Notadszones Virus

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The Notadszones is an annoying software piece that enters your browser and tries to make changes to it without asking for your permission. Typically, the changes made to the browser are aimed at promoting some site or the other software products of the Notadszones developer.

The Notadszones virus will display pop up ads and notifications

Here, we will tell you about a hijacker that changes the browser’s homepage to Notadszones and which may also set a new search engine in the browser which search engine may also have the Notadszones logo somewhere on it. This could happen in any browser – from Chrome and Firefox to Safari and Edge. And though such changes may not really pose a direct danger to your computer, know that some hijackers like Good Captcha Top, Rgwap may also page-redirect you while you are browsing and land you on questionable sites. Also, the Notadszones page may show a lot of ads, and clicking on such random online ads is typically inadvisable. If you are unlucky and click on some advert with a shady source, you risk getting your machine infected by all kinds of serious cyber threats. Currently, the Ransomware cryptoviruses are some of the most widespread forms of computer malware and they oftentimes get distributed through the use of misleading web ads. And, if you land one such infection, there may be no way to fully revert the negative consequences brought on by it no matter what you try. Therefore, it’s just better to avoid any type of suspicious-looking online advertising content. In the current case, what needs to be done is for you to uninstall the Notadszones hijacker from your browser and computer. We can offer you some help and tips regarding this task – you can find them in the Notadszones removal guide at the bottom of this article.

Keeping hijackers and other unwanted browser annoyances away from your computer

The key to having a clean browser is never interacting with or downloading anything sketchy from the Internet. If, for instance, you receive an e-mail message that looks like spam and there is some obscure link or attached file in it, it is best to delete this message without interacting with any of its contents.

Another important thing to remember is to always remember to carefully examine the contents and the available options of any given software installer for programs you want to install. Note that many programs, especially ones that are distributed for free, may have some extra permission clauses in their installers. For instance, there may be a clause that allows the replacement of your browser’s homepage, toolbar or search engine. Usually, those clauses are on an opt-out basis – this means that if you do not agree with them, you will have to manually uncheck them. However, oftentimes, those clauses can only be seen in the Advanced setup menu and this is why you should always have a look at those menus. Anything in there that you may consider unwanted, you should uncheck in order to leave it out of the following installation.


TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
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Remove Notadszones Virus

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


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).



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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. 


Right-click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 


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


    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:


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


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    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:

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    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.


    • 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).


    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Notadszones from Internet Explorer:

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

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Notadszones from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Notadszones from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


    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!


    About the author


    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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