Are you facing a problem with the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers that constantly redirects to a webpage named Go.smartclickz.net? Then, there are chances that are your PC is affected by malicious software from the adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) family.
While the computer is infected with the adware which reroutes your browser to intrusive Go.smartclickz.net web-page, when you start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome or open any web page, you may see in your internet browser’s status bar the following messages: ‘Waiting for Go.smartclickz.net’, ‘Transferring data from Go.smartclickz.net’, ‘Looking up Go.smartclickz.net’, ‘Read Go.smartclickz.net’, ‘Connected to Go.smartclickz.net’.
Adware can cause issues for your machine. Adware can reroute your web-browser to shady pages, and it can cause unwanted web-sites to pop up on your web-browser. Adware might end up on your computer after you download and install free programs from a dubious source. The adware can display ads on internet browser so that users cannot stop them, including Go.smartclickz.net pop-up ads.
As well as undesired web-browser redirects to Go.smartclickz.net, the ad supported software can gather your Internet surfing activity by saving URLs visited, IP addresses, web-browser version and type, cookie information, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and webpages visited. Such kind of behavior can lead to serious security problems or privacy data theft. This is another reason why the ad-supported software that responsible for the appearance of Go.smartclickz.net redirect, is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).
It is important, don’t use Go.smartclickz.net web page and do not click on ads placed on it. The best option is to use the steps posted below to free your machine of adware and thereby delete Go.smartclickz.net popup advertisements.
How to remove Go.smartclickz.net redirect
In order to remove Go.smartclickz.net pop up advertisements from the MS Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, you need to reset the browser settings. Additionally, you should look up for other dubious entries, such as files, applications, browser extensions and shortcut files. However, if you want to delete Go.smartclickz.net pop up ads easily, you should use reputable anti malware utility and let it do the job for you.
To remove Go.smartclickz.net redirect, perform the following steps:
- Remove suspicious programs through the Control Panel of your personal computer
- Get rid of Go.smartclickz.net advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete Go.smartclickz.net from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
- Remove Go.smartclickz.net redirect from Google Chrome
- Scan your PC system and delete Go.smartclickz.net redirect with free tools
- Run AdBlocker to block Go.smartclickz.net and stay safe online
How to manually get rid of Go.smartclickz.net redirect
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to get rid of the Go.smartclickz.net pop up advertisements from the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and IE internet browsers.
Remove suspicious through the Control Panel of your personal computer
Some applications are free only because their installation package contains an adware. This unwanted programs generates revenue for the developers when it is installed. More often this ad supported software can be removed by simply uninstalling it from the ‘Uninstall a Program’ that is located in MS Windows control panel.
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 show the Windows Control Panel as displayed in the figure below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all programs installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and delete any dubious and unknown software.
Get rid of Go.smartclickz.net advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your web-browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your internet browser, which installed by an malware.
First, start the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as on the image below.
Once the procedure is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s search provider by default, home page and newtab to default state.
Delete Go.smartclickz.net from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If Mozilla Firefox settings are hijacked by the ad-supported software, your web-browser shows annoying pop-up ads, then ‘Reset Firefox’ could solve these problems. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Mozilla Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Go.smartclickz.net adware. When, it is complete, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Go.smartclickz.net redirect from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings to get rid of Go.smartclickz.net popup ads. If you are still experiencing issues with Go.smartclickz.net redirect, you need to reset Chrome browser to its original settings. This step needs to be performed only if adware has not been removed by the previous steps.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: 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 displayed in the following example and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Scan your PC system and delete Go.smartclickz.net redirect with free tools
Anti-Malware apps differ from each other by many features like performance, scheduled scans, automatic updates, virus signature database, technical support, compatibility with other antivirus apps and so on. We advise you run the following free software: Zemana, MalwareBytes Free and Hitman Pro. Each of these applications has all of needed features, but most importantly, they can scan for the adware and delete Go.smartclickz.net popup ads from the Edge, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Automatically get rid of Go.smartclickz.net pop-ups with Zemana
Zemana Free is extremely fast and ultra light weight malicious software removal tool. It will allow you get rid of Go.smartclickz.net redirect, adware, potentially unwanted software and other malicious software. This program gives real-time protection which never slow down your system. Zemana is developed for experienced and beginner computer users. The interface of this tool is very easy to use, simple and minimalist.
Now you can install and use Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) to remove Go.smartclickz.net pop ups from your browser by following the steps below:
Please go to the link below to download Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) installer named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Start the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your machine.
During install you can change some settings, but we recommend you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malware removal utility will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan” button to start checking your PC for the adware responsible for redirects to Go.smartclickz.net. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the Zemana Anti Malware program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
When the scan is finished, you’ll be shown the list of all found items on your PC system. Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will remove ad-supported software that responsible for web-browser reroute to the intrusive Go.smartclickz.net site and move items to the program’s quarantine. After the clean-up is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer to make the change take effect.
Run AdBlocker to block Go.smartclickz.net and stay safe online
Use an ad blocking tool such as AdGuard will protect you from malicious ads and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam web sites. Additionally, adblocker apps will help you to avoid undesired popup ads and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
- Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdGuard for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is done, press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which 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 computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop up advertisements, block Go.smartclickz.net as well as other malicious or misleading web 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, that is located on your desktop.
How was Adware installed on machine
The majority of ad supported software spreads together with free software or even paid software that Internet users can easily download online. The installers of such applications, most often, clearly show that they will install third-party software. The option is given to users to block the setup of any optional software. So, in order to avoid the installation of any ad-supported software: read all disclaimers and install screens very carefully, choose only Custom or Advanced installation mode and reject all bundled programs in which you are unsure.
To sum up
Now your computer should be clean of the adware that responsible for the appearance of Go.smartclickz.net ads. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and annoying harmful sites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your PC system for new malicious software, hijacker infections and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS 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 delete Go.smartclickz.net pop-up ads from your web-browser, then ask for help here.