Turn off Spammy Chrome Notifications

December 14, 2023

[avatar user="Jamie Poindexter" size="thumbnail" align="left" link="attachment" /]by Jamie Poindexter | Jul 11, 2020 | Jamie's Tech Corner, Our blogIf you are a user of Chrome you most likely have seen websites ask for permission to show notifications or get access to your location. For most sites like YouTube this is probably fine but sometimes we can accidently allow questionable sites access to send notifications. The result is a bombardment of spammy popups in the bottom right of the screen.Usually they are nothing related to the site you might have visited and enabled the notifications for. They can also sometimes be malicious and take you to sites that can attempt to steal data or have install viruses.

These notifications can also come along with questionable Chrome Extensions that can cause issues in the browser as well even if you are not actively using Chrome.To remove these notifications simply click the 3 dots in the upper right of Chrome and choose settings.

Now under privacy and security choose site settings.

Under permissions choose notifications and you will have a list of both blocked and allowed notifications per site. If you are affected by a malicious site notification you will see under allowed the site in question. Browse through the list and make sure you intentionally allowed those sites access to send you push notifications. If you see any that you don’t want simply click the 3 dots and choose block. If you are not sure about a site you can also just remove it and it will ask again for permission the next time you visit the site.

The 2nd spot we need to check is the extensions. Back in Chrome enter chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and hit enter.

This will take you directly to the extensions page. Just as before browse through the list and choose Remove to any that look suspicious. In particular look for any like PDF converters or map helpers as these seem to be commonly exploited and not as they say they are.