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Remove Pingclock.net (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

Pingclock.net is a redirect virus that engages in malicious behavior on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or other browsers

Pingclock.net

Pingclock.net is a malicious domain that already has been flagged by multiple anti-malware vendors as malware.[1] Typically, the redirects to the site indicate that your computer is infected with Js/Adware.Revizer.E, or possibly other malicious programs. Adware[2] is a computer infection that might range from mild to quite severe, and Pingclock.net is involved in the latter category, as it is trying to execute malicious JavaScript.[3]

Nevertheless, the main goal of adware is usually to display an excessive amount of pop-ups, flashing windows, banners, offers, deals, coupons, and other commercial content on the infected users' browsers. The worst part is that the Pingclock.net virus usually sneaks in without notifying victims or is hiding behind certain (unsafe) browser extensions or other programs. Besides generating a significant amount of ads, adware is also known to track users' web browsing activities that may sometimes include personal information. Please be aware that, without Pingclock.net removal, your online safety is at risk, as you might be directed to phishing, scam, or malware-laden sites.

Name Pingclock.net
Type Adware, malware
Associated threat Js/Adware.Revizer.E, Flash Player browser extension(malicious)
IP address 172.241.69.20
Infection means  Users manage to infect their computers with adware when they install software from third-party sites and deal with bundles – software packages that contain optional components deceptively hidden within the installer
Symptoms Pop-ups and other type of ads appear on all sites users visit, sponsored links appear at the top of the search results on all web browsers, operation of the browser becomes sluggish
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted software or malware, money loss, sensitive information disclosure to unknown parties or cybercriminals, etc.
Removal You should scan your machine with anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner to ensure its security; afterward it is equally as important to reset each of the installed browsers

In most of the cases, users may encounter Pingclock.net ads and redirects after installing a suspicious browser add-on or free software from third-party sites. In most of the cases, websites that host freeware/shareware bundle programs, and, because users are keen on rushing the installation procedures, the infiltration of the potentially unwanted program remains unnoticed.

Pingclock.net might be encountered or blocked by security software even at the time when browsers are not used, or only used to visit trusted websites. This is because, by default, each of the installed browsers is configured to have JavaScript enabled, and, upon visiting a malicious site, its code's scripts are immediately executed, including the URL requests. This prompts the browser to download images, cookies, and other components hosted on the site.

In other words, to remediate the situation, you should immediately perform a system scan using anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner – it would delete all the malicious components related to the infection. However, this might not be enough to remove Pingclock.net virus completely, as various browser components might keep directing you to malicious sites.

For that reason, after the system scan, you should also make sure that you reset all the installed browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Vivaldi, or others. Note that, because the site is programmed to run JavaScript, you might also be infected with other malicious programs that are programmed to do much more nefarious tasks than spamming your browsers with ads – you keystrokes might be recorded and credit card information harvested.

Therefore, do not ignore Pingclock.net redirects and other browser behavior related to this domain. As a general rule, you will most likely see redirects to other malicious sites, such as Loompasplace.com, Add-extension.xyz, Apple.com-guard-device.live, and many others. Do not interact with these domains in any way, as it may result in the installation of other PUPs/malware, money loss, and sensitive data leak.

Pingclock.net redirect virus
Pingclock.net is a redirect virus that may lead users to phishing, scam, spoofing, malware-laden, and other dangerous websites

Adware may be just as dangerous as malware in some cases: prevent its initial infection

Initially, adware was considered to be spyware – a type of malware that is installed on users' computers without permission, which then performs surveillance activities. Over the years, ad-supported software started following certain procedures and is now much less dangerous and less deceptive. In most of the cases, that is. If you believe that all adware is nothing but a program that occasionally displays ads – you are wrong.

Adware is capable of launching campaigns such as OSX/Shlayer or can sometimes render users' machines vulnerable to cyberattacks, as Lenovo's Superfish scandal showed. In some cases, however, adware is extremely deceptive and may initiate actions that are web or JavaScript-based. For that reason, AV software might not detect it straight away. 

All in all, you should try to avoid adware for your own good and only opt for applications that do not put your privacy and security at risk. To prevent adware infection, check out these tips from industry experts:[4]

  • If possible, always download an application from an official source instead of third-party;
  • Before installing the app, check out reviews online – they often serve as a good indicator if it engages in any unwanted behavior post-installation;
  • During the installation, watch out for misleading wording, fine print text, pre-ticked boxes and other tricks that freeware authors employ;
  • Never rush the installation process, as you might skip important steps;
  • Opt for Advanced/Custom settings during the installation;
  • Make sure the application presents the required documents, such as Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Get rid of Pingclock.net redirects and other unwanted activities on your browser

Pingclock.net removal is necessary for your own security, as its redirects and HTTP connections may induce much more serious ramifications. Therefore, take action immediately – scan your machine with security software that can detect and recognize malicious components of the Pingclock.net virus. Additionally, we suggest you check the installed program list on your Windows or Mac computers to make sure that no suspicious applications are installed.

Pingclock.net detection
Pingclock.net is recognized as malware by multiple AV vendors

Once you remove Pingclock.net, you should also reset each of the installed web browsers, as adware leaves multiple traces, such as browser cookies or other objects that might initiate the unwanted behavior again. Below you will find instructions on how to reset Google Chrome and other most popular browsers.

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To remove Pingclock.net, follow these steps:

Get rid of Pingclock.net from Windows systems

To remove Pingclock.net from Windows computer, go to the Control Panel and locate all the unwanted programs. Finish by uninstalling them as explained below:

  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 Pingclock.net and related programs
    Here, look for Pingclock.net 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'

Delete Pingclock.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 Pingclock.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'

Remove Pingclock.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

To reset Internet Explorer, please follow these steps:

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

Eliminate Pingclock.net 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, Pingclock.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Pingclock.net 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 Pingclock.net 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 Pingclock.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Pingclock.net from Google Chrome

Adware often leaves traces in the browser's cache or other places. Make sure you reset Google Chrome after you delete the PUP:

  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 Pingclock.net 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 Pingclock.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Pingclock.net 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 Pingclock.net 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 Pingclock.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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