How to remove “Clean My Chrome 1.0.1” Extension

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This page aims to help you remove Clean My Chrome. Our removal instructions work for Google Chrome, as well as every version of Windows.

Clean My Chrome is a legitimate program that usually offers improved search results and claims to enhance your browsing experience. However, it looks like this program is also causing some potentially unwanted modifications in Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge or any other browser that it integrates with. What we have in mind is the changes in the homepage and the search engine of the affected browser. Such behavior is typical for one software type known as Browser hijackers, and it looks like Clean My Chrome 1.01 extension has some common behavioral traits with them. This software is also associated with some sudden page redirects and the generation of various intrusive ads, banners, pop-ups and new tabs which may frequently cause browsing irritation and troubles to many users. In addition to the modified browser settings and the redirect problems, the users may also encounter increased spam generation, misleading advertising and the inability to use a reliable search engine. The biggest disturbance is related to the changed search engine that modifies the search results. Your screen may often get flooded with promotional content and sponsored links that aggressively try to make you click on them in order to increase the traffic to specific sites. If you want to regain control over your browser and remove these messages, you may need to uninstall the browser hijacker from your system. The fastest way to do this is by using the instructions in the removal guide below or by scanning your system with the professional removal tool. We will show you exactly how to locate and eliminate Clean My Chrome, but first, let us tell you a few more words about its nature. 

Clean My Chrome

What may Clean My Chrome do?

If you are an attentive internet user you may have noticed that Clean My Chrome 1.0.1 usually provides an option to access certain shopping and gaming sites directly from the home page of your browser. However, this functionality turns out to be more tricky than functional. This is because, as we already mentioned above, the browser hijacker has a redirect feature. If you try to access a certain site by using the hijacked browser and its new homepage or search engine, you may find yourself on the requested page but only after a few redirects to ads and some intrusive sponsored sites. Such activity is generally seen as an aggressive form of online advertising which normally does not aim to cause you harms. However, you should always be careful when it comes to automatic redirects and exposure to sites and content you don’t know. Although some sites may be harmless and may simply want to offer you their services and products, others may have a devastating effect on your computer. Some pages may be misleading and may lead to other sites that are “provided” with destructive malware such as Ransomware and Trojans or other nasty viruses.

Whta’s more, if some hackers attack Clean My Chrome and compromise it, they may gain some information about your searches, visited sites, operating system data, and location because the hijacker usually tends to collect such data for its ads generation activity. Also, this data may fall into the hands of third parties and marketers who may try to provide more ads to you and spam your web browsing constantly. Depending on the number of clicks on these ads, the advertisers may collect a lot of revenue through pay-per-view or pay-per-click methods. If you do not like the idea of being redirected or bombarded with ads, the best way to stop Clean My Chrome from doing what it is doing is to completely uninstall it.

Clean My Chrome Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

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).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

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 or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Clean My Chrome 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.

Step6

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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 up 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

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

How did Clean My Chrome get into my system?

Since the browser hijackers are not considered as viruses, nor they share the destructive abilities of a Trojan horse or a Ransomware, some of them have their official web pages from where they can be downloaded. If you have not visited the official page, probably Clean My Chrome has infiltrated your computer through some free software packages. In case you have recently installed a new free program, an audio player, photo editing software, or have updated Flash Player or Java, you might not have noticed that there is an ad in the software package. Such mistakes are common. Most users say they do not have time to read installation instructions, they quickly proceed to the Automatic/Standard one and this is how they may install some additionally bundled components without knowing. 

Generally, if you want to prevent a browser hijacker from appearing on a computer, you should use the Advanced/Manual/Custom installation instead of the Auto when you are installing new software on your computer. This will give you the ability to unmark any unnecessary applications. As you see, it takes a lot less time the prevent such software than to remove it. Also, keep in mind that you need to choose reliable and secure sources for downloading software. File sharing sites and torrent sites are not the best places for that and you should always choose official developer sites instead.

SUMMARY:

Name Clean My Chrome
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This software is associated with some sudden page redirects and the generation of various intrusive ads, banners, pop-ups and new tabs. 
Distribution Method Free download links, ads, torrents, automatic installers, software bundles, emails and spam messages, shareware and freeware platforms. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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