How to prevent browsers from opening notification-list.com and similar sites
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is notification-list[.]com?
notification-list[.]com is one of many rogue websites that forces visitors to open other dubious sites or displays dubious content. Other examples of websites of this kind are tencecatche[.]info, robotornotchecks[.]online, and zwenews[.]biz. Typically, browsers open these sites due to potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on them.
Therefore, people usually do not generally open websites such as notification-list[.]com intentionally. Furthermore, most PUAs display advertisements and gather user information.
PUAs often force browsers to open pages like notification-list[.]com in a new window or tab. The site then displays dubious content or redirects visitors to about two or three other rogue (or even malicious) websites. The way they operate depends on the visitor's geolocation.
Furthermore, notification-list[.]com asks visitors to give permission to show notifications. Typically, these web pages are designed to trick people into giving such permissions by using a 'clickbait' technique. This particular page states that, in order to continue the process, visitors must click the "Allow" button.
This allows notification-list[.]com to show notifications. Be aware that notifications displayed on dubious websites should never be trusted, since they can lead to other potentially malicious web pages and/or be used to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted software.
Furthermore, when installed, PUAs often display annoying, intrusive ads. For instance, pop-up ads, banners, coupons, surveys, and others that usually conceal underlying content of visited websites. When clicked, they open untrustworthy websites or start downloading and/or installing PUAs (or other apps that might be malicious).
Most PUAs operate as information tracking tools - they record information such as geolocations, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, etc. They might also gather private, sensitive details. Developers use the data to generate revenue by sharing it with third parties (potentially cyber criminals).
Therefore, people with PUAs installed on their computers and/or browsers might become victims of identity theft, experience problems relate to browsing safety, privacy, and so on. For these reasons, we recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||ESET (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Most apps of this type cause unwanted redirects, serve intrusive, deceptive ads and gather data. Generally, they are advertised as useful, however, most are used by rogue developers to generate revenue and deliver no real value for regular users. They should not be downloaded or installed. If there are PUAs already installed on your system or browser, remove them immediately.
How did adware install on my computer?
Most PUAs are downloaded and/or installed through the set-ups of other software. Information about these additionally-included apps is usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings/options of the download or installation set-ups. This method to distribute PUAs is called "bundling".
Unfortunately, it often works, since people fail to dismiss offers to download/install PUAs - they leave the aforementioned setting unchanged. In other cases, unintentional downloads and installations happen when they click deceptive ads designed to run scripts that download and install unwanted applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to download programs from official, trustworthy websites and use direct download links. Other tools and sources such as third party downloaders, installers, torrents clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites, etc., should not be used.
If a download or installation setup contains settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", check them carefully and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted software before finishing the download/installation process. To prevent unwanted downloads and installations, do not click deceptive, intrusive ads.
Websites that contain deceptive ads are usually related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If your browser opens dubious web pages automatically or displays intrusive ads, remove all unwanted or suspicious apps such as extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins.
Also apply this to software of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of notification-list[.]com website (GIF):
Another variant of notification-list[.]com website:
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- What is notification-list.com pop-up?
- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome:
Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".
In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):
Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one. Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen. Select "Settings" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge:
Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings". Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications".
Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):
Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences...". Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane.
Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
How to avoid browser notification spam?
Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.
Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
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