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Also Known As: SuperClick adware
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is SuperClick?

SuperClick claims to provide features such as advanced Internet searching and information translation - this is to trick users into installation of this application. Many users find this browser plug-in legitimate and useful, however, SuperClick is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

A deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' is used in SuperClick adware distribution and is one of the reasons for these negative associations. Bundling is stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software, and therefore, SuperClick often installs without users' permission.

Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox intrusive online advertisements are displayed and Internet browsing activity is tracked.

SuperClick adware

After installation, SuperClick generates banner, search, in-text, coupon, and other types of advertisement that redirect users to various websites. There is a high probability that these websites will contain infectious content, and therefore, clicking them exposes your computer to risk of infection.

SuperClick is known to track Internet browsing-related information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geographic locations), operating system/browser types, browsing details (websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and other computer-related data.

Some of this collected information may be personally identifiable, thus, the presence of bogus applications such as SuperClick on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall this adware from your system immediately.

SuperClick is a regular adware-type application, and similar or identical to many others including Safer-Surfer, Blockeru, Desktop Recipe, and Desktop Search - these are just some examples. Adware-type applications such as SuperClick are developed to generate revenue by the display of ads and sharing collected data with third parties.

They provide no significant value for the user. SuperClick is mostly distributed using small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as downloads.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com. Download managers offer installation of third party applications (via pop ups) to monetize their traffic and free services.

The developers make assurances that their promoted software is 'legitimate and virus-free', however, it is likely to be adware or malware. Computer infections can be avoided by closely analysing each step of the free software download procedure, and ensuring that no third party applications are included.

Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed SuperClick adware, the following removal instructions will help you to eliminate this PUP from your system.

Deceptive free software installers used in Super Click adware distribution:

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Super Click adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by SC', 'Powered by SC' and 'SC Advertisements'):

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Quick menu:

SuperClick adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

super click adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "SuperClick 1.10.0.16", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes SuperClick ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove SuperClick adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing SuperClick 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 "SuperClick", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing SuperClick ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the superclick 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 SuperClick 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 "Extensions". Locate "SuperClick", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing SuperClick ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the superclick 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing SuperClick 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "SuperClick".

Removing SuperClick ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with superclick 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 superclick 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.

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