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Uninstalling Website Pop-Up Ads (Free Removal Guide)

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Tracey L. B.


Suddenly my browser started redirecting to and from Also some pop-ups appeared.

Hello there,

Recently my browser started redirecting to and from Also, some pop-ups appeared as well, I don't know how to disable this nonsense.
Can you please help? Thanks.

Solved issue

A lot of users in the internet are looking at downloading files such as software, videos, audios and applications from unreliable websites. Some of those unreliable websites are Peer-to-Peer sharing websites such as Torrent Websites. Although some of the files listed on these P2P websites do not mean any harm, some of these files often infringes copyright laws. Some of these files are also bundled with malwares and viruses that are meant to infest the affected machines.

The 1337x(.)to is a Torrent site that hosts application in which users can download through a Torrent downloader application. However, aside from hosting files for downloads they also employ rogue ad networks that displays intrusive ads to anyone who visits the website.

Uninstalling Website Ads

How Did I Get Pop-Ups Malware?

Files from P2P websites are downloaded through Torrent Files or Magnet Links and most of the time, malicious P2P websites employs suspicious advertising networks. These networks will show intrusive ads and redirects the user to other malicious and untrusted websites. These websites will redirect users to other websites that will show bogus products or services and other contents which if the users click, will install scripts on the machine and download and install rogue applications without permission from the owner.

These Potentially Unwanted Applications or PUAs are designed to force open several harmful websites that will also show intrusive ads and other potential risks. PUAs can also hijack the machine’s browsers and modify its settings which will disable the user’s ability to revert it back to its original state and change the default search engine. A hijacked browser can also let cyber criminals gather personal data from the user so they can sell it to other third-party criminals.

Threat Summary Pop-Up
Threat TypeIntrusive Pop-up Ads and Notifications, Unwanted Ads, Website Redirection
Serving IP Address107.31.89.65
Effects and DamageIt shows annoying intrusive pop-up ads, website redirection, hijacked browser and decreased browsing speed
Distribution MethodsAccessing malicious websites, showing deceptive ads and bundled with other applications
RemovalRunning reliable anti-malware tools such as Restoro

Using rogue ad networks is a very common technique amongst malicious websites. These websites include Mycouchtuner, Kissanime,, and a lot more. Due to the risks that comes with visiting these websites, internet users are warned to stay away from visiting these websites.

How to Avoid Installing PUAs or Potentially Unwanted Applications Like

Everyone should avoid download applications from unreliable websites. Before downloading anything over the internet, one should do a research and download files and applications from verified and official websites. Downloading from free file hosting and unofficial websites is the number one cause of getting a malware infection as files from these websites may also have a bundled malware application. These websites may also ask the user to enable Web Browser Notification so that they can start their intrusive ad campaigns.

1337x(.)to Browser Notification

Once this application is installed, it will then spread into the machine causing it to be unstable. If your machine already shows symptoms of malware infections, you should run a full system scan using a reliable anti-malware tool such as Restoro.

To Manually Disable Browser Notifications & Redirects, Please Follow These Steps: Notification Disable For Google Chrome (Windows)

  1. Click on the three dots to access the menu button on the upper right corner of Chrome and click “Settings
Google Chrome Settings
  1. Click on “Privacy and Security”, click “Site Settings” and then click “Notifications
Site Settings and Notifications
  1. Click the three dots located on the right side of the intrusive website and select “Remove” or “Block
Removing Website Notifications Notification Disable For Mozilla Firefox (Windows)

  1. Click the menu or three bars located on the upper right corner of Firefox and click “Options
Firefox Options
  1. In the Options window, select “Privacy & Security
  2. Click on the “Permission” section by scrolling down to the bottom part of the page and click “Settings” next to “Notifications
Firefox Notifications Permission
  1. In the notifications settings, click on the suspicious website and click the drop down option and select “Block” and “Save Changes
Removing Website Notifications in Firefox Notification Disable For Internet Explorer (Windows)

  1. Click the Gear on the upper right corner of Internet Explore and click “Internet Options
Internet Explorer Options
  1. In Internet Options, click “Privacy” and click “Settings
Pop-up blocker Settings
  1. Click on all the suspicious websites that are listed and remove them by clicking “Remove
Removing Suspicious Websites Notification Disable For Microsoft Edge (Windows)

  1. Click the three dots on the upper right corner of MS Edge and click “Settings
Microsoft Edge Settings
  1. Click “Advanced” and click on “Manage Permissions
Managing Permissions

3. Click on the “X” button right next to the suspicious website to remove it

Removing Website Permission Notification Disable For Google Chrome (on Android)

  1. Tap the three dots to access the menu and tap “Settings
Android Chrome Settings
  1. Tap “Notifications” in the settings menu
Android Chrome Notification Settings
  1. Look for suspicious websites and tap on the radio buttons right next to them. Please note that the “blue” button means its enabled and “grey” means its disabled
Disabling Website Notifications in Android Chrome Notification Disable For Safari (Mac)

  1. Click the “Safari” icon on and click “Preferences
  2. Click on the “Websites” tab and select “Notifications
  3. On the right side of the suspicious website, click on the “Arrow” and click “Deny
Disabling Website Notifications in Safari

Instantly Remove Any Malware Automatically

Removing threats manually can be such a hassle as it needs time, patience and skills to do. However, individuals who do not wish to remove viruses and malware manually can use a professional and yet easy to use virus and malware removal application such as Restoro.

Manually Removing & Other Adware Extensions from Popular Browsers and OS

Remove from Windows XP/Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Hold down the “Windows” button on the keyboard and then press on the letter “R” to show the “Run” window. Type in “appwiz.cpl” to show the “Uninstall or Change a Program
Opening Uninstall or Change a Program
  1. Select all the malicious programs that are installed in the machine in the “Uninstall or Change a Program”. Click on the program related to and click on “Uninstall” and follow the next prompts to complete the uninstallation.
Uninstalling a Program

Remove from From Mac OS

  1. On the menu bar, click on “Go” and click “Applications
Mac OS Applications
  1. Look for all applications/programs that looks suspicious and drag it into the “Trash

Manually Removing & Other Suspicious Browser Add-ons/Extensions

Removing Extension from Google Chrome (Windows)

  1. Click the Three Dots on the upper right corner of Chrome to access the “menu” and click “More Tools” and “Extensions
Google Chrome Extensions
  1. Look for all unknown extensions and remove them by click “Remove
Removing Extensions in Google Chrome

Optional Method: Resetting Chrome to Default Settings

  1. Open the Chrome menu and click on “Settings” and click “Advanced
Google Chrome Settings
  1. Click the “Restore Settings to Their Original Defaults” and click “Reset Settings” to confirm in the Advanced Options in Chrome
Restoring Chrome to Default Settings

Removing Extension From Mozilla Firefox (Windows)

  1. Click the Three Bars located on the upper right corner of Firefox and click “Add-ons
Firefox Add-ons
  1. Click on “Extensions” on the next window and look for all suspicious add-ons and click the 3 dots right next to it and click “Remove
Removing Extensions in Firefox

Optional Method: Resetting Firefox to Default Settings

  1. Open the menu in Firefox and click “Help” and then click on “Troubleshooting Information
Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  1. In the Troubleshooting Information screen, click on “Refresh Firefox” and click “Refresh Firefox” to confirm
Resetting Firefox to Default Settings

Eliminating Extension from Safari (Mac)

  1. Click the “Safari” button located on the upper left corner and click on “Preferences
Safari Preferences
  1. In the preferences window, click “Extensions” and uninstall all suspicious extensions
Uninstalling Extensions in Safari

Optional Method: Resetting Safari to Default Settings

  1. Click the “Safari” button and click “Clear History and Website Data”. Select “All History” and click “Clear History” to confirm
Resetting Safari to Default Settings

Deleting Extension From Microsoft Edge (Windows)

  1. Open the menu by clicking the three dots on the upper right corner of MS Edge and click “Extension”
MS Edge Extensions
  1. In the next window, uninstall all suspicious extensions by clicking on it and clicking on “Uninstall”. Click “OK” to confirm.
Removing Extensions from MS Edge

Optional Method: Resetting Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

  1. Open the menu by clicking the three dots in MS Edge and click “Settings
MS Edge Settings
  1. Click “Reset Settings” then click “Restore Settings to Their Default Values” and then click “Reset
Resetting MS Edge to Default Settings

Uninstalling Extension from Internet Explorer

  1. Click the gear button on the upper right side of the browser and click on “Manage Add-ons
Managing Add-ons in Internet Explorer
  1. Click the “Toolbars and Extensions” and click on all the add-ons that does not look familiar to you and click “Disable
Removing Extensions

Resetting Internet Explorer to Default Settings

The steps on resetting the settings in Internet Explorer on all version of Windows Operating System are similar. Below are the steps:

  1. Open the Internet Explorer Menu by clicking the gear icon on Internet Explorer and click on “Internet Options
  2. In the Internet Options window, click the “Advanced” tab and click on “Reset” to confirm
Resetting Internet Explorer

Preventing Future Threats & Optimizing Your PC

To avoid getting any types of malware infection like, we strongly suggest to avoid sketchy and unreliable websites when it comes to downloading any software, applications and files. Before download and installing, it is best to research the application or software and make sure to download it from legitimate websites.

In order to keep your machine and files secured, it is best to install a reliable Anti-Malware tool such as Restoro that is designed to block suspicious activities on your machine and remove them.

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