Complete tips to delete ClearSearch
ClearSearch is a mixture of adware and browser hijacker application as it displays various intrusive ads such as pop-ups, banners and etc and gathers personal data during the web session. It does this by altering the internet browsers’ settings and the address bar.
The unwanted app can get installed manually. However, in most of the cases, it gets into the system along with some ad-supported app, freeware and bundles. The parasite is capable of updating itself with the net. It runs on the system background silently.
ClearSearch records the data like visited sites, device/ browser info, used programs, IP address and other information that advertisers use to customize the ads. Their main motive is to generate incoming through redirecting users to various affiliated pages.
It can do this by showing alluring and misleading ads and by causing sudden redirects when new tab is opened with sponsored content. So, you should never use this hijacker. Remove ClearSearch anyhow immediately from the system before it cause major harm.
Do that by running a full system scans using some powerful antivirus tool. Nowadays, default operating system Av tools might not be enough to computer user safety. So, use some professional tool that safeguards the every step by you on the web.
How did ClearSearch infiltrate system?
PUAs are often distributed via download/ install setups of other programs. Bundling is the name given to the deceptive marketing method where packing of one app is done with unwanted and malicious additions.
Usually, the bundled apps can be declined behind Custom/Advanced and similar setups. However, not all users do that. They simply rush the download and skip major installation steps. In the process, they lead to the inadvertent installation of unwanted apps to their systems.
Intrusive ads on shady pages can cause the unwanted downloads as well. However, they cause the system infections only when they are designed to run certain scripts. Also, the infection will be caused only when the users click provide a click on them.
How to prevent PUAs installation?
You should stay cautious during every download/ installations steps while perform software download/ installation process on your systems. Check the downloaders/ installers with the settings like Custom/Advanced and similar ones and manually opt out all additional apps from the list of apps to get on the system.
If possible, use only official websites and direct links for any download. Avoid p2p networks, free file hosting sites and third party downloaders/ installers – they are the untrustworthy channels that often offer dubious and/or bundled content.
Additionally, do not click on any intrusive ads appear on shady pages. They often open some untrustworthy pages or cause unwanted downloads by running certain scripts. If you encounter such ads/ redirects, check the system for unwanted apps or malicious browser extensions, plug-ins and add-ons for their removal.
ClearSearch removal steps
Below the post, you will find complete manual guide to perform ClearSearch removal. Complete the steps and you will successful remove the PUA without any trouble. However, you can use some powerful antivirus tool if you want the removal process can be done automatically and in much effective manner.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove ClearSearch:
Remove the related items of ClearSearch using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing ClearSearch issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (ClearSearch) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to ClearSearch removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to ClearSearch still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove ClearSearch plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in ClearSearch removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete ClearSearch (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.