Notification Device Club
Notification Device Club is a browser hijacker program capable of changing the web browser’s homepage or search engine settings without user permission. Additionally, Notification Device Club can add some additional elements to the browser that expose users to commercial-filled pages during every browsing session.
Such programs can be quite intrusive when they become part of the system and can impose some potentially unwanted changes on your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, or another popular browser you may be using. For instance, you may instantly notice a change in your browser’s homepage, or a replacement of your default search engine with a new one that automatically redirects you to pages you never asked to load. And to top it all off, the hijacker doesn’t allow you to remove or uninstall those settings and switch back to your previous browser settings, which adds to the overall frustration. In this article, however, we will focus on helping you get rid of the unwanted changes and remove the browser hijacker that is responsible for them.
Before we point your attention to the removal guide below, however, let’s first clarify one very important question that is probably bugging all web users who have Notification Device Club on their system.
This software is NOT a virus or a form of malware such as a Spyware, a Ransomware, or a Trojan. Browser hijackers, in general, are usually harmless software applications that use rather aggressive methods of online advertising to increase the exposure to specific websites and draw traffic to their pages. In order to do their job well, most of the time, such programs spam the users’ browsers with sponsored commercials that, once clicked upon, redirect to the predefined pages. At the same time, the browser hijackers generate income for their developers with the help of Pay-Per-Click and other similar remuneration models. This is what defines their behavior and the intrusive online advertising methods they employ.
And speaking of intrusiveness, there are a few things that the web users should be aware of when dealing with browser hijackers. These programs can often gain access to your browsing history as they integrate with your main browser. They do that in order to extract certain data from it that would help them optimize their ads. The websites you visit, for instance, as well as the products and services you are browsing for can tell Notification Device Club what you’re most interested in at the moment. Taking that info into account, the hijacker can adjust its ads and display pop-ups and banner notifications that are relevant to your latest online activities.
That’s not the worst part, though. The real risk comes if you happen to click on a misleading ad or on a fake link. In this case, instead of landing on a promotional webpage, you may get linked to a site filled with viruses and catch a real malware such as a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse. Therefore, you should carefully consider whether keeping programs like Notification Device Club on your computer over extended periods of time can be beneficial for you or not. To eliminate any ad-related risks, your best option would be to uninstall the hijacker as soon as you can and restore the settings of your browser to their previous state.
|Name||Notification Device Club|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The ads and the browser changes usually give away most browser hijackers.|
|Distribution Method||Adding the unwanted app to the installer of another free program is the most commonly used method.|
Remove Notification Device Club iPhone Virus
if you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.
First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.
- If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
- If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.
In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:
- On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.
Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
- Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
- Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/
Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.