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

Notification-list is a Browser hijacking piece of software that can change the way a browser works. Most commonly, may modify your search results by replacing the default search engine with another one that generates sponsored results.


The Virus will display pop up ads and messages.

Recently, a number of web users have been confused by the activity of a program called Some people have reported an aggressive stream of ads, pop-up messages and colorful banners all over their screens, while others have been disturbed by the new search engine or homepage URL which has imposed on their browsers. Understandably, there has been a great deal of speculation and confusion about this program among the users of popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer. This article, however, is dedicated to clearing some of the misunderstandings and assisting the users to remove the unwanted application and uninstall its changes.

To put it simply, is a kind of ad-generating software that is designed to take over your browser, enforce its own settings, and redirect you to sponsored web locations. You may also notice that such software may set another search engine, or a specific URL to the new tab’s default page that may be different from what you’re used to seeing, or what you have manually set.

The is on Chrome

According to researchers is a browser hijacker. Security problems such as are known to cause website redirects, intrusive advertisements and even phishing attempts.

First, however, let’s be clear about one thing – isn’t a virus, but a browser hijacker. The viruses are malicious pieces of code, designed to inflict terrible harm on your computer. Furthermore, such threats can steal data, destroy records, and mess with the OS in a really bad way. Malicious threats such as Ransomware or Trojans, for instance, will not spare your machine until they complete their harmful agenda. Compared to that, a Browser Hijacker like is just an annoying ad-generating program that constantly fills your screen with pop-up ads, colorful banners, and redirect links.

This is basically a type of software tool used by the online advertisers who are looking to place their ads directly on the users’ screens. At the same time, such software allows the developers to earn pay-per-click profits from displaying sponsored ads, and from redirecting the web users to specific web pages quickly and efficiently. There are many examples of browser hijacker programs out there, and they are widely used every day to display and promote advertising-related information on the people’s screens.

Yet, sometimes, browser hijackers like can be exploited by people with malicious intentions to display and distribute links to potentially harmful and malicious web pages that may contain viruses. This can happen if they insert a malicious ad or a harmful page-redirect link inside the flow of regular ads the hijacker displays. And, if you happen to interact with such content, you may accidentally get infected with a Ransomware, a Trojan Horse, or with some other form of malware.

The bottom line is that it is not a good idea to click on everything that a program like may display. At this point, you might also be wondering if it is a good idea to uninstall the Browser Hijacker, and remove all of its ads permanently. And this is exactly what we would encourage you to do if you want to eliminate the above-mentioned risk. In fact, we will show you how to safely remove this irritating program from your machine, and how to uninstall the changes that it might have imposed on your browser.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may be exposed to a constant flow of aggressive commercials during your regular web browsing.
Distribution Method Commonly distributed via software bundling, torrents, spam messages, email attachments and different free download links.
Detection Tool

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If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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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).



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.


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:


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.


Remove  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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


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

Remove Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Remove  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.


Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Notification-list.comRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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


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!


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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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