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How to Disable Push Notifications in Your Browser

More and more sites use push-notifications nowadays to show the latest news for you anytime. Nevertheless, it’s such an annoying thing! Almost every site uses such way of promotion. Did you know that by clicking “Allow” you can let viruses in your system? It’s a popular way of spreading, by the way. Redirects, pop-ups, new homepages – it’s all examples of browser viruses.

Actually, it is easy to disable push notifications in your browser settings, but not everyone knows about this possibility.

Explaining the pop-ups essence

Pop-up advertisements1 are quite effective marketing tools, which allows to get profit to both counterparties of advertising. One may say, online marketing success is based on pop-up ads. Customers may allow pop-up notifications from the website where the goods they need are sold. And when the chosen good is in stock, again, they will surely get a notification about it and likely purchase it. Consumer is satisfied, the seller got his profit, and it costs literally nothing, especially compared to banner advertisements on streets or ads in social media. The same story could be told about online newspapers, forums and blogs, who are sending notifications about the new post under the guise of pop-up notification.

But cyberthreats are right behind the pop-up notifications. In the last 3 years, pop-ups are used by adware to show you annoying and irrelevant ads, which, however, are kindly paid by people who own the advertised website or sell the advertised product. Sometimes, such pop-ups may contain the link for downloading the other malicious or unwanted program. And in case if your PC is not strong enough, it may suffer a significant performance loss. In case of such a situation, scan your computer as soon as possible and remove2 all detected threats.

Example of push-notifications

But if these pop-up ads appeared because of your allowance, you can just disable it in browser settings. Let’s see how to disable push notifications in most popular browsers.

Disable push notifications in Chrome

To get rid of push-notifications in Google Chrome open settings by clicking on 3 dots in right top part of the screen. Scroll a little bit and click on Advanced settings.

Disable push notifications in Chrome - step 1
Advanced settings of Google Chrome
Here we are. We need the first part of Advanced settings – Privacy and security. Find the options of Content settings.

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Content settings

In Content settings find Notification option. This is exactly what we need to remove push-notifications.

Disable push notifications in Chrome - step 3
Notifications in Google Chrome

Here you need just to turn off the “Ask before sending” switcher. So simple!

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Ask before sending notifications

Turn off the pop-ups in Mozilla Firefox

If you a Mozilla Firefox lover open settings (Options) via main menu. Find Privacy & Security =>Notifications option.

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Privacy & Security settings of Mozilla Firefox

In settings of the Notification option, you can find all sites that allowed to send you a notification. You can remove some or all of them and most important – check option “Block new requests asking to allow notifications” to prevent such messages in future.

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Block new requests asking to allow notifications

The catch is these settings go to the default state each time Firefox updates. So keep it in mind.

Disable push notifications in Edge

Last but not least, Edge users need to open the same settings window in right top part of the screen. Scroll the window until you find there Advanced settings.

Disable pop-ups in Edge - step 1
Settings of Microsoft Edge

Find there option Website permissions and click “Manage”. So here it is, all sites that you allowed to send push-notifications, tracking your location and so on. You can remove them all. The sad thing about Edge is that you can’t turn all push notifications automatically. Our advice: every time you see site ask permission on something click “No” and browser will remember your choice and won’t show push message on this site again.

Disable pop-ups in Edge - step 2
Manage website permissions
  1. More about pop-up advertisements on Wikipedia
  2. Read the removal instruction for adware

Polina Lisovskaya

Polina works as marketing manager for a year now and loves searching for interesting topics for you:)

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