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Avoid visiting notification-centar.com

Also Known As: notification-centar.com pop-up
Damage level: Medium

What is notification-centar[.]com?

notification-centar[.]com is virtually identical to windowsguidenews[.]com, robotornotcheckonline[.]club, reforeperc[.]pro, and many other websites. It redirects visitors to other rogue sites or displays dubious content.

Generally, people do not open notification-centar[.]com (or other websites of this kind) intentionally - browsers open them when potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are installed. Typically, PUAs open dubious web pages, display advertisements, and collect data relating to browsing activity.

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When opened, notification-centar[.]com asks permission to show notifications. It states that, by allowing notifications, visitors are able to watch a video. Note, however, that giving websites such as notification-centar[.]com permission to show notifications usually results in being served with advertisements and other dubious content.

As mentioned, once visited, web pages such as notification-centar[.]com display dubious content or redirect visitors to a number of other (about two or three) untrustworthy websites. These actions depend on the visitors' geolocations. It is very likely that opened web pages might be designed to advertise dubious software, contain deceptive ads, and so on.

Neither notification-centar[.]com nor pages opened through it can be trusted. Furthermore, most PUAs feed users with coupons, banners, pop-up ads, and other intrusive advertisements. These usually conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, redirect people to other untrustworthy or even malicious websites.

In some cases, the ads execute scripts that download and/or install unwanted apps. Furthermore, PUAs record data such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations and other browsing-related data. They might also be designed to collect personal details.

Developers of these apps often share the data with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Users can thus experience problems with privacy, browsing safety or even become victims of identity theft. Therefore, all applications of this type should be uninstalled immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name notification-centar.com pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Detection Names ESET (Suspicious), Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 3.224.16.189
Observed Domains www1.notification-centar[.]com, www2.notification-centar[.]com
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.
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Typically, developers promote these apps by offering supposedly useful features, tools, and so on. In fact, most PUAs do not function as advertised and are designed only to help the developers to generate revenue. Having them installed can lead to a number of problems. PUAs should never be trusted or downloaded/installed.

How did adware install on my computer?

Frequently, people download and install unwanted apps of this kind through intrusive advertisements or when they are included into the set-ups of other (usually free) software. In summary, developers proliferate PUAs by hiding them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the download/installation set-ups of regular software.

Information about the inclusion of unwanted apps into set-ups is not properly disclosed. People who leave these settings unchecked and unchanged, unintentionally allow PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed together with regular programs. This distribution method of unwanted apps is known as "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download all software only from official websites. Do not use third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule) or other similar sources to download or install software. Check "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings that are usually included in the download and/or installation set-ups, and dismiss offers to download/install unwanted apps.

Do not click advertisements that are displayed on dubious web pages - they often cause unwanted downloads/installations, or lead to untrustworthy websites. Check for unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins installed on the web browser and uninstall them immediately.

Also apply this to programs of this kind 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-centar[.]com website (GIF):

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Quick menu:

Disable unwanted browser notifications:

Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:

Google Chrome logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome (step 2)

Android logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Google Chrome - Android (step 2)

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox (step 2)

Microsoft Edge logoRemove 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".

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 1)

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).

Disable web browser notifications in Microsoft Edge (step 2)

Safari logoRemove 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.

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 1)

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)

Disable web browser notifications in Safari - macOS (step 2)

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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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