Microsoft Edge has made changes to help users avoid spammy and misleading website notifications. The Redmond firm collaborates with law enforcement to identify harmful notifications that falsely claim a computer is infected with a virus and trick users into downloading malware disguised as virus removal tools. The change goes live with Edge 113 and above. These versions of the browser will hide such spammy notifications, instead showing an indicator in the address bar.
Some sites try to trick users into allowing notifications, which can lead to unwanted spam messages and harmful activity in the web browser and on your computer. Edge identifies and analyzes different types of abusive/fake notifications and revokes notification privileges from websites that send them.
According to Microsoft, this allows blocking billions of misleading notifications. In Microsoft Edge 113 and above, the first notification request from an "untrusted" website will be shown quietly with a subtle message in the address bar.
This change has resulted in a significant decrease in customer issues with notifications. But it still allows users to receive notifications from any website they visit, and enterprise admins can configure an allow list for internal and trusted apps.
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