What is Clear History?
Clear History is an adware, promoted as a tool to clear browsing history. Hence, following successful infiltration, Clear History begins running intrusive advertisement campaigns. In simple terms, it delivers various unreliable, misleading, deceptive, and even malicious ads.
Additionally, this adware has data tracking abilities that are employed to collect browsing-related information. Due to the dubious techniques used to distribute Clear History, it is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content - typically, on any visited website. This software delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and other intrusive advertisements. They severely affect the browsing experience by overlaying webpages and limits the browsing speed.
Intrusive adverts are more than just a nuisance; they pose a threat to device/user safety as well. Once clicked on, the ads redirect to untrustworthy/malicious sites and come can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs). Furthermore, Clear History can track data, and this is typical of adware.
Information of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, searched queries, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geolocations, etc. What is more, the collected data likely contains personally identifiable details. Adware developers monetize this information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, it is crucial to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by Clear History|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Clear History|
|Supposed Functionality||Browsing history clearing tool|
|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)||
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Image Search, Chrome Tools, LiveStreamNewsToday Promos - are some examples of adware-type software. It usually appears legitimate and innocuous. Users are enticed into download/installation with a broad range of functionalities. Despite how "useful" the promised features may sound, they are rarely operational.
In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and device/user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive advert campaigns, force-open unreliable and malicious websites, modify browsers (browser hijackers), and gather private data.
How did Clear History install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., Clear History) have "official" promotional/download webpages. However, these apps are more commonly downloaded/installed alongside other products. This false marketing tactic of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is named "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the adverts can execute scripts to download/install this software without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research products to verify their legitimacy before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources.
Since untrustworthy channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (Torrent clients, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), and other third-party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions.
It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive ads appear ordinary and harmless; however, they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with advertisements and/or redirects of this type, the device must be checked and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with Clear History, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the website used to promote Clear History adware:
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- What is Clear History?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Clear History application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Clear History ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Clear History' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Clear History extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove Clear History adware from Internet Explorer.
Clear History adware removal:
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 "Clear History", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Clear History ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Clear History adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Clear History", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by clear history, 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 plugins 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 "Clear History".
Computer users who have problems with ads by clear history 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 clear history, 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.
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 "Clear History", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by clear history, 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.
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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by clear history from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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