Remove Clickserve Dartsearch Net (Feb. 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Clickserve Dartsearch Net. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The text that you are about to read contains useful information about a browser hijacker application called Clickserve Dartsearch Net. If you are recently struggling with excessive generation of various pop-up ads, banners, sponsored page-redirect links and hard-to-remove commercial messages which start showing on your screen the very moment you open your browser, in the next lines, you will find instructions on how to remove these nagging messages and how to uninstall their source so that they never disturb you again. Clickserve Dartsearch Net is a browser component which can easily integrate with popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Explorer and many others without asking for a direct user permission. This same application could be the reason for some rather unwanted changes in the browser such as homepage or search engine replacements, new tools and toolbar installations and automatic page-redirect services. The moment this browser hijacker starts to operate on your machine, you may start to experience sudden pop-ups and redirect prompts to different sponsored websites as well as general browser sluggishness, unresponsiveness and exposure to modified search results, which promote certain products, services, software tools and offers. As annoying as this may sound, it is important to mention that Clickserve Dartsearch Net is not a virus and does not contain malicious code which can put your system in danger. Even though it lacks the malicious features of threats like Ransomware, Trojans or Spyware, however, this browser hijacker can be blamed for excessive generation of third-party ads, unauthorized browser changes and frequent pop-up interruptions. Therefore, if you face difficulties with browsing the web and the reason for that is the activity of Clickserve Dartsearch Net, we suggest you use the instructions in the removal guide that is published below to remove the unwanted application and uninstall all of its changes. In case that you are not a fan of the idea of manually messing around with your computer settings, there is also a professional removal tool for automatic assistance down below, which can automatically take care of the browser hijacker for you.  

Many people may mistake the browser hijackers for viruses. In fact, this is very common because most of the applications of this type tend to be quite aggressive in their attempts to display sponsored advertisements and to make the users click on them. That’s why it is not surprising that applications like Clickserve Dartsearch Net are frequently discussed in the web forums as if they are some sort of nasty security threats from the ranks of Ransomware or maybe Trojan Horses. After all, who likes being redirected to different unfamiliar pages and being constantly bombarded with pay-per-click pop-ups? Not many people, for sure. However, despite their rather aggressive behavior, the browser hijackers are not seen as computer threats. Most of these applications, including Clickserve Dartsearch Net, are created to promote certain third-party sites and sales platforms, tools, toolbars, search engines and so on, with the main goal of earning pay-per-click revenue from the these advertising activities. They do not mess with the system and the data found on it and, therefore, their activity is not seen as illegal or dangerous. Their intrusiveness, however, usually cannot (and doesn’t need to) be tolerated and the best way to escape it is to permanently remove this software from the computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Clickserve Dartsearch Net
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sponsored commercials may constantly start to appear all over your screen. 
Distribution Method Browser hijackers can be found inside different free program bundles, ads, spam, torrents, shareware or freeware.
Detection Tool

Remove Clickserve Dartsearch Net 

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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).

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Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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.

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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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Clickserve Dartsearch Net from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove Clickserve Dartsearch Net from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Clickserve Dartsearch Net 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

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!


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