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Steps to Remove CleverSearch Ads and Stop Pop-Ups

CleverSearch also known as Clever Search Ads is classified as an adware application and a potentially unwanted program. Once installed, Clever Search may start generating numerous advertisements on the browser. Such applications are usually compatible with widely used browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Explorer, and Safari. If the user starts witnessing ads that are brought by or sponsored by Clever Search, he should be aware that adware has most likely sneaked into his system.

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How is Clever Search Distributed across the Web?

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Ad-supported applications are usually included in the packages of various freeware products. The method is known as bundling and may be avoided by opting for the advanced installer. Thus, the user gets the chance to deselect whatever appears suspicious to him. Always reading the EULA (End User License Agreement) or the download agreement is another highlighted security tip often given by online safety specialists.

Is Clever Search Dangerous to the System?

Adware may not be malicious, but it brings certain issues with its installation on the system. For instance, the user may start witnessing intrusive ad-sponsored content. Clicking anything brought by Clever Search is considered threatening since it may cause unsafe browser redirects to predefined pages. The display of numerous adverts also means that persistent cookies have been added to the browser. Third party cookies as they are also called are known to:

  • Gather PII (personally identifiable information) – email addresses, website credentials, IP addresses, browsing habits, etc.
  • Slow down the browser and occasionally crash it. Interfere with the user’s normal browsing.
  • Change the browser’s default settings without the user’s knowledge.

Should CleverSearch be Removed from the System?

Considering the potential risks brought by adware, its uninstallation is typically advisory. To remove Clever Search completely, run a full system scan via antivirus software and delete all detected threats. Another removal option is automated removal via following the step-by-step guide provided by STF researchers.

Spy Hunter 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 / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

1. Remove/Uninstall CleverSearch Ads

1. Remove/Uninstall CleverSearch Ads in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall CleverSearch Ads.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove CleverSearch Ads from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select CleverSearch Ads and click “Remove


    After CleverSearch Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate CleverSearch Ads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After CleverSearch Ads is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select CleverSearch Ads to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After CleverSearch Ads has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on CleverSearch Ads
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall CleverSearch Ads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the CleverSearch Ads will be removed.

    3. Remove CleverSearch Ads automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    3. Remove CleverSearch Ads automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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