This page aims to help you uninstall ClearScreen Player “Virus”. These ClearScreen Player removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. Not only do we provide you with a step-by-step removal guide, here, we also give you a brief introduction about what exactly it is we are dealing with, so that you have a better idea as well as possibly explain some of the new symptoms that you notice about your computer.
What is the ClearScreen Player “Virus”?
Many people tend to mistake ClearScreen Player for being a virus. If you are one of them, don’t worry too much about it. However, ClearScreen Player is not a virus; it is an adware. The difference between a virus and an adware is that a virus is malicious and is designed to cause harm to the computer in which it resides whereas an adware is, generally, harmless and will not cause any harm to the computer in which it resides.
This particular adware is designed to be able to integrate itself onto your various browsers, namely Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Sometimes, you will be able to observe a new search toolbar appearing, which signifies the integration. By integrating with your browsers, it will be able to track and record down all your browsing patterns and history, your favourites and bookmarks. From this information, ClearScreen Player “Virus” will be able to calculate and derive your online persona’s likes and preferences. With this data in hand, it will be able to create and generate ads that are not only convincing, but also, tempting to you.
The ads may appear in various forms: banners, pop-up ads and boxes or even as a separate window. It may tout money-saving deals and coupons or even that you are the recipient of a lottery win. Regardless of its form or message, you need to bear in mind to avoid clicking on these ads.
Why should you not click on the ads?
By going through all the trouble of collecting your browsing data, creating tailor-made ads for you, all these are done in a bid to entice you to click on the ads. Therefore, all the more you should not do so!
When you click on the ads, one of the following might occur:
- You will be directed to a page that you frequently visited or one that you have recently visited. Such pages might have the proclaimed deal, however, as you have recently visited such sites, the deals will not be news to you.
- You will be directed to a page which is actually a façade for a portal. Such a portal is being used by other adware to access and enter your computer without your knowing.
- You will be directed to a page which aggressively promotes the download of a certain program. Such programs, regardless of how perfect it might sound, tend to be full of security loopholes. These loopholes allow other viruses or adware to enter your computer, thus will become a serious form of security threat in the future.
- You will be directed to a page which is a third-party pay-per-click site. When you access this page then, the creators will be able to earn some money. This is the end-goal of the creators and by accessing it, you are giving the creators future incentives to create more and similar programs.
Thus, you can see that nothing good can come out of you clicking on the ads.
How did infection occur in the first place?
It is probably wise to know how you had gotten infected the first time round to prevent a re-infection from occurring.
According to our survey, most infection usually happens through downloading one of the many free and illegal programs that are readily available online.
This is where the creators tie the ClearScreen Player “Virus” with another program together as a set. Such set is then made available for download under the name of the more popular program. This method is called bundling. In such cases, downloaders, such as you and I, will not be able to tell whether a program has undergone bundling prior to downloading.
However, fret not. This adware is only able to function when it has been installed onto your computer. Therefore, it is advisable to exercise more caution and invest more time during the installation process.
During installation, choose “Custom Installation” instead of “Automatic Installation”. This is because “Custom Installation” allows you to have access to the list of files that are to be installed onto your computer. At this stage then, look carefully through the names and uncheck any names that might appear unfamiliar, dubious, suspicious or weird to you before proceeding on to the next step.
|Symptoms||Proliferation of ads|
|Distribution Method||Via downloading program bundles.|
|Detection Tool||ClearScreen Player may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
ClearScreen Player Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – ClearScreen Player may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Uninstall ClearScreen Player from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Uninstall ClearScreen Player from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Uninstall ClearScreen Player from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!