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Remove Searchnotifyfriends.info (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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

Searchnotifyfriends.info

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. 

Searchnotifyfriends.info virusSearchnotifyfriends.info is the push notifications virus that installs itself automatically during the insecure browsing online

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 Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to 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:

Erase Searchnotifyfriends.info from Windows systems

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

To remove Searchnotifyfriends.info from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Searchnotifyfriends.info (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Searchnotifyfriends.info from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Searchnotifyfriends.info from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Searchnotifyfriends.info-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Searchnotifyfriends.info, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Searchnotifyfriends.info and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Searchnotifyfriends.info-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Searchnotifyfriends.info from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Searchnotifyfriends.info and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Searchnotifyfriends.info removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Searchnotifyfriends.info from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Searchnotifyfriends.info-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

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

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Searchnotifyfriends.info and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Searchnotifyfriends.info did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Searchnotifyfriends.info removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Searchnotifyfriends.info from Google Chrome

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

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Searchnotifyfriends.info by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Searchnotifyfriends.info-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Searchnotifyfriends.info removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Searchnotifyfriends.info from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Searchnotifyfriends.info and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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