How to remove Cleardating.top ads pop-ups?

Written by Valdis Koks

Cleardating.top search hijacker is a sort of malware that infuses into your PC, and afterwards alters the search engine settings in your internet browser to one which it desires. It likewise makes different unpleasant changes that can trigger private data leakages, as well as to various other malware penetration. In this post, you will read the guide of Cleardating.top hijacker clearing in a couple of options, and also the procedure of making your browser like new.

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Cleardating.top Info

Name Cleardating.top extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Cleardating.top hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Cleardating.top hijacker.

The methods of injection of Cleardating.top search hijackers are various. Many of them come from the malware spreading with the malvertising or malevolent web links of various sites. Occasionally, your computer may be infected with this malware through the trojan-downloader, which is put to use to disperse numerous other malware. There is a single form of this undesirable program – browser plugin that might build right into any kind of browser which supports the add-on installation2.

You will not likely install this plugin on your own, since their names are pretty dubious, and the capability is really questionable. The “creators” of Cleardating.top hijacker normally state that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to save the entire site on your disk. It is rather difficult to picture if someone can be needed in such functions in 2022, when the Internet access is not time-limited as well as every PC has the ability to start the needed .docx documents at Google Docs.

However, besides their impracticality, they can easily be discovered in the Chrome Web Store. Of course, virus experts sound the alarm concerning such spam into the legit source of browser extensions, asking for the Google reaction – eliminating these extensions from their site. But they are still not hurrying to take care of that protection issue.

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Is the Cleardating.top virus?

At the first sight, you may assume that these redirects are only frustrating, but not harmful. Due to this reason a great deal of users are simply playing for time instead of getting rid of this malware, obtaining more and more possibilities of being infected with various other infections, which are a lot more major than Cleardating.top is.

Besides the altered browser search engine or search engine result, you can also see various ads even on those sites that do not have any kind of ads on it by default. And you may just misclick while closing the advertisement, and launch the downloading of an unrecognized file, which can be a virus, or a potentially unwanted application, or even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker desire.

If your browser is damaged because of the Azorult trojan activity, the system may begin malfunctioning in a short time – this symptome is among the most usual in case of trojan infiltration.

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How to remove Cleardating.top?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Cleardating.top malware penetration. It is extremely easy to refer to the options of securing your personal computer from such annoying things as browser hijackers, however, it is very simple to be caught on this lure even being an experienced user. As it was mentioned above, this virus may hide after the attractive (at the first sight) advertisement, or in packs with various other adware you may get in dozens of means. But regardless of the common intricacy of the infiltration approaches, it is extremely easy to stay clear of the Cleardating.top hijacker presence in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Cleardating.top.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Make sure you have this hand-operated tutorial constantly prepared to use.
  • Execute a backup of all of your information, consisting of the stored logins, passwords as well as various other qualifications. You ought to support your information with a cloud backup solution and also make sure your documents are secured from any kind of kind of loss, even from one of the most extreme infections.
  • Wait up until the resilient back-up process mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Cleardating.top and related software from Windows

Here is a technique in few easy stages that must have the ability to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Cleardating.top from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Cleardating.top on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Cleardating.top. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Cleardating.top with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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