How to remove pop-ups? — Fix Guide

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-up advertisements appear when you do not expect, detracting and annoying you. However, they are slightly more than annoying pop-ups – their origins is clearly malicious, and they may introduce other malware to your system. In this article, I will show you how to remove pop-up advertisements and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with push notifications will be ineffective at best. At worst, the web pages it can show you may introduce malware to your system. These push notifications may also promote fake online 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 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-up ads and notifications is the malignant origins of the latter. Normal pop-up ads are offered for you to enable with a legitimate purpose – notify you about the latest posts, goods for sale and so on. It is an effective approach to help your site to retain visitors and help the interested visitors to have the best deal.

Brief summary of the pop-ups:
HostingAS204601 Zomro B.V.
Netherlands, Amsterdam
IP Address212.162.153.41
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorNtaspectsofcukorp, Mograppid, Humseenbow
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC pop-up ads, as opposed, have a deal with unlegit web pages. You will commonly see the offer to enable them after a redirection from another page. Redirects are OK unless it throws you to such a dubious place. In this case, turning on pop-up notifications is offered under the guise of the anti-DDoS filtering. In other cases, the web pages may deny showing you the contents unless you turn on these pop-up notifications. These demands should be the red flag, as sites generally have a more convenient anti-bot mechanism. Spectating this requirement should be the reason to skip the page right away. Sometimes, even when you click “Allow”, you will not get to the web page – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up advertisements. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

Most of browsers support turning on push notifications from sites. Sites, on the other hand, may send out notifications with the content they like. It may be a promotion of the product listed on this website, as well as an ad of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the push notification from site X, but clicking it will throw you to website Y – because a link to the latter was built in.

Scoundrels rely on this ability in their approach to gain money through advertising. They trick victims into turning on pop-ups, and then just spread hundreds of promotions of other crooks they have a deal with. As you may suppose, no legit organisations will have a business with fraudsters. All the push ads you can see lead to other fraudulent sites. In some cases, the same user can get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming websites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.

The banners these criminals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It usually provides a negligible payment for one viewer, but when you have a huge number of victims and show them hundreds of ads each day – that is a way bigger sum. Even though the majority of such ads are ineffective, it can still bring all the participants a lot of profit.

Are pop-up advertisements dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they may look safe – just a colourful pop-up that appears from time to time. However, the contents of this window differ drastically from what you used to see in pop-up notifications. web page is controlled by fraudsters, who intentionally show hundreds of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any manners of advertising and can launch sporadic pop-ups into a hurricane of banners. For weak computers, that may be enough to make the system slower. But that is not all troubles these pop-up notifications carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing that touches illegal advertising, pop-up advertisements don’t have legit deals to offer. Even when hackers make the banners similar to ones from Walmart or Amazon, the website these banners 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-up ads 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, push notifications removal is pretty easy. They sit in the browser and can’t hide themselves on a disk. However, as I stated above, some push notifications can introduce malware to your computer. It is hard to describe all cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is a bad idea. Thus, after removing the source of the pop-ups it is recommended to use anti-malware software. This step is especially recommended in the case when you have never allowed pop-up notifications, but they still appeared. This situation may point at malicious software activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both recovery and malware scanning purposes, because of its abilities of system recovery and superb detection system.

Initially, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to do in both manual and automatic manner. The former, obviously, takes 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 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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