Pop-up notifications can be regulated in each web browser. Here’s how

Amora R Jelo
Pop-up notifications don't necessarily mean your computer has a virus. The frequency of notifications can be controlled in web browser settings.

QUESTION: I’m constantly getting pop-up notifications from all kinds of websites on my computer. Does this mean that I have a virus?

ANSWER: The currency of the internet is often referred to as “eyeballs” because getting the attention of the user is a key way to generate revenue.

You’ve probably noticed that a large number of websites you visit pop-up a request to send you notifications with the option to Allow or Cancel.

If you’ve ever clicked on Allow, this authorization is now in your browser’s settings, which I’ll address in a bit.

Rogue notifications

There are a variety of ways that these notifications can be generated and in some cases, it may be malicious in nature.

Any pop-up notification that has no relationship to the website you’re currently visiting or any websites that you have visited in the past, may be rogue.

They likely managed to sneak into your browser’s notification settings to add themselves to your approved notifications.

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