How To Remove ClicON

How ClicON Works

ClicON is a regular adware virus that fills your browser with hyperlinks and pop-ups. This removal guide aims to inform you of the dangers associated with it and to help you get rid of it before it becomes a serious threat. Without more ado, let’s get to the point.

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ClicON was originally aimed at customers from Spain. On the associated website (cyclon-gems.com ; just giving it as a source, I don’t recommend going there) it offers to optimize the experience you get from browsing. Unfortunately no one exactly mentioned what this optimization pertains. Reality is ugly in this case. Whatever the extension does it leads not only to the most annoying eye-poppingly infuriating ads on the net, but to system crashing, slowness and a variety of bugs that may continue to plague you even after you remove ClicON.

And to make matters worse, it will try to trick you into installing other malware.

How ClicON Entered My Computer

ClicON like most viruses classified as adware, uses one particular way to sneak onto your PC. That is through other freeware and shareware. If you have a recollection of recently adding to your list programs from Cnet, Softonic or InstallREX (among others) than you shouldn’t look further. There is a range of other possibilities, but generally the free software is among the lines of an optimization utility or a useful toolbar. ClicON is bundled with many programs to achieve its real aim.

Which is to generate pay per click revenue for its creators. It’s a widely-known rumor – I say rumor, because there’s no evidence, but the truth is apparent – that freeware providers are paid by third parties to include adware programs. ClicON is one among many such viruses. Their goal is to promote affiliate websites by tricking you into going there via the advertisements.

My recommendation if you want to avoid potentially big threats, is to never download any shareware ever. Possible benefits just aren’t worth the risk.

How Harmful Is ClicON

ClicON can be very harmful to your system. Aside from the things I mentioned earlier it can cause, the biggest danger lies in the fact that it tries to manipulate you into installing other adware. It simulates a pop-up that a legitimate company needs updating, and instead, downloads malware.

And these other viruses are something to worry about. They have a habit of collecting your personal inforfmation and browsing history.

How To Remove ClicON

What follows is a  several step guide on how to easily remove ClicON first from your PC, then from your browsers.

STEP 1: Removing ClicON From Windows

Substep 1. 

 For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Users:

First, click the Start button (the windows key) —–>Control Panel —–Programs and Features or (for Windows XP) Add/Remove Programs.pic 1

Proceed to Substep 2.

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 For Windows 8 users:First, right click down on the left side of your screen. The Quick Access Menu should appear —–> Control Panel —–Uninstall a Program. Proceed to Substep 2.

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For Mac (OS X) Users:

Click Go at the top left —–> Applications.

Proceed to Substep 2.

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Substep 2.

For all Windows Users:

Look for a program called “ClicON” and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it as “ClicON”, click on the column titled Installed On. This will arrange programs by their installation date. Look for all recently added programs that seem suspicious and click Uninstall on them.

You are not done, however. Proceed to STEP 2.

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Find a program called ClicON, then right click on it and select Move to Trash.

If you can not find such a program, click the Date Modified column, and look for recent additions of programs you don’t know about. Right click on each of them—–Move to Trash.

Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Removing ClicON from your browser(s)

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open the browser, then click on the small Gear icon on the top right —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Once there, you should look for ClicON or any other extension or plugin you feel may be unsafe. Click Disable on it/them.

If for some reason. you Home Page was changed from the one you prefer (viruses, especially adware, tend to do that) click on the Gear icon —–Internet Options. From there you just edit the URL box, dispose of the unwanted link, and put in what you like, then click Apply.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on the Menu icon on the top right (three lines) —–> Add-ons.

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Then you just click Extensions.

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Here you should find ClicON or anything you think may be a virus, then click Remove.

Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Google Chrome Users:

 

Enter the browser. At the top right click on the Menu icon —–>Tools —–Extensions.

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Once in Extensions, find ” ClicON” and anything you believe may be dangerous, and click the little Trash icon on the right.

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You are almost done! Now click on the Menu icon on top for a second time, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top),then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click the Safari button on the top left —–>Preferences —–Extensions

Find “ClicON” and/or other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For ClicON Leftovers

Right Click on the Time at the bottom right of your screen, then click Start Task Manager. From there click Processes on the band above, and try to find any of the following processes:

  • ClicON-nova.exe
  • ClicON-bg.exe
  • ClicON.exe

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If none of those are present in your task manager, then you are in the clear. If one or all of them are present, you need to go back to STEP 1 and see what you missed there.

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STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

In this step, you will reset your browser to its original state. Home pages, toolbars, history and cookies will all be lost, so you should do this ONLY if everything else failed.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Click on the Gear icon at the top right —–> Internet Options. There you click on Advanced on the right side of the band, then Reset.  On the pop-up that will appear, tick Delete Personal Settings, then Reset and finally hit Close. This should remove ClicON and all other unwanted extensions from your browser.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Click the Menu button —–> Help. On the right, click Troubleshooting Information, and then Reset Firefox, again on the right. Finalize everything by hitting Reset Firefox in the pop-up that will appear, then Finish.

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For Google Chrome Users:

Click on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–Reset Browser Settings. There click Reset on the pop-up to confirm and that should remove ClicON.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari —–> Safari —–Reset Safari. A window with several checkboxes should appear. All of them need to be ticked, then click Reset to finalize the removal process of ClicON.

 

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