Remove Pop-up Ads — How to Fix Gude

Written by Wilbur Woodham pop-up advertisements appear out of the blue, distracting and annoying you. Nonetheless, they are way more than annoying pop-ups – their essence is cleanly malicious, and they can bring other malware to your computer. In this article, I will show you how to remove push notifications and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Any time you interact with pop-ups will be useless at best. In worst case scenario, the web pages it can throw you to 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-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 ads and pop-ups is the malignant origins of the latter. Normal pop-ups are offered for you to enable on different sites with a benevolent purpose – notify you about the fresh posts, 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 price.

Brief description of the pop-up ads:
HostingAS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
United States, North Bergen
IP Address157.230.4.182
Malware typeAdware1
EffectUnwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard levelMedium
Malware sourceApps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behaviorWedger, News, Smalk
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC pop-up advertisements, in contrast, have a deal with less legit web pages. You will generally observe the proposition to enable them following the redirection from another website. It’s OK to see redirects unless they throw you to such a dubious place. At that point, turning on pop-ups is served as the anti-bot check. Alternatively, the websites may refuse to show you the contents unless you enable these pop-up notifications. These demands should raise suspicion, as websites generally feature a more convenient anti-bot mechanism. Spectating this offer is a reason to close the site doubtlessly. In some cases, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not get to the site – the sole page it has is a landing page with the offer to turn on the pop-up advertisements. push notification push notification.

How does this work?

The vast majority of browsers support enabling pop-ups from sites. Websites, on the other hand, may send notifications with the content they like. It can be an advertisement of the product posted on this particular website, or a promotion of the page of their partner. As a result, you can see the pop-up from site X, but clicking it will redirect you to website Y – because a referral link to that website was added.

Cyber burglars rely on this feature in their approach to earn money through advertising. They trick victims into allowing the pop-ups, and then just spread numerous banners of anyone they contract with. As you may suppose, no benevolent companies will have a business with fraudsters. All the push ads you may see lead to other untrustworthy sites. In some cases, the same victim may get into a trap of multiple pop-up spamming websites, and its web browser will turn into a complete mess.

The ads these criminals 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 hundreds of users and show them hundreds of ads each day – that is a much bigger sum. Even though the majority of these ads giving no result at all, it may still bring all the parties a lot of profit.

Are push notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they may look non-threatening – just a blinking pop-up that appears from time to time. However, the things this window promotes differ drastically from what you used to see in push notifications. site is ruled by crooks, who deliberately spread hundreds and thousands of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also never follow any manners of advertising and can make sporadic pop-ups into a storm of ads. For weak systems, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all problems these push notifications carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing related to illegal advertising, pop-up notifications don’t have legit deals to offer. Even when hackers make the ads looking 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 pop-ups 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-ups 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 pretty easy. They parasite in the browser and can’t hide themselves among system files. Nevertheless, as I stated above, some pop-up advertisements can introduce malicious software to your computer. It is hard to predict all cases, and manual malware removal is a bad idea. Therefore, after removing the source of the pop-up advertisements it is recommended to use anti-malware software. I’d especially recommend that in the case when you have never clicked “Allow” to push notifications, and they still appeared. That may be a sign of adware activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both system recovery and malware removal purposes, thanks to its system recovery functionality and advanced detection system.

Initially, you should reset your browser settings. It is possible to do in manual or automated way. 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 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 web page 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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