Remove Pop-up Ads — How to Fix Gude

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-up notifications appear when you do not expect, distracting and irritating you. Nonetheless, that is slightly more than simple pop-up ads – their nature is clearly malicious, and they may install other malicious stuff to your PC. In this article, I will show you the guide how to remove pop-up notifications and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with pop-up advertisements will be useless at best. In worst case scenario, the pages it can throw you to can introduce malware to your system. These pop-ups may also advertise 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 notifications and notifications is the malicious origins of the latter. Normal pop-up advertisements are offered for you to enable with a legitimate purpose – keep you aware about the latest articles, discounts and so on. It is a useful tool to help your website to keep visitor’s attention and help the interested visitors to have the best price.

Brief summary of the pop-ups:
HostingAS63023 GTHost
Germany, Frankfurt am Main
IP Address149.7.16.236
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorNewsfeedhome, News, Dragonorders
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC pop-ups, on the other hand, are related to less legit websites. You will generally witness the offer to enable them following the redirection from another website. It’s OK to see redirects unless it throws you to such a questionable place. At that point, enabling pop-up advertisements is offered under the guise of the anti-bot check. Alternatively, the sites can refuse to show you the contents unless you turn on these pop-up ads. These demands should already raise suspicion, as sites commonly feature a different anti-bot mechanism. Witnessing such an demand is a reason to skip the website right away. Sometimes, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not get to the site – the only page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up ads. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

The vast majority of browsers support enabling push notifications from sites. Websites, on the other hand, may send out notifications with the content of their choice. It can be an advertisement of the page published on this site, as well as a promotion of their partner page. As a result, you can see the push notification from site X, but opening it will direct you to site Y – because a referral link to the latter was embedded.

Cybercriminals rely on this ability in their approach to earn money through advertising. They trick users into allowing the pop-ups, and then just spread hundreds of banners of anyone they contract with. As you may suppose, no normal organisations will have a deal with fraudsters. All the popups you may see lead to other fraudulent sites. In some cases, the same victim can get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming sites, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The promotions these criminals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It usually provides a miserable pay for one person, but when you can send ads to a huge number of users and show them hundreds of ads every day – that is a much more significant sum. Despite the majority of such ads giving no result at all, it can still bring all the participants a lot of profit.

Are pop-ups dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, they may look harmless – just a colourful window that appears a couple times in an hour. However, the contents of this window differ sharply from what you generally see in push notifications. site is controlled by crooks, who intendedly show hundreds of irrelevant ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any manners of advertising and can launch sporadic pop-up advertisements into a storm of promotions. For weak computers, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all troubles these pop-up advertisements carry.

Why people dislike popups

As with any other thing that touches illegal advertising, push notifications lack legit deals to offer. Even when hackers make the banners similar to ones from well-known retailers, the site 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, pop-up notifications removal is not very complicated. They reside in the web browser and cannot conceal themselves among system files. Nevertheless, as I stated before, some pop-up ads can promote malicious programs to your system. It is hard to describe all of the cases, and manual malware removal is a poor idea. Therefore, after getting rid of the push notifications the best option is to use anti-malware software. This step is especially recommended in the case when you have never allowed push notifications, but they still appeared. This situation can point at malware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both recovery and malware checkup purposes, because of its abilities of system recovery and multi-component detection system.

Initially, 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 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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