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How to get rid of the “Ask you” notification on Mac?

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The “Ask You” notification can be a frustrating nuisance on your Mac. It’s often a sign of malicious software or intrusive websites trying to gain access to your system. But don’t worry, there are ways to get rid of and protect your Mac.

Here, we discuss the “Ask You” notification on Mac and different methods for getting rid of it.

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What is “Ask you” notification on Mac?

The “Ask You” notification isn’t a virus in the traditional sense, but it’s a form of adware. It tricks you into allowing notifications from a shady website, which then bombards you with unwanted pop-ups and ads. Clicking these notifications can lead you to dangerous websites or even download malware.

How to get rid of this notification?

Here are a few methods that might help you get rid of the “Ask you” notification on Mac:

Deny notifications

Revoking the notification permission granted to the malicious website. Here’s how to do it in Safari, the most common target:

Step 1: Open the Safari browser on your Mac, click on the Safari tab and then in the dropdown menu click on the Settings option.

Step 2: Click on the Websites tab.

Step 3: Click on Notifications in the sidebar under the General section. On the right side, check for a suspicious website and choose the Deny option beside it.

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Remove the suspicious apps

Make sure to look through your Applications folder for any suspicious apps that you don’t remember installing or any apps you’ve recently downloaded from untrusted sources:

Step: Go to Finder, click on the Applications option in the sidebar, right-click on the suspicious app, and then click on the Move to Bin option in the dropdown menu.

Quit the suspicious processes

Look for suspicious processes running on your system through the Activity Monitor and close them. Here are the steps to do that:

Step 1: Go to Finder, click on Applications and then click on Utilities.

Step 2: In Utilities, run the Activity Monitor.

Step 3: In the Activity Monitor, click on the Memory tab.

Step 4: Look for suspicious processes, select them, click on the Cross at the top and then click on the Force Quit.

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Remove malicious files generated by “Ask You” pop up virus

Once the virus enters your system, it will generate files to work in the background, and remove those files. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open Finder, click on the Go tab and then in the dropdown menu click on the Go to Folder.

Step 2: Go to /Library/LaunchAgents and find the files related to the “Ask You” apps. These files usually end with .plist and have names like “com.Ask You.plist”. When you spot these suspicious files, delete them. com.updater.mcy.plist, com.avickUpd.plist, and com.msp.agent.plist; these are a few examples, on your Mac files that can be present with different names.

Step 3: Repeat the process for the following folders

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  • /Library/Application Support
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons

Scan for malware

Consider using a reputable antivirus software to scan your Mac for malware. Apple offers free built-in security features like XProtect. Reliable security software can help detect and remove malware. Run a scan with your preferred security tool.

Never click on “Ask You” notifications, as they might lead to untrustworthy websites or attempt to install malware. By following these steps and maintaining good browsing habits, you can keep your Mac notification centre free from these deceptive pop-ups.

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Akash Singh

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