If you notice unwanted pop-up notification messages from Google Chrome that have a button that says “Free Download” on it there is a problem with your Chrome notification settings. A rogue website has been added to the Allow list in your notification settings without your consent and is showing you this pop-up message to promote a potentially malicious program or browser extension. You might notice the “Free Download” pop-up every time you start your computer or launch your browser.
Here’s an example of what the notification message might look like. This particular notification promotes a malicious browser extension for Google Chrome that will track your browsing activities and make modifications to your settings.
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If you want to remove the Free Download pop-up message here is a guide that shows you how to turn off Google Chrome notifications and block or remove notifications that you simply do not want to see from a specific site.
- Go to Settings > Advanced > Privacy and security > Content settings > Notifications (or visit: chrome://settings/content/notifications).
- To turn off Google Chrome notification messages move the blue toggle next to the Ask before sending feature. It will say Blocked when this is complete.
- To block or remove a specific notification that you do not want to see go to Allow and locate the website the notification is from in the list. Click the URL settings and select Block or Remove to either block or remove the site from showing you notifications.