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Remove Terraclicks virus (Removal Guide) - Oct 2020 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Terraclicks.com is an adware-type virus that can be detected as PUP.Optional.TerraClicks.ShrtCln by various anti-malware tools 

Terraclick virusTerraclick is a program identified as a potentially unwanted program by antivirus tools.

Terraclicks.com is an ad-supported page people get redirected to once their web browser is affected by an unwanted browser add-on, extension, and similar component. Some victims have also reported about being redirected to hxxp://terraclicks.com/anonymous/ page and numerous ads during their searches. If any of these issues have appeared, check the system for the PUP, which can be detected as PUP.Optional.TerraClicks or similar, depending on your antivirus type.

Questions about Terraclicks virus

People may not even notice the intrusive activity of this program as the ads are displayed only when they start browsing the Internet and performing browsing sessions. However, note that even your favorite sites can be filled with Terraclicks ads or banner ads[1] when infected with this adware. It can also stop your web browser's functionality or even open random websites instead of ones you intended to visit.[2] As a result, your browsing can be significantly diminished and you might start struggling each time while surfing the Net.

Name Terraclicks
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Danger level Low. Infects only browsers
detected by AVs as PUP.Optional.TerraClicks.ShrtCln
Symptoms Delivers intrusive commercial content, causes redirects to suspicious websites
Ads caused by the pup
  • Waiting for Terraclicks.com;
  • Looking up Terraclicks.com;
  • Read Terraclicks.com;
  • Transferring data from Terraclicks.com;
  • Connected to Terraclicks.com.
Redirects to hxxp://terraclicks.com/anonymous/
Distribution Software bundles, deceptive ads
Removal and recovery Install ReimageIntego and fix virus damage after you remove Terraclicks by using a guide below

Terraclicks generates annoying problems for you because its primary function is to force you to visit third-party websites it promotes, or purchase useless programs from deceptive ads. Unfortunately, you can never know what sites this potentially unwanted program (PUP) seeks to advertise, therefore, clicking on ads displayed by the adware can result in a web redirect to a potentially dangerous web page. You can spot the commercial content provided by this adware by looking at these slogans: “Ads by”, “Brought to you by”, “Provided by” and so on.

Additionally to these advertisements, Terraclicks.com affects the performance of your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers you use by delivering error messages. Users are often scared because it may look like your device has malware or software issues. Do not panic the page doesn't open because of the adware program that you need to remove from the system if you notice similar messages:

Waiting for Terraclicks.com

Transferring data from Terraclicks.com

Looking up Terraclicks.com

Read Terraclicks.com

Connected to Terraclicks.com

The main thing adware like Terraclicks virus is known for the intrusive content, additional installations of browser extensions or toolbars and data tracking. Unfortunately, the minute this threat enters the system of your device it starts tracking your browsing activity and collecting non-identifiable information like IP address, location, most viewed websites and preferences in offers and coupons.

Terraclick redirect

You need to perform Terraclicks removal if you want to get rid of this activity altogether. Various users complain about this PUP because it adds browser content, startup programs or even shortcuts on your desktop. You need to clean every browser that got additional unwanted material installed.

There is a possibility to remove all unwanted content manually but that takes time, and you cannot be sure that every associated program is deleted from the system unless you opt for automatic Terraclicks.com removal using anti-malware programs. A full system scan performed by these tools find all related intruders and cleans the system thoroughly. To fix the system further and eliminate virus damage, use ReimageIntego.

Otherwise, you can end up on suspicious gambling websites, websites urging to “claim the prize” or directly hazardous Internet sites providing malicious downloads.[3] Only one thing that we are sure about is that owners of reliable websites do not promote them via deceptive web ads and do not force computer users to visit their web pages by force. So, if visiting untrustworthy third-party sites without an intention to do it is not something that you would like to avoid, you should remove Terraclicks from your computer. 

Terraclick adsTerraclicks is a website that causes redirects to suspicious pages and even shows errors about the difficulty displaying content.

Adware enters the system via software bundles

This adware does not come pre-installed on your computer.[4] Distribution technique used here is similar to the majority of other adware-type programs[5] that are carried to the system as additional components. Such a distribution technique is known as software bundling.

Although software bundling[6] is an entirely legal act, you have to be careful about software bundles since they can include several malicious apps. We recommend you to avoid installing any software in a rush because you can miss some crucial steps and install additional suspicious software without even noticing it.

So when you install any software, follow the instructions provided in the installer mindfully. Do not take Default or Standard installation settings for granted, since that includes your agreements to install all optional components of the software. You have to opt for Custom or Advanced installation option and then search for suggestions to install browser toolbars or extensions. For the best system protection, deselect all of them.

Terraclicks removal requires patience, unless you opt for automatic elimination

Terraclicks potentially unwanted programTerraclicks is an adware-related application which needs to removed from all infected web browsers in order to stop all unwanted activities that are caused by the PUP

If you do not want to perform automatic Terraclicks removal on your computer by running a full system scan with anti-spyware software, we recommend using a guide given below. However, please, take a note that you must have anti-spyware on your computer to avoid the latest computer threats and detect them on time.

It is rather easy to remove Terraclicks. However, the task might seem confusing to users who have never tried to uninstall any software manually. Luckily, we provide a solution – easy-to-follow manual removal instructions. Please follow them attentively and you will eliminate this adware and stop “Terraclicks ads” for good.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Terraclicks virus, follow these steps:

Remove Terraclicks from Windows systems

To get rid of Terraclicks virus from Windows, uninstall every suspicious entry from your Programs list. You should pay attention to unknown developers and programs that you can't remember installing on your computer.

To remove Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks (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.

Uninstall Terraclicks from Mac OS X system

To uninstall Terraclick from MacOS, use with the help of the steps given below. Your task is to see all suspicious programs hiding in your Programs' list and uninstall them by moving them to Trash.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Terraclicks from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Terraclicks-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Terraclicks, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Terraclicks and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Terraclicks-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Terraclicks from Internet Explorer (IE)

Refresh your Internet Explorer web browser by taking a look at this guide if help is needed:

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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Terraclicks virus from Microsoft Edge

If you have found some rogue content in your Microsoft Edge web browser, you can eliminate all objects by performing these steps:

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 Terraclicks-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

Get rid of Terraclicks from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow these steps and make sure that your browser is clear from unwanted content:

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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Terraclicks from Google Chrome

When performing Terraclicks elimination, do not forget resetting the browser to Default. This is a step that allows your Chrome to run smoothly again:

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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks-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 Terraclicks removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Terraclicks from Safari

You can properly clean the Safari web browser from all adware-related components. For this purpose, try this method:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Terraclicks 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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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  1. Paolo says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Terraclicks ads are unstoppable! i have tried everything but nothing worked. Only SpyHunter detected and removed it!

  2. curtis says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    thnx!!! you saved my life! I thought I will never get rid of them….

  3. bello19 says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    this was torturing me for a whole week!!!!!! i hate terraclicks!

  4. William says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    thank you for this removal guide 🙂

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