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Ads by Clicon. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as Clicon ads, Clicon virus, Clicon adware | Type: Adware

What is Clicon?

Clicon is one of those programs that claim being able to save user's time and money. Not only such promise but also the way it promises to achieve that are dubious. Clicon offers to deliver the latest deals, offers, discounts, coupons and other things that are relevant to you in such forms as pop-up, pop-under, banner, and in-text ads. Unfortunately, we haven't manage to find a person who would have saved a dollar with the help of such and similar programs. That's because such service is not effective and may better be treated as a marketing trick to make people install such programs. In reality, Clicon is an adware-type program that may get inside your computer without asking direct permission. That's why it has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and is closely related to various freewares and sharewares. Once such program gets inside, it may hijack all most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer and initiate various system modifications. In addition to that, it may install cookies and start monitoring you and your web browsing activities. Even though it's mainly interested in non-personal information about your browsing habits, such as mostly visited websites and search queries, beware that it may be used for tricking you. For example, it may be used for creating personalized and interesting Clicon ads and in this way increase the possibility that you will click on them. Unfortunately, this adware may be included in suspicious activities, such as promotion of affiliate websites that may not necessarily are reliable. Thus, be careful and avoid Clicon redirects in order prevent visiting corrupted websites and infecting your PC with suspicious programs. Run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage and eliminate Clicon virus as soon as possible.

How can Clicon hijack my computer?

Clicon is a misleading web browser plug-in that may get inside your computer unnoticed and cause a real havoc on your web browser. Generally speaking, when an adware-type program gets inside, you should start noticing system slow downs, tons of commercial advertisements that were not used to appear before, redirects to unknown domains and so on. If you are experiencing all these inconveniences right now and suspect that your computer has been hijacked by Clicon because commercials that you receive are inscribed as 'Ads by Clicon', 'Powered by Clicon' and so on, then you should take needed actions and get rid of this adware immediately. To prevent such and similar infections in the future, avoid installing freewares on your computer. By the way, install a reputable anti-spyware and keep it up-to-date. Beware that potentially unwanted programs tent to spread using 'bundling', i.e. attached to various freewares. Thus, if you really need a freeware, you should select Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully monitor the entire process in order to find and deselect add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions. In case Clicon virus has already got inside the machine, follow the article and find removal guidelines below.

How to remove Clicon virus?

Clicon removal is not a difficult task. The easiest way to do that is to run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware, which will not only remove this adware but will also eliminate other PUPs that may be hiding as well. However, you may try to eliminate it manually. For that, follow Clicon removal guide that it given below:

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To remove Clicon ads, follow these steps:

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Delete Clicon from Windows systems

  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 Clicon and related programs
    Here, look for Clicon 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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Eliminate Clicon 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 Clicon 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 Clicon from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Clicon 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 Clicon 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 Clicon ads 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, Clicon should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Clicon from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Clicon 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 Clicon removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Clicon 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 Clicon 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 Clicon removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Clicon 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 Clicon 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 Clicon removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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