Remove Pop-up Ads — How to Fix Gude

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-ups appear when you do not expect, distracting and irritating you. Still, that is slightly more than annoying pop-ups – their nature is cleanly malignant, and they may bring other malicious stuff to your system. In this post, I will show you how to remove pop-ups and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any interaction with pop-up advertisements will be ineffective at best. At worst, the websites it can open can 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-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 push notifications and notifications is the malicious origins of the latter. Normal pop-up advertisements are offered for you to enable on different sites with a legitimate purpose – keep you aware about the latest articles, goods for sale and so on. It is a useful tool to help your site to keep visitors and help the interested visitors to have the best deal.

Brief summary of the pop-up ads:
HostingAS19871 Network Solutions, LLC
United States, Atlanta
IP Address108.167.181.82
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorStreameast, Foryoupr, News
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC push notifications, on the other hand, have a deal with untrustworthy sites. You will generally see the proposition to turn them on following the redirection from another page. It’s OK to see redirects unless it throws you into such a dubious place. At that point, turning on pop-up ads is offered under the guise of the anti-bot check-up. Alternatively, the websites may deny showing you the content unless you turn on these pop-up ads. These requirements should already raise suspicion, as sites generally feature a less obscure anti-bot mechanism. Spectating such an offer is a reason to leave the page right away. Sometimes, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not see the web page – the sole page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up notifications. push notification push notification.

How does it work?

The majority of browsers support enabling push notifications from sites. Sites, on the other hand, can send notifications with the content they like. It can be an advertisement of the product listed on this particular website, as well as a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the pop-up from site X, but clicking it will direct you to site Y – because a link to the latter was added.

Cyber burglars bear on this feature in their attempt to gain money through advertising. They trick victims into turning on pop-ups, and after that just spread hundreds of banners of anyone they contract with. As you can suppose, no benevolent organisations will have a deal with fraudsters. All the push ads you can see lead to other untrustworthy sites. In some cases, the same victim can get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming web pages, and its browser will turn into a complete mess.

The banners these rascals show are paid under the pay-per-view model. It usually provides a negligible payment for one person, but when you can send ads to a huge number of users and show them hundreds of ads each day – that is a way bigger sum. Despite the majority of such ads are ineffective, it can still give all the participants a lot of money.

Are pop-ups dangerous?

Yes, they are. At the surface, they can look harmless – just a colourful pop-up that appears a couple times in an hour. However, the things this window promotes differ sharply from what you used to see in push notifications. site is ruled by crooks, who intentionally show hundreds of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any common sense and can make sporadic pop-ups into a storm of banners. For weak computers, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But troubles are not over at this point.

Why people dislike popups

As with any other thing that touches illegal ads, pop-ups lack legit deals to offer. Even though hackers make the banners similar to ones from Walmart or Amazon, the website 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-up ads removal is not very complicated. They parasite in the web browser and can’t hide themselves among system files. Nevertheless, as I stated above, some pop-up ads can deliver malware to your system. It is hard to show all of the cases, and manual attempts to remove malware is inconvenient. 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 pop-up advertisements, but they still appeared. That may be a sign of adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best both recovery and malware scanning purposes, thanks to its abilities of system recovery and multi-layer detection system.

First and foremost, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to do in both manual and automatic manner. 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 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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