How to Remove Adware.Elex.ShrtCln (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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I wrote this article to help you remove Adware.Elex.ShrtCln. This Adware.Elex.ShrtCln removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Adware.Elex.ShrtCln is one of the most recent versions of the dreaded Elex adware. Do not be fooled by the name. Even though it “says” adware, this pest is way more aggressive. It is even compared to Trojan horses. Be absolutely sure that Adware.Elex.ShrtCln is not a helpful application. It won`t be beneficial to you in any way. On the contrary. This infection causes nothing but troubles and headaches and it will continue doing so until the very moment you delete it for good. This is exactly what you must do.

Once you detect Adware.Elex.ShrtCln`s presence on your machine, act! Do not hesitate to take immediate measures against the infection. If you let it stay in your system, it will destroy it. Do not let that happen. You can consider yourself lucky that you know what you are up against. Most users spend quite some time without realizing their devices are infected. You know what you are dealing with so deal with it. Find where the intruder is lurking and remove it on the spot. Do it fast! The more time the pest spends undisturbed, the worse your predicament gets. Do not put up with that. Delete it ASAP. Delays lead to regrets.

Adware.Elex.ShrtCln enters your PC in complete silence and then proceeds to corrupt it. The virus damages the root structures of your system files, directories, and registry logs behind your back. It also injects all of your previously reliable browsers with countless commercials. You get flooded with ads 27/7. But not any kind of ads. Adware.Elex.ShrtCln does its job first. It studies you. It monitors your online activities in order to learn your likes and preferences.

Then, it uses this information to bombard you with adverts which you will find appealing. The adware needs your clicks. If you click, its developers get pay-per-click revenue. That’s why the pest does its research. However, it may misinterpret your searches and display content, unappropriated for children. Your machine is not safe to use anymore and if you happen to click on the wrong ad/link, you can easily infect your computer further.

A single click is all it takes for you to download more parasites. Your PC is already suffering and underperforming because of this single infection. Imagine if you get five more. Aside from bombarding you with highly unreliable ads, the adware is also a weakness scanner. It is used to find breached in your security wall which the crooks can use to corrupt your machine even more. Put an end to this immediately. Use our detailed removal guide below and clean your machine for good. You can find it at the end of this article. If you, however, prefer an automatic solution, you can always get a good anti-malware program to do the job for you.

How did you get infected with Adware.Elex.ShrtCln? The best gets distributed mostly via freeware bundles. Do you often download free programs from the web? You probably do. There is nothing wrong with that but you need to apply caution during the installation process. Do not rush. Crooks often attach malware to free programs and if you don’t pay attention, you get infected. Take your time to read the Terms and Conditions carefully. If you don’t agree with something, abort the installation.

Also, opt for the Advanced settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones as they allow you to see if there are some bonus apps which are about to be installed together with the original program. If there are extras, don’t hesitate to remove them all. More often than not, they are malicious and hackers are taking advantage of your haste to infect you with them.

Adware.Elex.ShrtCln Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Adware.Elex.ShrtCln from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Adware.Elex.ShrtCln from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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