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Searchnotifyfriends.info. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Searchnotifyfriends.info is the push notifications virus redirecting users to questionable sites promoting fake optimization tools

Searchnotifyfriends.info
Searchnotifyfriends.info is the adware that comes to the system and shows intrusive commercial content. This behavior diminishes victim's time online

Searchnotifyfriends.info is one of the numerous ad-supported sites that can alternatively be called “push notifications virus”. It belongs to a notorious group of viruses that deliver fake ads asking users to approve ads on their desktop. As a result, these ads start interrupting every browsing session and redirect to questionable sites promoting suspicious tools.

Make sure you decline every offer from Searchnotifyfriends.info virus to visit unknown sites or install rogue system optimization tools, such as an infamous MacKeeper. Unfortunately, it cannot fix your machine and the main aim of its warning messages is to use social engineering tactics to trick you into buying its license. In addition, such apps can affect the security and performance of your PC.[1]

Name Searchnotifyfriends.info
Type  Adware
Category  Push notifications virus/potentially unwanted program 
Tactics  Deceptive pop-ups tricking into installing software 
Distribution  Freeware installations from questionable sources, software bundling
Symptoms  Advertisements not originating from the visited site, intrusive pop-ups, and banners, online traffic redirects
Elimination  Get a reliable anti-malware tool and remove Searchnotifyfriends.info during a full system scan
Possible danger  Tracks and collects users data, shares information with third-party advertisers

All potentially unwanted programs like Searchnotifyfriends.info are developed to collect income. There are numerous ways how their developers achieve this goal. The main ones include:

  • rerouting users to specific sites which are trying to increase their page rank;
  • showing sponsored ads;
  • filling users' searches with sponsored links;
  • displaying surveys/scams;
  • tracking users while they are browsing the web and collecting personal data.[2] 

Web browsers get affected immediately after the infiltration of Searchnotifyfriends.info virus. As a result, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari web browser starts performing poorly due to the additional content added in the background. Additionally, the questionable content starts loading on the web browser without the user's permission and redirects to third-party sites.

Once redirected to Searchnotifyfriends.info, the message encouraging to enable notifications appears. When the button with “Allow” gets clicked, you automatically agree to get additional pop-ups, push notifications from the site and other related domains.

Unfortunately, any interaction with the message displayed by Searchnotifyfriends.info leads to these notifications which may even come directly to your screen when the browser is closed initially. The pop up that appears once the page appears on the screen shows the following:

Searchnotifyfriends.info wants to Show notifications

Click the Allow button to play video.

Searchnotifyfriends.info focuses on redirecting the online traffic to associated or sponsored sites to generate views and monetize the traffic to those pages. Those redirects may also attempt to trick you into purchasing rogue applications, enable other content or install browser extensions. 

These applications and other content that Searchnotifyfriends.info can even install automatically leads to data tracking and collecting because once the program gets on the system, it gets access to online browsing preferences, location details. 

Due to the collected search queries, details about most visited sites and searched items, activity on social media, Searchnotifyfriends.info, and any third party advertiser can increase the number of intrusive advertisements that come to your screen on every website you visit. This commercial comes more personalized and targeted towards your preferences, so there is a more significant possibility to trick you specifically into purchasing any promoted content.

You should remove Searchnotifyfriends.info from the machine only based on this information. However, there are more issues with such programs that cause users' frustration and makes them more eager to get rid of the PUP immediately. 

Experts[3] remind that Searchnotifyfriends.info is a website that appears on the screen, but the problem with your device is the adware-type program that needs to be found and eliminated to end these intrusive redirects and other content.

For that reason, automatic Searchnotifyfriends.info removal is recommended. During such a process, you should use professional anti-malware tools and scan the machine entirely. When you rely on the antivirus program and a thorough system scan, the tool can indicate all intruders and possibly dangerous programs or files and delete them from the computer.

You should additionally get rid of the possible virus damage and changes Searchnotifyfriends.info causes on the infected machine with a tool like Reimage. Get all this recommended software and your malware-fighting software from official providers or developers' pages to avoid any further damage or cyber infections.

It mainly affects Google Chrome, but make sure to check all your web browsers for unwanted content and changes. Don't forget to change browser settings by following these steps:

  • Click the Menu button on your Chrome browser
  • Select Settings and scroll down to the bottom and click Advanced.
  • Locate Privacy and security section
  • Select Content settings and then Notifications
  • Click three dots on the right side of each suspicious URL like Searchnotifyfriends.info and click Block or Remove.

Bogus websites appear on the browsers to make you install additional content

Potentially unwanted programs aim to damage or at least modify system settings and usually, that involves aggressive advertising and deceptive installation techniques like software bundles or malware-filled sites. Malvertising, online traffic redirecting gets involved in these cyber threat distribution methods. Once you click on the redirected website and the additional page appears on the screen the content might be filled with malicious scripts and one click on the pop-up can trigger the automatic installation of the PUP.

Quick freeware installations can also cause issues with the security of your machine because PUP developers pack their questionable products with freeware and during Default or Quick processes all included applications get downloaded on the device. Choosing Advanced or Custom installation options should be a habit for every user online. This way you can see all the contents and de-select programs you don't approve of.

Get rid of Searchnotifyfriends.info push notifications with professional tools and a thorough system scan

To remove Searchnotifyfriends.info from the computer altogether, you need to rely on the proper tool designed for the termination of such programs. Antivirus programs can search the system for malicious unwanted or corrupted programs and fix issues with your applications, files at the same time.

Rely on professional anti-malware tools and perform an automatic Searchnotifyfriends.info removal. You need to download and install the tool, and when you encourage the full system scan, the program does everything for you. 

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 Searchnotifyfriends.info, follow these steps:

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Erase Searchnotifyfriends.info from Windows systems

Clean your machine and remove all content associated with Searchnotifyfriends.info

  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 Searchnotifyfriends.info and related programs
    Here, look for Searchnotifyfriends.info 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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Remove Searchnotifyfriends.info from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Searchnotifyfriends.info or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Uninstall Searchnotifyfriends.info from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Searchnotifyfriends.info 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 Searchnotifyfriends.info 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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Delete Searchnotifyfriends.info from Microsoft Edge

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, Searchnotifyfriends.info should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Searchnotifyfriends.info from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Searchnotifyfriends.info 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 Searchnotifyfriends.info removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Searchnotifyfriends.info from Google Chrome

Make sure to remove Searchnotifyfriends.info and change the settings back to default

  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 Searchnotifyfriends.info 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 Searchnotifyfriends.info removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Searchnotifyfriends.info from Safari

  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 Searchnotifyfriends.info 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 Searchnotifyfriends.info removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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