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Adclick virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Adclick is an advertisement service that might be abused by cybercrooks for profit

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Adclick is a legitimate advertising platform used by many website owners. However, it can be abused by adware authors who want to gain monetary benefit by spamming annoying ads to users

Adclick is a legitimate advertisement platform that helps website owners to monetize on ads shown to its visitors. While it's a great way to benefit the site owner, some bad actors may employ this service by using adware programs, which would display intrusive ads non-stop on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or other browsers. Legitimate ads shown on websites are embedded inside it, while adware-spawned[1] ones will come into sight on every site that you visit. Additionally, adware is capable of spying on users' browsing habits for targeting advertisement. Because of such dubious behavior, some people refer to this phenomenon as Adclick virus.

Summary
Name Adclick or Ad-Click
Type Adware
Infiltration Software bundling, dubious websites
Symptoms Intrusive ads, redirects, sponsored links, etc.
Main dangers Malware installation, sensitive information leakage
Elimination Use our instructions below, and then scan your machine with Reimage

Technically, none of the security researchers would recognize Ad-Click as malware, because it does not possess the qualities of it – no system files are corrupted, neither does it propagate itself. That being said, adware does come into the system using a questionable distribution method called software bundling – shareware and freeware authors use this method to include additional components within their installation wizards and purposely try to hide potentially unwanted programs inside. Nevertheless, users can still opt-out of the optional installs such as Adclick adware.

Adclick ads, just as many similar ad campaigns (Ads by NewTab, Counterflix ads, Rocket Tab, etc.), can pop-up at any time, usually as pop-ups. These windows typically are marked as followed:

  • Ads by Adclick
  • Bought to you by Adclick
  • Powered by Adclick
  • Adclick ads, etc.

However, in most cases, ads will not be marked at all, which might complicate Adclick removal. Nevertheless, reputable security software can be employed to track down unwanted programs. Certain programs are also capable of preventing PUPs from entering the machine altogether, therefore, it is worth investing into one if you think that you are at a higher risk of the infection.

While adware is not a virus, it might lead users to potentially unsafe sites. Some domains might be injected with malicious JavaScript that can abuse system vulnerabilities and install malware automatically. In such case, ransomware, crypto-mining malware, banking trojans,[2] and other dangerous infections are just a step away. Therefore, Adclick ads should not be ignored, but should not be clicked on.

Additionally, the dubious Adclick adware might collect non-personally identifiable information about users. This data is anonymous, but might still be misused for advertisement purposes. Furthermore, personal details like email, name, address might be used in ad campaigns as well, including spam emails sent directly to the Inbox.

To conclude, security experts[3] recommend you to remove Adclick adware from your machine as soon as possible. You will find detailed instructions below this article. Additionally, you should scan your computer with Reimage to make sure that all the changes performed by adware are set to default again.

Adware can infiltrate the PC without users noticing

Frequently, the adware-type programs are spread with the help of “bundling” strategy. The essence of this technique lies in attaching irrelevant applications to programs which are in daily demand. They include pdf viewers, download accelerators, media players, audio editors, etc. Thus, most likely, you happened to download one of them recently.

As a result, a potentially unwanted program entered your computer. If you are wondering how it happened –  you used “Recommended” or “Quick” settings during the installation progress failing to notice the pre-marked add-on. Thus, we recommend selecting “Custom” or “Advanced” settings and unchecking the pre-marked attachment. If you stay vigilant, you can prevent adware hijack in the future.

Ways to remove Ad-Click adware 

For Adclick removal, we recommend you check the step-by-step instructions below this article. You are advised to follow each removal step carefully in order to get the desired result and get rid of this adware completely. Otherwise, you will be stuck with the unwanted program until its core components are eliminated. After the process, you will have to reset each of your browsers individually – we also explain how to do that below.

You can also remove Adclick virus by using automatic removal tools that are capable of detecting adware. This option is time-saving and more convenient, especially for those less computer-savvy. Before you proceed, we recommend you choose appropriate security software, update it and only then perform a full system scan.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Adclick virus, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Adclick from Windows systems

To eliminate Ad-Click adware from Windows, follow these instructions:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Adclick and related programs
    Here, look for Adclick or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Uninstall Adclick from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Adclick or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Erase Adclick from Internet Explorer (IE)

Make sure you reset Internet Explorer after PUP elimination is completed:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Adclick and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Adclick removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Adclick virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Adclick should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Adclick from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Refresh Firefox the following way:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Adclick and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Adclick removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Adclick from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Adclick and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Adclick removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Adclick from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Adclick or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Adclick removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Gabriel E. Hall
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