Ads by Click Caption

Also Known As: Click Caption adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Click Caption removal instructions

What is Click Caption?

Developed by a Delaware LLC, Click Caption is a potentially unwanted program claiming to allow Internet searches directly from the current webpage without navigating away. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Click Caption is categorized as adware since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission. Following successful installation, Click Caption generates numerous intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, in-text, and search ads. Click Caption is not technically considered to be a virus or malware, however, it is highly probable that clicking advertisements generated by this adware will cause further high-risk adware/malware infections and computer security issues.

Click capiton virus

In addition, this potentially unwanted program continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information such as unique identifier numbers, web browser types and data (including website URLs visited, search queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, cookies, web beacons, history, browser language settings, etc.), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic locations, and other similar details that may be personally identifiable. This information tracking may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. A clear indication that your browser has been infiltrated are 'Powered by Click Caption', 'Ads by Click Caption', and 'Click Caption Advertisement' ads delivered when surfing the Internet. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Click Caption adware from your Internet browsers.

Click Caption is similar to other rogue applications that employ bundling as an installation method. TheAnswerFinder, BetterBrain, and Term Tutor are just some examples among many others. These applications (including Click Caption) are useless to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by sharing collected data with third parties and delivering intrusive online ads (that may cause further computer infections). Installation of Click Caption can be avoided by paying close attention when downloading free software and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed Click Caption, and you observe intrusive online ads, follow the removal guide below to uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.

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Quick menu:

Click Caption adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Click Caption adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Click Caption", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Click Caption ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Click Caption adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Click Caption ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "ClickCaption", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Click Caption ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the click caption adware, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Click Caption ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Click Caption", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Click Caption ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the click caption adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Click Caption ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Click Caption".

Removing Click Caption ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with click caption adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the click caption adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove click caption adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on click caption adware or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

mongrelfeedbag

Thanks. decent article. removed click caption following the steps above.

Fish Face

I'd removed Click Caption with windows uninstaller, but it still showed in my browsers. I got Revo Uninstaller, and it showed up in there. I uninstalled with Revo and didn't have to go through my browsers individually.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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