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Remove Clicknshare.net virus (Removal Guide) - Dec 2017 update

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Clicknshare virus promotes suspicious websites

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Clicknshare is a malicious advertising network which redirects users to various shady websites. Usually, such redirects are triggered by an adware program which sneaks into the system with the help of software bundle. Once inside, Clicknshare virus might alter Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another web browser’s settings and start interfering browser’s sessions.

System hijack initiated by Clicknshare.net can also cause these disturbing problems on your computer:

  • an increased amount of ads on their favorite websites;
  • suspicious banners and ads promoting various software;[1]
  • redirects to http://clicknshare.netclicknshare.net/goto?to= and other shady websites;
  • random text turned into hyperlinks.

The Clicknshare virus has been actively used for generating advertising-based revenue. Developers of this ad-supported program get their profit by boosting traffic to various websites and users’ clicks on ads. Undoubtedly, they want to get as much money as possible, so they use aggressive and nasty advertising strategy.

However, the biggest problems are related not only to the diminished browsing experience but also to Clicknshare redirect tendency. Sometimes this adware might force you to visit an infected or phishing[2] website. Therefore, your computer might get infected with some recent malware, or you might unintentionally reveal your credit card information for cyber criminals.

As you can see, Clicknshare ads might harm you indirectly. So, you should not let it stay on your computer for a long time. As soon as you start seeing an increased amount of commercial content on the browser or noticed your browser’s tabs opening and showing you unknown sites, you should scan your computer with the anti-spyware program.

Automatic Clicknshare removal is the easiest way to wipe out malicious components from your computer. We suggest using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for fixing this problem. However, you should not forget to reset web browsers manually too. This task is necessary because adware may have installed tracking cookies, so it might continue spying on your browsing activities.

However, if you feel skilled enough to find and uninstall adware without antivirus, you should scroll down to the end of the article. There you will find detailed and illustrated instructions how to remove Clicknshare manually.

Example of Clicknshare.net redirect virusClicknshare.net virus redirects users to various advertising domains that might be dangerous.

Unpacking freeware installers helps to avoid accidental installation of PUPs

The adware which causes redirects and unwanted ads spreads in software packages. The problem is that you can never be sure whether you are installing a single program or bundle. However, the majority of freeware are packages, so you have to unpack them before agreeing to install them. To do that, you have to choose Advanced or Custom installation settings.

Follow the wizard carefully because one of the steps might reveal the list of pre-selected additional downloads. It’s important to unmark all ticks to reject installation of third-party apps which are often are potentially unwanted programs.

Moreover, you should never rely on Recommended or Standard installation settings because they barely inform about optional downloads. Therefore, if you have recently installed freeware under these settings, it was the time when Clicknshare.net hijack has occurred. Thus, next time you should be more careful.

Eliminating Clicknshare.net virus and fixing web browsers

Malware researchers from Norway[3] report that adware might be quite challenging to remove manually. It may have installed various components to the system, browsers, and altered particular settings. Therefore, it’s better to remove Clicknshare automatically.

However, if you want to take the challenge, we cannot stop you. But please follow Clicknshare removal guidelines presented at the end of the article carefully. If you leave some adware-related components, redirects to suspicious sites continue. Though, if it happens, take our advice, and opt for the automatic elimination option.

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To remove Clicknshare.net virus, follow these steps:

Remove Clicknshare.net from Windows systems

Follow these steps to remove adware from Windows computer:

To remove Clicknshare.net 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 Clicknshare.net (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.

Get rid of Clicknshare.net 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 Clicknshare.net 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'

Uninstall Clicknshare.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

These instructions will help you to remove PUP from Internet Explorer entirely:

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 Clicknshare.net 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 Clicknshare.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Clicknshare.net virus from Microsoft Edge

In order to use Microsoft Edge normally, you have to find and remove suspicious components from the browser:

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 Clicknshare.net-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

Delete Clicknshare.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clicknshare.net virus may have arrived on the system as a browser extension. Thus, check Firefox's extensions:

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 Clicknshare.net 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 Clicknshare.net 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 Clicknshare.net removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Clicknshare.net from Google Chrome

In order to stop redirects to Clicknshare.net, follow these steps and reset Google Chrome:

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 Clicknshare.net 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 Clicknshare.net-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 Clicknshare.net removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Clicknshare.net 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 Clicknshare.net 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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