Ads Removal Guide — How to Fix It?

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-ups appear out of the blue, distracting and annoying you. Still, that is way more than simple pop-ups – their origins is cleanly malicious, and they can bring other malware to your device. In this post, I will show you the guide how to remove pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any time you interact with pop-up notifications will be ineffective at best. At worst, the sites it can show you may introduce malware to your system. These pop-up notifications may also advertise 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-up 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 pop-up ads and notifications is the malignant origins of the latter. Common pop-up advertisements are offered for you to enable with a legitimate purpose – keep you aware about the latest publications, goods for sale and so on. It is a useful thing to help your website to keep visitors and help the interested ones to have the best deal.

Short summary of the pop-up ads:
HostingAS63023 GTHost
Germany, Frankfurt am Main
IP Address193.108.118.106
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorHefigs, Planesforce, Procaptchahub
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC push notifications, on the other hand, are related to less legit websites. You will generally see the offer to enable them following the redirection from another page. There’s nothing bad in redirecting unless it throws you to such a dubious place. At that point, turning on pop-up ads is offered under the guise of the anti-DDoS check. In other cases, the sites may deny showing you the content unless you enable these push notifications. These demands should raise suspicion, as sites usually feature a different anti-bot mechanism. Witnessing this requirement is a reason to leave the website doubtlessly. Sometimes, even when you click “Allow”, you will not see the site – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the push notifications. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

The vast majority of browsers support turning on pop-ups from websites. Sites, on the other hand, may send out notifications with the content they like. It may be a promotion of the page posted on this particular website, or an ad of the page of their partner. As a result, you may see the push notification from site X, but interacting with it will redirect you to website Y – because a referral link to that website was embedded.

Cybercriminals rely on this ability in their approach to earn money through advertising. They trick users into turning on pop-ups, and after that just spread hundreds of ads of other crooks they have a deal with. As you may suppose, no image-caring organisations will have a business with fraudsters. All the push ads you may see lead to other fraudulent sites. At some point, the same user can be trapped by multiple pop-up spamming sites, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The promotions these crooks show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It generally provides a miserable payment for one person, but when you can send ads to hundreds of users and show them hundreds of ads each day – that is a way bigger sum. Even though most of these ads giving no result at all, it can still give all the parties a lot of money.

Are pop-up advertisements dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they may look harmless – just a colourful window that appears a couple times in an hour. However, the contents of this window differ drastically from what you generally see in pop-up ads. web page is ruled by crooks, who deliberately show hundreds of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any common sense and can make sporadic pop-up advertisements into a hurricane of ads. For weak computers, that may be enough to make the system slower. But that is not all troubles these pop-up ads carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing related to illegal advertising, pop-up notifications do not contain any 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 may 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 ads 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, push notifications 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 parasite in the web browser and can’t conceal themselves among system files. However, as I stated before, some pop-up notifications may introduce malware to your system. It is nearly impossible to show all cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is a poor idea. For that reason, after getting rid of the push notifications it is recommended to use anti-malware software. I’d especially recommend that if you have never allowed pop-up advertisements, but they still appeared. This situation can point at adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both system recovery and malware removal purposes, because of its system recovery functionality 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, takes 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 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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