is a malicious website that tries to make users subscribe to its desktop alert service is a fraudulent website that abuses legitimate browser notification feature in order to make users subscribe to persistent desktop ads is one of the thousands of websites that try to abuse the legitimate feature implemented in Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers. Upon entering the site, users see a pop-up message from the browser, which is asking whether they would like to enable notifications from While many sites use the feature to deliver users customized browsing experience and relevant news, if so desired, malicious actors implement the notification prompt to spam users with pop-up ads of dubious origin, such as tech support scams and fake updates.[1]

While notifications can be easily terminated by modifying web browser settings, it is also worth noting that the redirects to the site and increased amount of ads on all visited sites might also implicate adware infection. Adware is a type of a potentially unwanted program that is designed to monitor users’ online behavior and deliver them targeted ads. Unfortunately, most adware also exposes users to insecure content like phishing sites, malicious scripts,[2] as well as push notification viruses like

Type Push notification virus
Might be related to Adware or another potentially unwanted program
Infiltration  Allowing site to show notifications; adware, which can also be cause of redirects and ads, usually spreads via software bundle packages
Symptoms  Pop-up ads show up on the desktop even when the browser is off; adware can also bring unwanted redirects, 
Associated risks  Users infected with adware or exposed to dubious notifications might be lead to dangerous websites where they might be tricked into downloading malicious software, providing personal information, or losing money due tech support scams
Termination notifications can be disabled via the browser settings; in case the cause of all types of adverts is adware, it needs to be found and eliminated from the computer either manually or automatically – check the full instructions below
Recovery In case your computer is crashing, returning errors, and is generally sluggish, we suggest you repair it with Reimage Reimage Cleaner  

The scheme used by threat actors is not complicated at all: they implement the notification prompt to show up as soon as users visit the site, and also use social engineering to make it seem that clicking the prompt will permit them to access allegedly restricted 18+ content. In some other cases, website authors can also use other tricks, like show a fake YouTube video still, or ask users to click “Allow” to prove that they are not a robot – a legitimate verification technique used by many sites.

The latter is often used, and might display the following notification in the background in order to make users click “Allow”:

Click Allow if you are not a robot 

By using multiple legitimate features, the virus deploys attacks that are aimed as less IT-focused individuals – they are usually unaware of any of these things that cybercrooks use. Those who do press “Allow” after being deceived then are forced to see desktop notifications regularly, even if their browsers are closed.

While this might be seen as a nuisance as well as a disturbance by many, the ads might lead users to less than secure websites, such as tech support scams or spoofing sites. Additionally, shady site notifications often promote click bait-type[3] of sites which run the “get rich quick” scheme, and prompt users to pay some type of “initial investment” for it. ads is a push notification virus that shows bogus notifications until they are terminated via the web browser settings

These websites often feature pictures of famous people like Bill Gates, as well as fake Facebook comments at the bottom, claiming how the money is just flooding their accounts. Of course, these are all bogus, and you should not think twice before you close them down. Note that you can remove ads by pressing “X” when they show up, but to get rid of them for good, you would have to access the settings of your web browser – check the full guide below.

If you did not agree to notifications via the web browser and you are suffering from intrusive ads, you should check your device for adware. In most cases, users are unaware that their machine is infected, as PUPs typically spread with the help of software bundle packages. In this case, removal would consist of locating and uninstalling the unwanted program.

Finally, if you found adware on your computer, you might want to reset all the installed browsers as per instructions below and scan your machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner to ensure its stability after the infection.

Software bundling is still an issue: learn how to install apps correctly

If the software does not ask for permission to be installed and ends up on the user’s computer – it is classified as malware. Essentially, potentially unwanted programs get installed without permission as well, as users notice them only post-infiltration (in some cases, they don’t at all). However, you should keep in mind that you most likely installed the app while not paying close attention to the installation of freeware apps you downloaded from third-party sites, as they often employ various tricks in order to disguise optional programs within the installers. In other words, you should pay attention to the installation process carefully and never skip steps.

Here are some tips from industry experts[4] in case you choose to download freeware:

  • Employ anti-malware software that can stop potentially unwanted programs and defend your machine from malware.
  • Read comments, blog posts, reviews, and similar information regarding the app you are about to install – do the research.
  • Make sure that the app provides legal documents like Privacy Policy and EULA.
  • When prompted, always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones.
  • Watch out for pre-ticked boxes, fine print text, misleading offers, and similar tricks that the installers use.

In general, there is no need to have dozens of apps installed on your system from third-party websites, as official sources offer millions of programs to your disposal. While there is no 100% guarantee that all of them will meet your expectations, at least you will know that there is nothing else that will be installed on your system apart from what your initial intention was. Thus, choose Microsoft Store, App Store, Google Play, Google Web Store, Amazon, and many other reputable sources. notifications often uses the “verify you are not a robot” tactic in order to make users subscribe for unwanted ads

Get rid of ads and notifications 

As mentioned previously, removal instructions can vary depending on factors such as whether you clicked the “Allow” button upon accessing the site, or if you have adware installed on your system. As a general rule, if you notice suspicious browser behavior such as intrusive ads, browser redirects, and similar, you should always check for adware. You can do by checking our guide below – resetting browsers is an optional step but is highly recommended, as most adware programs change web browser settings.

Nevertheless, if the cause of unwanted browser behavior is the enabled notifications, you can remove ads by performing these actions via your browser:

Google Chrome

  • Click Menu and select Settings
  • Pick Advanced
  • Under Privacy and security, go for Site Settings
  • Choose Notifications
  • Under Allow section, you should see entry
  • Pick More Actions and click on Block

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click Menu and then select Options
  • Click on Privacy & Security and then pick Notifications
  • Go to Settings – you should see
  • Click on the the drop-down menu and pick Block
  • Finish with Save Changes

MS Edge:

  • Click More and pick Settings
  • Select View advanced settings and then got for Advanced
  • Go to Manage permissions
  • Find entry and turn off notifications

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Reimage Cleaner has a free limited scanner. Reimage Reimage Cleaner offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.