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Home.clearwebsearch(.)net Browser Hijacker Complete Removal

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Home.clearwebsearch(.)net is the sub-domain of a search engine. An unwanted program setup which installs the browser hijacker Clear Web Search is hosted on the main domain – Clearwebsearch(.)net. Other ways exist for the delivery of the hijacker program. An intrusive browser extension can also be installed in your browser applications.

The unwanted software changes individual browser settings, such as the homepage, search engine, and the new tab of most browsers. Other features as a toolbar might be installed to your browsers, too. Third party content and advertisements can be displayed when you surf the internet. To remove the browser hijacker along with all of its files, you should read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

Name Home.clearwebsearch(.)net
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The browsers found on your computer get their settings modified. Settings like the homepage, search engine and new tab.
Symptoms A browser add-on or extension can be set in your browsers. The hijacker can redirect you and filter all your search queries. You might see third party content and adverts put by partners of the hijacker site.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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Home.clearwebsearch(.)net – Delivery

Home.clearwebsearch can be delivered in many ways. Usually, that happens via third-party installation setups. Bundle packages or some free program setup might get the hijacker on your computer. Freeware installers have additional contents selected for installation that can be out of plain view. The unwanted application may install on its own and modify settings before you notice. To prevent unneeded installations of such programs, you should be able to find a Custom or an Advanced setting menu, from which to deselect components.

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As you can see in the above picture, a browser extension of the same name, related to the hijacker is present on the Google Chrome Web Store. That is another popular way for Clear Web Search to get into your computer, as the extension also has browser hijacking capabilities.

Another method in which the Home.clearwebsearch hijacker can be delivered is through advertisements, like pop-ups and/or banners. Visiting suspicious websites, which host redirects can distribute the hijacker further. Such websites could be partnered with Home.clearwebsearch(.)net. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Home.clearwebsearch(.)net – Description

Home.clearwebsearch(.)net is a search engine for the browser hijacker Clear Web Search. An installation setup is hosted on the main domain, which is Clearwebsearch(.)net.

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In the above picture you can see the Home.clearwebsearch(.)net which is the main website page of the browser hijacker. You can land on that page from many different places, and it will be used as your homepage and the new tab, too. If there are programs associated with the hijacker on your personal computer, then you will begin noticing modifications in your browsers. Settings like the homepage, new tab, and the search engine will get changed in most browsers you have. A sidebar or some toolbar may be added as additive content in your browser programs.

The browser add-on connected to Home.clearwebsearch can be installed as well. More applications may be installed on your computer, helping the hijacker, but the Clear Web Search extension featured on the Chrome Web Store is probably the most widespread one. Extensions can use ads or redirects to link you to various websites which can be partners or affiliates of Home.clearwebsearch(.)net. Here is what the hijacker’s extension can do:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Communicate with cooperating websites
  • Change your search settings to search.clearwebsearch(.)net
  • Detect your physical location

Continue reading to see what other things the extension does, described in the Privacy Policy section.

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In the picture displayed above, you can see an example search results page of Home.clearwebsearch. You can see that is actually a Yahoo search page. But you might not see that upon loading that page a redirect shows briefly, which leads to another search engine, which is the FindWide(.)com Browser Hijacker.

Below you can see a snapshot of the redirect in action:

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Home.Clearwebsearch(.)net and Services.Findwide(.)com will both collect data from you as they will act as filters for every search query you make. The search engines will send information to be stored on their servers, each time you type something and execute a search. Data about your browsing habits, as well as personal and technical information, can be acquired. So, be wary about what you input in a search bar and what inquiries you make.

When browsing you might get redirected or see lots of different targeted third party content or advertisements in the form of hyperlinks, pop-ups, and balloons.

Home.clearwebsearch(.)net – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of Home.clearwebsearch(.)net is located on the main domain of the hijacker and consists of just a picture. You cannot easily navigate through the policy or to copy text since it is an image. The website owners collect, store and share all kinds of information about you – both personally and non-personally identifying. Below you can see in what circumstances and exactly what data is gathered.

Here is a snapshot of the Privacy Policy page:

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Information which you provide, which is also collected upon contact with the site owners:

  • Full name
  • Physical address and country code
  • Email address
  • Telephone Number

Information collected when you simply have the extension in your browsers:

  • Your IP address
  • Your device type
  • Country code
  • Unique Identifier number
  • Hardware and software
  • Configuration and Usage patterns
  • Operating System information
  • The type of your browser
  • Capability and performance

Information collected from browsing the website:

  • Your IP address
  • Country code
  • Unique identifier number
  • Hardware and software
  • Configuration and what is your browser
  • Operating System information
  • Your language
  • Access times
  • Content of previously accepted cookies
  • Usage Patterns
  • The duration of the session
  • The number of clicks you made
  • Referrer URL

Cookies (including session cookies and persistent cookies), Adobe Flash, pixels, beacons, iFrames, JavaScript,web and DOM storage data, third party APIs and other tracking technologies collect:

  • Your IP address
  • Device type
  • Country code / geolocation
  • Hardware and software
  • Configuration and OS information
  • What is your browser
  • Usage patterns
  • Unique identifier number
  • Capability and performance
  • Web pages viewed
  • Features and content you have accessed
  • Advertisements you have seen
  • Search queries you have run
  • Referral URL information
  • Links you have clicked on
  • Specific products, services or content you used or viewed

The Privacy Policy openly states that by browsing the Clearwebsearch(.)net domain, all sub-domains or using any related applications grants your consent for the collecting of your personal data. As you see above, cookies and many other technologies are used for tracking by this hijacker.

The hijacker may disclose your information to third parties as well as their parent, subsidiary or affiliate companies without restriction. The collected data can be used and shared in ways to help the website owners and third parties, which are their affiliates, and also to monetize the extension. If you do not approve of all of the above information to be collected from you and the way it is used, you should remove the hijacker and everything related to it.

Remove Home.clearwebsearch(.)net Totally from Your PC

To remove Home.clearwebsearch(.)net manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers (including all cookies) with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.

Manually delete Home.clearwebsearch(.)net from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the Home.clearwebsearch(.)net threat: Manual removal of Home.clearwebsearch(.)net requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Remove or Uninstall Home.clearwebsearch(.)net in Windows
2. Remove Home.clearwebsearch(.)net from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by Home.clearwebsearch(.)net on your PC

Automatically remove Home.clearwebsearch(.)net by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Home.clearwebsearch(.)net with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Home.clearwebsearch(.)net in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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