How to Remove ADClick “Virus”


This page aims to help you remove AdClick. These AdClick removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version from Windows 10 to XP.

Before you jump straight to the removal guide, you should take a moment and have a read about what exactly is AdClick “Virus” so as to be able to better determine whether what you have is, indeed, AdClick and not something else. We want to make it clear that AdClick “Vius” is Not a Virus but labeled as such by many users who are not properly informed. Users use different search terms around the world such as “como remover AdClick” and “como remover AdClick da area de trabalho” 

What is AdClick “Virus” and what does it do?

AdClick is an adware – a programming code designed by its creators to promote advertisements. Again do take note that AdClick is not considered as a virus by security experts. On one hand, unlike a virus, which is malicious and will cause harm and damage to the PC user whereas adware, on the other hand, is harmless and poses no direct threat to the user.

AdClick might be able to track your browsing history and patterns, favorites and bookmarks. From this, AdClick will generate likely false, but believable advertisements that is tailor-made for your liking. These advertisements may be in the form of banners, boxes or pop-up ads, sometimes even appearing as a separate window; displaying coupons and money-saving deals. When confronted with such ads be very cautious! As stated above, these ads are tailor-made for you and is mainly about things that you are interested in. But bear in mind, these advertisements could be fake and will not be able to deliver what they promise!

What should I do when confronted with the ads?

When you encounter advertisements – be it banners, pop-ups or boxes – look for tell-tale signs at the bottom of the ads such as “Powered by AdClick”, “Brought to you by AdClick” etc. In such cases then, do not, at any cost, click on the advertisements! If you click on the advertisement, you will realize that it is a ploy to fool you and the so-called deals that it advertises do not exist at all. The websites that you are being directed to will, instead, allow more adwares to be downloaded onto your windows 10, thus creating even more advertisements. Instead, you should quickly close the advertisement.

Is there any other signs to identify AdClick?

Other than creating advertisements, AdClick is also capable of converting simple text into a hyperlink. In such cases then, you will notice that in a chunk of text, there is a seemingly innocuous word that is underlined and in blue – denoting that it is a hyperlink.

If you do notice such symptoms, do not click on the hyperlinked word: Firstly, since the word in itself is innocuous and of no importance, there is no sense in clicking it as it will not contribute any relevant and valuable information to your research. Secondly, clicking on the word will direct you to suspicious or insecure webpages that will, once again, allow for more adwares to be loaded onto your PC. The best thing you can do is to ignore the hyperlinks and at your next convenient moment, start the process of uninstalling AdClick.

The programming code for AdClick is applicable for all browsers – Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer – so switching browsers will not eliminate the problem in most cases. You’ll need to delete it yourself.

How did AdClick get into my PC?

You probably contracted the Adware through some illegal and free downloads. More often than not, AdClick is being bundled up with the free programs. It will then be stealthily installed onto your PC when you are installing said programs. This usually happens when you choose the “Automatic Installation” option instead of “Custom Installation” to avoid hassle.

SUMMARY:

Name AdClick
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (Can trick you into downloading and buying low quality products)
Symptoms Harassment while browsing with pop-up Ads and search redirects.
Distribution Method Usually installed directly from a fake Ad or through another software installer.
Detection Tool Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection, you need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

 

AdClick Removal


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Step1

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.

Step2

Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – AdClick may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step4

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove AdClick from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove AdClick from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove AdClick from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


90 Comments

  • Hi, what you need to do is simply delete those lines from the file, then save it. If you don’t get permission to do that first run Notepad as an admin (search for notepad in windows search, right click on exe-> run as admin) and then open the Hosts file from the inside menu of Notepad: File->Open. Navigate manually to the file.

  • You may be hacked, or not. However all of the lines are, I believe, part of the infection. Delete them and tell us if that works 🙂

  • Hi John, you’ve definitely been visited by an adware application. You need to delete all of these lines from the file.

  • Keep on removing threats, you might want to complete each step of our guide again, this time armed with the help of the scanner. let us know if you need further assistance.

    • Thank you so so much! it think the adclick doesnt appear anymore now 😀 locating them on spyhunter did it and patience lol thanks again! 🙂

  • hey i saw the same things and i removed the lines and followed all the steps i could but still am getting in the bottom corner of my computer an ADClick this and it pisses me off

    • You must have missed something. Try the scanner from one of our ads – use it to find the files you missed.

  • how to delete these……

    firstly u dont get permission to save the file then if we make a text file and save it then also we it reapears againand again
    even if we try to open it from notepad there is no file when we browse it……….it saya no items match your search…….

    • Hello, I am not sure I understand the problem. After deleting the problem entries just save the file to a different location. The copy the new file and paste/replace the old hosts file. Or do you mean that you can’t find its location?

  • Hi Michelle, there should be only the first two lines in that file. The rest of the IPs that link to suspicious websites should be deleted from the file.

    • Hi Jayden, how many do you have?

      Normally you are supposed to have only two lines without any website names attached to them.

  • Hello, these domains are associated with Adobe products. You don’t need to delete anything from the file.

    • Hello Jirke,

      You can just delet ethem from the file as normal.

      If you experience any problems with permission rights when you try to save the file do the following:

      Search for Notepad in Windows search -> right click on the executable and select Run as Administrator.
      From inside Notepad click on the File-> Open menu and navigate to the hosts file

      You should now be able to save the file properly.

  • Hi there, delete all of these lines from the file as they are related to the advertisements you are seeing.

    If you experience any problems with permission rights when you try to save the file do the following:

    Search for Notepad in Windows search -> right click on the executable and select Run as Administrator.
    From inside Notepad click on the File-> Open menu and navigate to the hosts file

    You should now be able to save the file properly.

  • Hi Poffen, you should definately delete all these lines from the file. Let me know if you encounter any issues.

  • Hi there, you need to delete all these lines from the file, then save it afterwards. Please let me know if you need more help!

  • Hi there, if you are certain you’ve done everything right in the guide and still can’t find the source I recommend that you download Spyhunter and do a system scan. I find it much better then AdwCleaner.

  • Hi Rocky, you ought to delete these lines from your file, then save it as normal. Let me know if you encounter any problems.

  • Hi Nathan, if you are certain you’ve done everything right and still can’t find Adclick i recommend that you download Spyhunter and give it a shot at locating the virus.

  • Hi Mark, you should delete these lines from your file. Let me know if you encounter any problems with permission.

  • Hi Kevin, you out to remove all of these from the Hosts file. Delete them, then save the changes. Let me know if you encounter any issues.

  • Hi there, if you’ve already tried everything you might want to give Spyhunter a try. It will point you to the correct folders to look at even if you don’t want to pay for the software.

  • If you experience any problems with permission rights when you try to save the file do the following:

    Search for Notepad in Windows search -> right click on the executable and select Run as Administrator.
    From inside Notepad click on the File-> Open menu and navigate to the hosts file

    You should now be able to save the file properly.

  • If you experience any problems with permission rights when you try to save the file do the following:

    Search for Notepad in Windows search -> right click on the executable and select Run as Administrator.
    From inside Notepad click on the File-> Open menu and navigate to the hosts file

    You should now be able to save the file properly.

  • Hi Allen, first of all you should definitely remove those. You can delete them as you would any text from a .txt file.

  • Hello, both actually. You can use the scanner for free but you need to pay for the removal option.

  • I found a malware in the processes know as ‘csrss.exe’ but it cannot be ended or deleted what do i do please help.

    • Hi there, how did you determine that csrss.exe was infected?

      You can generally shut it down in safe mode.

  • Hi Rahadian, right click on the file and select properties. From there select security -> look for file ownership. It should be set to something else other than your account and that account will also have admin rights. Change the ownership to your own account and you should be able to bypass this block.

  • Hello, Pragalbha

    If all of the steps have been successfully performed this should be a permanent solution to your problem.

  • All of these are part of the infection. Delete the lines from the file and save it, then exit. You can continue with the next step after that.

  • Mcafee is safe. All the rest are part of your problem. Delete the lines, save the file and continue with the removal guide.

  • Find the file itself, copy it on your desktop. Edit the copied file, delete these lines, then replace the old file with it.
    This sometimes happens, what I just suggested should fix the permission problem. Adware sometimes do this.

  • Find the file, copy it on your desktop, remove the lines from it. Put the edited copy back in the original place and replace the old file.

  • I think literally all of the lines need to be remove. Delete them from the file and save it.
    Did that help?

  • Hi Abhay, in this case you need to first open notepad ad admin (seach for notepad, right click on exe->run as admin). When you open notepad like that use the Open File menu inside to open the file. Now you’ll have admin access.

  • Hi halima,
    Can you give us more detail? Make a screen shot or copy the IPs you are talking about.

    • Hi there Tech,
      our team research these IPs and they turn out to be harmless. They are local that’s why they re-emerge in your file. If you have further difficulties please contact us, we’ll be glad to help.

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