ClickStreamSearch is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) with adware components and browser hijacking capabilities. In other words, once installed, the app would change your browser’s settings in order to display various types of ads. ClickStreamSearch may also collect details related to your operating system and/or browsing, like most of the PUAs currently in the wild.
ClickStreamSearch is available on the following domain – portal.clickstreamsearch.com. However, it may also appear as a result of a bundled download. You can read more about bundling further in the article.
ClickStreamSearch Adware and PUA
ClickStreamSearch may seem like a useful search engine with added functionalities but in fact it is classified as a potentially unwanted app. Instead of providing any of the promised functionalities, this app may hijack your browser’s settings to flood you with ads and suspicious search results. It may cause unwanted redirects to multiple suspicious, potentially dangerous pages. Thus, removing it from the affected browser may be challenging, as it may re-appear multiple times. Persistence is often an issue with such unwanted programs. We will try to help you remove ClickStreamSearch by providing easy-to-follow steps in the last paragraph of this article.
Note. The adware is associated with the developers of the well-known bogus search engine SearchLee. It comes from the developers behind a number of similar browser hijackers, such as StreamSearchWeb and GetStreamSearch.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A questionable search engine that hijacks the browser’s settings. It may redirect the searches to searchlee.com.|
|Symptoms||When you open an affected browser, you see ClickStreamSearch set as your default page.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites|
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Why Do I Have ClickStreamSearch in My Browser?
This is how the homepage of the adware looks like (click on the image to enlarge it):
Let’s see the main reasons for having this page set as your default.
The most common method used by third-party developers to promote their shady products is bundling. Thanks to bundling, they can promote potentially unwanted applications as additional downloads in freeware installers.
Bundling is not illegal but it often causes unwanted, additional downloads, even of legitimate products. To avoid it from happening, you should be more careful during the installation steps of freeware applications.
Unsafe browsing and push notifications
Another scenario that may have caused StreamSearchWeb is unsafe browsing. Have you landed on a suspicious page lately, trying to convince you to subscribe to its push notifications? Such an example is the Pushingz.com domain. Such pages display ads, pop-ups, and messages wanting you to allow permissions for a page on the Web.
In addition, keep in mind that if you interact with any of the content of Click Stream Search, you may end up being flooded with even more unwanted apps. That is why we encourage you to make sure your OS is safe against any potential online threats.
How to Remove Click Stream Search
To get rid of the Click Stream Search browser hijacker along with all its associated files, you should complete several removal steps. If you want to make sure that no undesired and potentially harmful files are running on your system, we recommend that you follow the guide to the end. Keep in mind that some of the installed files may be named in a way not related to the PUPs’a name, so that they can be hard to find, and therefore, hard to remove.
- Guide 1: How to Remove ClickStreamSearch from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of ClickStreamSearch on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove ClickStreamSearch in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase ClickStreamSearch from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall ClickStreamSearch from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove ClickStreamSearch from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate ClickStreamSearch from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable ClickStreamSearch Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove ClickStreamSearch from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ClickStreamSearch
Step 2: Uninstall ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of ClickStreamSearch from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ClickStreamSearch, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch 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 ClickStreamSearch will be removed.
Eliminate ClickStreamSearch 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by ClickStreamSearch from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".