Clicksgear.com Clicksgear.com is a browser hijacker, which is one of the most common things out there. When Clicksgear.com invades your system the first things you are bound to notice is changed homepage, 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\u2019s 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 \u2013 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\u2019s 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\u2019s browser will be tailored to those specific preferences in the hopes that the ads will indeed \u2018speak\u2019 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\u2019ve 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\u2019ve 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\u2019t. 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s specifications and how you use it, you might start witnessing browser crashes, various malfunctions and a general slow-down of your machine. SUMMARY: Name Clicksgear.com Type Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(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. Detection Tool Keep in mind, SpyHunter's malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. Remove Clicksgear.com 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 Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Clicksgear.com\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Clicksgear.com\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Clicksgear.com\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a Folder called "Default" inside: Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. 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: \tHKEY_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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!