The cause of unwanted cpmclick.com pop-ups on your screen is adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). Technically, the adware, that shows a ton of popup ads or redirects on an unwanted web-page, is not a virus. It’s is created to make a money. Once started, the ‘ad-supported’ software injects a small code within the content of web-pages that you visit. The malicous code may pop-up a new internet browser window with cpmclick.com page or insert lots of advertisements directly into the web sites you’re viewing.
Most often, the adware affects the most common web-browsers such as the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the web-browser, it’ll redirect to the annoying cpmclick.com page. Even if you setup a new startpage, an unwanted page will be the first thing you see when you launch the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge.
The ad-supported software is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It is created with the sole purpose to show dozens of pop-up ads, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the cpmclick.com is just one of the many web-sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It’s designed to fill the internet browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or reroute the browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web-sites. Moreover, the ad supported software can substitute the legitimate advertising links on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit malicious pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web pages, so the creators of ‘ad-supported’ software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income. It is the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
We recommend to get rid of the adware, which redirects your web-browser on the cpmclick.com annoying web-page, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other dangerous software on your computer.
How does cpmclick.com advertisements get installed onto PC system
How to manually remove cpmclick.com pop-ups
Without a doubt, the ‘ad-supported’ software is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this dangerous software. To remove this adware, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware tool for removing dangerous software, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will allow you to remove cpmclick.com easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where ad-supported software is not removed automatically.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of cpmclick.com redirect
- Get rid of cpmclick.com redirect from Chrome
- Get rid of cpmclick.com pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove cpmclick.com from IE
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It’ll show the Windows Control Panel as shown on the screen below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all software. Scroll through the all list and remove any suspicious and unknown applications.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of cpmclick.com redirect
When the adware is started, it can also change the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the internet browser, it will be redirected to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which begins with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of cpmclick.com redirect from Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of cpmclick.com pop-ups from Mozilla Firefox
First, start the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove cpmclick.com from IE
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then press button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings like homepage and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and thereby delete the redirect to cpmclick.com unwanted web-page.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted cpmclick.com web page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ software.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This opens a prompt that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of cpmclick.com ads automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove cpmclick.com pop-up ads from the infected computer. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the adware again infect your computer and it will start to show unwanted cpmclick.com pop-up ads. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove ‘ad-supported’ software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the PC.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. It’s an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you delete browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Now, click the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your computer. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once the download is complete, close all applications on your PC system. Next, launch the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC for the ad supported software which cause a redirect to cpmclick.com. When the ad-supported software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished. Please be patient.
Once the checking is finished, you can check all threats detected on your machine. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and ad supported software which cause cpmclick.com pop-ups. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your system.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes program to remove adware and other malware.
How to block cpmclick.com redirect
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new annoying ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous ads and web pages. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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- When downloading is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, press “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block ads, cpmclick.com redirects, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your machine and delete cpmclick.com ads with AdwCleaner.
This removal application is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove ‘ad-supported’ software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web-browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (home page, newtab page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and delete malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the machine.
Download AdwCleaner utility using the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown in the figure below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the program, press Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” to perform a system scan for the ad supported software that cause a redirect to cpmclick.com advertisements.
When it has finished scanning, it will open a list of all items detected by this utility as shown on the image below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box, press “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. When the clean up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC system. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your PC system should be free of the cpmclick.com redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and unwanted dangerous sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new malware and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious software and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove cpmclick.com pop-up ads from your personal computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.