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Install.notify-service.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Install.notify-service.com – an adware app which can also be called Push notifications virus due to misleading warnings displayed

Install.notify-service.com adware program
Install.notify-service.com is an adware program which alters the browser's settings and produces numerous adverts

Install.notify-service.com is an ad-supported application which compromises various browser settings to be able to display unwanted notifications and perform other unexpected activities. As a result, this adware has also been labeled as “Show notifications virus”. At the moment, the virus can affect Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browser. However, the virus can be updated to affect Safari, Opera and other browsers as well. First, the unwanted application injects rogue extensions, modifies the homepage and new tab URL. After that, it starts asking to enable the notifications by clicking the “Allow” button what results in a huge number of advertisements interrupting your work and hardening the browsing process. Nevertheless, Install.notify-service.com pop-up ads should be treated with carefulness as they can take the user to unsafe content. This technique is typically used by third-party websites[1] to increase their popularity. However, they can also lead you to malware infection.

Name Install.notify-service.com
Type Adware
Sub-type Push notifications virus
Possible dangers The potentially unwanted application can redirect you to a malicious page
Browsers infected Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Explorer, Safari
Spreading Other unprotected programs, rogue websites, etc.
Main symptoms Misleading advertising posts start showing up frequently, you have spotted particular changes in your browser's homepage and other directions, redirecting is bothering you while browsing the web most of the time
Avoiding Do not download programs from unprotected third-party websites, stop visiting questionable pages, avoid clicking on dubious content such as links and ads
Deletion Delete the PUP as soon as you spot browser changes. Use Reimage to detect unwanted content

If Install.notify-service.com virus has occupied your web browser, do not be surprised that you will not be able to use your web browser effectively anymore. The longer you keep this PUP[2] on your computer, the worse the advertising activity will get. Later on, it might relate in web browser slowdowns or even crash downs which will make the entire work useless.

Furthermore, Install Notify Service collects various informative details that relate to users' browsing habits, experience, and history. Such information can be websites that are most visited, all bookmarks saved, downloads and offers searched. Developers gather this type of data to produce advertisements which rely on the user's “needs”.

However, you should be very careful with Install.notify-service.com pop-up ads as some of them might promote completely useless products just for bigger revenue. Some adware applications distribute advertisements which announce about “reliable” computer optimization tools, however, most of the time, it is just a lie to convince users to purchase the software.

Install Notify Service adware
Install Notify Service adware is a potentially unwanted program which developers promote to gain income from the pay-per-click method

Better remove Install.notify-service.com virus from the system and all web browsers the unwanted application has infected. You can detect all rogue content with Reimage or by opening the browsers and doing it by yourself. However, keep in mind, that automatical elimination and detection are more reliable than the manual method, especially, if you are a low-experienced user.

Carry out the Install.notify-service.com removal to get rid of annoying pop-ups, pop-unders, and banners. Moreover, you should try to avoid the risk of other malware infections. If the potentially unwanted program takes you to a questionable website, you might easily infect the entire computer system with a malicious infection that can cause unrepairable damage.

Note that there are many similar apps such as Install Notify Service that are lurking in the cyberspace and waiting for their turn to launch. Developers who promote such adware programs create them beneficial only for themselves. The pay-per-click technique[3] (also known as cost-per-click) is the best way to gain income easily from random users.

Stay away from unsafe pages, bundled software and protect your device from PUPs

According to tech experts from UtanVirus.se,[4] the most popular adware distribution techniques are:

  • bundled shareware/freeware;
  • unprotected pages;
  • outdated software or services;[5]
  • skipped downloading/installing steps.

Talking about bundled programs, some of them include other components which are known as potentially unwanted applications and install together into the system. To avoid this secret installation, you should always pay attention to the downloading and installing process you are performing in order not to miss anything important.

Furthermore, to lengthen the job, you should open the installation wizard and deselect all Quick and Recommended modes. Rather than these, choose the Custom or Advanced variant where you will be able to check all programs that you are downloading to the computer. Also, you will be able to stop the process if you are likely to.

Another piece of advice would be to keep all of your security software and other applications updated. Check for recommended updates once in a while. Additionally, we suggest purchasing a reliable anti-malware program which will be capable of protecting your computer system and preventing it from getting infected by malicious apps.

Delete Install.notify-service.com pop-up ads from your browsers

If pop-ups and pop-unders are bothering you lately because of the adware program you got installed somehow, you can easily remove Install.notify-service.com virus by using reputable tools and completing each step it says. These programs are capable of dealing with similar PUPs in a few minutes time. 

However, do not forget to check web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge, or Install.notify-service.com pop-up ads might appear again at any time. Web browsers also need to be refreshed if you want to reverse the changes that were made by the adware program itself.

After you perform the Install.notify-service.com removal, make sure that you do not forget to be more careful next time. Read the adware avoiding steps again if necessary and remember that your computer's safety is in your own hands.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Install.notify-service.com, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Install.notify-service.com from Windows systems

You can get rid of the adware application from your Windows computer system by performing this guide:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Install.notify-service.com and related programs
    Here, look for Install.notify-service.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Delete Install.notify-service.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

If adware-related content has been spotted in Internet Explorer, make sure that you take quick actions to eliminate it:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Install.notify-service.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Install.notify-service.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate Install.notify-service.com from Microsoft Edge

If your Microsoft Edge web browser got infected with adware, you can get rid of the PUP by performing these guidelines:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Install.notify-service.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Install.notify-service.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Get rid of all suspicious-looking add-ons from Mozilla Firefox by going through these guiding steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Install.notify-service.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Install.notify-service.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Install.notify-service.com from Google Chrome

Delete the adware program from your Google Chrome browser. Use these instructions if help is needed:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Install.notify-service.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Install.notify-service.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Install.notify-service.com from Safari

Clean and refresh Safari with the help of this guide:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Install.notify-service.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Install.notify-service.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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