Remove Pop-up Ads — How to Fix Gude

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-up notifications appear out of the blue, distracting and irritating you. Nonetheless, that is way more than simple pop-up ads – their nature is surely malignant, and they may introduce other malicious stuff to your PC. In this post, I will guide you on how to remove pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with pop-up notifications will be ineffective at best. In worst case scenario, the sites it can open may introduce malware to your system. These pop-up advertisements can also promote fake online shopping sites 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 malignant origins of the latter. Normal pop-ups are offered for you to enable with a benevolent purpose – keep you aware about the new 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.

Short summary of the pop-ups:
HostingAS24940 Hetzner Online GmbH
Germany, Kassel
IP Address167.235.71.165
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorAkice, Channelmarket, Ds0
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC pop-ups, as opposed, are related to unlegit websites. You will commonly observe the offer to turn them on following the redirection from another website. There’s nothing bad in redirecting unless they throw you to such a dubious place. At that point, enabling pop-up advertisements is offered under the guise of the anti-bot check. In other cases, the web pages can refuse to show you the contents unless you apply these pop-up advertisements. These requirements should already raise suspicion, as websites usually feature a different anti-bot mechanism. Spectating this requirement should be the reason to leave the website doubtlessly. In some cases, even when you click “Allow”, you will not get to the web page – the sole page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-ups. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

The majority of browsers support turning on push notifications from websites. Sites, on the other hand, may send out notifications with the content of their choice. It can be a promotion of the page listed for sale on this website, or an ad of their partner page. As a result, you may see the push notification from site X, but clicking it will direct you to site Y – because a referral link to the latter was embedded.

Cybercriminals bear on this ability in their approach to gain money using illegal advertising. They trick victims into turning on pop-ups, and after that just spread hundreds of promotions of anyone they contract with. As you may suppose, no normal organisations will contract with fraudsters. All the popups you can see lead to other fraudulent sites. At some point, the same victim can be trapped by multiple pop-up spamming websites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.

The ads these rascals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It usually provides a negligible pay for one person, but when you have a huge number of victims and show them hundreds of ads every day – that is a way bigger sum. Even though the majority of these banners giving no result at all, it may still give all the participants a lot of money.

Are push notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, they may look safe – just a colourful window that appears a couple times in an hour. However, the contents of this window differ sharply from what you used to see in pop-ups. site is ruled by fraudsters, who intendedly show hundreds of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any manners of advertising and can make sporadic pop-ups into a hurricane 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-ups do not contain any legit deals to offer. Even though hackers make the banners similar to ones from Amazon, Walmart or Ebay, the web page 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 pop-up advertisements 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, pop-up notifications removal is pretty easy. They sit in the web browser and cannot conceal themselves among system files. Nonetheless, as I told before, some pop-up advertisements can introduce malicious software to your system. It is nearly impossible to describe all of the cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is inconvenient. Thus, after disabling the pop-ups it is recommended to use anti-malware software. I’d especially recommend that in the case when you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-up notifications, but they still appeared. That can be a sign of adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both recovery and malware checkup purposes, thanks to its system recovery functionality and advanced detection system.

First and foremost, you should reset your browser settings. You can do that in manual or automated way. 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 may 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 website 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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