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.
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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- What is Click Caption?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Click Caption application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Click Caption ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Click Caption advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Click Caption from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Click Caption extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Click Caption 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 "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:
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 "ClickCaption", select this entry and click "Remove".
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.
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: "Click Caption", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the click caption adware, 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 "Click Caption".
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, 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 click caption adware, 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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