Cleanignite is adware claiming to help you clean your browser history in order for your browser to work better when, in fact, it overflows your browsing routine with various unwanted pop-up ads.
How Does Cleanignite Work?
As mentioned above, Cleanignite (by DigiLabz) is an ad-supported application and as such, it will spam you with multiple pop-up ads whether you want it or not. Its Terms of Service clearly state that “During general internet usage on sites where Cleanignite operates, users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, and in-text link advertisements. You will see approximately, between 1 and 5 banner advertisements per page, 1 and 4 search advertisements per page, 1-4 intext advertisements per page, and 1-2 pop-up or pop-under ads per day.’
The idea behind this ads invasion is to trick you into clicking on those ads, which will then redirect you to particular websites that you wouldn’t otherwise open. This is how these websites gain traffic and pay-per-click profits.
What is worse is that these websites are possibly corrupted and clicking on them may put your system at risk.
If you think that you can get rid of the pop-up ads by deleting the cookies, however, you are wrong. Cleanignite clearly states, ‘Users can elect to delete cookies, to disable cookies or to limit cookies to those that are pre-approved. Please note that disabling cookies on the browser does not mean Users will no longer receive online advertisements from us. It means that DigiLabz will no longer be able to deliver advertisements to that User that are tailored to his or her preferences or to limit the number of times the User see the same advertisement.’
How Does Cleanignite Enter Your PC?
Cleanignite can enter your system either bundled with freeware you download from the Web or you can personally download it from its official website. Either way, it acts the same once it infiltrates your system.
In order to protect your system from unwanted adware, you must be aware that most adware and PUPs (potentially unwanted program) can sneak into your system unnoticed when bundled with free programs you download. Since the bundling is always mentioned throughout the installation process, you have no excuse to miss disallowing it. Just watch the installation process carefully, uncheck the options and programs you know nothing about and disable the recommended or default settings.
How Do You Get Rid of Cleanignite?
If Cleanignite is already in your system, worry not. Do not click on any of the pop-up ads. Instead, download a legitimate anti-malware program that will clean your system for you.
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool. Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
- Guide 1: How to Remove Cleanignite from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Cleanignite from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Cleanignite from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Cleanignite from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Cleanignite from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Cleanignite from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Cleanignite from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Cleanignite from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Cleanignite
Step 2: Uninstall Cleanignite 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Cleanignite on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Cleanignite there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Cleanignite from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Cleanignite and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Cleanignite 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
Remove Cleanignite 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.
Erase Cleanignite 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.
Uninstall Cleanignite 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.
Remove Cleanignite 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Cleanignite will be removed.
Eliminate Cleanignite 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.