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How to remove software causing redirects to the notify.tk website?

Also Known As: notify.tk pop-up
Damage level: Medium

What is the notify[.]tk webpage?

Notify[.]tk is the address of a rogue website. It operates by loading dubious material and/or redirecting visitors to other unreliable/malicious sites. There are thousands of such webpages online; allhugenewz.comvideoplayernow.com, and zpreland.com are just some examples.

Users rarely access rogue websites intentionally. Most get redirected to them by other pages, intrusive adverts, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

These apps can infiltrate systems without user permission. PUAs are designed to cause redirects, run intrusive advert campaigns, and gather browsing-related information.

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Notify[.]tk in detail

How notify[.]tk operates is determined by the visitor's geolocation, which the site learns from their IP (Internet Protocol) address. Therefore, whether visitors are presented with questionable content and/or get redirected elsewhere - depends on their geolocations. Notify[.]tk can promote legitimate webpages, yet such pages more commonly endorse dubious websites.

Additionally, sites of this type tend to use deceptive tactics (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick visitors into allowing their browser notifications. This applies to notify[.]tk as well, and should its notifications be enabled - it will start running intrusive advertisement campaigns.

The delivered adverts are more than just a nuisance, they also pose a threat to device and user safety. Once clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to various untrustworthy/malicious webpages, and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).

How do potentially unwanted applications operate?

Potentially unwanted applications can have varied functionalities, which can be in different combinations. To elaborate, these apps can force-open sites and/or run intrusive advertisement campaigns.

Furthermore, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. Data of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries types, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so on.

PUA developers monetize the collected information by sharing with and/or selling it to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name notify.tk pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 198.54.120.129
Observed Domains cpanel.notify[.]tk; webmail.notify[.]tk; mail.notify[.]tk; webdisk.notify[.]tk
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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Potentially unwanted applications in general

PUAs typically appear legitimate and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation and/or purchase with offers of various features. However, despite how "useful" the functionalities may sound, they are seldom operational.

The sole purpose of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; they have no real value to users. PUAs are designed to cause redirects, deliver intrusive advert campaigns, and collect private data.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed alongside other software. This deceptive marketing technique of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling".

By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users risk inadvertently allowing bundled content into their devices, thereby endangering the systems with potential infections.

Intrusive ads are also used to spread PUAs; once clicked on, they can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent. Select PUAs have "official" promotional/download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to research software products before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy download sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled and/or hazardous content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc.

Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and harmless; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others).

Should users encounter advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, they must inspect their devices and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected. 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 notify[.]tk website (GIF):

notify[.]tk website appearance (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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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