Remove Notification Browser Virus (Chrome/FF/IE) Oct. 2018 Update


How irritating is this problem? (3 votes, average: 5.00)
Loading...

This page aims to help you remove Notification Browser Virus . Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have recently noticed some strange automatic page-redirect service on your IE, Mozilla, Chrome, or another web browser, then think about whether you have recently downloaded and installed some free software to your computer. If yes, then you should know that, typically, such automatic page-redirects and various unapproved browser changes (homepage changes, search engine installations, new toolbars, etc.) may appear after installing a browser hijacker on the system and the chance is that you most probably have one on your PC. One recently reported program, which can relate to the above-described activity, is Notification Browser Virus . This program may often become part of the system via program bundling and may set many potentially unwanted changes to your default browser. It may install a new search engine or a toolbar, replace your default homepage domain, and start to spam your screen with redirect links and hard-to-remove ads. Due to this behavior, the specialists classify Notification Browser Virus as a browser hijacker. If you have found that Notification Browser Virus is the source of your browsing disturbance and do not like its changes, in the next lines we will help you to uninstall it. 

First, however, we should clarify that, technically, Notification Browser Virus is NOT a virus and does not relate to malicious threats like Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware. The browser changes and redirects activities of this program and its components are related to an aggressive online advertising method known as pay-per-click. The aim of the browser hijacker is to expose you to sponsored ads and to generate revenue for its creators from your clicks. In order to save yourself from the ads invasion and the never-ending redirect activity, all you have to do is to uninstall Notification Browser Virus from the system and remove all of its search engines, toolbars, and related components. In the paragraph below we will provide you with a detailed removal guide on that, as well as a professional removal tool, which can scan your PC and eliminate this and other similar software in a fast and reliable way.

Remove Notification Browser 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


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).

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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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

Drag and Drop Files Here to Scan
Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at: https://howtoremove.guide/online-virus-scanner/




Scan Results


Virus Scanner Result
ClamAV
AVG AV
Maldet


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.

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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.

DNS

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Notification Browser Virus  from Internet Explorer:

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

pic 3

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

firefox-512 Remove Notification Browser Virus  from Firefox:

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

pic 6

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Notification Browser Virus  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

Are browser hijackers harmful to your PC?

The browser hijackers are not malicious and do not come any closer to threats like Ransomware, Viruses or Trojans, but could be very annoying and could disturb your normal web browsing with various unwanted ads, auto-redirects, pop-ups, banners, and different promotional messages.  In most of the cases, they resemble normal add-ons, plug-ins or browser extensions and can easily integrate with popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer, etc. Normally, they come in a bundle with some other programs, which the users want to install and may be found in the setup pack of different free applications such as PDF readers, free audio or video streaming software, optimization tools, or other similar programs. The browser hijackers may become part of the system via Automatic or Quick installs, typically, when the users don’t pay attention to the setup process and all the available settings of the given bundle. As soon as they are installed on the system, the page-redirecting programs begin with their unwanted activity like tracking users’ search queries, collecting non-personal information, displaying ads, or redirecting the searches to sponsored web pages and ads. For this reason, many people prefer to get rid of them, even though they do not represent a direct security threat.

SUMMARY:

Name Notification Browser Virus
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The moment it gets installed, this program may place a new homepage, install a new search engine and start to redirect your searches. 
Distribution Method Typicaly found in different free downloads, automatic installers, program bundles, torrents, ad-supported sites, shareware. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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!


2 Comments

  • In the HKEY_CURRENT_USER area, how can you tell which files are malicious? I think I have an Oload Virus, I’ve downloaded Spyhunter and scanned, it picked up 1 malware item, so I had it remove it, however I appear to still be getting unwanted notifications whenever I enter Google Chrome.

    I’ve followed every step above to the best of my ability but I can’t even begin to discern what files could be considered malicious in the aforementioned HKEY section, can you please help?

    • This Step can indeed be a bit tricky as it might be difficult to tell which Registry keys might be unwanted and deleting something you are not supposed to can cause all sorts of issues, so it’s good that you’ve decided to contact us first. Now, first thing to do is press CTRL+F when inside the Registry Editor and once a search box opens, type the name of the unwanted program and hit Enter. Tell us if anything gets found that way – you will most likely need to delete whatever is found. Also, look through the HKEY_CURRENT_USER directory looking for any items that have names consisted of random numbers and/or letters that don’t seem to make any sense. For example. something like that “asfww144r13rfasd”. If nothing gets found (no items with the unwanted app name or items with weird names that look like a random string of numbers and/or letters), then (or even before that) you can contact the support team for the removal tool that you use in case you have purchased the paid license as they should be able to help you handle this issue in case you still can’t remove the problematic software.

Leave a Comment