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Terraclicks virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Terraclicks is a program that can be detected as PUP.Optional.TerraClicks.ShrtCln by various anti-malware tools 

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

Questions about Terraclicks virus

Terraclicks is an ad-supported application which has also been classified as a potentially unwanted program. It acts by taking over your web browser and filling it with different pop-up ads. People may not even notice the intrusive activity of this program as the ads are displayed only when they start browsing the Internet. 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.

Name Terraclicks
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
detected by AVs as PUP.Optional.TerraClicks.ShrtCln
Symptoms Delivers intrusive commercial content, causes redirects to suspicious websites
browser errors caused by the pup
  • Waiting for Terraclicks.com;
  • Looking up Terraclicks.com;
  • Read Terraclicks.com;
  • Transferring data from Terraclicks.com;
  • Connected to Terraclicks.com.
Distribution Software bundles, deceptive ads
Removal Install Reimage and remove Terraclicks

In short, Terraclicks is a very problematic program that can generate a variety of 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, the intruder 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 is 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.

Terraclicks virus
Terraclick virus is a program that causes tons of new windows appearing after one click on the advertisement.

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 like Reimage. A full system scan performed by these tools find all related intruders and cleans the system thoroughly.

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. 

Adware enter the system via bundles of freeware

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 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 removal

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 can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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 Terraclicks virus, follow these steps:

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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.

  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 Terraclicks and related programs
    Here, look for Terraclicks 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'
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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.

  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 Terraclicks 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'
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Eliminate Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase Terraclicks virus 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, Terraclicks should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Terraclicks from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

  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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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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:

  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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks 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 Terraclicks removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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