Here we go again: Microsoft’s popping up ads from the Windows 10 toolbar


#Windows10 #MicrosoftHere we go again: Microsoft’s popping up ads from the Windows 10 toolbar : When Microsoft’s Windows 10 deadline passed, many heaved a sigh of relief, thinking that Microsoft’s obnoxious popup reminders had finally been laid to rest.

Surprise! Microsoft’s at it again, reminding users to sign up for Microsoft Rewards (formerly Bing Rewards) by using Edge, Windows 10’s built-in browser. My colleague Brad Chacos was hit by the ad above after hours, reported it, and immediately erased Edge from his toolbar.

Here’s what we know: The popup doesn’t seem to appear if you use Edge frequently (Brad does not). Personally, I’ve never experienced a similar ad, though I use Edge as well as Microsoft Rewards, meaning there’s no need for such an ad to appear.

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A notification here, a suggestion there: Microsoft’s gently slipped in promotions for Office as well as its third-party apps off and on since Windows 10 was launched, and then sneakily reset those options once the Anniversary Update launched last summer. (Here’s a list to turn off those Windows 10 ads if you’re still seeing them.)

But here’s the problem. Brad turned off his ad settings; the Anniversary Update reinstated them. Brad says he turned off the ad settings again-and once again, Microsoft reinstated them.

(Editor’s Note: That might be the issue. On Friday, Microsoft told us if you want to eliminate the Edge popup, make sure that the suggestions setting is toggled off, as per the graphic. Brad Chacos later confirmed his suggestions setting was still enabled.)