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.
How is Clever Search Distributed across the Web?
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
- Guide 1: How to Remove CleverSearch Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of CleverSearch Ads on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove CleverSearch Ads in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase CleverSearch Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall CleverSearch Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove CleverSearch Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate CleverSearch Ads from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable CleverSearch Ads Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove CleverSearch Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CleverSearch Ads
Step 2: Uninstall CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of CleverSearch Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as CleverSearch Ads, 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 CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads will be removed.
Eliminate CleverSearch Ads 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 CleverSearch Ads 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".