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Remove Clickworker.me (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Clickworker.me is the social engineering campaign that shows messages on the browser to trick people into an unwanted subscription

Clickworker.me  

Clickworker.me is the adware program that redirects to commercial pages and shows material with false claims about particular programs or pop-ups where it offers to subscribe to additional notifications. Due to this behavior, this PUP gets to be called a push notifications virus. All the activities and features this program has can be considered intrusive because it gives no value for the infected machine. 

Once Clickworker.me virus gets on the system, it starts affecting time online with continuous redirects, questionable promotional content, notifications that come directly to the screen when the browser closed. Unfortunately, when you see all the unwanted content, you can be sure that adware infected your device, and this is not the only symptom of the intruder. The infiltration is not noticeable because PUP uses deceptive methods like software bundling, but you should eliminate adware as soon as possible.[1] 

Name Clickworker.me  
Type Adware
Symptoms Shows advertisements not originating from the website, delivers intrusive pop-ups, redirects 
Distribution Freeware installations, software bundling
Main danger Affects the speed and performance of the device, tracks browsing information, can cause other infections
Elimination Remove Clickworker.me with Reimage

Clickworker.me push notifications virus is the adware that redirects the web browser to various sites and shows additional pop-ups to cause the same activities. The pop-up that appears on the page offers to allow additional notifications from the site, and when you press the Allow or Agree button, notifications start to appear on the screen continuously. The content even goes on the desktop directly when the web browsers are closed.

Clickworker.me shows the following and attempts to trick the person with this message:

Clickworker.me wants to Show notifications

Press Allow to verify, that you are not robot

Unfortunately, sometimes even clicking the Block button encourages Clickworker.me to deliver notifications from questionable pages. When the user gets exposed to such material, all those pages can include malicious programs that get on the device without any additional permission or your knowledge. This is one of a few concerning features these PUPs have.

Another intrusive symptom of the adware includes content with promotional ads delivery to sites you commonly visit. Clickworker.me injects banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and in-text hyperlinks on pages that usually has no advertisements to trick you into visiting related pages or even purchasing something that is pushed.

Clickworker.me adware
Clickworker.me adware is the potentially unwanted program that shows unwanted advertisements and causes redirects to potentially malicious pages.

Programs like Clickworker.me get bundled with other freeware and, in most cases, these PUPs come with other intruders at the same. Besides this shady distribution method, the adware can install browser extensions, system utilities, toolbars or add-ons of the already infected machine without any permission.

This is one of many typical adware signs. However, the more scary feature is information tracking that developers may call ad serving.[2] Advertisers focus on getting data about its users to form more personalized advertisements and create numbers of views. You should remove Clickworker.me immediately, so thrid-party companies have no access to your sensitive data.

All those push notifications delivered by Clickworker.me or any associated page can have additional scripts and redirect you to domains designed to infect the machine automatically. You cannot notice those background processes and avoid the infiltration when it happens automatically. 

The IP address, location, most viewed sites, browsing history and other details about your online browsing preferences seems harmless, but visiting all those commercial pages can expose you to more malicious programs and tracking techniques obtain sensitive data. Perform Clickworker.me removal as soon as you can and use reliable tools like Reimage.

You may also need to check your web browsers and scan the machine again to find all the possible intruders and files or apps related to Clickworker.me. For that, we have prepared the removal guide below the article where experts[3] wrote all the steps needed for the browser reset.

Clickworker.me virus
Clickworker.me PUP is the threat that shows noting besides questionable pop-ups with commercial content to trick you into visiting shady websites.

PUPs are similar, and the delivery method involves packing them together 

In most cases, you cannot say when or where from the PUP got on your device. It is due to the technique called software bundling because during freeware installations all the similar intruder gets packed to one package and delivered as extra valuable applications.

Unfortunately, these intruders are not giving any value for the machine or the user that need to deal with a shady program. Freeware installations have Advanced or Custom options that you should choose every time any software, application, or update gets installed. This is the best way to see apps included in the setup and de-select suspicious ones.

If you go for Recommended or Quick installations, you allow all the programs to get downloaded. This is how your machine gets infected with adware, or a browser hijacker and the system starts running slow due to additional processes. Pay attention to such steps, and choose reliable sources to avoid cyber infections like this.

Terminate Clickworker.me virus and all the redirects ends

Since the adware is not the most dangerous threat, people think the PUP can be eliminated manually. Unfortunately, Clickworker.me removal requires more than program uninstallation. Firstly, you cannot easily find the main application that is causing all the intrusive behavior, os you need help from professionals.

The professional anti-malware tools, in particular, is the help you need when you try to remove Clickworker.me. These tools can run the full system check and indicate all the problems with your machine, including malware and other intruders like this PUP. By following steps on the program after a full scan, you eliminate those threats and fix possible damage. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 Clickworker.me, follow these steps:

Eliminate Clickworker.me from Windows systems

Remove Clickworker.me adware from the system with anti-malware tools

  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 Clickworker.me and related programs
    Here, look for Clickworker.me 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'

Remove Clickworker.me 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 Clickworker.me 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'

Delete Clickworker.me 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 Clickworker.me 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 Clickworker.me removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Clickworker.me 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, Clickworker.me should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Clickworker.me from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset the browser and delete suspicious content by following steps

  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 Clickworker.me 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 Clickworker.me removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Clickworker.me from Google Chrome

Terminate all the programs or extensions, add-ons related to the Clickworker.me

  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 Clickworker.me 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 Clickworker.me removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Clickworker.me 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 Clickworker.me 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 Clickworker.me removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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