Stop redirects

Stop redirects is a high-risk website that pushes a social-engineering scam to trick users into allowing ads on the desktop. It misuses a legitimate browser feature to do this, hence why you will get a browser alert saying “ wants to show notifications” as soon as you enter the website. If you allow it to show notifications, your desktop will be spammed with ads. Some of those ads could expose you to potentially dangerous content so you should avoid interacting with them if you have given the site permission. Fortunately, you can easily revoke that permission.



The notification feature is legitimate. As long as a site is safe, you can allow it to show notifications. The contents of those notifications depend on what the site usually posts. For example, a news website would show important news alerts on the desktop. These notifications would appear on your desktop’s right side, similar to where systems notifications usually appear. The permission to show notifications is easily revokable if you know how to do it. If you don’t know what to do, you can use the directions provided at the very end of the report. misuses this feature in order to spam you with advertisement content. The moment you enter the site, you will see an image of a gift card. Supposedly, if you click “Allow” on the browser alert saying “ wants to show notifications”, you will enter a giveaway and potentially win a prize. That obviously is not true. The site is merely trying to trick you into allowing ads on your desktop. If you click “Allow”, you will start seeing advertisements on your desktop. Some of those ads could expose you to potentially dangerous content, including scams and malware. The sooner you delete from the list of sites that have permission, the better.

To find out what’s causing the redirects to questionable sites, you should scan your computer with an anti-virus program like WiperSoft. If adware is detected, allow the anti-virus to remove it from your computer. Once the adware is gone, the redirects will stop. You should also install an adblocker program to block redirects and ads.

Your computer may be infected with adware

If you’re redirected to random websites, either your computer is infected with adware or you visit high-risk websites. It’s likely that the latter is the case. Certain sites are considered to be high-risk because of the type of ads they expose users to. For example, if you visit sites that have pornography or pirated content, clicking on anything would trigger a redirect to some questionable site. You can easily prevent this from happening by installing an adblocker program.

If the redirects are occurring frequently, even when you visit seemingly safe sites, your computer could have adware installed. In comparison to what other infections you may encounter, adware is pretty minor. It will not directly harm your computer. Rather, it will try to expose you to as much sponsored content as possible.

Infections like adware are installed via free software bundling. What likely happened in your case is the adware was attached to a free program you installed as an extra offer. These extra offers are permitted to install alongside the program they’re attached to automatically. They are optional but you need to manually prevent their installation. Because the offers are usually hidden in the beginning, many users simply do not notice them.

Fortunately, it’s not difficult to prevent these unwanted installations if you pay attention during freeware installation. Most importantly, you need to choose Advanced (Custom) settings when the option is given to you. The installation window will recommend using Default settings but if you follow this advice, the extra offers will install alongside. Advanced settings will make all extra offers visible. You will be given the option to deselect everything. If Advanced settings show that something has been added to the program you’re installing, uncheck the boxes of those offers. Keep in mind that some of the offers may seem useful at first sight but allowing their installations is not a good idea. You will only fill your computer with junk. removal

The easiest way to determine why you’re being redirected to random websites is to scan your computer with anti-virus software like WiperSoft. If adware is detected, only removing it would stop the redirects. And because the adware can be pretty persistent, it could be difficult to get rid of it manually. Thus, we recommend using anti-virus software. If no adware is detected, either avoid high-risk websites or install an adblocker program. The adblocker would not only stop the redirects but also block intrusive pop-ups and redirects.

If you have given the site permission to show notifications, you need to revoke it as soon as possible. You can easily do that if you know your way around your browser’s settings. If you don’t know what to do, you can use the directions provided below. Not only should you delete from the list of sites with permission, but also every other website you do not recognize. The ads on the desktop will stop as soon as you remove the site from the list.

  • 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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