How can I prevent popup ads in my Opera Browser

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Good evening experts,
I believe that I have a virus within my Opera Browser. The symptom  is a non stop proliferation of popup ads on the bottom right side of the browser window. Below are examples of the continuous popups.

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You get the picture!

I have tried Norton with lifelock, spyhunter, SUPERantiSpyware, and MalwareBytes.
I have reset opera to it's default values.
I have uninstalled Opera and re-installed.
I have checked for rogue taskschedular events.
I have looked for suspicious processes,startup items,services.
I have rebooted into safemode to see if I could remove Opera and re-install.


Nothing seems to work, because after a few minutes of browsing (msn, YouTube, Facebook, etc..), the popups re-appear. The popups don't make the Opera browser unusable, but it is annoying as hell to keep seeing the popups I attached and many many others that I didn't show you. The attachments were simply a means to show you how pervasive the popups are.

To be clear, Non of my other browsers, Chrome, Firefox, OperaGX, or Edge have this problem. I simply prefer using Opera. Plus I want to find the root cause of this pervasive annoyance. Even as I write this post, the popups are there.

I have researched on the net how to remove this issue manually , but it entails a detailed and complicated journey thru the taskschedular, uninstall apps, registry cleans, and other steps. If I have to do that , I may as well prepare myself to reinstall my operating system from scratch (long process, unless you have a pristine image of the operating system in question.)

I anticipate that some of you will say that a clean install is the only sure way of killing this popup annoyance, but I need to find the root cause , so I can prevent it from happening in the future. I would have expected my on access process in Norton to catch such an obvious adware virus, but no such luck.

I hope that one of you experts  will come up with a solution that is both thorough and complete
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Based on the screenshot, it looks like push notification, you can disable it in the settings page:
opera://settings/content/notifications

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Alternatively, you can try to check from the opera desktop notifications:
Step 1: Go to Preferences (Mac)/ Settings (Windows).
Step 2: Click Advanced in the left sidebar, and click Privacy & security.
Step 3: Under Privacy and security, click Site settings.
Step 4: Click Notifications.
Step 5: Select the button next to Do not allow any site to show desktop notifications or toggle off Ask before sending (recommended).
BLACK THANOSSemi - Retired

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Good evening Alex.

Per your instructions, I did the following:

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I disabled ask before sending. That doesn't necessarily mean I disabled the popups.

For reference, I am on Opera Version:65.0.3467.78
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Commented:
try adaware : https://www.adaware.com/
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Alex LimIT Solution Consultant @ pupuweb.com
Commented:
There is another setting related to notification you may like to try:
Step 1: Go to Preferences (Mac)/ Settings (Windows).
Step 2: Click Basic in the left sidebar.
Step 3: Go to Sidebar section, click on Manage sidebar.
Step 4: Toggle off Enable notification badges for messengers.
BLACK THANOSSemi - Retired

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Commented:
Thanks Alex,
I will do some surfing and see if the popups continue.
BLACK THANOSSemi - Retired

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Commented:
Good evening nobus.
Not to be pessimistic, but what advantage does adaware have on all the other virus and antispyware software that I tried and was unsuccessful.
Are you saying that you have had experience with the issue I posted and adaware fixed it?? I  went to the adaware website and saw that they had the standard antivirus and ad blocker offerings. I noticed they also have free version that evening gives you on access protection. Their payed solutions go even beyond antvirus and ad blocking.

If I continue to get the popups in Opera, I will certainly entertain the possibility of using the free version. This will determine if I want the full pro version or not. Thanks for your input.

Regards,
Regis ( Black Thanos)
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Commented:
>>  but what advantage does adaware  <<  it's name !
ad-aware = advertions software- it specialised in pop ups
but i have never used Opera
When a Chinese company bought Opera, I ditched it.  I picked up Vivaldi later after it reached Version 1.  It was created by the guy that originally created Opera, then sold it to a Chinese company.
BLACK THANOSSemi - Retired

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Commented:
nobus,
Respectfully , just because the software has the name ad-aware in its name ,doesn't mean it can do a better job than other adaware  software offerings. In fact, I did some research on several web nodes, and found that https://www.adaware.com/ is not even in the top 10 of adware removers. Trust me when I say I have tried many. However, I thank you for the suggestion , because the software may indeed have solved my issue. I will keep it in mind for future reference.

Regards,
Regis (BlackThanos) Hyde
BLACK THANOSSemi - Retired

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Commented:
Alex,
thank you for your well informed solution. I have been browsing with Opera for a while now and the popups have not come back.
regards,
Regis T. Hyde (BLACKTHANOS)
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Commented:
you said" and found that https://www.adaware.com/ is not even in the top 10 of adware removers"  
that does not mean it does not work; as you know - there is no ANTI software that removes all, so you need often several before getting the one that does the job.
i still say there's no harm in tryng it - if it works - ok; if it does not - just uninstall it
BLACK THANOSSemi - Retired

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nobus, I said"However, I thank you for the suggestion , because the software may indeed have solved my issue. I will keep it in mind for future reference."
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i hope it works for you - in the future, if not now

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