This page aims to help you remove Clx.im Chrome “virus”. These Clx.im “virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Clx.im “virus” is a type of a browser hijacker. It is basically a program responsible for distributing ads. But, you have probably already figured that out on your own, if you’ve been infected by the annoying software. Users often make the mistake of calling Clx.im a “virus”, which it’s not in reality. The difference between a browser hijacker and viruses (e.g. Trojans, ransomware, etc.) is that the latter are considered malware (=’malicious’ + ‘software’). Malware is dangerous and seriously harmful to you and your computer. A browser hijacker, on the other hand, doesn’t have any destructive intentions and does not infiltrate your PC with the goal of damaging it. However, this does not mean that it’s totally alright to let it hang around. Clx.im has the potential of causing problems (we’ll get into that in just a little bit) and we recommend you remove it as soon as possible.
Why is Clx.im a danger?
To understand why you don’t want Clx.im on your computer, you first need to know how it functions. Aside from distributing large amounts of intrusive ads in the form of pop-ups, box messages, banners and page redirects, it does something which remains hidden from your eyes. It spies on you, by collecting important browsing information, like your search queries, browsing history, favorited and bookmarked pages. In addition to all this, your personal details, which you may have entered on any given website, may be gathered as well. This data is then analyzed in order to produce ad content that is relevant to you. Why? Because browser hijacker developers make their money off your clicks. This is possible thanks to the Pay per click scheme, which enables ad creators to earn a profit every time you merely click on an ad. What’s wrong with this picture is that browser hijacker developers (and Clx.im is probably no exception) are known to sell this precious info on to third parties. There’s probably no need for us to explain the risk of identity theft and data misuse.
How does Clx.im infect users?
There are a few commonly exploited techniques developers use to plant their product on your computer. One of them, the simplest, is openly promoting it as a useful tool, which will allegedly enhance your browsing experience and whatnot. In reality, however, as we’re sure you’ve discovered, it does quite the opposite. Clx.im may end up slowing your computer down and the multitude of never-ending ads makes navigating webpages pretty difficult.
Among the most common distribution methods is a technique called program bundling. Developers will try to implement their browser hijacker within another program, which you would normally go out and download. This usually occurs on various open source download sites, which we highly recommend you stay away from. The same is true for many torrent websites, which among other things could potentially be harboring far more serious issues than browser hijacker. However, if you’ve already gone as far as to download something from a shady place like that, never make the mistake of using the default installation settings. Always choose the custom or advanced settings, because that way you will be able to see all the bundled in programs and, furthermore, you will be able to either allow or deny them access to your PC.
Other possibilities of infection include spam emails, which may contain links to downloading browser hijacker. In case you already have some kind of browser hijacker installed on your PC, it too may serve as a gateway for Clx.im to invade. The same goes for Clx.im being able to lead in other browser hijacker programs.
When it comes to protecting your computer from various unwanted programs, the easiest way to do this is by avoiding websites, where these can be present. As mentioned above, we don’t recommend either visiting these sites or downloading content from them, as there’s no guarantee they would not contain browser hijacker or some malicious software. Another essential security measure is an antivirus program, which you must have running at all times. It’s even better if you use a browser extension of your antivirus, to ensure a safer browsing experience. Also, we recommend you run virus checks on a regular basis – some experts suggest once a week is often enough. Browse with caution and stay safe.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Large amount of pop-ups, banners, hyperlinks and page redirects during browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Most common method is program bundling, but spam mails and other browser hijacker can also be employed.|
|Detection Tool||Clx.im may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Clx.im Chrome Removal
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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 – Clx.im 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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
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 Clx.im 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 Clx.im from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the browser hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove Clx.im 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!