Are you getting those annoying pop-ups in Google Chrome? Are you looking to disable Chrome notifications? Here is a guide on how you can take care of those problems. We are noticing an increasing amount of chrome notifications and popups in the IT world. We understand the standpoint of our frustrated users because most cannot tell apart a notification from a pop-up because they appear to be similar in nature. A lot of these are simply notifications from websites that aren’t harmful and sites we have opted-in to get notifications from. Then some are pop-ups/malware that are filled with ads and inappropriate content. We will first take a look at the difference between Google Chrome pop-ups vs notifications and then we will give you a guide on how to fix both of these issues.
Disable Google Chrome Notifications
Google Chrome notifications, unlike Pop-ups, are not usually harmful to your computer. Below is a picture of how a Google Chrome notification would look like. These are popping-up because we have opted-in to receive notifications from some of the websites we have visited in the past. We may have done this accidentally without awareness.
So how do we get rid of Google Chrome Notifications?
Google may make this process a little simpler in the future but we have to dig further into content settings to get rid of this currently.
Open up Google Chrome and in the address bar type in
Scroll down to notifications as shown below and remove any website that you don’t want from the allowed list. You can also add some sites to the disabled list if you would prefer that so that you won’t accidentally sign up to receive notifications from them again.
You will be able to click on the vertically dotted menu (shown below) to remove the websites that you don’t want to receive notifications from. Some of Google’s own products are allowed by default here, they are not removable. However, they are not harmful in any way and in fact can be very useful. If anyone knows a way to forcefully remove them please comment below with the information.
Remove Google Chrome Pop-Ups
Pop-ups in Google Chrome can be a serious issue. They are sometimes caused by bad Google Chrome extensions and other times caused by malware on your computer (especially if you are using a Windows PC). Here we will show you how to tackle both of these issues.
Google Chrome Extensions List
Head over to your Chrome extensions list to see if you have any malware extensions installed and remove them. Open up Google Chrome and type the following in the address bar.
On the following screen, you will see all of the chrome extensions that are installed. Simply, click remove on anything that you notice to be inappropriate or don’t use. If you are unsure about to removing something, you can use the slider to disable them instead.
AdBlock & Pop-Up Blocker for Chrome
As you can see below we have the extension called AdBlock installed. AdBlock is a useful extension used for removing ads from all websites or a specified list of websites. You can get AdBlock for free from the Google Chrome Apps Store. This extension will remove ads embedded into websites.
You can also remove pop-ups (pops-up on your screen and not embedded) from certain websites but be careful to white-list (allow) sites that you want pop-ups enabled on. You may want this disabled on certain important websites that you visit, sites that you know are safe. For example, banking websites with statements that pop-up in a new window. You can get Pop up blocker for Chrome from the Google Apps Store.
Using the methods above should take care of most notifications and pop-up issues that you are having with your Chromebooks. Now we will move one step further and remove pop-ups/ads/malware from your Microsoft Windows computers.
Removing Chrome Pop-Ups in Desktop Computers Running Windows
Sometimes, you can try all of the above and still get Google Chrome pop-ups. This is because you have some type of malware installed on your computer that is regenerating these pop-ups. This often happens in a computer running Windows Operating Systems. So if you are using a computer that is running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, etc., please head over to MacPaw and download their CleanMyPC program. CleanMyPC is one of the best software out there to scan your computer for problems.
You can try out the CleanMyPC free version, but I highly suggest that you get the paid version for a small fee. The paid version opens the door to do so many more things than a basic computer cleanup.
You can read more in-depth regarding CleanMyPC tools in my upcoming article.
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