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Remove Clever Search (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Mar 2018 update

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

Clever Search is an adware program which initiates display of multiple ads

Displaying Clever Search adsAds by Clever Search continuously displays numerous advertisements in the form of pop-ups, ads, banners, deals, in-text links and similar. If you see the ad loading and displaying “Brought to you by Clever Search,” “Ads by Clever Search,” “Powered by Clever Search” it is highly likely that your PC is affected by an adware program.

Adware program creators use bundling method to infect most popular browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox[1] and others. Thus, they invad users' PCs without their consent.

The primary goal of adware developers is to generate profit while exposing users to sponsors' content. In reality, it brings no usefulness to regular users. Thus, Clever Search ads removal should be performed by everybody who values their privacy and wants to enjoy carefree web browsing sessions.

Although adware can hardly pose a risk to your computer and data kept on it, it may cause infiltration of other apps that may be much more dangerous. As research showed,[2] some of the ads launched by this adware can contain links to malicious websites that may be involved in the distribution of viruses or malware.

Therefore, even though statistically the majority of Clever Search redirects lead to online shopping websites, you should always keep the risk of disclosing your computer to cyber threats in mind. Alongside irritating advertisements, you may be annoyed by various slowdowns, crashes, and similar issues during your browsing.

Nevertheless, there are several issues which may not be seen or experienced because they are initiated absolutely silently. Once installed, Clever Search virus may start to weaken your PC's security system step-by-step with an intention to help other PUPs infiltrate your computer.

Besides, it may drop tracking cookies[3] on each of your web browsers and start accumulating information related to your browsing habits and preferences. Even though its targeted data, including search terms, visited websites visited, data entered in them, clicks, IP address, PC's location and similar data is treated as non-personal, its disclosure to suspicious third-parties may lead to such issues as the increased number of spam.

All in all, if you suspect Clever Search adware to be hiding in your machine, we highly recommend you to remove it using reputable security software, such as ReimageIntego.

Bundling is used to distribute adware programs

Clever Search ads cannot be downloaded from the official website; therefore, it is assumed that its developers apply other software marketing techniques. Security experts[ref en-] have worked on that and found out that this adware is typically distributed bundled with other freeware and shareware that are quite popular among Internet users, such as download managers, PDF creators, media players, and so on.

Be aware that software bundles are usually distributed via popular download websites, including Cnet, Softonic, Soft32, and many others. Therefore, no matter what kind of free software and from what type of download source you are going to download it, you have to check it for 'additional components.'

To do that, you should always rely on Advanced or Custom installation option (instead of Quick/Basic) and read all the terms that are provided to you. Finally, reject the installation of add-ons, toolbars, search engines, optimization tools, etc. and only then finish the installation.

Clever Search VirusClever Search ads displayed whether users want them or not. Uninstall Clever Search ads and prevent it from displaying unwanted content

If it's too late to prevent infiltration of Clever Search virus because it's already displaying ads, causing redirects and other inconveniences, you should opt for quick and easy Clever Search removal by employing a robust anti-malware tool. We recommend picking one of the programs mentioned below; they can eliminate PUPs in just a few minutes.

Additionally, we prepared a step-by-step guide which can be used to remove Clever Search just as successfully. However, we do not advise using this method if you are not familiar with computers and its processes. An incorrect procedure will merely fail to eliminate the virus.

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To remove Clever Search, follow these steps:

Uninstall Clever Search from Windows systems

To eliminate the questionable application from Windows OS, follow these steps:

To remove Clever Search from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Clever Search (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate Clever Search from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Clever Search from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Clever Search-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Clever Search, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Clever Search and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Clever Search-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Clever Search from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Clever Search and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Clever Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Clever Search from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Clever Search-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Clever Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Clever Search and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Clever Search did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Clever Search removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Clever Search from Google Chrome

You need to set your Google Chrome settings to default once Clever search is eliminated.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Clever Search by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Clever Search-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Clever Search removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Clever Search from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Clever Search and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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