How to manage and disable web notifications on Mac?

How to manage and remove website notifications on Mac computers using Safari, Chrome, or Firefox?

Together with Mac OS X Mavericks Apple has introduced the opportunity for websites to push notifications directly to your computers desktop. This kind of notifications appears in Top right corner of your window and also remain within notification center, the appearance might be modified as well. Whenever you click on one those notifications, the Safari will automatically loads the webpage. All this looks like a great feature, however, vast majority of websites nowadays suggests this function, due to this reason you may notice, that there are a number of notification, that you're not interested any more, also if you're not the only user of your Mac, there might be several potentially unwanted messages as well.

What is more, the push notifications or frequently called website notifications became popular between cyber criminals as alternative method to spread spam notifications promoting malicious websites. Though, there might be a number of reasons, you desire to disable or manage your website notifications, luckily, this may be performed in a quite similar method. You may adjust permissions to display notifications in a straightforward method within Safari, or visit your Mac's System Preferences. In this article we will describe both methods to manage you website notifications, also you will be able to find more detailed information about appearance modification and tips how to deal with potentially unwanted programs, that displays spam based notifications.

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Manage website notifications permissions via Safari

Let's begin with the most straightforward method to adjust or completely disable your push notification, in order to reach all those settings you will have to launch your Safari web browser application. Launch Safari in your appreciated method, whether it is Dock icon, launchpad or Spotlight. Once you see the Safari window, click on Safari in the menu bar at top of your screen and select Preferences, alternatively you may use keyboard shortcut of Command and Comma (,). Inside select the Websites tab, then select Notifications from the left sidebar. There you will find the list with your visited websites, that offers notifications function. In each line you will find the drop-down menu with Allow and Deny option, there you may decide whether you would like to receive notifications from the particular website or not. Also you may remove any or all websites from the list with Remove button, to select several websites hold down Command and if you desire to select all items from list press keyboard shortcut of Command and A. What is more, if you desire to prevent Safari from asking about permissions to display notifications remove the checkmark from the box next to 'Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications'.

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Manage website notifications permissions on Google Chrome

If you're using the Google Chrome web browser application and desire to disable various website notifications, launch it and click on three dots at the top right corner of the window. Then select Settings from the popped up menu, in the new window scroll to the bottom, and click on Advanced settings. Then navigate the Privacy & Security category and click on Content Settings, inside click on Notifications.

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Finally, you've reached the access to adjust notifications permissions, simple click on three dots icon, that is similar to Chrome's menu icon, and choose your desired action, between Allow, Edit, or Remove. If you click the Edit option, you will be able to change the URL address.

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Disable website notifications on Mozilla Firefox

In case you're fan of Mozilla Firefox web browser, the path to website notifications permissions is a bit different. First, launch the application, then click on three bars menu icon, then select preferences. Alternatively, you may simply press the keyboard shortcut of Command and Comma (,). Inside, select Privacy & Security from the left side bar, in the main window scroll down until you find the Permissions section, there click on Settings.. button next to Notifications.

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Inside you will be able to change the permissions and/or remove the URL address from the list, also below the list you will find an option named 'Block new requests asking to allow notifications', enabling this option will disable all incoming requests to allow website notifications. This mean, you will not be prompted to grant permission to notifications from any website you visit.

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Modify the appearance of notifications on Mac

As it was mentioned above you are able to choose the appearance of notifications, also several additional options. Basically this method works with all applications related notifications. To begin with, click on Apple logo in the menu bar at top of your screen and select System Preferences, inside open Notifications pane, then click on Safari in the left side panel. In the main window you may choose None, Banners, or Alerts type notifications, also there is additional settings such as enabling notifications on lock screen, notification center, display badge app icon and play sounds. Detailed information about Notifications you will find in this article.

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Clear computer with Combo cleaner

One of the latest urgent problem, that cyber criminals use push notifications as method to hide and infect your Macs with various malicious software. Potentially unwanted programs and various malicious software may display notifications and various ads within your web browser and sometimes in your notifications center. To scan and clear your computer we recommend Combo Cleaner, this software contains two virus scan engines, it checks for Mac-based malware infections and also looks for PC generic security threats. Detailed review you will find in this article.

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