Chrome’s Push Notification is a useful tool for many users, as it notifies them of the new happenings on their favorite websites. Most users enable push notification for social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get a quick glance at them instead of opening the site. These notifications pop up from the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Many times it happens that users unknowingly allows some website to send the push notifications. These notifications can be annoying if sent frequently. They can also be misleading, if the users click on it, they may be redirected to the malicious site.
Often users confuse push notifications as a pop-up notification. Even though both can be equally annoying, they are different.
In this guide, we would discuss more on the Chrome Notifications and how to avoid them to safeguard your system from the virus attacks.
What are these Notifications?
As already mentioned in the intro, the push notifications from the Chrome web browser are the information sent by the websites, which have got permission from the users. These notifications are displayed outside the browser window and will also pop up even if the site is inactive, and the browser is closed. This is what makes it apart from the pop-up notifications, which only appears when the browser is active.
How did I Get Them?
Unless your browser got hacked, these notifications would only appear if you have allowed the site to send you those. You might have noticed some websites, particularly social media sites and blogs, ask permission to allow the notifications when you visit them for the first time. The website takes your consent through a pop-up that appears at the top and looks like this.
Suppose you are receiving irrelevant notifications from the websites that you do not remember allowing. In that case, it is because you might have visited an infected website and unintentionally allowed it to send the push notifications.
Many websites trick users into making them click on the allow button, and it traps most users without them knowing the intention. For example, this website asks the user to click on “Allow” to watch the video.
It is possible that your browser may be hijacked, and it might allow irrelevant websites to send the notifications without your permission.
Are they Useful?
Push Notifications are highly useful when you want to take a quick glimpse of your social media happenings. For example, if someone has liked your status or picture on Facebook, the push notification will display this information in the pop-up, and you won’t have to take the trouble of opening the website.
Likewise, if you have allowed your favorite blog site to show you a notification, you would be notified every time a new article is posted.
So, these notifications don’t need to be always annoying.
How can Chrome Notifications be used for Virus attacks?
Cybercriminals always try to find different ways to infect your computer with malware. Developers exploit every new feature to use it maliciously. The same happens with the push notifications. Cybercriminals can use it like they use pop-up notifications.
The marketers can unethically utilize it for increasing website clicks to generate revenue.
Notifications bear no threat by themselves. So, cyberattackers would force you to click on it by giving intriguing titles to the notifications, just like this.
When you click any of the notifications from the malicious site, you can trigger the silent installation of harmful malware programs such as banking trojan or browser viruses. You can also be redirected to the malware carrying sites.
How to Remove Notification Virus from Chrome?
Block Notifications from Chrome Settings
If you have mistakenly allowed any website to show you notifications, you can block and disallow it.
Open Chrome browser
Click on the three dots at the top-right corner of the Chrome browser and select Settings.
Under “Privacy and security,” choose Site Settings.
Now under “Permissions,” click on the Notifications.
You will find two sections Block – the sites that are restricted to show notifications and Allow-the sites allowed to show notifications.
Go to the Allow section and look for the website that is sending you irrelevant notifications. Click on the three-dots next to it and choose Block.
If you don’t want to receive notifications from any websites, you can permanently disable it by switching off the button next to “Sites can ask to send notifications.“
Get Rid of the Browser Virus from the Chrome
If the notifications are occurring even after blocking the culprit websites from settings, there is undoubtedly a browser virus responsible for it. You can get rid of it by following these steps:
Remove Web Extensions From Browser
You might have accidentally installed a malicious browser web extension that is causing the redirects.
If you have many web extensions installed in your Chrome browser, it is time to sort them out and at least disable, if not delete, the ones you rarely use. However, you must remove the useless web extensions instead of disabling them. Because, even after disabling them, they might use the CPU processing power while checking for updates and performing updates.
Here are the steps to manage the web extensions on the Chrome Browser:
- Click on the three dots at the top-right corner.
- Bring mouse cursor over More tools and from the extended menu choose Extensions.
- All the extensions would be on your screen
- Look for the ones you want to disable or remove.
Reset Web Browser Settings
If your browser is misbehaving because browser virus, then reset its settings to default.
- Open Chrome and navigate to Settings by clicking on the three-dots at the top right.
- Click on advanced Advanced.
- Under Reset and cleanup, click on “Restore settings to their original defaults.”
- Select Reset settings on the next prompt.
- Relaunch your browser.
Install an Antimalware and Perform a Scan
Manually removing malware can be a tedious task, and it takes a lot of time and effort on our part. Sometimes, it may get irritated for you if you are not much into the technology. There is no need to worry; you can get a robust antimalware like MalwareFox that will scan for malware and remove it.
MalwareFox is a reliable security software that promises to protect your system and helps to handle malware and viruses. MalwareFox will scans, detect, and remove Malware and offers real-time protection. It also protects your PC from most dangerous malware such as Ransomware, Zero-Day Attack protection, Grayware, Keyloggers, etc.
- Download Malwarefox and install it.
- Perform a full system scan to get rid of every malware that is troubling your system.
How to avoid getting such Notifications?
If you don’t want to bother yourself from such notification bombardments, you must follow healthy browsing practices.
- Always be careful before “Allowing” any site to send notifications.
- Never fall into the trap of attractive pop-ups and banner ads.
- Always ignore award-giving web pages and emails. Never click on the links they carry.
- While installing software, uncheck the installation of the bonus program.
- Avoid getting freeware programs from unsecured and untrustworthy sources.
- Always keep installed a robust antimalware solution on your device so that any threat can be detected beforehand.