Threat Type: Push notifications

Are you seeing lots of popups from The popups typically show up on the right edge of the screen when you are on your computer or at the top of the screen when on your smartphone. The popups can show up while you are browsing and annoy you. You do not have to be on any particular website to see the popups, and they can even appear while your browser is on a different website altogether.

In addition to irritating people, popups can slow down your computer, drain battery, and consume RAM. This common issue plagues many computers around the world.

Advertisers make use of these notifications because they can be highly effective when used to deliver time-sensitive or urgent messages. They are a form of interruption marketing, and the problem comes when people are bombarded with ads. Sometimes the notifications are not even tangentially relevant to people's interests. Push notifications Screenshot Push notifications Screenshot

Even though these ads appear harmless, they are widely viewed as a security issue due to the large number of notifications that may display in your browser.

It is natural to wonder how you ended up with ads in the first place. Generally, Usually people get push notifications either by checking the box for them when they install an app or by manually opting-in to receive them from a website. Often times, users do it without even realizing.

A common way the popups get delivered is by rogue browser extensions. It is also a bit more difficult to stop the popups if this is the case, but fortunately we can help you. Removal Guide

Scan With Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a highly-effective, third-party malware removal tool and antivirus. Here are the steps you can take to use Combo Cleaner to remove malware from your computer:

  1. Download Combo Cleaner by clicking the above button.
  2. If you are using Windows:

    • Double-click CCSetup.exe to start the installer. Click "Next" and follow the on-screen instructions.
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    • Once installed, click the "Scan" button to start a full scan of your computer.

    If you are using a Mac:

    • Double-click the Combo Cleaner DMG file and drag the Combo Cleaner app to your Applications folder.
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    • Open your Applications folder by double-clicking it. Then double-click the Combo Cleaner app.
    • Click the "Scan" button to start a full scan of your computer.
  3. Wait for the scan to complete. Combo Cleaner will detect and display any malware it finds on your computer.
  4. Review the scan results and select the malware that you want to remove.
  5. Click the "Remove" button to remove the selected malware.
  6. Restart your computer to complete the removal process.

Depending on the type and the severity of the malware, the malware removal process may take some time and require multiple scans to fully remove the malware from your system.

Manually Disable Push Notifications

You can turn off push notifications from specific websites. If your popups are only caused by push notification subscriptions (and not browser extensions or other malware), then you can stop them by following these steps. We have included guides for all popular web browsers:

Google Chrome
  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the Chrome window.
  2. Click on "Settings."
  3. Scroll down and click on "Advanced."
  4. Click on "Site Settings."
  5. Scroll down to "Notifications" and toggle the switch to turn off notifications.
Mozilla Firefox
  1. Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the Firefox window.
  2. Click on "Options."
  3. Select "Privacy & Security."
  4. Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and find "Notifications."
  5. Toggle the switch next to "Block new requests asking to allow notifications."
Microsoft Edge
  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the Edge window.
  2. Click on "Settings."
  3. Click on "Site permissions."
  4. Find "Notifications" and toggle the switch to turn off notifications.
Safari (MacOS)
  1. Click on "Safari" in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on "Preferences."
  3. Click on "Websites."
  4. Find "Notifications" on the left side of the screen and select it.
  5. Deselect any websites that are allowed to send notifications.

Note: The steps to turn off push notifications in web browsers may vary slightly depending on the browser version and operating system being used.

Prevent Future Popups

As an internet user, it is essential to approach requests to allow notifications with a high degree of skepticism. While push notifications can be a useful tool that keeps you informed about the latest news and updates from your favorite websites, they are frequently abused by unscrupulous marketers who seek to exploit the system for their own gain. Do not instinctively allow push notifications when websites ask you to. Only grant permission for websites that you know and trust. Even then, only do this if you really want updates from that site.

It is also recommended that you be vigilant and check the source of the request before granting access. Sometimes a website will have a name similar to a well-known website in the hopes of gaining your trust. Make sure you recognize the site before doing anything else.

Additionally, using an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor can provide an extra layer of security, blocking any attempts by sketchy websites to deceive you into granting permission for unwanted notifications.

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