Clean Browser removal instructions
What is Clean Browser?
Developed by Intriguing Apps, Clean Browser is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to protect user-browsing by preventing malware and spyware infections. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Clean Browser is categorized as adware since it was developed to employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, Clean Browser generates various intrusive online advertisements including coupon, banner, pop-up, targeted video, interstitial ads, and offers to download other PUPs also considered to be adware. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, Clean Browser continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording information such as search terms entered into search engines (Google, Bing, etc.), URLs visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geo-locations, unique identifier numbers, and other similar details that are likely to be personally identifiable. Clean Browser is similar to other rogue browser extensions that use bundling as an installation method. For example: Search Defense, Browser Armor, and Browsing Protection. None of these add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Clean Browser adware from your Internet browsers.
Clean Browser is distributed via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) and other potentially unwanted programs such as Safe Browse, Browser Guardian, Solid Savings, and savings and coupons related adware. Clean Browser is also distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites including download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com Download managers are used as a free service monetization tool for these websites since they offer installation of promoted (according to Intriguing Apps '100% legitimate') browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware frequently results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading free software and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Clean Browser adware, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, follow this removal guide to eliminate this PUP from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in Clean Browser adware distribution:
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- What is Clean Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Clean Browser ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Clean Browser advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Clean Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Clean Browser extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Clean Browser adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Clean Browser" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, Clean Browser ads were generated by various coupon ads-displaying adware), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Clean Browser ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Clean Browser 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 "Clean Browser BHO", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Clean Browser ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by clean browser, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Clean Browser", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Clean Browser ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you are unable to remove Clean Browser (or any other add-on) and it is greyed-out ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by clean browser, 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Clean Browser". Note that Clean Browser ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with ads by clean browser 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 clean browser, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by clean browser from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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