Ads Removal Guide — How to Fix It?

Written by Wilbur Woodham push notifications appear out of the blue, distracting and annoying you. Nonetheless, that is way more than simple pop-up ads – their essence is cleanly malignant, and they may install other malicious stuff to your device. In this post, I will guide you on how to remove pop-up advertisements and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with push notifications will be useless at best. At worst, the sites it can throw you to may introduce malware to your system. These pop-up advertisements can also promote fake shopping websites which will take your money and payment info. The latter generally ends up with losing all the money you have on the exposed card.

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What are push notifications?

As the pop-up definition goes, these are short and small advertisements that attract your attention to a product they promote. But the difference between regular push notifications and pop-ups is the malicious origins of the latter. Normal pop-up advertisements are offered for you to enable with a understandable purpose – notify you about the new posts, discounts and so on. It is a useful tool to help your site to keep visitors and help the interested ones to have the best deal.

Brief description of the pop-ups:
HostingAS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.
United States, San Francisco
IP Address188.114.96.3
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorDigitalskilllab, Lefthowdays, Akice
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC pop-ups, as opposed, are related to unlegit websites. You will commonly witness the offer to turn them on after a redirection from another site. Redirects are OK unless they throw you to such a dubious place. In this case, enabling pop-up advertisements is served under the guise of the anti-bot filtering. In other cases, the web pages can deny showing you the content unless you turn on these pop-up ads. These requirements should be the red flag, as sites usually have a more convenient anti-bot mechanism. Seeing this requirement should be the reason to close the site doubtlessly. Sometimes, even when you click “Allow”, you will not see the website – the sole page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up advertisements. push notification push notification.

How does it work?

The majority of browsers support turning on pop-ups from websites. Websites, on the other hand, may send notifications with the content they want. It may be an advertisement of the product published on this particular website, as well as a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the pop-up from site X, but interacting with it will redirect you to site Y – because a link to that website was built in.

Crooks rely on this feature in their approach to earn money through advertising. They trick users into allowing them to show the banners, and then just spread hundreds of promotions of anyone they contract with. As you may suppose, no normal organisations will have a deal with fraudsters. All the notifications you can see lead to other fraudulent sites. In some cases, the same user may be trapped by several pop-up spamming websites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.

The banners these crooks show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It generally provides a miserable commission for one person, but when you can send ads to a huge number of victims and show them hundreds of ads every day – that is a much bigger sum. Even though the majority of these banners are ineffective, it may still give all the participants a lot of profit.

Are push notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they may look non-threatening – just a blinking window that appears from time to time. However, the contents of this window differ sharply from what you used to see in push notifications. web page is ruled by crooks, who deliberately throw tons of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any manners of advertising and can launch sporadic pop-up advertisements into a storm of promotions. For weak computers, that may be enough to make the system slower. But troubles are not over at this point.

Why people dislike popups

As with any other thing related to illegal advertising, pop-up notifications lack legit offers. Even though crooks make the ads similar to ones from Amazon, Walmart or Ebay, the web page these ads will throw you to are completely different. And these pages can offer you to turn on other pop-ups, install a “useful” program, or pay for a thing at a big discount and never receive it. Let’s leave aside the cases when push notifications promote phishing pages or straightforward malware. There’s no way these pages will bring you any good, thus interacting with them is a very bad idea. For the same reason, pop-ups are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.

How to remove pop-ups?

Fortunately, pop-ups removal is not very complicated. They reside in the browser and cannot conceal themselves in the system. Nonetheless, as I stated before, some pop-ups may deliver malware to your system. It is hard to show all of the cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is a poor idea. For that reason, after removing the source of the pop-up notifications the best option is to use anti-malware software. I would especially recommend that if you have never clicked “Allow” to push notifications, and they still appeared. This situation may point at malware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both recovery and malware removal purposes, because of its abilities of system recovery and superb detection system.

First of all, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to do in manual or automated way. The former, obviously, requires more time to complete and may be somewhat complicated if you have never done that. Automated supposes the use of anti-malware programs that can reset all browser settings at once.

Reset your browsers with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

To reset your browser with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, open the Tools tab, and click the “Reset browser settings” button.

Tools tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

You can see the list of options for each browser. By default, they are set up in a manner that fits the majority of users. Press the “Reset” button (lower right corner). In a minute your browser will be as good as new.

Reset Browser Settings tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

The browser reset is recommended to perform through the antivirus tool by GridinSoft, because the latter is also able to reset the HOSTS file without any additional commands.

Reset your browsers manually

Manual method of browser reset

To reset Edge, do the following steps:
  1. Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option:
  2. Reseting the Edge browser

  3. After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original:
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions:
  1. Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information”:
  2. The first step to revert Mozilla Firefox

  3. In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option:
  4. The second step of Firefox restoration
    After choosing this option, you will see the next message:
    The last step for Firefox
If you use Google Chrome
  1. Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button:
  2. In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults”:
  3. Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default:
Opera can be reset in the next way
  1. Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option:

  2. After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown:

When the browsers are reset, you need to ensure that your browser will connect the right DNS while connecting to the site you need. Create a text file titled “hosts” on your pc’s desktop, then open it and fill it with the following lines2:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# # source server
# # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

Find the hosts.txt file in C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc directory. Rename this file to “hosts.old.txt” (to distinguish it from the new one), and then move the file you created on the desktop to this folder. Remove the hosts.old from this folder. Now you have your hosts file as good as new.

Scan your system for possible viruses

After removing the push notifications, it’s time to see if these pop-ups brought any threat to your system. Launch GridinSoft Anti-Malware, and then click on Standard scan. It will be enough in most cases to find and remove malware. The scan will last 5-10 minutes; you are free to use your system during that process.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware during the scan process

Once the scan is complete, you will see the detections or a notification about a clean system. Proceed with pressing the Clean Up button (or OK when nothing is detected).

GridinSoft scan finished

How to Remove Pop-ups?


Description: - a lot of users became a target for the pop-up advertisements. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove push notifications?” or “why do pop-ups keep appearing on Chrome even after AdBlock installation?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with pop-ups, which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Adware

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  1. More about this malware type on GridinSoft Encyclopedia.
  2. Official Microsoft guide for hosts file reset.

About the author

Wilbur Woodham

I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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