DesktopClock Ads

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

DesktopClock removal instructions

What is DesktopClock?

DesktopClock is a deceptive application identical to WinClock. Both of these applications are (as the developers state) highly customizable desktop clocks - "Highly customizable Clocks for your desktop with a beautiful set of skins. Enjoy DesktopClock by adding several clocks to your desktop for time zones and different skins and never miss the time." Initially, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that DesktopClock is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

DesktopClock adware

This PUP employs a virtual layer to display intrusive online advertisements. The virtual layer allows placement of any third party graphical content on visited websites. Advertisements generated by this adware may seem harmless, however, some redirect to malicious sites containing infectious content. There is a high probability that clicking them will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, none originate from the visited sites and conceal underlying content, thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, DesktopClock gathers various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. This is later shared with third party companies who can misuse it to generate revenue. Some of the collected data can be personally identifiable, and thus, the presence of DesktopClock adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, we strongly advise that you uninstall DesktopClock immediately.

DesktopClock adware has similar characteristics to many other applications including SpeedyMediaConverter, Groover, Temperature Scout, and Rapid Media Converter, which also claim to improve the Internet browsing experience by enabling useful features. These, however, are simply attempts to trick users to install. Applications such as DesktopClock merely display intrusive online advertisements and collect personally identifiable information - their sole purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Users receive no real value.

How did DesktopClock install on my computer?

Although DesktopClock is free for anyone to download on its official website, many users install this application inadvertently without their consent. The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party software with regular software/apps), and thus, DesktopClock often infiltrates systems without users' permission. Bundled applications are often concealed within the 'Custom/Advanced' download or installation settings. By rushing and skipping this section, users commonly install bogus apps inadvertently. The developers are concerned only with the amount of revenue generated, and therefore, do not properly disclose installation of PUPs such as DesktopClock.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two main steps you should take to prevent installation of adware-type apps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - select the 'Custom/Advanced' settings and study each step. Secondly, never accept offers to download or install additional programs - they are likely to be bogus.

DesktopClock adware installer set-up:

Official DesktopClock adware installation setup

Screenshot of the DesktopClock application:

Deceptive adware-type application DesktopClock

Quick menu:

DesktopClock 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.

DesktopClock adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "DesktopClock v1.0", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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


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Remove DesktopClock adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, DesktopClock did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing DesktopClock 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing DesktopClock ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the desktopclock 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 DesktopClock  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing DesktopClock ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the desktopclock 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 DesktopClock 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing DesktopClock ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with desktopclock 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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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