Notifpushback Virus

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Notifpushback is an extension app that experts label as a browser hijacker because of the unauthorized changes that it introduces to the affected browser. Notifpushback will also try to get more traffic to certain sites by automatically redirecting the user to them.

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The browser hijacker apps are a widespread category of potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) that are mainly known for their invasive and unpleasant browser changes that they introduce to Chrome, Firefox, and other popular browsers without having been given user permission. This kind of apps isn’t technically a category of viruses but they can still be quite unpleasant and sometimes even potentially hazardous if kept on the computer for long. Notifpushback is one such app and the next lines in this article, as well as the removal guide below it, will primarily be focused on it. Our goal is to tell you about the characteristics of this app and to help you uninstall it if you have recently had it added to your browser.


Type Browser Hijacker
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Notifpushback!

How to remove Notifpushback

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Notifpushback in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Notifpushback from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Notifpushback.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Notifpushback.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Notifpushback from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Notifpushback extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Notifpushback and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Notifpushback on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Notifpushback extension
  4. Get rid of Notifpushback by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Notifpushback” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Notifpushback

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Notifpushback process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Notifpushback
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Notifpushback” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Notifpushback

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Notifpushback in there
    4. Uninstall Notifpushback from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hostingcloud. racing-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Notifpushback in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
    What is Notifpushback?

    Changed homepage, toolbar buttons, and search engine service, as well as unexpected page-redirects that randomly occur in your browser, are the most commonly reported symptoms related to Notifpushback, Updateinfocity and other similar apps. These activities are unlikely to directly cause any harm to the system or to the data kept in it but they could still cause slow-downs of the browser and of the computer as a whole, as well as make your overall browsing experience quite frustrating. It is also common for hijackers to strategically place ads on the screen while your browser is being used. The ads are placed over the videos you are trying to watch, the articles you are reading, or the images you are looking at and they won’t go away until you somehow interact with them. Oftentimes there will be an X button to close the app but it would be fake and selecting it would still count as a direct add click. Clicking on such ads will, in turn, redirect you to all kinds of promotional sites, some of which may not be safe or reliable. Even if Notifpushback itself isn’t going to cause harm to your computer, the places its ads, banners, search engine, or imposed homepage may redirect you to could potentially expose you to phishing pages, sites that try to sell you fake software, or even to threats such as Trojans and Ransomware. 

    Is Notifpushback dangerous?

    Possible activity of a Notifpushback hijacker is for it to show fake messages on your screen related to your system’s safety. This type of apps are often used to try to advertise and sell some products (normally ones of low quality) and they may do that in rather deceitful ways. For instance, a hijacker may tell you that your computer has been infected by some insidious Trojan Horse or Ransomware just so that you’d buy some security tool of questionable quality that it’s supposed to promote.
    All in all, we are sure that none of you would wish to have such software in their systems, which is why we will now leave you with our uninstallation guide which we encourage you to use.


    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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