QUESTION: I am constantly getting pop-up notifications from all kinds of websites on my computer. Does this mean I have a virus?
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You’ve probably noticed that a lot of the websites you visit display a request to send you notifications with the Allow or Cancel option.
If you’ve already clicked Allow, that permission is now in your browser settings, which I’ll cover in a moment.
These notifications can be generated in different ways and in some cases they can be malicious in nature.
Any pop-up notification that is unrelated to the website you are currently visiting or any other website you have visited in the past can be malicious.
They probably managed to sneak into your browser’s notification settings to add to your approved notifications.
It is also possible that your browser has been compromised by malware labeled by security companies as PUP (potentially unwanted program).
If you have an Internet security program, it should be able to scan your computer for this type of malware – Microsoft Defender is part of Windows, for example.
If you are not sure if you have this capability or want more comprehensive tools, the free Malwarebytes anti-spyware scanner (https://bit.ly/3dYJrl2) does a great job of scanning your system for of PPI.
Manage notifications in Chrome
To access the notification setting in Chrome, click the three vertical dots in the upper right section, then click Settings -> Privacy & security -> Site settings -> Notifications.
In this screen, you will see the blocked or allowed notifications with three dots to the right of each entry. This is where you can remove or block websites that are currently in the “Allow” section.
You can also turn off the ability for any website to ask you to send you notifications in the future.
Managing notifications in Edge
Click the three dots in the upper right corner of any browser window, then click Settings -> Cookies & Site Permissions to access the controls, which are similar to Chrome options.
Manage notifications in Firefox
Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner, then click Settings-> Privacy & Security. Scroll down to the Permissions section, then click the Notifications button to access all of your options.
You can delete all websites with one button or delete individual websites by clicking on each one and then clicking on the “Delete Website” button. To disable future requests, check the box in front of “Block new requests asking to allow notifications”.
Managing notifications in Safari
Mac users who prefer Apple’s default browser can access the notification settings by clicking on the “Safari” menu at the top left, then “Preference”.
Click on the “Websites” icon in the top menu bar, then scroll down to “Notifications” to be able to delete existing websites and uncheck the “Allow websites to request permission to send messages” box. notifications ”.
While you’re at it, click on the “Pop-ups” menu just below to make sure you don’t have unwanted websites with the option of generating pop-ups.
Keep in mind that you may want notifications to be sent from sites such as web emails or your favorite news site, which you can manually add to your browser’s notification settings.
Ken Colburn is Founder and CEO of Data Doctors Computer Services, datadoctors.com. Ask any technical question on facebook.com/DataDoctors or on Twitter @TheDataDoc.