The History Cleaner is just one of the many malicious browser extensions of the so-called adware type. The History Cleaner Chrome extension is designed to fill the web browser’s constant stream of ads, or reroute the Google Chrome web browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web-sites. This malicious extension is made in order to show third-party advertisements to you without asking your permission. The History Cleaner takes control of all your typical web-browsers and redirects them to undesired sites every time you surf the Internet. Moreover, if the History Cleaner gets installed automatically onto your personal computer then it means that your computer is infected with other malware.
While your Google Chrome browser is affected with the History Cleaner, it may be re-directed to various unwanted web-page. Of course, the browser extension may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but the History Cleaner may display lots of intrusive advertisements. These ads will be injected within the content of web-sites that are you opening in the Chrome browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The advertisements will appear on all sites, including sites where previously you have never seen any ads.
And finally, a malware that installs the History Cleaner into the Google Chrome, as well can infect other internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a browser’s shortcut). So every time you open the web browser, it’ll redirect to an unwanted web-page.
So, obviously, you need to remove History Cleaner Chrome extension as soon as possible. Use the free guidance below. This guide will help you clean your machine of any malware and thereby delete the History Cleaner from Google Chrome for free.
Remove History Cleaner Chrome extension (removal tutorial)
Even if you have the up-to-date classic antivirus installed, and you have checked your system for malicious software and removed anything found, you need to do the guidance below. The History Cleaner removal is not simple as installing another antivirus. Classic antivirus programs are not made to run together and will conflict with each other, or possibly crash Microsoft Windows. Instead we advise complete the manual steps below after that use Zemana Anti-Malware, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) or AdwCleaner, which are free applications dedicated to scan for and remove History Cleaner which causes undesired pop-ups. Run these utilities to ensure the ‘ad supported’ software is removed.
To remove History Cleaner, complete the following steps:
- Manual History Cleaner removal
- History Cleaner automatic removal
- How to stay safe online
- How can you prevent the History Cleaner adware
- To sum up
Manual History Cleaner removal
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove History Cleaner from the Google Chrome and other web browsers for free.
Delete adware through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
In order to delete potentially unwanted applications such as the History Cleaner extension, open the Microsoft Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed applications. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are ad supported software, browser hijacker or potentially unwanted software. If yes, delete them off. Even if they are just a programs which you do not use, then removing them off will increase your PC start up time and speed dramatically.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel as shown on the screen below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications installed on your system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software.
Remove History Cleaner from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to delete the hijackers, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s startpage, new tab and default search provider that have been modified by History Cleaner that causes web-browser to open undesired pop up ads.
If in the list of Google Chrome extensions, the History Cleaner extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator” then follow the steps How to remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy to completely remove it.
Run the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the main menu. Further, press the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown in the figure below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will start the task of cleaning. Once it is finished, the web-browser’s settings including home page, new tab page and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
History Cleaner automatic removal
If you’re unsure how to remove History Cleaner easily, consider using automatic ad supported software removal programs that listed below. It will identify the History Cleaner that created to redirect your browser to various ad pages and delete it from your machine for free.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of History Cleaner
You can delete History Cleaner ‘ad supported’ software automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We advise this malware removal tool because it can easily remove browser hijackers, PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Download Zemana AntiMalware by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
After the download is finished, close all windows on your PC system. Further, run the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Zemana Free on the system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana will automatically launch and you may see its main window as shown below.
Next, press the “Scan” button .Zemana program will scan through the whole machine for the History Cleaner ‘ad supported’ software which causes intrusive popups. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a malware, ad-supported software or potentially unwanted software are found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done.
After Zemana has finished scanning your system, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will open you the results. Next, you need to press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will remove History Cleaner that cause undesired advertisements to appear. Once the task is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC.
Delete History Cleaner with Malwarebytes
You can delete History Cleaner adware automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malicious software removal utility because it can easily get rid of hijacker infections, ad supported software, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
- Download MalwareBytes Free on your computer by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- When the download is finished, close all software and windows on your system. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is finished, press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the History Cleaner adware that developed to reroute your internet browser to various ad web-pages. During the scan MalwareBytes Free will detect all threats present on your machine.
- After the scan is done, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will show a list of all threats detected by the scan. In order to delete all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected”. When disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer.
The following video offers a tutorial on how to remove browser hijacker infections, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Free.
Remove History Cleaner with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable application that scans your PC for History Cleaner adware which causes annoying pop-up ads, PUPs and browser hijacker infections and helps remove them easily. Moreover, it will also help you remove any malicious web-browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner tool on your Microsoft Windows Desktop from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 8, 2019
Once the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown in the following example. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to start the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” for scanning your computer for the History Cleaner adware that causes lots of undesired pop up ads. This process may take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan AdwCleaner will detect all threats present on your PC.
After the system scan is finished, AdwCleaner will open you the results as displayed on the screen below.
Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will delete History Cleaner adware which cause intrusive ads to appear and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once the clean-up is finished, the tool may ask you to reboot your personal computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stay safe online
It is important to use adblocker software like AdGuard to protect your computer from malicious web-sites. Most security experts says that it is okay to stop advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop malicious and other intrusive web pages.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the following example.
Follow the prompts. When the install is done, you will see a window as displayed in the following example.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 machine, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, as well as other harmful or misleading web-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 may be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent the History Cleaner adware
The History Cleaner adware is usually is bundled within free programs and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your computer. This happens especially when you are installing a free applications. The program installer tricks you into accepting the setup of optional programs, that you do not really want. Moreover, some paid applications can also install third-party applications that you don’t want! Therefore, always download free software and paid software from reputable download sites. Use ONLY custom or manual installation mode and never blindly click Next button.
To sum up
Now your computer should be clean of the History Cleaner that causes a ton of annoying advertisements. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop up ads and unwanted harmful pages) and Zemana Anti-Malware (to periodically scan your PC system for new adwares and other malicious software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete History Cleaner from the Google Chrome, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.