Delete Clickware

What is Clickware

Clickware is the name of yet another potentially unwanted software (PUP) detected by many anti-virus programs as the adware. This classification is correct due to many unwanted amendments that Clickware introduces into the browser upon its installation beyond the user’s permission. Furthermore, the adware is spread through several illegal channels, primarily through bundling with other free programs. It refers to many tricks to make people install it unintentionally. For this reason, it deserves to be immediately deleted. Clickware adware typically infects all popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Its activities within the browser are very similar to TopicLookup, TopShape and other adware samples we previously described. Clickware is advertised by its developers as a helpful tool to improve your browsing experience, however, upon its installation users realize that it was an absolutely deceptive description. The program starts causing far more problems than people could ever imagine.

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Is Clickware a valuable program

Unfortunately, there is no any single good thing that Clickware can do for you. It was simply not made to be helpful for computer owners. The utility has the mission to bring the revenue for the people who distribute it. It displays intrusive ads and sponsored links in your browser. Whenever you click on its ads, the people who stand behind it get the profit. The adware uses the resources of your computer as a platform for generating income. Because of the adware active, your computer will definitely function in an extremely slow manner. Because of Clickware you may expect high CPU usage and permanent system freezing, sometimes resulting in inevitable crashes of Windows. These are some other things caused by Clickware adware infiltration:

Advertisement banners and sponsored links displayed in many parts of your screen simultaneously, not being related to the websites you visit; Unauthorized alterations of your default home page and search engine settings, as well as the new tab parameter; Websites you visit are not properly displayed; Permanent browser redirections to random websites of extremely bad reputation; Unexpected pop-ups instructing you to update your Adobe Flash Player, Java or other software; Installation of other unwanted applications beyond your control.

In addition to the unauthorized browser alterations mentioned above, Clickware is additionally involved in regularly spying over your browsing activities. This actually means that all your search queries, visited websites, IPs and geographic locations will be under the permanent analysis. The information you provide through your browser will be gathered and eventually transferred to third parties absolutely illegally. It may even be sold to online criminals who may manipulate it in many other hazardous ways. Considering these facts, Clickware should be immediately uninstalled from your computer.

How to get rid of Clickware and its ads

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It is quite unlikely that the Clickware program will be specified directly among other programs that are decent in your PC. Nevertheless, it is definitely important to first attempt to get rid of unwanted applications manually. So, access the Control Panel, check the applications available in your system right now. If you locate some items that are suspicious and you definitely do not remember installing them directly, remove them right away. Additionally, check your browser extensions (add-ons). Some adware may be functioning within the system by injecting its associated extension. Access the list of browser add-ons, delete anything that looks suspicious.

Once you perform the manual steps to remove the Clickware adware mentioned above, check the list of the processes active in your Task Manager. You may still identify some suspicious services or processes active so they could be the remnants of Clickware or other unwanted utility still active within your system. We recommend that you perform an additional checkup of your computer with the help of either Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool as clearly explained in the guidelines below.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Clickware. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Clickware Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Clickware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Clickware Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Clickware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Clickware Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Clickware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Clickware.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Clickware Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Clickware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Clickware is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Clickware program.
  7. Select Clickware or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Clickware

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Clickware

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Clickware, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Clickware in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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