Downladingsite Ads Removal Guide — How to Fix It?

Written by Wilbur Woodham
Downladingsite pop-up notifications appear when you do not expect, detracting and annoying you. However, that is way more than simple pop-up ads – their origins is cleanly malignant, and they can install other malware to your system. In this article, I will guide you on how to remove Downladingsite pop-up advertisements and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with Downladingsite push notifications will be ineffective at best. At worst, the websites it can throw you to can introduce malware to your system. These pop-up notifications may also advertise 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 Downladingsite pop-up advertisements?

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 pop-ups and Downladingsite notifications is the malicious origins of the latter. Normal pop-up advertisements are offered for you to enable on different sites with a straightforward purpose – notify you about the new posts, discounts and so on. It is a useful thing to help your site to retain visitors and help the interested users to have the best price.

Brief description of the pop-ups:
Hosting AS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.
United States, San Francisco
IP Address
Malware type Adware1
Effect Unwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard level Medium
Malware source Apps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behavior Battlehammer, Recutasseuccars, Secureantiscan
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC

Downladingsite pop-up notifications, as opposed, have a deal with untrustworthy sites. You will generally see the offer to turn them on after a redirection from another website. There’s nothing bad in redirecting unless they throw you into such a dubious place. In this case, turning on push notifications is offered as the anti-bot check-up. In other cases, the sites may deny showing you the content unless you enable these pop-ups. These demands should be the red flag, as websites usually feature a different anti-bot mechanism. Seeing such an offer is a reason to close the site doubtlessly. Sometimes, even when you click “Allow”, you will not see the site – the sole page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up ads.

Downladingsite push notification

Downladingsite push notification.

How does it work?

The majority of browsers support enabling push notifications from sites. Sites, on the other hand, may send out notifications with the content they want. It may be an advertisement of the product or a page posted on this particular site, as well as a promotion of their partner page. As a result, you may see the pop-up from site X, but clicking it will redirect you to site Y – because a referral link to the latter was embedded.

Crooks bear on this ability in their attempt to gain money through advertising. They trick users into allowing them to show the banners, and then just spread hundreds of ads of anyone they contract with. As you can suppose, no normal companies will contract with fraudsters. All the Downladingsite push ads you can see lead to other fraudulent sites. In some cases, the same victim may get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming websites, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The banners these rascals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It generally provides a miserable commission for one view, but when you have a huge number of victims and make it hundreds of times every day – that is a way bigger sum. Despite most of such ads giving no result at all, it may still bring all the participants a lot of profit.

Are Downladingsite pop-up ads dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, they may look non-threatening – just a colourful window that appears from time to time. However, the things this window promotes differ drastically from what you used to see in pop-ups. site is controlled by crooks, who intendedly throw hundreds of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any common sense and can launch sporadic pop-up notifications into a storm of banners. For weak systems, that may be enough to make the system slower. But that is not all problems these pop-ups carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing that touches illegal ads, Downladingsite pop-up ads don’t have legit deals to offer. 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 pop-up 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, Downladingsite pop-up ads are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.

How to remove Downladingsite pop-ups?

Fortunately, Downladingsite pop-up advertisements removal is pretty easy. They parasite in the browser and cannot conceal themselves on a disk. However, as I pointed out above, some pop-ups may introduce malware to your system. It is hard to describe all cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is inconvenient. Therefore, after disabling the pop-up notifications the best option is to use anti-malware software. That is especially recommended if you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-up notifications, but they still appeared. That can point at malware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both system recovery and malware checkup purposes, thanks to its abilities of system recovery and multi-layer detection system.

First and foremost, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to accomplish in both manual and automatic manner. The former, obviously, requires more time to complete and can 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 web page 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 Downladingsite 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 Downladingsite Pop-ups?

Name: Downladingsite

Description: Downladingsite - 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 Downladingsite 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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