How to remove History Wipe Clean adware from the operating system
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is History Wipe Clean?
History Wipe Clean is dubious software promoted as a tool to increase browsing privacy. It is supposedly capable of preventing browsing-activity tracking and clearing the browsing history upon browser reopening. In fact, History Wipe Clean is classified as adware, as it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns.
Furthermore, despite claiming to prevent data tracking attempts, this adware collects browsing-related information itself. Due to the dubious tactics used to proliferate History Wipe Clean, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Adware delivers banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, full-page and other intrusive ads. These significantly diminish the browsing experience, since they reduce browsing speed and overlay page content, however, these ads are more than just a nuisance, they are also harmful.
When clicked, intrusive advertisements can redirect to various sale-oriented/promotional, untrusted, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Visiting such pages poses a significant threat to device and user safety. Additionally, some intrusive ads can be triggered (when clicked) to execute scripts, designed to stealthily download/install rogue software.
Prime examples of content infiltrated into systems in this way are PUAs. These unwanted apps have varied dangerous capabilities and/or identical functionality in different combinations. As well as delivering intrusive ad campaigns, they can force-open dubious/malicious web pages, hijack browsers by modifying their settings, and so on.
Furthermore, most PUAs can track data. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is typically shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), likewise seeking to misuse it for profit.
In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by History Wipe Clean|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.|
|Browser Extension(s)||History Wipe Clean|
|Supposed Functionality||Data-tracking prevention and browsing history cleaning.|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
OneUpdater, Media Convert Pro Promos and Access+ are some examples of other software within the adware classification. It may seem legitimate and harmless, and users are often enticed into download/installation with offers of "useful" functionality, however, the features promised are seldom operational.
This applies to most PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. Regular users receive no real value and can instead experience serious problems. PUAs deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns, force-open untrusted and malicious sites, modify browsers and track private data.
How did History Wipe Clean install on my computer?
Some PUAs (including History Wipe Clean) have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. These applications are also distributed through the download/installation set-ups of other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions.
Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content. Intrusive ads proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all software before download/installation and/or purchase. Use only official and verified download channels, since untrusted sources including unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and/or bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is important to read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive ads may seem normal, however, they redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others).
If you encounter these advertisements/redirects, check the system and remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately. If your computer is already infected with History Wipe Clean, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of a browser notification (delivered by cachenews[.]biz) promoting a deceptive History Wipe Clean:
Screenshot of History Wipe Clean adware asking for data-related permissions:
Another screenshot of the website used to promote History Wipe Clean adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is History Wipe Clean?
- STEP 1. Uninstall History Wipe Clean application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove History Wipe Clean adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove History Wipe Clean ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by History Wipe Clean' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove History Wipe Clean extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
History Wipe Clean adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "History Wipe Clean", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes History Wipe Clean ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove History Wipe Clean adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "History Wipe Clean", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by history wipe clean, 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 the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "History Wipe Clean", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by history wipe clean, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "History Wipe Clean".
Computer users who have problems with ads by history wipe clean removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by history wipe clean, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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