Remove Notifications browser hijacker removal instructions
What is the Remove Notifications browser hijacker?
Remove Notifications is a piece of rogue software, categorized as a browser hijacker. It is endorsed as a tool supposedly capable of removing notifications (e.g. pop-ups, banners and other advertisements). Additionally, it offers such alleged features, like browser homepage customization, note creation, etc. After successful infiltration, this browser hijacker operates by modifying browser settings in order to promote removenotifications.com - an illegitimate search engine. Furthermore, Remove Notifications spies on users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable methods used to proliferate Remove Notifications, it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers. They reassign browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of fake web searchers. Remove Notifications makes such modifications to browsers as well - in order to promote removenotifications.com. Therefore, with this browser hijacker installed: every new browser tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to removenotifications.com. Illegitimate search engines are typically unable to provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Bing, Google or other genuine ones. In case of removenotifications.com, it either redirects to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com) - a legitimate search engine - straight away, or alternatively, Remove Notifications may cause several redirects - redirect to dubious web searchers like search.surfharvest.xyz and/or others and then finally to Yahoo. What is more, most browser hijackers can limit/deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any user changes made. Hence, the only way of recovering a browser is by removing the software affecting it. Remove Notifications has data tracking abilities. It can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive information is typically shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Presence of data-tracking programs on devices can lead to financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Remove Notifications|
|Supposed Functionality||Notification and other advertisement removal|
|Serving IP Address (removenotifications.com)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Burst Search, StreaminSearchs and Easy Steps DIY Tab are a few examples of other browser hijackers. They appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various functionalities. The advertised features are seldom operational and in most cases - they do not work at all. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. Unwanted applications have but one goal to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs hijack browsers, force-open untrustworthy and malicious webpages, run intrusive advert campaigns and gather vulnerable information.
How did Remove Notifications install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g. Remove Notifications) have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. These applications can also be downloaded/installed together with other software. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary programs with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g. skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing dubious and/or bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements can infiltrate PUAs into systems as well. Once clicked on, they can make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is strongly recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - are considered to be untrustworthy, due to commonly offering bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive adverts usually appear legitimate, however they redirect to various questionable pages (e.g. adult-dating, pornography, gambling, and so on). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins removed immediately from it. If your computer is already infected with Remove Notifications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Remove Notifications browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Remove Notifications browser hijacker:
Appearance of Remove Notifications browser hijacker redirecting to Yahoo (GIF):
Appearance of Remove Notifications browser hijacker redirecting to Yahoo via search.surfharvest.xyz (GIF):
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- What is Remove Notifications?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Remove Notifications application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove removenotifications.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Remove Notifications browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove removenotifications.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove removenotifications.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Remove Notifications browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Remove Notifications"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the removenotifications.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Notifications browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
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Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://removenotifications.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Remove Notifications".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the removenotifications.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Remove Notifications" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Remove Notifications", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.removenotifications.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "removenotifications.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the removenotifications.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Remove Notifications", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Remove Notifications", remove hxxp://removenotifications.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with removenotifications.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the removenotifications.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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