The Trojan.Clicker is generic detection for adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software), viruses and trojans that are used for click fraud. Moreover, the virus can lead to the web browser freezing/crash, delays when starting a new browser window or delays when viewing a site on the World Wide Web. I think you definitely want to solve this problem. For this purpose, necessity to perform cleanup of your PC system. Perform the steps below that will help you to remove Trojan.Clicker virus and clean your PC from any adware using the standard features of Windows and some proven freeware.
It’s not a good idea to have an unwanted program such as this Trojan.Clicker virus on your computer. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you do not know about. The Trojan.Clicker can also be used to gather a wide variety of personal information about you that may be later sold to third parties. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe.
The malicious programs such as Trojan.Clicker that changes the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The virus may change the Target property of a internet browser’s shortcut, so every time you launch the web browser, instead of your start page, you will see an intrusive advertisements.
The guide below explaining steps to remove Trojan.Clicker adware problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the virus that may attack Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge and other popular browsers. The step by step instructions will allow you delete Trojan.Clicker and thereby clean your internet browser from all undesired ads.
Table of contents
- What is Trojan.Clicker
- How to remove Trojan.Clicker virus
- How to manually delete Trojan.Clicker
- Use free malware removal tools to completely remove Trojan.Clicker
- How to stay safe online
- How to avoid installation of Trojan.Clicker adware
- Finish words
How to remove Trojan.Clicker virus
There are a simple manual instructions below that will help you to delete Trojan.Clicker virus from your Microsoft Windows PC system. The most effective method to remove this virus is to follow the manual removal instructions and then use Zemana, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) or AdwCleaner automatic tools (all are free). The manual way will assist to weaken this adware and these malicious software removal utilities will completely get rid of Trojan.Clicker adware virus and revert back the Firefox, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge settings to default.
How to manually delete Trojan.Clicker
Read this “How to remove” section to know how to manually delete Trojan.Clicker adware that reroutes your internet browser to undesired ad web-sites. Even if the few simple steps does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below that can easily handle such Trojan.Clicker virus that causes multiple undesired ads and popups.
Delete adware using Control Panel
First, go to Windows Control Panel and delete suspicious applications, all applications you do not remember installing. It is important to pay the most attention to software you installed just before Trojan.Clicker virus appeared on your computer. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the Internet.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right like below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) like below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and remove all suspicious and unknown applications. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed programs by date. When you have found anything suspicious that may be the adware virus, adware or potentially unwanted programs, then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your computer.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If an intrusive 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 malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will open a dialog box that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open 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 remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious application, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Delete Trojan.Clicker from Mozilla Firefox
The Mozilla Firefox reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, restore preferences and security settings, remove redirects to annoying pages.
First, start the FF and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown in the figure below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Trojan.Clicker adware virus that redirects your browser to intrusive ad web-pages. When, it is complete, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Trojan.Clicker from Chrome
If your Chrome internet browser is redirected to unwanted web-pages, it may be necessary to completely reset your browser application to its default settings.
Open the 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 screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Delete Trojan.Clicker adware virus from Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer web-browser you revert back your web browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by Trojan.Clicker virus that causes unwanted advertisements.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown on the image below.
After the procedure is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s home page, new tab and default search provider to default state.
Fix infected browsers shortcuts
Once installed, the Trojan.Clicker adware may add an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will show an unwanted ad web-site.
Right click on the shortcut of infected browser as shown in the following example.
Select the “Properties” option and it’ll show a shortcut’s properties. Next, click the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as on the image below.
Then press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers which are rerouted to an unwanted web page.
Use free malware removal tools to completely remove Trojan.Clicker
Manual removal steps does not always allow to completely remove the adware virus, as it’s not easy to identify and delete components of virus and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it’s recommended that you run malware removal tool to completely delete Trojan.Clicker off your internet browser. Several free malware removal utilities are currently available that can be used against the virus. The optimum solution would be to run Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes Free and AdwCleaner.
How to remove Trojan.Clicker with Zemana Anti-malware
We advise using the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your machine of the adware virus. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal application made by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you get rid of PUPs, hijackers, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and Trojan.Clicker virus which reroutes your web browser to intrusive ad web-pages.
- Please download Zemana Free 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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- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will open the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After the download is done, please close all applications and open windows on your computer. Next, start a file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of Zemana onto your PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana will launch and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button .Zemana AntiMalware application will scan through the whole computer for the Trojan.Clicker virus which cause undesired pop-ups to appear. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. When a malicious software, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done.
- When that process is done, Zemana will show you the results.
- When you are ready, press the “Next” button. The utility will remove Trojan.Clicker adware virus which cause annoying pop ups to appear. Once the process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
- Close the Zemana and continue with the next step.
Remove Trojan.Clicker with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC of the adware virus. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal application created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It’s able to help you remove unwanted Trojan.Clicker virus, potentially unwanted software, malicious software, browser hijacker infections, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
- Please download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware from the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
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Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the downloading process is finished, please close all applications and open windows on your PC. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will open the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes Free onto your system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Free will launch and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your computer for the Trojan.Clicker virus and other malware. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
- Once MalwareBytes has finished scanning your computer, you can check all threats detected on your PC system.
- When you’re ready, click the “Quarantine Selected” button. Once that process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Run AdwCleaner to get rid of Trojan.Clicker
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It can check and remove malware, potentially unwanted applications and ad supported software in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge internet browsers. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the personal computer.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
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Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
Once downloading is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown on the screen below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to start the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” . AdwCleaner tool will begin scanning the whole machine to find out Trojan.Clicker adware virus that causes tons of annoying pop up advertisements. This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan AdwCleaner will detect all threats present on your computer.
Once finished, AdwCleaner will show a list of detected threats as shown below.
Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will start to remove Trojan.Clicker adware that causes unwanted ads. Once the clean-up is done, the utility may ask you to restart your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your computer against new intrusive ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use ad-blocker application that stops an access to malicious advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program may stop the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When downloading is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. When the setup is done, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which 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 run your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop ups, 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 AdGuard icon, that may be found on your desktop.
How to avoid installation of Trojan.Clicker adware
Now your computer should be free of the Trojan.Clicker virus. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted advertisements and unwanted malicious web-pages) and Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your PC 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 Trojan.Clicker adware virus from Windows OS, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.