What is Clipboard Sync Beta?
We detected Clipboard Sync Beta when researching scam websites. This adware-type browser extension was promoted by the "Install the extension for Chrome to protect your privacy" scam.
This piece of software promises to sync clipboard data between two desktop devices; instead, it runs intrusive advert campaigns (displays ads).
Clipboard Sync Beta adware overview
Once installed onto our test machine, Clipboard Sync Beta began delivering intrusive ads. It is noteworthy that adware can require certain conditions to be met like device/browser specs, user geolocation, visits to specific sites, etc. - to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. Yet even if it does not operate properly, that does not mean that it is harmless.
This software diminishes the browsing experience and system performance whilst also endangering device and user safety. The delivered adverts (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.) promote various scams, untrustworthy/hazardous sites and software, and even malware. Furthermore, we have observed some intrusive advertisements infiltrating software into systems - upon being clicked.
Should legitimate content be endorsed through these ads, it is advertised in this manner by affiliates seeking to obtain fraudulent commissions rather than the actual developers.
Clipboard Sync Beta has data tracking functionalities as well. These abilities are typical for adware, and it usually employs them to obtain users' browsing data, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, credit card numbers, etc. The developers of this software monetize the gathered information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of adware on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Clipboard Sync Beta|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Clipboard Sync Beta|
Tool to sync clipboards between two desktop devices.
|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.
Security Suite, Test Certificate, NoteIt, and AlphaSpeedBooster are some examples of the adware we have analyzed. This software appends legitimate and offers "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, these functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.
Therefore, despite how genuine a piece of software appears, it is crucial to research and download it only from trustworthy sources.
How did Clipboard Sync Beta install on my computer?
Our researchers acquired a Clipboard Sync Beta sample from the Chrome Web Store as promoted by the "Install the extension for Chrome to protect your privacy" scam.
Deceptive sites commonly endorse untrustworthy software; however, it is not the sole distribution method used by dubious product developers. Spam browser notifications can promote adware, and intrusive ads can stealthily download/install it (when clicked). Software bundling - packing ordinary programs with various additions - is also used in adware proliferation.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We recommend always using official and verified download channels. Questionable sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and harmful software/media. When downloading/installing, our researchers advise reading terms, exploring available options, using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplements.
It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Deceptive browser notifications/ intrusive adverts may look innocuous, yet they redirect to dubious sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads/redirects, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed without delay. If your computer is already infected with Clipboard Sync Beta, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the "Install the extension for Chrome to protect your privacy" scam promoting Clipboard Sync Beta 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 Clipboard Sync Beta?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Clipboard Sync Beta application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Clipboard Sync Beta ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Clipboard Sync Beta' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Clipboard Sync Beta extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Clipboard Sync Beta 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 "Clipboard Sync Beta", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Clipboard Sync Beta ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Clipboard Sync Beta 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 "Clipboard Sync Beta", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by clipboard sync beta, 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 "Clipboard Sync Beta".
Computer users who have problems with ads by clipboard sync beta 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 clipboard sync beta, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can negatively affect browsing quality and system performance. This software is also considered to be a threat to user privacy, as it usually has data tracking abilities (Clipboard Sync Beta is not an exception). What is more, adware-displayed adverts are often dubious/malicious and can cause various severe issues.
What does adware do?
Advertising-supported software (adware) operates by delivering intrusive ad campaigns. In other words, it enables the placement of advertisements on visited websites and/or different interfaces.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware primarily generates profit via affiliate programs by promoting various websites, applications, products, services, and so on. The developers can earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Clipboard Sync Beta adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate installed adware-type apps. Note that manual removal might not be an ideal solution. In some instances, despite the software itself being (manually) deleted - various file leftovers remain in the system. Furthermore, the remnants can continue running and causing problems. Therefore, it is crucial to remove adware thoroughly.