Notification Virus


[ratings] “Virus” app  is a software component that similarly to most other hijackers operates from the user’s browser after it gets added to it. From there, it could initiate different advertising campaigns and make alterations to one’s browser in order to make the whole advertising process more effective. Of course, most if not everything that the hijacker does is likely to annoy the user and prevent them from normally surfing the Internet. If you have “Virus” on your machine, then you know what we are talking about and also you probably want to eliminate the rage-inducing hijacking piece of software. Notification Virus Notification “Virus”

Many users all over the world experience one and the same software issue on a daily basis, namely, a constant barrage with irritating web ads, box messages, pop-ups page redirects and unwanted browser changes like replaced homepage, search engine or new-tab page. This issue is a really common one and a lot of people out there actually simply put up with it and try to ignore it. However, there is a better way to handle such a situation and that would be to simple locate and remove the source of this irritation. So, how can you clean your Chrome, IE, Firefox or any other browser that you have on your PC from the irritating changes and the nagging ads that constantly bombard your screen each time you attempt to browser the Internet. Well, in order to deal with this problem, you’d first need to know its origins. In the case of this type of browsing disturbance, the culprit behind it is almost always a software component of the browser hijacker category. Apps that belong to this software class have the sole purpose of streaming ads on the user’s screen and generating money via methods such as Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View. This is actually a really profitable model as long as the creators of such apps manage to get their products installed onto enough computers. However, this all happens at the expense of the end-user’s patience and undisturbed online sessions which is why hijacker apps are normally regarded as unwanted and some might even regard them as hazardous.  The guide below could help you deal with this issue manually provided that you closely follow the steps listed in it. Another possible method for handling the intrusive software piece would be to make use of the suggested removal software tool that is also available on this page. It will automatically scan your system and locate the data which is related to the hijacker so that you could remove it and that way eradicate the irritating hijacking software. 

Hijackers vs. Viruses

Although many of you might think that a hijacker app might be similar to a virus program like a Trojan or a Ransomware, this is actually a common misconception that isn’t really grounded in reality. Trojans and Ransomware and other threat like that are criminal software tools that hackers use for their insidious and illegal agendas. Hijackers, on the other hand, despite being extremely irritating and annoying, are mostly harmless on their own. Still, there are certain security risks associated with apps like Now, is highly unlikely to directly damage or harm anything on your PC. It’s just that the ads it’s likely to stream on your screen might not always be safe. By that we mean you could potentially come across some ad or page redirect that might link you to a site with shady reputation and hazardous contents. Therefore, we strongly recommend you keep away from anything related to the hijacker software and also make sure to remove the obnoxious ad ASAP just to be sure that it can’t generate questionable adverts in your browser.

Be on the lookout for file bundles!

Although spam and malvertising are among the most commonly used hijacker distribution techniques, the one method that seems to be the most effective is the software-bundling. This is basically when the hijacker app is combined with another programs installer wizard where it is available as an optional install. Typically, users forget to check for such optional components and directly install any new programs using the Quick setup configuration. This is a common mistake that is likely to land you a hijacker or some other similar undesirable app. You can, however, easily avoid that if you take a look at the Advanced setup menu where there will likely be options that enable you to leave out all bundled content. So, be sure to use this Advanced menu and leave out any “bonus” apps that might not be wanted on your system the next time you are about to install some new program on your machine.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The hijacker will probably make changes to your browser without asking for your permission.
Distribution Method Some of the most commonly used methods are spam, misleading ads and software bundling.
Detection Tool “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide Notification Virus

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it). Notification Virus


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. Notification Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Notification Virus
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. Notification Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Notification Virus

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up: Notification Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Notification Virus

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below: Notification Virus

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK. Notification Virus Notification Virus

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Notification Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Notification Virus Notification Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Notification Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Notification Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Notification Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Notification Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Notification Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Notification Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. Notification VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Notification Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Notification Virus

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!




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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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