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Clever Search. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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

Displaying Clever SearchAds 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 Reimage.

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.

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.

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 Clever Search, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Clever Search from Windows systems

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

  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 Clever Search and related programs
    Here, look for Clever Search 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 Clever Search 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 Clever Search 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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Get rid of Clever Search 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 Clever Search 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 Clever Search 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 Clever Search 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, Clever Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Clever Search 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 Clever Search 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 Clever Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Clever Search from Google Chrome

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

  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 Clever Search 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 Clever Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Clever Search 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 Clever Search 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 Clever Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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