I wrote this article to help you remove Cleanserp.net Virus. This Cleanserp.net Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Cleanserp.net search engine is advertised as “the search engine that respects your privacy” while, in fact, it is the very opposite. First of all, this page`s appearance indicates the presence of a browser hijacker on your machine. A hijacker which, aside from ruining your browser experience, is also actually jeopardizing your privacy. The pest starts spying on your and monitoring your every online move from the moment it enters. It has access to your IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, accounts, browser-related information, etc. It may even try stealing your personally identifiable and financial credentials.
Is this “respecting your privacy”? Consider your private life no longer private as long as you are hosting this infection. Keep in mind that the hijacker does not only observe. It also shares everything is collects with the crooks behind it. Some strangers with highly questionable intentions have access to your personal data. Does this sound like a good idea to you? Don’t let it go that far. As soon as you spot the Cleanserp.net page, accept that you have an infection on your machine and start looking for a way to delete it. The sooner, the better.
Once on your machine, the hijacker doesn’t waste time. The first thing it does is to modify your browsers` settings without any permission of yours. After it does, the Cleanserp.net site becomes your constant online companion. Like a shadow. You see it all the time. It even replaces your previous homepage and search engine. Also, whenever you try loading another page you somehow end up visiting this malicious one instead. Of course, you are forced to visit many other pages that are just as shady, but Cleanserp.net is hackers` favorite.
As we already mentioned, it is also your new search engine. However, it does not generate the safe and accurate search results you hope. On the contrary, it mostly shows you sponsored links which crooks use to boost web traffic to specific pages and gain money via the pay-per-click method. Of course, there might be some perfectly safe links among the displayed ones but there is no way of telling which is which without clicking. And if you click on the wrong one, your situation worsens. You may unintentionally install more infections on your already compromised machine in a matter of minutes.
Do you see how the hijackers completely demolished your online experience? You cannot surf the Web as peace anymore. You are constantly interrupted and always a single click away from more malware. Like this is not enough, the hijacker also bombards you with tons of suspicious advertisements which make your online experience even worse. They appear all the time, sometimes out of nowhere and right under the cursor of your mouse. Needless to say, these ads serve the same malicious purpose like the search results. So, restrain yourself from everything generated by this pest unless you want to compromise your machine further. Your PC is already underperforming because of this single parasites. It is slow, it crashes, your browsers freeze. Don’t tolerate this. Find the infection and delete it on the spot. To do so manually, use our removal guide at the end of this article.
How to protect yourself in the future? Hijackers, like any other infection, rely on tricks and deceit to enter your machine. Some of the most popular infiltration methods are spam email messages, corrupted links, malicious torrents, third-party ads, fake program updates, and freeware bundles. The thing is that any of this tactic would work IF you provide something yourself – your carelessness. Hijackers are still programs and they need your permission on their installment. Anyway, since you would not give it voluntarily, the parasites trick you into giving it with the above-mentioned techniques. Luckily, there is something you can do that would save you all these troubles.
Be cautious. All the time. Don’t throw caution to the wind while online because this is how you get infections. If you want to keep your machine safe you have to pay more attention to what you give your approval to. For instance, don’t open emails from unknown senders. The same goes for messages on Facebook/Skype. Don’t click on every link/ad that pops up in front of you. Stay away from illegitimate download sources and unverified torrents. When installing a program/update always opt for the Advanced installation settings as they give you complete control over the process. And if you are not the once in control it means that the hackers are. Don’t make yourself an even easier target by being negligent. This is what crooks pray for.
Cleanserp.net Virus Removal
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, 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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Cleanserp.net Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.