about push notifications from crooks' standpoint is that many users don't know what is causing them or how to stop them. In reality, it is relatively easy to stop push notifications from showing up – and it does not matter which website they are coming from. Check the details below.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  • Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  • Locate Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  • Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
  • Click the three vertical dots next to it and pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.

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

  • Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
  • Click on Privacy & Security section.
  • Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click the Settings button next to it.
  • In the SettingsNotification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the URL in question.
  • 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)

  • Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
  • Select Site permissions.
  • Go to Notifications on the right.
  • Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
  • Click on More actions and select Block.Stop notifications on Edge Chromium


  • Click on Safari > Preferences…
  • Go to 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 these instructions can be used for any other website you would want to stop receiving notifications from. So in case a similar issue happens to you in the future, you can stop the pop-ups with ease.

Check your device for infections

You are likely to be redirected to malicious or deceptive websites after clicking on some link online. In some cases, the redirect might even occur automatically due to scripts embedded on the site. This behavior is very common on websites of dubious content, such as torrents, gambling, and similar.

In order to avoid such issues, you should stay away from websites that distribute pirated programs, as they are commonly loaded with malware, e.g., Rigd or Koxic. Of course, that might not stop the redirects completely, but you could employ ad-blockers or security applications such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to protect yourself better.

Another reason for random redirects is adware.[2] This potentially unwanted software is spread in freeware[3] bundles, so people rarely install it on purpose (although some apps might become shady after being sold, for example). This is why many users have no idea that a potentially unwanted program is installed on their machines.

The easiest way to check is by scanning the device with the powerful anti-malware solutions we mentioned above. Alternatively, you could look for PUPs manually, as we explain in the instructions below, although keep in mind that this method might not be optimal – you might miss certain components.

After you remove adware from your system, make sure you clean your web browsers from cookies, caches, and other web data to complete the elimination process. You can also employ FortectIntego to do this automatically.

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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

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 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

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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