This page aims to help you remove Clean Browser Virus. These Clean Browser Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Important. Read this.
Clean Browser Virus has been flagged as an Adware type of malicious software. Each of the sections below is dedicated to enhancing your general awareness for this kind of threats. While you can skip ahead to the guide, it is my sincere recommendation to come back later and read all else. It should prove useful in expanding your knowledge on the subject and help you prevent similar threats from endangering your device in the future.
How the Clean Browser Virus Works
Clean Browser Virus is based on advertisements – it moves through them, you can contract it through them, and they are also its main purpose. The ads lead to websites offering a variety of discounted products, and just to be fair, we checked those, the prices are indeed slightly reduced and more competitive than on reputable websites like Amazon. The problem is that there’s no way to be completely sure if they are real. Clean Browser Virus was created with the main objective of spreading other malware, so there is a not-so-small chance that these offers are also fakes. I, for one, would not try buying something just to see if I get it.
Even if they are real, the intrusion on your security and system makes entirely more sense if you think about the advertisements as promotional materials. Far more likely than not, the virus promotes websites so they can rank higher on search engines, or nets revenue for the creators through pay per click.
- Clean Browser Virus is one of the few adware viruses that are more than an annoyance. Taking steps to remove it completely is very important for the well fare of your system.
- As far as we’ve been able to collect data, Clean Browser Virus comes through the front door of your security – most likely by being installed with another software.
- System hiccups are a staple association of malware – in this case, the effects are a slowdown of your system and browser unresponsiveness (at times).
- You may have noticed that the displayed Ads are always in some way connected to your recent web searches and webpage visits. This is no coincidence – adware applications are known to be able to collect data from the cache and cookies of your browser and tailor the displayed promotional material according to this information. More worryingly if you are using some form of online banking it is probably a good idea to consider changing your passwords after you’ve dealt with this obnoxious pest.
How the Clean Browser Virus Entered My Computer
There’s at least one gap in firewalls and security programs that can always be exploited – not an outright hole, but a necessary one, and that is YOU. Every system depends on the user to operate it. If you are not allowed by your security to visit select websites or download what you want, there’s basically no point in using a computer. And that’s the flaw viruses use to their advantage. If they get a permission then your system will not interfere with whatever you installed. That’s why the name of the game here is “trickery” – these pests will do anything to manipulate you into allowing the access. This includes corrupted links, spam email, and being installed with a different software.
The last part is the most likely way Clean Browser Virus entered. Free programs especially are known to carry it. During the setup you must be asked if you want to install the bonus program. If you weren’t looking and just clicked yes, then look no further. In the future you must be extremely perceptive when it comes to the steps. Avoid installing bonus content at all costs.
Also if you are into downloading from potentially unsafe locations like torrent and other file-sharing websites you should be extra careful. Very often these represent yet another way for Adware applications to infiltrate your computer. The control enforced upon the files being uploaded and shared at such places might be often times questionable at best. It is very easy to encounter files with compromised integrity. For that reason you should definitely scan every file thoroughly and carefully before opening it.
|Symptoms||Slowdown of your system, browser unresponsiveness, unwanted Ads.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, torrent websites, e-mail attachments.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs and check MS Config.
3: Check your hosts file and domain network for being hacked.
4:Remove Clean Browser Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
5: Remove Clean Browser Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit.
Clean Browser Virus Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Clean Browser Virus may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like the picture below. If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a Domain Network (check here if you don’t know what that is), contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Clean Browser Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Clean Browser Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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.
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.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to Clean Browser Virus. If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!