Pop-up Ads - How to remove is an annoying website that might be spamming you with unwanted pop-ups: links to various investment scams, misrepresented and unregulated medicines, fake lotteries that want you to give them your credit card number, low-reputation gambling sites — all kinds of online content that’s not allowed to advertise with professional sites because it’s simply dangerous.

Many people are baffled to see their browser being flooded with these irrelevant ads from a site called “[random]”. They look like notifications and many of them even look like updates from various social media sites, like Facebook or Instagram. But clicking on these pop-ups opens irrelevant sites that are trying to rope you into some pyramid scheme or try to convince you that you won a lottery (of course, you need to pay to get the prize).

These ads are not normal and they didn’t come out of nowhere — they’re an attack on your browser by a website or a group of websites which exploit the notification mechanism. The same function that shows a little pop-up when you got an email or a direct message on another site is being abused by,,, and many other malicious pages. Browsers, publishers, and security companies have been fighting bad ads for years but, evidently, they’re still a big problem.

How such ads start

Imagine you’re on a site that hosts “free” films and TV shows. You click on the one you want to watch and the new page that opens tells you to “click Allow” to start streaming or downloading a video.

Or let’s say that you’re online, trying to download a file — you click on the download button, a new page opens and tells you to “press Allow” to start downloading.

These pages don’t belong to the site that you were visiting — instead, they belong to, crafted specifically to trick you. There are a few different designs that the site uses. You might need to click the “Allow” button to…

  • …prove that you’re not a robot.
  • …continue.
  • …close the page.
  • …fix your internet connection.
  • …prove that you’re 18 years old.

The page pretends to be a continuation of what you were doing before and, if you listen to it and clock the button, it just automatically redirects you, but you just allowed to send you notifications. The site shamelessly abuses this permission to flood you with pop-up cards.

Of course, you don’t need to have visited shady websites — an adware program on your computer could have opened such a tab on your browser, or a malicious extension that’s attached to your browser could have done it. But whether it’s a bad program or a bad ad that started it, the pop-ups happen when the malicious site gets the ability to send update messages to your browser.

What is, screenshot of he page and some of the pop-up ads

This page is an ad spammer that doesn’t offer content in return, just sends you notifications.

Normal sites place ads next to their content, taking money from advertisers and using it to create an attractive website with valuable content. The ads have to be ethical and safe in order to not drive visitors away from the site. Advertisers and ad-publishers negotiate about what the ads are allowed to do, how distracting they can be, what type of products are allowed, etc.

Maintaining an attractive website takes effort, so gets around that part. It pushes ads directly in front of you and offers nothing valuable in exchange. In addition, it delivers ads to online, though it’s nearly invisible in those cases. You might be able to catch “…” in your address bar as it’s redirecting you to some shady page.

Sites like this are difficult to avoid and some of them receive millions of visitors. Online trackers, URL shorteners, other redirect-sites are involved in malicious advertising chains and networks. New malicious pages are created every day and it’s impossible to block them all.

How to stop pop-ups

Luckily, stopping the pop-ups is simple. It needs to be done manually, but Google Chrome and the other browsers that support notifications tried to make it as easy as possible.

Notice that a lot of subdomains exist under the name, which means that there are a lot of versions of that can all send pop-up spam independently and need to be blocked separately. You can follow this detailed article or the below table:

  • Type chrome://settings/content/notifications into the address bar.
  • Find and its multiple versions
  • Click on the menu to the right of each entry.
  • Choose “Block”.
  • In the menu, click on Safari, then Preferences.
  • In the new window, choose Websites, then Notifications.
  • Find each version of
  • Click Deny next to each one.
  • In the menu, choose Settings, then Advanced settings.
  • Find Notifications, click Manage.
  • Find and every verson of it.
  • Turn off the switch next to each one.
  • Type about:preferences#content in the address bar.
  • Look under Notifications.
  • Find and every version.
  • Block each one from sending updates.

As for how you encountered in the first place, take a look at the websites you frequent and look for safer alternatives. Scan your computer with Combo-Cleaner (Mac) or Spyhunter (PC) to see if an adware program could be hijacking your browser. Remember to read every message before agreeing to it or dismissing it and be careful online.

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