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When you install the Opera web browser, you may receive occasional advertising notifications on your desktop. Recently, the message “Welcome to Opera” notification on a Windows 10 system is being shown, saying that Opera’s built-in ad blocker has improved page load times by up to 90%.
The command prompt included a “Try Now” and “Don’t Show More” option as well as a button to close the page. I have never seen Opera advertise its own products using the notification system.
Desktop notifications are always a mess, therefore, we have investigated why the notification was displayed and how to disable it.
The Opera browser comes with a number of preconfigured options, and one of these options allows the browser to display advertising notifications on the desktop.
Here you can see how to disable these notifications in the Opera web browser:
- You can either load opera://settings/privacy directly from Opera’s address bar, or select Menu > Preferences > Advanced > Privacy and Security.
- Scroll down the page until you find the options “Show advertising notifications” under “Privacy and security”.
- Scroll down to disable the setting. A gray slider indicates it is off, a blue slider indicates it is on.
After this, Opera will no longer display ad notifications. The steps above will allow you to get rid of both news feeds and news notifications. This way, you will no longer be bothered by random news notifications while you are busy at work.
Now go to the Opera home page or the speed dial page and you will get a clear page without junk mail, sponsored ads, promotions, etc.
If you use the Opera browser on a computer or laptop, you can view similar articles to improve your privacy and remove promotions and sponsored content.
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