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SPAM/Advertising Popups in Windows 10 – Chrome

Over the past few years I have seen a large increase in users having issues with popups in Windows 10 either advertising bogus products or notifying the user they have a virus with a link to some sort of bogus antivirus software. These popups look like they are being generated by Windows but are actually Chrome notifications utilising the Windows 10 notification function.
The image below is an example of one of these bogus notifications. It try’s to trick the user into clicking on the notification by reporting viruses have been found on the machine. The notifications can link to a malicious websites or bogus software downloads.
Take note of the site the notifications are coming from as we will need this in the steps below (in this case loaders.club)

Instructions

  • Record the address that is causing the bogus popups (e.g loaders.club)
  • Open Google Chrome
  • Click on the ellipsis (the dots at the top right side of the window)
  • Click on Settings
  • Scroll down to Privacy and Security
  • Click on Site Settings
  • Scroll down to Permissions
  • Click on Notifications
  • Scroll down to the listing for the website that is providing the bogus popups which you recorded above (e.g loaders.club)
  • Click on the ellipsis next to it and click on Remove
  • You will no longer receive the bogus/spam popups
Updated on July 29, 2020

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