What kind of software is One Click Pic?
During a routine investigation of unreliable websites, our research team discovered the One Click Pic browser extension. It is promoted as a tool that allows users to easily download images from sites (i.e., one-click download of all images depicted on a webpage).
However, after inspecting this piece of software, we determined that it is adware. One Click Pic is designed to feed users with unwanted and potentially malicious ads.
One Click Pic adware overview
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It runs intrusive advert campaigns by displaying ads on various interfaces (e.g., visited websites, desktops, etc.).
This third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, overlays, banners, surveys, etc.) predominantly endorses online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and even malware. When clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
It is worth mentioning that any genuine products or services encountered through these advertisements are most likely promoted by scammers who abuse their affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Software within this classification might need specific conditions to deliver intrusive ad campaigns (e.g., compatible browser/system specs or user geolocation, visits to particular websites, etc.). Regardless of whether One Click Pic displays adverts – its presence on a device remains a threat.
This adware-type browser extension spies on users' browsing activity. Data of interest may include: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, etc. The collected data can then be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
To summarize, advertising-supported software like One Click Pic may cause system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by One Click Pic|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||One Click Pic|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy image download 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).|
|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.
Advertising-supported software usually appears legitimate and offers handy functionalities. However, these features seldom work as promised, and in most cases – they do not work at all. Keep in mind that even if a piece of software operates as indicated by its promotional material – that is not irrefutable proof of either legitimacy or safety.
How did One Click Pic install on my computer?
We acquired One Click Pic from its "official" promotional webpage. In addition to such sites, adware is commonly pushed through deceptive/scam pages.
Users primarily access these webpages via redirects generated by misspelled URLs, websites that utilize rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Advertising-supported software can also be bundled with regular programs. The risk of allowing bundled content into the device is increased by downloading from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, skipping steps, using "Quick/Easy" settings, etc.).
Intrusive adverts proliferate adware as well. Once clicked on, some of these advertisements can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. Installation processes must be treated with caution. Therefore, we advise reading terms, exploring possible options, using the "Advanced/Custom" settings, and opting out of all additions (e.g., apps, extensions, tools, features, etc.).
Another recommendation is to be careful while browsing since fake and malicious online content typically appears ordinary and harmless. For example, while intrusive advertisements may look innocuous – they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., scam-promoting, pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc.).
If you keep encountering ads/redirects of this kind, check the device and immediately remove dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with One Click Pic, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshots of the website used to promote One Click Pic adware:
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- What is One Click Pic?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove 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 "Extensions" and click "Manage Extensions". Locate "One Click Pic" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by one click pic, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by one click pic 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 one click pic, 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 displays adverts that promote content capable of causing system infections, privacy issues, financial losses, and other serious problems. This software may decrease browsing quality and system performance. Additionally, it is considered to be a privacy threat since adware usually has data-tracking functionalities.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It displays ads on various interfaces, and some types can also generate redirects and collect private information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers generate revenue primarily via affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, applications, browser extensions, products, services, and so forth.
Will Combo Cleaner remove One Click Pic adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your system and eliminate all adware-type applications detected. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (performed without security software) might not be a perfect solution. In some cases, various file leftovers remain hidden within the system after the adware has been manually removed. Furthermore, the remnants might continue to run and cause issues. Therefore, advertising-supported software must be removed thoroughly.