This article aims to explain in detail what is the WhiteClick or White Click Toolbar and provide instructions on how to remove this potentially unsafe program from your computer.
WhiteClick toolbar is what someone who sees it in action might call a virus. In reality, this is one of those potentially unwanted programs, that aim to wreak havoc on your computer and slow it down with their annoying third-party advertisements. And these advertisements are the main reason why some people may get burned, since WhiteClick themselves are not responsible for the third-parties that these ads may lead you to and your PC might wind up getting infected by malware. This is WhiteClick is regarded as a Potentially Unwanted Program and it’s removal is highly recommended.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Aims to display various different types of advertisements and heavily modify your web browser so that cookies can be used to track information..|
|Symptoms||Slow performance of your PC. Lots of advertisements. Change the home page to Ukraine site of Google.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss WhiteClick.|
White Click – How Did I Get It
The main method of propagation that is used by the White Click software is likely software bundling. The program may be bundled into the installers of other free software that is often downloaded, like media players, torrent downloaders, etc. What happens is that during the course of installation somewhere in the installation steps there may be a prompt to add WhiteClick as a free extra to the current installation. But it is not easy to spot it either. The installation step that may be advertising WhiteClick toolbar may be concealed somewhere in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes, making it easy to be missed.
Furthermore, the WhiteClick PUP may also spread by being falsely advertised as a useful complementaly software added to your web browser in order to improve your browsing experience in a way. Either method this happens, the app does not mention the possibility of your computer slowing down due to advertisements and third-party sites.
WhiteClick – Activity
Once installed on your computer, WhiteClick may heavily modify your web browser by adding itself as a browser extension. From there, the software may display it’s custom search engine and it’s custom toolbar automatically on your computer.
Once on your computer has WhiteClick added to it, the software may use the following tracking technologies on your browser:
- LSOs (Locally Shared Objects).
Once these are dropped, they may be used by WhiteClick to obtain different information from your online activity, such as:
- Your online search history.
- Browsing history.
- Clicks you’ve made on your web browser.
- Ads you have clicked on.
The main activity of WhiteClick PUP however is to possibly connect to a remote host each several minutes or so and then transfer information in order to help it to display advertisements. The ads that are displayed by the WhiteClick PUP may be of different types:
- Highlighted texts.
- Browser redirects.
Since the advertisements that are displayed by the WhiteClick PUP may lead to third-party websites, that generate money as a result of different pay-per-click schemes and other types of automated money making scams. But this is not all, there are other dangers related to those advertisements as well – these adverts may lead you to sites that may contain scamming pages, malicious pages, pages that may be of a phishing type and deceive you into entering your login details. This possibly dangerous content is the main reason why it is strongly recommended to remove the WhiteClick PUP from your computer completely.
How to Remove WhiteClick PUP from Your Computer
In order to remove this unwanted software, we advise that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. The reason for that is that they have been designed to be manual and automatic removal methods. If manual removal is not a solution for you and the program is persistent, for maximum effectiveness, experts often recommend to download and run a scan on your PC by using an advanced anti-malware software. Such software aims to fully scan for and remove all objects, related to WhiteClick toolbar from your computer and in the same time ensure that protection against such programs and malware is always available in real-time.
- Guide 1: How to Remove WhiteClick from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of WhiteClick from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove WhiteClick from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase WhiteClick from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall WhiteClick from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove WhiteClick from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate WhiteClick from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove WhiteClick from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WhiteClick
Step 2: Uninstall WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of WhiteClick from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick 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 WhiteClick will be removed.
Eliminate WhiteClick 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.