Stop redirects

Stop redirects is a very generic scam website that pushes a social engineering scam to trick users into allowing advertisements on the desktop. It misuses a legitimate browser feature that allows sites with permission to show users push notifications on the desktop. This is why you will see a browser alert saying “ wants to show notifications” as soon as you are redirected to this site. If you allow the notifications, your desktop will be spammed with ads.



When given permission, sites can show users notifications. The feature is completely legitimate and safe to use, as long the site with permission is safe. If there is a site you frequent and wish to see its content more conveniently, you can allow it to show you notifications. What kind of content those notifications display depends on what the site usually posts. For example, if you allow a news website to show notifications, you will see important news directly on your desktop. When you no longer want to see those notifications, you can revoke that permission at any time. Directions will be provided at the very end of the report.

To the surprise of no one, the feature is misused by scammers, though the attempts are usually quite poorly done. The site itself has no content, despite claiming to be a sports news website. It merely displays a photo and instructions on how to enable notifications. Presumably, it wants to give the impression that allowing the notifications would display more content. However, all that will happen if you click “Allow” on “ wants to show notifications” is ads will start appearing on your desktop. The site’s “notifications” will be completely useless to you. We recommend you actively avoid interacting with them because you could be exposed to unsafe content. The ads may also be purposely made to look like legitimate system notifications, and this could allow them to trick users into interacting with them. This could lead to scams and malware infections.

When a redirect to a questionable site like occurs, you need to investigate why it happened. We suggest performing a scan of the computer with an anti-virus program to check whether adware is what’s causing the redirects. If it is adware, the redirects will stop when the adware is no longer present.

Random redirects may be a sign of an adware infection

It’s important that you identify the reason why you are being redirected, whether adware is the issue, or is it the sites you visit. Many high-risk websites, such as ones that have pornography or pirated content, often trigger redirects when you interact with anything. To prevent such redirects and intrusive ads in general, install an adblocker program if you intend to continue visiting those sites.

If the redirects have happened multiple times, even when visiting seemingly safe sites, your computer may be infected with adware. Adware is a pretty minor infection that mostly focuses on exposing users to as much sponsored content as possible, hence the redirects. However, constant redirects and intrusive ads can get annoying pretty quickly. To avoid these installations in the future, you should become familiar with how adware and similar infections install. To put it simply, adware comes attached to a free program as an extra offer and is permitted to install alongside without explicit permission from users. These offers are usually hidden as well, which is why users are often taken by surprise when they find browser hijackers and adware installed on their computers. However, the offers are optional, and you can easily prevent their installation.

Most free programs you download from unofficial websites will come with added, but optional, offers. Unless you want to fill your computer with junk, you need to learn how to correctly install freeware without these offers. You should pay attention to the whole installation process but most importantly, you need to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings when given the option. If you use Default settings, the offers will be hidden and permitted to install alongside without you even knowing. However, Advanced settings would make all offers visible. Those settings also give you the option to deselect all offers. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes. Once you have done that, you can continue installing the program. Keep in mind that some of these offers may seem useful at first but installing any of them is not a good idea because you will only fill up your computer with junk that’s difficult to get rid of. removal

We strongly recommend you scan your computer with anti-virus software, such as WiperSoft. If adware is why you’re being redirected, the anti-virus program would remove it without you needing to do anything. As soon as the adware is gone, the redirects would stop. If no adware is detected, you may need to review your browsing habits, particularly when visiting high-risk websites. It’s highly recommended to have an adblocker program installed.

If you’re seeing advertisements on your desktop, you need to take away its permission to show you notifications. This is not difficult to do if you know your way around your browser’s settings. You should not only delete from the list of sites with permission, but also all other questionable sites that have permission.

  • For Mozilla Firefox: Open menu (the three bars top-right corner) -> Options -> Privacy & Security. Scroll down to Permissions, press on Settings next to Notifications, and remove and any other questionable website. You can permanently turn off these notification requests by checking the “Block new requests asking to allow notifications” box in the same Notifications settings.
  • For Google Chrome: Open menu (the three dots top-right corner) -> Settings -> Privacy and security -> Site Settings. Click on Notifications under Permissions, and remove and any other questionable website. You can stop these notification requests permanently by toggling off “Sites can ask to send notifications”.
  • For Microsoft Edge: Open menu (the three dots top-right corner) -> Settings -> Cookies and site permissions -> Notifications. Review which sites have permission and remove and any other questionable website. You can permanently turn off these notification requests by toggling off “Ask before sending”.

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The article should only be used for educational purposes. If you follow the instructions provided in the article, you agree to be bound by this disclaimer. We do not guarantee that the article will aid you in completely removing the malware from your PC. Malicious programs are constantly developing, which is why it is not always easy or possible to clean the computer by using only the manual removal guide.

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