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Remove WhiteClick (Virus Removal Instructions) - 2018 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

WhiteClick is an adware which stealthily installs a questionable Toolbar

WhiteClick adwareWhiteClick is an ad-supported program which overload the system with numerous advertisements.

WhiteClick is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) which is programmed to install a controversial Toolbar on most frequently visited browsers, including Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. WhiteClick Toolbar supposedly allows accessing popular sites faster. Although, according to the researchers, this adware program uses Ukrainian Google site to deliver search results. Even though such actions are not malicious, experts say that WhiteClick hijack might cause more damage than you think. 

Name WhiteClick
Type Adware
Also known as White Click Toolbar
Danger level Low, does not affect other computer systems
Purpose To provide numerous ads and gain income from the pay-per-click method
Spreads by Official downloading page, bundled freeware, various sites, and links
Deletion process You can install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego in order to get rid of WhiteClick ads

Be aware that WhiteClick adware gathers all browsing experience-related information. That includes the following:

  • Pages you have visited;
  • Keywords you typed via the search section; bookmarks;
  • IP addresses;
  • Etc.

This kind of activity allows the developers of an ad-supported program to deliver customized ads and attract users into clicking on them. In some cases, particular personal details can also be misused. In order to avoid such risk, remove WhiteClick from your browser as soon as you see it. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or any other similar anti-malware tool.

WhiteClick adware

Moreover, this ad-supported program benefits from various intrusive ads[1]. It provides all kinds of advertisements: pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, coupons, etc. These ads might slow down your browsing activity increasingly. So, these annoying actions are just only another reason to do WhiteClick removal.

In addition, ads by WhiteClick might not only help gain revenue from the pay-per-click marketing method but might also lead you to various infective pages. There you can even get a more serious malware infection than annoying WhiteClick ads or WhiteClick Toolbar. Nevertheless, advertisements often occur to be misleading.

Ways to identify WhiteClick adware

Most users do not even know that they have downloaded WhiteClick installer. As developers of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) manage to infiltrate their questionable applications stealthily, it might be difficult to identify and adware infection for regular computer users. 

Usually, WhiteClick setup starts from either visiting a suspicious site or downloading freeware without attentively monitoring the installation procedure. As this adware can also take over most popular browsers, it begins altering browser settings to generate never-ending ads. 

WhiteClick ToolbarWhiteClick adware installs WhiteClick Toolbar which redirects to Ukrainian Google.

After WhiteClick download, users are also provided with WhiteClick Toolbar which allows browsing Ukrainian Google (https://www.google.com.ua/) or selecting specific pages to open in the default browser. If you have noticed that a suspicious Toolbar has occurred on your browser, you should start searching for WhiteClick removal tool immediately. 

WhiteClick PUPWhiteClick - a PUP which infiltrates into the system via bundling technique.

Additionally, there is a substantial risk that your computer is infected with the adware, if an excessive amount of advertisements are displayed during your browsing sessions. The easiest way to identify WhiteClick ads is by noticing the following marks:

  • Ads by WhiteClick;
  • Brought to you by WhiteClick;
  • WhiteClick ads;
  • Powered by WhiteClick.

Understanding adware distribution peculiarities can help you avoid the infection

It is common that users can download WhiteClick installer from its official website. However, further research revealed that developers not only promote their controversial products as useful but also pack them together with other third-party applications. This distribution method is regarded as bundling technique which helps install potentially unwanted programs bundled with freeware without user's knowledge[2]

WhiteClick distributionWhiteClick adware spreads bundled together with third-party tools.

If you want to avoid ad-supported program's infiltration, follow these steps:

  1. Do not download freeware from secondary sources. Better look for the original downloading sites and get your software from there. However, if you manage to do downloads from third-party websites, go to the Custom/Advanced section and analyze all incoming downloads.
  2. Try not to skip downloading/installing steps. If you are in a rush – better do the installation next time than risk getting an adware-type program downloaded together.
  3. Be careful while browsing the web and visiting various sites as they might contain links which once clicked, will launch the ad-supported program and start its downloading process. If you already have encountered a suspicious-looking page, close it immediately and never return to it again.
  4. Install a professional security tool. An antivirus will scan your computer system and guide you through the removal process if some threats are found.

WhiteClick uninstall guide is suitable for WhiteClick Toolbar removal as well

It is vital to mention that WhiteClick virus term is merely used by frustrated computer users who can't get rid of WhiteClick easily. This term is not accurate as adware infections are categorized as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) rather than viruses by IT experts[3]. Although, our experts have useful tips to help you perform WhiteClick uninstall. Note, that these steps are suitable for WhiteClick Toolbar removal as well.

You can remove WhiteClick either manually or automatically. However, keep in mind that manual WhiteClick removal requires you to identify, locate and delete all components which are related to the adware. If you think that you are not experienced enough, try following the guidelines presented at the end of this article. 

Otherwise, you can remove WhiteClick Toolbar more quickly by installing an anti-malware tool. The ad-supported program elimination will take only up to a few minutes. After the process is fully done, we recommend refreshing your computer to ensure that no dubious content is left hiding.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 WhiteClick, follow these steps:

Get rid of WhiteClick from Windows systems

If WhiteClick has invaded into your Windows OS, please continue reading and look through these guidelines:

To remove WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick (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 WhiteClick from Mac OS X system

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

Remove WhiteClick from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for WhiteClick-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 WhiteClick, 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 WhiteClick and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the WhiteClick-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase WhiteClick from Internet Explorer (IE)

Delete adware-related components from your IE browser by reviewing these steps:

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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete WhiteClick from Microsoft Edge

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 WhiteClick-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

Remove WhiteClick from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate WhiteClick from Google Chrome

If you want to get rid of the adware infection from Google Chrome, read the text below:

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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick-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 WhiteClick removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of WhiteClick from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to WhiteClick 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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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