How to stop redirects is a generic scam website, pushing a social engineering scam that tries to trick users into agreeing to ads on the desktop. You will see a browser alert saying “ wants to show notifications” as soon as you get redirected to this website. If you click “Allow”, the site will start spamming your desktop with ads. This site and countless others essentially misuse a legitimate browser feature that allows sites (with permission) to show notifications on the desktop. But instead of interesting content, will spam you with potentially dangerous ads. If you have given the site permission to show notifications, you should revoke it sooner rather than later. If you don’t know what to do, use the directions provided in the last section of this report. redirect


When you get redirected to, you will see a video player loading and a browser notification saying “ wants to show you notifications”. It’s implied that to play the video, you need to allow the site to show notifications. Other than that, it has no content. If you click “Allow” on the browser notifications, the site will start spamming your desktop with ads. The ads will appear similarly to where legitimate notifications would pop up. Some users may confuse the two and end up interacting with potentially dangerous ads. Those ads could lead to dangerous websites that hide malware or promote scams.

The push notifications feature is completely legitimate, even if it’s often misused by sites like As long as a site is safe, you can allow it to show you notifications. What kind of content it would show depends on what it usually posts. For example, if you permit a news website to display notifications, you will see news alerts on your desktop. Clicking on the notification would take you right to the content. So the feature can be helpful as long as a site with permission is safe.

Why are you redirected to

You could be redirected to dubious websites for a few reasons. Users browsing dangerous websites are frequently redirected. Certain sites are considered to be high-risk due to the ads they host. For example, sites with pornographic or pirated content have many questionable ads, and clicking on anything on them could trigger a redirect to a site like Fortunately, you can easily block these redirects and ads, in general, with a reliable adblocker program.

Adware infections can also trigger redirects, albeit this happens much less frequently. Adware is a very minor infection, especially compared to other kinds of malware like trojans and ransomware. However, dealing with adware can be annoying. Adware and other similar infections are bundled with free software as extra offers in what’s known as software bundling. These offers are set to install automatically alongside the program without requiring permission. Programs that install using this method are typically flagged as potential threats by anti-virus software. If you learn to install free software correctly, you will be able to avoid unwanted installation.

Although the extra offers are optional, they need to be manually deselected to prevent installation. This shouldn’t be a problem if you know how to install free software correctly. When given the option, opt for Advanced (Custom) settings during installation. All additional offers will be hidden and allowed to install alongside if you choose to use Default settings. But if you choose Advanced options, all added offers will be made visible. You will also be given the option to deselect all offers. We always recommend deselecting all offers because none of them will ever be useful.

Remove redirects

We recommend scanning your computer with anti-virus software in case an adware infection is what’s triggering the redirects. It’s easiest to identify and remove adware using anti-virus software.  If adware is the problem, removing it would stop the redirects. It’s also a good idea to install an adblocker program to block all intrusive ads.

You should revoke’s permission to show notifications if you have given it. If you know your way around your browser’s settings, it’s quite simple to do. If you’re unsure about what to do, follow the instructions provided below. You should also remove all other questionable websites.

  • 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 websites. 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 websites. 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 websites. You can permanently turn off these notification requests by toggling off “Ask before sending”.