What kind of application is DisableNotifications?
DisableNotifications is a browser hijacker designed to promote disablenotifications.xyz (a fake search engine). It does that by changing the web browser's settings. A big part of browser-hijacking apps is promoted and distributed using questionable methods. Thus, apps of this type rarely get downloaded and installed on purpose.
DisableNotifications browser hijacker in detail
DisableNotifications sets disablenotifications.xyz as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. Disablenotifications.xyz is a fake search engine that shows results generated by Bing (bing.com). Fake search engines can also show results generated by other shady search engines and promote untrustworthy pages.
Typically, users cannot remove fake search engines from the settings of hijacked browsers until apps designed to promote them are removed. A removal guide for browser hijackers is provided below.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about browser hijackers
Browser hijackers can be designed to gather IP addresses, visited websites, and other information (which may include sensitive data). Fake search engines promoted through them can redirect users to potentially malicious pages. More examples of browser-hijacking apps are Keep Fast Search, MyADBlocksSearch, Search With Incognito.
How did DisableNotifications install on my computer?
Most browser-hijacking apps get installed (or downloaded) via installers (or downloaders) for other programs, shady advertisements, fake installers. The first distribution method works when users install software bundled with a browser hijacker without changing "Manual", "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings available in its installers.
Downloads and installations are caused through advertisements by clicking on ads designed to run specific scripts. To trick users into downloading (and using) fake installers, their developers use deceptive websites.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Questionable sources for downloading files and apps should not be trusted. Files and apps should be downloaded only from legitimate pages. Ads appearing on shady websites should not be clicked as well.
Programs should be downloaded and installed after deselecting unwanted apps that could be included in their downloaders and installers. Usually, unwanted downloads and installations can be opted out using available settings.
If your computer is already infected with DisableNotifications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Disablenotifications.xyz redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Notification containing information about the capabilities of DisableNotifications browser hijacker:
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- What is DisableNotifications?
- STEP 1. Uninstall DisableNotifications application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove DisableNotifications browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove disablenotifications.xyz homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove disablenotifications.xyz redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
DisableNotifications browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, "DisableNotifications"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the disablenotifications.xyz website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
DisableNotifications browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "DisableNotifications" 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 "DisableNotifications", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.disablenotifications.xyz) 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 "disablenotifications.xyz", 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 disablenotifications.xyz 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 "DisableNotifications", 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 "DisableNotifications", remove hxxp://disablenotifications.xyz 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 disablenotifications.xyz 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 disablenotifications.xyz 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit disablenotifications.xyz website?
The profit generated by the creators of disablenotifications.xyz page depends directly on the number of website visits.
Is visiting disablenotifications.xyz a threat to my privacy?
Browser-hijacking applications and websites like disablenotifications.xyz can be designed to gather various information. In such cases, the collected data might be misused in certain ways.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are distributed using social engineering tactics like browser notifications, intrusive advertisements. It is also common for apps of this type to be bundled with other programs (included in downloaders and installers as additional offers).
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove DisableNotifications browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser hijackers. It is worth knowing that it can be difficult to remove browser hijackers (if more than one of them is present). Browser hijackers can reinstall one another. Thus, all of them have to be removed at once. It can be easily done using specialized software.