This page aims to help you remove Clicksgear.com. These Clicksgear.com removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
The following article is dedicated to explaining all there is to know about Clicksgear.com and other programs of the browser hijacker kind. If you’re on this page because you have found this on your computer, the information listed here will certainly be of use to you. Not only will we explain the nature of the invasive annoyance you’re dealing with, but we will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to remove it from your system, together with all the ads and new features it has introduced to your browser. You will find those in the removal guide at the end of this article.
What Clicksgear.com is all about?
Clicksgear.com is a browser hijacker, which is one of the most common things out there. It’s very likely that you’ve already had to deal with such intruders before, but if not, then here are the common traits that identify a browser hijacker as such. The first thing you are bound to notice is a changed homepage, once you open your browser. If you proceed to using your browser as normal, you will then further discover that your search requests are redirected to a different engine than the one you had set by default. And the final most obvious sign of having such software installed on your PC are the numerous ads that are constantly present on your screen. These may come in various shapes and sizes from popups to banners, to box messages and beyond. You might even experience difficulties closing some of them, as doing so only results in more popups appearing or your page query being redirected to somewhere else.
The logical question that should come to mind is what’s the point of it all? Why all these ads, why this harassment? Well, browser hijackers are used as a marketing tool that helps promote products and services of many different vendors – on the one hand. On the other hand, the developers earn money from those vendors based on the amount of clicks that the generated ads get. This should explain the bizarre placement of the ads within your browser and the incredibly hard time users have with dodging them. But there’s more to it than just random bombardment.
Programs like Clicksgear.com are actually created with the ability to track your browsing activity and use that information to determine what possible products and services you might be interested in. Then, the next wave of advertising that is to flood the separate user’s browser will be tailored to those specific preferences in the hopes that the ads will indeed ‘speak’ to the user. This practice is often considered a privacy violation and there many users, who feel greatly disturbed by the fact that a program on their computer is able to monitor what they do online. If you’ve had Clicksgear.com on your system long enough, you may have yourself come to notice the uncanny resemblance a lot of the featured ads bear to your recent search queries. This even people to mistakenly believe they’ve been infected by a virus of sorts and that the hijacker is in fact some form of spyware or malicious piece of programming.
So, is it a virus then?
No, it most certainly isn’t. Despite the rather questionable abilities and behavior, Clicksgear.com cannot genuinely do any harm to either you or your machine, as opposed to real viruses such as Trojans or ransomware. Nonetheless, you should be very cautious around the ads that it generates, as they may not always be what they seem. It could happen that you click on a misleading link or banner and be redirected somewhere you least expected. Or, if you happen to come across a malvertisement and click on that, then you could end up in some serious trouble by downloading some of the internet’s most dreaded threats. An additional reason why you might want to get rid of Clicksgear.com the moment you get that chance is related to your PC’s performance. It could start to decline noticeably due to the amount of resources it calls upon for the purpose of generating the many invasive ads. Very soon, depending of course on your computer’s specifications and how you use it, you might start witnessing browser crashes, various malfunctions and a general slow-down of your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most obvious indications include numerous ads visible throughout the whole browsing experience, substituted homepage and/or search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles, spam e-mails, infected torrents. |
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
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- Do not skip this – Clicksgear.com 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.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
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 and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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 Clicksgear.com from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Clicksgear.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Clicksgear.com 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 threat 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 dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then 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 threat’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
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