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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as ads by DesktopClock, DesktopClock adware | Type: Adware

What is DesktopClock?

DesktopClock is yet another browser plug-in that has suspicious intentions. Although it doesn’t look like a harmful software and, in fact, it’s not, you should be aware that it’s an adware that is also known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Many people have already reported us that this app has ended up on their web browsers (apparently supports Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer) as if out of nowhere. Most of them immediately accuses this app of being a virus, while its developers are named as cyber criminals. Well, actually, such distribution method can be explained a bit differently. DesktopClock adware is spread by ‘bundling’, which is a legitimate software distribution method that is usually used by third parties who seek to promote ad-supported add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions. We will speak about this method in the next paragraph, but the most important thing to mention that this method is legitimate.

It’s important to stress that DesktopClock virus is a clone of WinClock. Both apps have official websites that feature the same design. Besides, both of them offers the same service and initiates more or less the same activities once installed, i.e. they display sponsored ads, seek to boost traffic of certain websites, collects information about people’s activities on the Internet, uses PC’s resources, and so on. Beware of DesktopClock virus and similar apps because there is no chance of knowing what third parties seek to promote with their help. At best, you may see pop-ups and banners promoting various unfamiliar shopping websites. However, DesktopClock ads (labeled as “Ads by DesktopClock”, “Powered by DesktopClock”, etc.) may also be linked to doubtful websites that may be involved in the distribution of other PUPs or even viruses. Moreover, you should also not underestimate the fact that this adware collects data about its users. Although it is stated that it may gather personally non-identifiable data (search terms, most frequently visited websites, clicks, IP address, PC’s location, email address, etc.), there is still a chance that DesktopClock virus will collect some pieces of sensitive data that you may not be willing to disclose to third parties. All in all, as soon as you start suspecting that a suspicious program is hiding in your PC’s system, we recommend running a full system check with Reimage and remove DesktopClock virus and all its counterparts.

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How can DesktopClock hijack my computer?

As we have already noted, DesktopClock has the official website, but it’s very seldom downloaded from there. In most of the cases, it is downloaded along with other freewares and sharewares as an ‘optional components’. Therefore, if you want to prevent it from infiltrating your PC’s system, make sure that you select Advanced/Custom option when installing freewares and opt out of all ‘optional components’ that are listed there. Otherwise, right after installing a freeware you may start experiencing DesktopClock redirects, receive its ads, and similar issues.

How to remove DesktopClock virus?

If DesktopClock virus has already landed on your PC’s system, do not keep such a useless application that may cause serious various computer and privacy-related issues. In order to remove it once and for all, you may use this guide:

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To remove DesktopClock ads, follow these steps:

Delete DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock and related programs
    Here, look for DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock 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'

Get rid of DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase DesktopClock 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, DesktopClock should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock 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 DesktopClock removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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