Almost every popular browser can brag about the inbuilt push notifications feature that allows users to subscribe to notifications from various websites such as news portals and receive them right on the desktop. This way, users can get a faster and more convenient experience by staying aware of the latest updates from the desired webpage. In some cases, however, inexperienced users may become victims of dubious pages that promote unwanted or malicious ads by tricking users into allowing their push notifications. Such pages often display fake messages similar to “Press Allow to verify that you are not a robot”, “Download is ready. Click Allow to download your file”, and so forth. After allowing push notifications from such websites, the user’s desktop will start being continuously bombarded by unwanted notifications that promote redirects to suspicious/malicious pages. No matter which type of website you’ve eventually subscribed to, read our guide below to turn off normal and also potentially malicious push notifications if that is the case.
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As mentioned above, the push notifications function can be employed by shady websites to gain money by promoting potentially malicious ad notifications. Sometimes using traditional steps like in our instructions below may not be enough to get rid of unwanted notifications. After removal, the notifications may come back immediately in case your system is infected with adware. If you feel like this could be for real, we recommend you use SpyHunter – a high-quality anti-malware tool that will help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of adware that are often the reason why unwanted notifications do not go away from the browser. On top of that, the tool is also able to deal with hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons in various browsers. You can install SpyHunter using the download button and try its trial version that includes virus scan and 1-time removal completely for FREE.
Turn off notifications in browsers manually
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to disable push notifications in each popular browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. In addition, we have also written guidelines for how to turn off notifications in Safari on iOS and Chrome on Android. As mentioned, sometimes users are infected with adware that prevents the complete removal of push notifications. If it turns out that push notifications come back after performing the steps below, make sure to perform a scan of your system with SpyHunter (above).
Disable push-notifications in Google Chrome
- Open Chrome, click on 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
- On the left side, choose Privacy and security menu.
- Then go to Site Settings.
- Scroll down to Permissions section and click on Notifications (with the bell icon).
- Go to the bottom list of sites named Allowed to send notifications.
- Find the website that sends push notifications in the list and click 3-dots icon near it. Click Block to disallow notifications from the website, or Remove to delete them completely.
Disable push-notifications in Google Chrome (Android)
- Open Chrome app on Android, tap on three dots in the top right corner and go to Settings.
- Scroll down and tap on Site settings under Advanced section.
- Then tap on Notifications.
- In the Allowed list of websites, find the website that sends push notifications. Then disable/turn off push notifications by toggling off Show notifications or Allow notifications. The names of options that you will see may slightly vary depending on what Android device you use.
Disable push-notifications in Mozilla Firefox
- Open Firefox, click on 3-bars icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
- On the left panel, choose Privacy & Security menu.
- Then scroll down until Permissions section.
- Near Notifications click Settings… button.
- Find the website that sends push notifications in the list and click Remove Website to stop it from sending its notifications.
- Finally, click Save Changes to confirm the action.
Disable push-notifications in Safari (Mac)
- Open Safari, and in the top menu click Safari and choose Preferences.
- In the Preferences window, click on Websites tab.
- On the left side, choose Notifications. You will see the list of websites and their settings for showing notifications.
- Find the website that sends push notifications in the list and click Remove button. You can also choose Deny option next to the website to simply turn its notifications off.
The difference between removing and turning off is minimal. The “Remove” option will simply delete the website completely from the push-notifications list, and you will have to subscribe to its push notifications again if you wish in the future. However, if you receive notifications from some unwanted or malicious page, then choosing the “Remove” option might be the best in this case.
Disable notifications in Safari (iOS)
In principle, there is no such push-notifications feature in Safari as in other third-party browsers like Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Apple has not had support for this feature, which might be a good method to avoid spamming your device with unwanted notifications. However, this is expected to undergo a critical change as Apple has planned to release the Web Push feature for Safari 16 (already available on macOS Ventura) on iPhone and iPad sometime in 2023. Until then, it is impossible to subscribe to notifications by a specific website in Safari on an iOS device, and you can only turn off general notifications from various apps on your device. If you want to disable notifications from a website in Chrome, simply go to the steps we listed for disabling notifications in Chrome on Android above.
- On your iPhone or iPad, tap on Settings app and move to Notifications.
- Then find the app you wish to stop receiving notifications from (for instance, Instagram).
- Tap on it and toggle off Allow notifications option.
In addition, you can also modify the way you receive notification alerts (on Lock Screen, in Notification Center, or Banners).
Disable push-notifications in Microsoft Edge
- Open Edge, click on three-dots icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
- On the left panel, go to Cookies and site permissions.
- Scroll down to All permissions section and click on Notifications.
- Find the website that sends push notifications in the list under Allow, click on 3-dots icon and choose Block to turn them off or Remove to delete the permission completely.
This is the end of our article, and we hope it was useful for you. We also hope you managed to get rid of annoying and spammy notifications from unwanted websites if you were subject to that. In general, it is nothing hard and time-consuming to disable push notifications from specific websites, unless there is an unwanted application like adware installed on your PC or smartphone. Even in that case, you can always use specialized tools, such as SpyHunter that will help you clean up your device from unwanted or malicious software presence.