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Clean.shield-plus.com Redirect Removal

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This article provides removal for Clean.shield-plus.com redirect. By following the steps at the end you will easily remove it from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or Safari browser and Windows system.

Clean.shield-plus.com is a domain that pushes suspicious search engine of unknown origin. It is considered to be an unwanted program with hijacking capabilities. That’s why you may see the main page of Clean.shield-plus.com during each browsing session. The redirect is designed to sneak into the system without asking for your prior permission so it can modify some important browser settings and start to appear each time you open the affected browser. The redirect may change the homepage and new tab page with its domain address – Clean.shield-plus.com. The removal of this infection should be a priority of yours as it may cause some unpleasant privacy-related issues.

Threat Summary

Name Clean.shield-plus.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The suspicious domain Clean.shield-plus.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.
Symptoms The homepage and new tab browser page of affected browsers can display the main page of Clean.shield-plus.com hijacker. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Clean.shield-plus.com – Distribution

The distribution of Clean.shield-plus.com happens mainly via shady techniques with the most preferred one being the installers of third-party apps. When you download a desired and supposedly useful freeware it may incorporate the unwanted redirect Clean.shield-plus.com into the installer. As such additional components are often not disclosed properly, you can install them without your knowledge. In some cases, you can prevent their installation by choosing the Advanced/Custom configuration options where you can see all the programs included in the installer. If you do not need some of the apps you can deselect them and continue with the installation process. However, there is no doubt that Clean.shield-plus.com redirect is a program that you should remove as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk serious misuses of your important data.

The installation of Clean.shield-plus.com redirect may also happen after a visit of a web page that is set to infect each user who lands on it. Such pages may be part of malvertising campaigns and spread via popular social media channels as well.

Another possible scenario is that the dubious browser extension associated with the redirect is installed in your browser. The extension is called Sield-Plus and can be found in Chrome web store:

shield-plus browser extesion chrome web store

Commonly used web browsers are considered to be set as targets of Clean.shield-plus.com. So it is believed to hijack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari browsers.

Clean.shield-plus.com – In Details

Clean.shield-plus.com redirect can be also called a browser hijacker due to its capabilities to alter essential browser settings without your consent. Once the redirect gains access to your system it replaces the homepage, new tab page and default search engine of each target browser.

As a result, its main page appears each time you open the affected browser. Currently, Clean.shield-plus.com has a simple design that resembled a lot the designs of some reliable search engines like Google and Bing. The hijacker provides a dubious search engine that displays mainly sponsored results as well as websites of unknown origin.
Below you can see the picture of the redirect:

clean.shield-plus.com dubious search engine

The redirect generates many annoying advertisements as possible to all affected users because each click on an ad generates revenue to its creators. The model is called pay-per-click and is widely used by website owners to monetize their projects.

In addition, during our research, we found that a nasty browser extension installed in your browser may be one of the reasons why the suspicious redirect domain appears while you are surfing the net. When the extension called Shield-Plus History Cleaner is installed in your Chrome browser is can:

  • Read and change your data on clean.shield-plus.com
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Change your search settings to: clean.shield-plus.com

shield-plus history cleaner browser extension capabilities

In case that you found Shield-Plus History Cleaner installed in the browser, it is better to consider its removal. No matter it claims to be a useful app that cleans your browsing and search history, it is able to gather the details and keep a record of them on its servers. This means that the owners of the nasty extension related to Clean.shield-plus.com acquire many valuable details about you and your online profiles, searches, preferences, downloads, etc. The next paragraph reveals in detail what kind of information is collected from the redirect.

Search.searchwfc.com – Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy is a must read page as it describes what information is collected by the website owners and further explains how they plan to use it. The policy of Clean.shield-plus.com acknowledges that the owners (Start Page) of the redirect are able to record all your download and browsing activity on Babylon servers in case that you are using their services.

The redirect keeps records of the following details:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Names of downloaded software
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • Default language setting
  • Date/time stamp
  • Referring and exit pages

The data is used for purposes of delivering targeted search results and content in accordance with your preferences as well as for advertising purposes.

We may share certain information with a Third Party Content and/or services providers … By downloading and/or using the Start Page and/or Services you agree to the collection and use of your data as described in this policy.

In case that you want to prevent the privacy-related troubles that may occur as a result of using Clean.shield-plus.com services, be advised to consider its complete removal from the system as soon as possible. Afterward, do not forget to change the passwords of all your online accounts as the hijacker may have already gathered them.

Remove Clean.shield-plus.com Browser Redirect

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Clean.shield-plus.com redirect completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The guide reveals how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You have two options to follow a manual or an automatic removal. Once you complete the manual removal some leftovers may remain on the system so you need to check out whether your PC is safe or not. With a scan of an advanced anti-malware tool, you will be able to locate all harmful files and remove them completely from the PC.

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How to Remove Clean.shield-plus.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Clean.shield-plus.com

OFFER

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Clean.shield-plus.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Clean.shield-plus.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Clean.shield-plus.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Clean.shield-plus.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Clean.shield-plus.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Clean.shield-plus.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Clean.shield-plus.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Clean.shield-plus.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Clean.shield-plus.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Clean.shield-plus.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Clean.shield-plus.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Clean.shield-plus.com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Clean.shield-plus.com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Clean.shield-plus.com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Clean.shield-plus.com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Clean.shield-plus.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Clean.shield-plus.com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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