Remove Install.notify-service.com (Chrome/FF/IE)Feb. 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Install.notify-service.com. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In case you have recently been struggling with the generation of dozens of unwanted ads, automatic page-redirects, pop-ups, new tabs and banners in your Chrome or Firefox or another browser and if the search engine or the homepage of the said browser have been altered without you wanting it, then you’ve most probably landed on this page hoping to learn how to remove them. Before we show you the exact steps for that, however, let us tell you what the real cause of this irritation is. Most commonly, this is a piece of software from the browser hijacker category, which has been installed inside the main browser along with some other free program or add-on.

Install.notify-service.com Browser Redirect

Install.notify-service.com is an example of such piece of software and if the majority of the ads, which you see on your screen are “Powered by Install.notify-service.com”, then this is the browser hijacker that you most probably have accidentally installed on your PC with one of your latest software installations. Install.notify-service.com is an application that pretty much resembles a regular browser extension and is compatible with some of the most commonly used browsers, including Chrome, Firefox and a few others. However, instead of providing its users with some actual functionality, the hijacker tends to mess with the settings of the main browser by installing some new search engine tools, toolbars, buttons, new tab URLs or homepage domains, typically, without asking for an approval from the users. As a result, the hijacked browser starts to display different sponsored links and commercial messages during the regular browsing sessions. To your relief, these activities aren’t intended to harm your system or to perform a criminal action because the browser hijacker is not a virus or a malware from the ranks of Trojans, Ransomware or Rootkits. This is just an advertising-oriented tool, the presence of which could lead to great irritation to some users and if you are one of them, in the next lines, you will find a detailed removal guide and a trusted automatic removal tool which can help you to uninstall it.

Be careful with where you click!

Install.notify-service.com is an application which is incapable of stealing your sensitive information, destroying your system, corrupting your files or blackmailing you. These actions are typical for real virus threats and representatives of malicious categories such as Spyware, Trojans and Ransomware. The browser hijackers are relatively harmless compared to them but this doesn’t make them completely safe. Even though they lack malicious code, such pieces of software may operate in a really irritating and unpleasant way and may expose you to various sketchy offers, unfamiliar web locations and questionable sites. That’s why it is generally not a good idea to click on everything that Install.notify-service.com may generate on your screen. The reason is, you simply cannot be sure about the origins of all the messages and third-party ads that may get displayed with the help of this software. There may be actual offers from legitimate online stores but there may also be some fake pop-ups and redirect links that may be linked to illegal pages, which, in turn, might be used for the distribution of viruses or spam. Therefore, as a preventive measure against accidental exposure to security hazards, it is advisable to remove these ads and uninstall their source with the help of the instructions from this page.

SUMMARY:

Name Install.notify-service.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may frequently star to experience automatic page-redirects and exposure to various aggressive ads during your regular web surfing. 
Distribution Method Software bundling, torrents, spam messages, free downloads, ads, freeware sites, automatic installers. 
Detection Tool

Remove Install.notify-service.com 

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


Step1

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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Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. 

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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. 

Step3

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

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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:

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

Step4

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.

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Step5

  • 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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Install.notify-service.com 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 Install.notify-service.com from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Install.notify-service.com 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.

Step6

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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