Every time, when you surf the Internet with your internet browser the Clicktabs.net popup ads keeps annoying you? Then most probably that ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) was installed on your PC. The adware can end up on your personal computer in various ways. In many cases is when you download and install freeware and forget to uncheck the box for the bundled apps installation. Do not panic because we have got the solution. Here’s a instructions on how to remove undesired Clicktabs.net popup advertisements from the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge and other web browsers.
While your PC system is infected by the ad-supported software, the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge may be redirected to Clicktabs.net intrusive web page. Of course, the adware may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may show lots of undesired ads. These advertisements will be injected within the content of web-sites that are you opening in your 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 web pages, including web pages where previously you have never seen any advertising banners.
The malicious apps from the adware family that modifies the settings of web-browsers usually hijacks only the Google Chrome, IE, FF and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be infected too. The ad-supported software may modify the Target property of a web-browser’s shortcut file, so every time you start the browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the intrusive Clicktabs.net web-page.
So, obviously, you need to remove the adware sooner. Use the free step by step tutorial below. This guide will help you clean your computer of adware and thus remove the Clicktabs.net unwanted popup advertisements.
How to remove Clicktabs.net redirect
Not all unwanted software like adware related to Clicktabs.net pop up ads are easily uninstallable. You might see pop-ups, deals, text links, in-text advertisements, banners and other type of ads in the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer and might not be able to figure out the program responsible for this activity. The reason for this is that many undesired software neither appear in Microsoft Windows Control Panel. Therefore in order to completely remove Clicktabs.net pop up ads, you need to execute the following steps. Certain of the steps below will require you to close this web-page. So, please read the instructions carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Clicktabs.net, use the following steps:
- How to remove Clicktabs.net pop-up ads without any software
- Delete dubious programs using MS Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Remove Clicktabs.net popups from Google Chrome
- Remove Clicktabs.net from FF by resetting browser settings
- Remove Clicktabs.net redirect from IE
- Fix hijacked web browsers shortcuts to get rid of Clicktabs.net redirect
- How to delete Clicktabs.net popups with freeware
- Block Clicktabs.net advertisements and other undesired web sites
- How to Clicktabs.net ads get installed onto computer
- To sum up
How to remove Clicktabs.net pop-up ads without any software
If you perform exactly the instructions below you should be able to get rid of the Clicktabs.net popup ads from the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge browsers.
Delete dubious programs using MS Windows Control Panel
First method for manual adware removal is to go into the Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of applications on your PC system and see if there are any questionable and unknown programs. If you see any, you need to delete them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an World Wide Web search to find details on the application. If it is a potentially unwanted program, ad-supported software or malware, you will likely find information that says so.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, press “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all apps installed on the personal computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall dubious and unknown apps. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your computer, it will display Clicktabs.net annoying page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all malicious tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will open a prompt that titled with 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”, as displayed in the figure 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. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious program. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Clicktabs.net popups from Google Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the browser’s settings like newtab page, home page and search engine by default that have been modified by the adware that responsible for browser redirect to the annoying Clicktabs.net web-page.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Google Chrome main menu again, press to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as on the image below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove Clicktabs.net from FF by resetting browser settings
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, recover preferences and security settings, remove redirects to intrusive Clicktabs.net page and ad supported software.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your FF browser settings to its original state.
Remove Clicktabs.net redirect from IE
In order to restore all web-browser homepage, new tab and search provider by default you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the MS Windows was installed on your personal computer.
First, start the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of ‘ad supported’ software that reroutes your web-browser to intrusive Clicktabs.net page, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as start page, newtab and default search engine to default state.
Fix hijacked web browsers shortcuts to get rid of Clicktabs.net redirect
Unfortunately, the ad supported software which reroutes your internet browser to unwanted Clicktabs.net page, can also hijack Windows shortcut files (mostly, your web browsers shortcuts), so that the Clicktabs.net ad site will be opened when you launch the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer or another web browser.
To clear the browser shortcut file, 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 such as “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 shortcut files of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
How to delete Clicktabs.net popups with freeware
After completing the manual removal instructions above all unwanted apps, malicious browser’s add-ons and ad supported software that responsible for web-browser redirect to the intrusive Clicktabs.net web page should be deleted. If the problem with Clicktabs.net pop up ads is still remained, then we suggest to scan your PC for any remaining malicious components. Run recommended free adware removal programs below.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to delete Clicktabs.net
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your PC of the adware. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal application made by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you get rid of PUPs, browser hijackers, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and adware responsible for redirects to Clicktabs.net.
Click the following link to download Zemana Free. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
When downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you setup Zemana Free on your computer.
Once install is done, you will see window as shown in the following example.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana Free tool will begin scanning the whole PC to find out adware that responsible for web browser reroute to the unwanted Clicktabs.net web-site. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Anti Malware program is scanning, you may see count of objects it has identified as threat.
When that process is complete, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the report and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana will start to get rid of adware that responsible for browser redirect to the annoying Clicktabs.net web site.
Run Malwarebytes to delete Clicktabs.net pop up advertisements
Delete Clicktabs.net popups manually is difficult and often the ‘ad supported’ software is not completely removed. Therefore, we advise you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system. Moreover, the free application will allow you to remove malware, PUPs, toolbars and hijackers that your system can be infected too.
Click the link below to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once downloading is finished, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as displayed in the figure below.
When the installation begins, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once install is complete, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware related to Clicktabs.net advertisements. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your PC system. While the utility is scanning, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
Once finished, MalwareBytes Free will show a list of all items found by the scan. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now delete adware that causes browsers to show intrusive Clicktabs.net ads and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When the cleaning process is done, you may be prompted to restart your personal computer.
The following video explains instructions on how to remove hijacker, ad-supported software and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
Remove Clicktabs.net redirect from web browsers with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana AntiMalware cannot delete this adware, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for hijacker infections, potentially unwanted apps, toolbars and adware that causes multiple intrusive advertisements.
Visit the following page to download AdwCleaner. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
Once downloading is done, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen as shown on the screen below.
Further, press “Scan” button to start checking your machine for the ‘ad supported’ software responsible for redirections to Clicktabs.net. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. Once AdwCleaner completes the scan, you can check all items detected on your PC system as displayed on the screen below.
When you are ready, click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box as displayed on the image below.
You need to press “OK”. When that process is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block Clicktabs.net advertisements and other undesired web sites
Enabling an ad blocking program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker programs will also protect you from harmful advertisements and web-sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Clicktabs.net and similar web-sites.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- When downloading is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the install is done, press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help 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 launch your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup advertisements, web pages such Clicktabs.net, as well as other harmful 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 icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How to Clicktabs.net ads get installed onto computer
The ad supported software is usually come bundled with free software and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your system. This happens especially when you are installing a free applications. The program setup package tricks you into accepting the installation of bundled apps, that you do not really want. Moreover, certain paid apps can also install additional applications which you don’t want! Therefore, always download free applications and paid apps from reputable download web-pages. Use ONLY custom or manual installation option and never blindly click Next button.
To sum up
After completing the guide above, your machine should be clean from this adware and other malware. The Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge will no longer display undesired Clicktabs.net web-site when you browse the Internet. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the intrusive Clicktabs.net advertisements.