Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Claro Toolbar (claro-search.com) - how to remove browser redirects to isearch.claro-search.com, info.claro-search.com etc.?
The Claro-search.com website presents users with a customized Google search engine. Commonly, users are redirected to this website having installed the Claro LTD toolbar on their Internet browsers. Whilst this website alone is not malicious, its promotion methods are clearly deceptive. The browser add-on is often installed on users' computers as part of free software downloads from the Internet. While not directly malicious, there seems no point in using Claro-search.com for your daily Internet searches.
The displayed search bar returns legitimate organic search results, however, the sponsored results seem dubious - clicking on them might result in the installation of malware or unwanted applications. Furthermore, when using Claro-search.com, your Internet browsing habits are tracked, and the recorded information could be sold to third parties. Do not risk your privacy or your computer's security - eliminate the Claro LTD toolbar and claro-search.com homepage from your Internet browsers.
The main purpose of Claro-search.com and the Claro LTD toolbar is to trace computer users' Internet browsing habits and gain profit for clicks on dubious sponsored search result links. Claro-search.com also has several subdomains. For example, isearch.claro-search.com, rapidload.claro-search.com, zonealarm.claro-search.com, and info.claro-search.com. If your Internet browsers redirect to any of these websites, use the removal guide provided to eliminate the Claro-search.com browser hijacker from your PC.
Claro-search.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "BrowserProtect, Claro Chrome Toolbar, Claro toolbar" select these entries and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "BrowserProtect, Claro Chrome Toolbar, Claro toolbar" select it and click Remove.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Claro-search.com redirect (Claro Toolbar) from Internet Explorer:
Check for Montera Technologies LTD related extensions: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Claro-related entries (Claro LTD Toolbar, Claro LTD Helper Object) and disable them. To change your homepage from claro-search.com to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove claro-search.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue having problems with redirects to this website, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Claro-search.com redirect (Claro Toolbar) from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "BrowserProtect" and "Claro Toolbar" To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove Claro-search.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with redirects to this website, reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.
Remove Claro-search.com redirect (Claro Toolbar) from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate entries related to Claro-search.com (BrowserProtect, Claro Toolbar) select them and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from claro-search.com to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over the unwanted URL and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
After removing Claro-search.com redirect (Claro Toolbar), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Claro-Search.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Claro-Search.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Claro-Search.com Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.