This article aims to help users with the removal of Terraclicks Virus from Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Today we’ll be dissecting the suspicious piece of software called Terraclicks Virus. If it is residing in your computer then you should know that you are dealing with a type of Adware infection. It is characterized with creating a large quantity of pop-ups, banners, ad-filled pages. It is even capable of transforming certain words from the text you read into hyperlinks and they will also display an Ad when you hover over them. Ads from Terraclicks Virus may be small and subtle, but more often then not they will be big, shiny and demanding attention. The most annoying ones also come with sound, which will cause a lot of annoyance until you find the correct close button. So yes, the Ads are an annoyance and they will also slow down your computer. Your CPU has to load the Ads in addition to whatever page you are opening and to do that it also needs to download the data needed to display them.
Don’t click on the Ads – they don’t mean you good
The Ads created by Terraclicks Virus are aggravating for a purpose – they want to attract your attention. It’s a trap. If you begin interacting with the Ads – even if you do it out of curiosity – it puts your computer at risk. Adware applications like Terraclicks Virus are known as “droppers” for other, more dangerous viruses like ransomware, keyloggers, rootkits and others.
If the direct approach doesn’t work Terraclicks Virus might try to make you install the virus yourself. This is done through the use of deception and misdirection. Generally first you will be shown an Ad that looks exactly like a system message. It will claim there is some problem – a missing plug-in or require a certain video player or codec installed in order to view media online. You’ll then be provided a link to click on in order to install whatever is missing. There isn’t really any problem and the file you are about to install will contain the virus.
Also be aware of any “free scanners” that claim to have examined your computer and found it infected with viruses, having errors in the registry or anything else of the kind. Legitimate software will never do that – what you are seeing is attempts by bloatware to scam you into installing it. These programs don’t actually do anything, but create the problem messages themselves when there is no problem at all. You’ll be required to pay for the product in order to fix the issue, which is just a classical scam. These program often carry viruses attached.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Terraclicks Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Terraclicks Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Terraclicks Virus Removal
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NOTE! If you are an Android user, you need to follow this guide:
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Terraclicks Virus has likely infected all of your internet browsers and it time we them for in. On order to do that you’ll need to run Steps 2 and 3 separately for each browser that is installed on your computer. Note that if a browser is installed it is also infected – regardless of whether you have used it recently or not.
It is possible that Terraclicks Virus may try а last ditch effort to remain on your computer when you try to delete it during these steps. It will manifest in a confirmation message. Read the text carefully before clicking anything – it might use convoluted wording in order to confuse you and it might also try to install another virus on its place. Don’t install anything it might offer you.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Terraclicks Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Terraclicks Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Terraclicks Virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
THIS SECTION IS IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE PROCEEDING
What follows is the deletion of Terraclicks Virus’s core system files and is thus very important, but also dangerous. Read the instructions carefully and double check before deleting anything, as it is very easy to confuse legitimate system files with those of Terraclicks Virus. Deleting the wrong files can damage your OS and other programs significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are uncomfortable with this risk we advise you to instead trust the professional Terraclicks Virus remover we recommend. Not only will it get rid of Terraclicks Virus for you, but you can also make good use of the scanner that comes with it to search for any well hidden viruses that may plague your machine in the background – installed by or before Terraclicks Virus.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.