Remove Stopnotifyfriends.info (Chrome/FF/IE)


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

An example of Stopnotifyfriends.info’s initial redirect

After a few seconds, the redirect proceeds to another website (note that this can change in a few days), currently checkaccusefriends.info. The pages Stopnotifyfriends.info redirects to seem to be language and location specific

The landing page on checkaccusefriends.info where Stopnotifyfriends.info leads

Browser hijackers like Stopnotifyfriends.info,  Ecopalorony.info,Lodder.clubMaranhesduve.club.are a special type of applications that can get inside the computer when the users install some automatic updates, torrents or apps from software bundles. They integrate with the browser present in the system by default (the browser itself could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another one) and usually place some changes to its settings which result in the aggressive generation of different ads, banners, pop-ups and automatic page-redirects. Such apps usually have the ability to replace the homepage or the main search engine and then install some new components which display specific sponsored links and commercial messages. The alterations occur as soon as the browser hijacker becomes part of your system. But since the web users most often do not want or expect them, all these changes in the browser may seem like the doing of some virus infection. Fortunately, the representatives of the browser hijacker category do not have the malicious abilities of real viruses or threats such as Trojans or Ransomware. They are only interested in promoting certain products and services on your screen during your regular web browsing and are not capable of corrupting your OS or messing with your data.

This article is dedicated to a specific application of this type called Stopnotifyfriends.info. If most of the pop-up ads and the messages that spam your screen contain a small text stating something like “Ads generated by Stopnotifyfriends.info” or “Delivered by Stopnotifyfriends.info”, then stay with us. Here, we can tell you everything you need to know about this application and its main characteristics. Moreover, at the end of the article, we will provide you with instructions with the help of which you can remove the annoying application and uninstall all of its potentially unwanted changes once and for all.

What are applications like Stopnotifyfriends.info capable of?

The browser hijackers are essentially tools that serve the advertising needs of the online marketing industry. In other words, their goal is to promote a variety of services, products, software, platforms and websites and to redirect you to specific pages that sell them. This happens thanks to a constant stream of ads on your screen and through the changes that the hijacker imposes on your browser. Applications such as Stopnotifyfriends.info are usually the result of the cooperation between software developers and marketers who are in need of aggressive online promotion. The latter pay the former to display their ads on the users’ screen as much as possible. The developers of the annoying hijackers typically earn income from the number of clicks that all those banners, pop-up ads and redirect links get from you and other users. Therefore, in pursuit of greater profits, they very often overdo it with the amount of sponsored messages that they display on your screen. This usually results in constant ads interruptions and irritation, as well as exposure to sites that you never intended to visit.

We also can’t ignore the possible risks that such automatic redirects may bring because, as harmless as they may look, sometimes the sites and the ads that you interact with may hide security hazards and nasty infections like Ransomware or Trojans. That’s why our advice is to keep away from everything that you are not familiar with and use the instructions below to remove Stopnotifyfriends.info and uninstall all of its potentially unwanted components.

SUMMARY:

Name Stopnotifyfriends.info
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may start to experience automatic redirects to different sponsored sites full of nagging ads and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Spam and software bunling are common distribution methods for most browser hijackers. 
Detection Tool

Remove Stopnotifyfriends.info

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 Stopnotifyfriends.info 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 Stopnotifyfriends.info from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Stopnotifyfriends.info 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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