Pop-up Ads Removal — How to Fix Your Browser?

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-up notifications appear when you do not expect, bothering and annoying you. However, they are way more than annoying notifications – their nature is surely malicious, and they may bring other malware 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 web pages it can show you may introduce malware to your system. These push notifications 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 pop-ups?

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 malicious origins of the latter. Normal pop-ups are offered for you to enable with a understandable purpose – notify you about the fresh articles, discounts and so on. It is a useful thing to help your site to keep visitor’s attention and help the interested ones to have the best deal.

Brief description of the pop-up ads:
HostingAS63023 GTHost
United Kingdom, London
IP Address149.7.16.92
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorCeleb, Ptoothooshee, Gomend
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC pop-up advertisements, on the other hand, are related to untrustworthy web pages. You will commonly witness the proposition to turn them on after a redirection from another page. It’s OK to see redirects unless it throws you into such a dubious place. In this case, turning on pop-up notifications is offered as the anti-DDoS filtering. In other cases, the web pages may deny showing you the contents unless you apply these pop-up notifications. These theses should already be the red flag, as sites commonly feature a more convenient anti-bot mechanism. Spectating this demand should be the reason to skip the site right away. Sometimes, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not get to the site – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up notifications. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

The vast majority of web browsers support enabling push notifications from websites. Sites, on the other hand, may send out notifications with the content they want. It can be an advertisement of the product or a page listed for sale on this particular website, as well as a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you may see the pop-up from site X, but interacting with it will direct you to site Y – because a referral link to that website was built in.

Scoundrels rely on this ability in their approach to earn money using illegal advertising. They trick victims into turning on pop-ups, and then just spread hundreds of ads of other crooks they contract with. As you may suppose, no normal companies will have a deal with fraudsters. All the popups you may see lead to other fraudulent sites. In some cases, the same user can be trapped by several pop-up spamming sites, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The promotions these rascals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It usually provides a miserable payment for one view, but when you have a huge number of victims and make it hundreds of times each day – that is a much more significant sum. Despite the majority of such banners are ineffective, it can still give all the parties a lot of profit.

Are pop-up advertisements dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, they may look safe – just a colourful pop-up that appears from time to time. However, the things this window promotes differ drastically from what you generally see in pop-up ads. web page is ruled by fraudsters, who intendedly throw hundreds and thousands of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any manners of advertising and can make sporadic push notifications into a storm of banners. 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, push notifications lack legit offers. Even when hackers make the banners similar to ones from Walmart or Amazon, 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, push notifications removal is not very complicated. They parasite in the browser and cannot hide themselves among system files. Nonetheless, as I stated before, some pop-up notifications may introduce malicious software to your computer. It is nearly impossible to describe all of the cases, and manual malware removal is inconvenient. For that reason, after removing the source of the pop-up ads it is recommended to use anti-malware software. I would especially recommend that if you have never allowed pop-ups, and they still appeared. That can be a sign of adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both system recovery and malware removal purposes, because of its system recovery functionality and multi-layer detection system.

Initially, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to accomplish 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 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 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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