According to computer security researchers, Clean My Browser is classified as hijacker. Once your PC system has become a victim of browser hijacker, this unwanted program takes over your web-browser such as Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer. It can impose changes to your browser’s settings, including homepage, new tab page and default search provider, and installs undesired add-ons deep inside your computer. This is the main reason why you need to delete it from your PC and restore your browser search provider and startpage back to the default.
The Clean My Browser browser hijacker takes over your web browser’s default search engine and controls what will be displayed to you whenever you do a searching. Other than the search results, it also provides a ton of annoying ads on the search page. Some of these ads made to mislead you into buying certain questionable products and applications. Moreover, sometimes, those advertisements could reroute you to misleading or harmful web-pages.
Table of contents
- What is Clean My Browser
- How to remove Clean My Browser from computer
- How to delete Clean My Browser redirect without any software
- Clean My Browser automatic removal
- How to stay safe online
- How did you get infected with Clean My Browser hijacker
- Finish words
The Clean My Browser hijacker infection is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, introduces some changes to web-browsers settings, and blocks them from changing. Also this browser hijacker infection can install additional internet browser addons and modules that will open advertisements and pop-ups. And finally, the Clean My Browser hijacker can gather a wide variety of user information such as what web-sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Web and so on. This information, in the future, can be sold to third parties.
A malware that can impose changes to internet browsers settings on Clean My Browser mostly affects only Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The Clean My Browser hijacker can change the Target property of browser’s shortcuts, so every time you run the internet browser, instead of your startpage, you will see a completely different web page.
We strongly recommend that you perform the few simple steps below which will allow you to delete Clean My Browser search using the standard features of Windows and some proven free applications.
How to remove Clean My Browser from computer
There are present several free browser hijacker removal utilities. Also it is possible to remove Clean My Browser search manually. But we suggest to combine all these solutions below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the instructions. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your internet browser or reboot your system.
How to delete Clean My Browser redirect without any software
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Clean My Browser redirect from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge web-browsers.
Uninstall all adware and other potentially unwanted programs through the Windows Control Panel
Check out the MS Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed applications. We recommend to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious applications, they are the ones you need to remove.
Press Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown on the screen below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts
Important to know, most anti-malware software which are able to get rid of browser hijacker infection, but unable to detect and recover altered shortcuts. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Google Chrome, FF, IE and Microsoft Edge web browsers manually.
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 like “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete Clean My Browser search from Firefox
If your Mozilla Firefox web-browser start page has changed to Clean My Browser without your permission or an unknown search provider shows results for your search, then it may be time to perform the internet browser reset.
First, run the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open 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 press on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Delete Clean My Browser home page from Internet Explorer
By resetting IE web-browser you restore your web-browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as Clean My Browser.
First, launch the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Remove Clean My Browser from Google Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we recommend you to reset Chrome internet browser. It will restore Chrome settings including new tab, home page and search provider by default to defaults.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click to “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.
Clean My Browser automatic removal
In order to completely delete Clean My Browser, you not only need to remove it from the internet browsers, but also remove all its components in your PC including Windows registry entries. We recommend to download and use free removal utilities to automatically free your PC system of Clean My Browser browser hijacker infection.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of Clean My Browser
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your computer of the browser hijacker. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal program made by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you remove PUPs, hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Download Zemana AntiMalware by clicking on the link below.
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Once the downloading process is complete, close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the screen below.
When the install begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti-Malware on your computer.
Once installation is done, you will see window as shown below.
Now press the “Scan” button to begin checking your PC for the Clean My Browser browser hijacker and other malicious software and adware. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your computer. When a malware, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the scan is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. When you’re ready, press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will remove hijacker which alters internet browser settings to replace your startpage, newtab page and search engine by default with Clean My Browser web-page and add threats to the Quarantine.
Use Malwarebytes to remove browser hijacker
Get rid of Clean My Browser hijacker infection manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the free application will allow you to delete malware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and ‘ad supported’ software that your machine can be infected too.
- Download Malwarebytes (MBAM) by clicking on the link below.
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- After downloading is done, close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, press the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole system to find out Clean My Browser browser hijacker and other internet browser’s malicious extensions. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the utility is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
- When the scan get finished, you’ll be displayed the list of all found threats on your computer. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and press “Quarantine Selected”. After disinfection is complete, you can be prompted to reboot your machine.
The following video offers a step by step tutorial on how to delete browser hijacker infections, ad-supported software and other malware with Malwarebytes.
Use AdwCleaner to get rid of Clean My Browser homepage
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and delete hijacker infection such as Clean My Browser, malicious software, potentially unwanted programs and adware in Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers and thereby restore their default settings (homepage, new tab and default search engine). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Category: Security tools
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When the downloading process is complete, open the file location 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.
Next, click “Scan” It will scan through the whole computer for the Clean My Browser hijacker and other malware and adware. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified either as being malware.
As the scanning ends is finished, it’ll open a scan report as shown in the figure below.
Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove hijacker that modifies internet browser settings to replace your start page, newtab and default search provider with Clean My Browser site and move items to the program’s quarantine. After the task is done, the tool may ask you to restart your personal computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stay safe online
We suggest to install an ad-blocking program that can block Clean My Browser and other annoying web-pages. The ad blocking utility like AdGuard is a application which basically removes advertising from the Internet and blocks access to malicious pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad blocker software is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Internet.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. When the setup is finished, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop-up advertisements, web sites such Clean My Browser, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How did you get infected with Clean My Browser hijacker
Now your machine should be clean of the Clean My Browser startpage. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop ups and intrusive malicious web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware, browser hijackers 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 hijackers, harmful software and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Clean My Browser startpage from your browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.