How to remove UbeLikeTheAp pop-ups? — Fix Guide

Written by Wilbur Woodham
The appearance of UbeLikeTheAp pop-ups is sudden, causing distraction and irritation. However, they are more than just annoying pop-ups – their nature is clearly malicious, and they can install other malware on your device. In this article, I will guide you on how to remove UbeLikeTheAp pop-up advertisements and explain how to avoid them in the future.

Whenever you interact with UbeLikeTheAp push notifications, they will have no effectiveness. In the worst-case scenario, the web pages they redirect you to may introduce malware to your system. These pop-ups may also promote fake online shopping sites that aim to deceive you and steal your money and payment information. The latter situation results in the loss of all the money you have on the compromised card.

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What are UbeLikeTheAp pop-up advertisements?

According to the definition, UbeLikeTheAp pop-ups are brief and small advertisements designed to attract your attention to a promoted product. However, the distinguishing factor between regular pop-ups and UbeLikeTheAp notifications is their malicious origins. Normal pop-ups are offered on various sites with a benevolent purpose – to notify you about the latest articles, goods for sale, and more. It is an effective approach to retain visitors on a site and assist interested visitors in finding the best price.

Short summary of the pop-up ads:
Hosting AS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.
United States, San Francisco
IP Address
Malware type Adware1
Effect Unwanted pop-up advertisements
Hazard level Medium
Malware source Apps from third-party websites, ads on dubious websites
Similar behavior Webdespardll, Captchawizard, Digitalskilllab
Removal method
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC

UbeLikeTheAp pop-ups, in contrast, have a deal with untrustworthy websites. You will generally see the offer to turn them on following the redirection from another site. It’s OK to see redirects unless they throw you into such a dubious place. At that point, turning on pop-up advertisements is served as the anti-bot check-up. Alternatively, the web pages can refuse to show you the contents unless you apply these pop-up ads. These theses should raise suspicion, as sites commonly feature a less obscure anti-bot mechanism. Spectating such an requirement should be the reason to close the website right away. Sometimes, even after clicking “Allow”, you will not get to the website – it has only a landing page with the offer to turn on the push notifications.

UbeLikeTheAp push notification

UbeLikeTheAp push notification.

How does this work?

The vast majority of browsers support enabling push notifications from websites. Sites, on the other hand, may send notifications with the content of their choice. It can be an advertisement of the page listed for sale on this site, or an ad of the page of their partner. As a result, you may see the pop-up from site X, but interacting with it will throw you to site Y – because a referral link to the latter was added.

Cybercriminals bear on this ability in their attempt to gain money using illegal advertising. They trick victims into allowing them to show the banners, and then just spread numerous banners of anyone they contract with. As you can suppose, no image-caring companies will have a deal with fraudsters. All the UbeLikeTheAp push ads you can see lead to other fraudulent sites. At some point, the same victim may get into a trap of multiple 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 generally provides a miserable pay for one view, but when you can send ads to a huge number of victims and make it hundreds of times every day – that is a much bigger sum. Despite most of such banners giving no result at all, it can still give all the parties a lot of money.

Are UbeLikeTheAp pop-up notifications dangerous?

Yes, they are. Initially, they can look harmless – just a blinking window that appears a couple times in an hour. However, the things this window promotes differ drastically from what you generally see in pop-ups. web page is controlled by fraudsters, who intentionally throw hundreds and thousands of malicious ads in pop-ups. They also don’t follow any manners of advertising and can make sporadic pop-up advertisements into a storm of banners. For weak systems, that may be enough to cause performance issues. But that is not all problems these pop-up advertisements carry.

Why people dislike popups

As any other thing related to illegal ads, UbeLikeTheAp pop-up notifications do not contain any legit deals to offer. Even when crooks make the banners similar to ones from Walmart or Amazon, the website 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 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, UbeLikeTheAp pop-ups are not recommended to click on either, and the best solution is to disable them as soon as possible.

How to remove UbeLikeTheAp pop-ups?

Fortunately, UbeLikeTheAp pop-up notifications removal is pretty easy. They reside in the browser and cannot hide themselves among system files. Nonetheless, as I told before, some pop-up ads may deliver malicious programs to your system. It is nearly impossible to show all of the cases, and manual malware removal is a bad idea. For that reason, after disabling the push notifications it is recommended to use anti-malware software. This step is especially recommended in the case when you have never clicked “Allow” to pop-up notifications, but they still appeared. This situation can be a sign of malicious software activity. GridinSoft Anti-Malware will perfectly fit both system recovery and malware scanning and removal purposes, because of its system recovery functionality and multi-component detection system.

Initially, you should reset your browser settings. You can do that 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 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 UbeLikeTheAp 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 UbeLikeTheAp Pop-ups?

Name: UbeLikeTheAp

Description: UbeLikeTheAp - 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 UbeLikeTheAp 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.

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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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