Search.cleanmybrowser.com Virus - How To Remove?

 

Search.cleanmybrowser.com (or Cleanmybrowser.com) virus has been red-flagged for engaging in highly-disturbing activities: it is promoted by other malware samples like Searchanonymo.com, Polimva.com and Fooriza. The same developing company is expected to be behind all of these products, including Blasearch.com. Therefore, we presume that Socopoco.com virus is also closely-associated with the browser hijacker (1) we are analyzing in this article.

In-depth analysis of Search.cleanmybrowser.com malware

Due to the disruptive nature of this Search.cleanmybrowser.com redirect virus, its search platform has obtained the 629th position as the most visited domain in Pakistan (2). Launchpage.org has also been very active in Pakistan, meaning that this country is targeted by both of the extremely stubborn malware threats. Activity of this browser hijacker has also been persistent in United States, Egypt, Algeria and Canada.

Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus

These positions would not have been possible without referrals from a few other websites: Superadexchange, Pirateproxy.cc and many others. Also, the website is co-operating with a bunch ad-networks that will flood your operating system as soon as you install Search.cleanmybrowser.com hijacker. Adcash, Propeller Ads Media, AdsTerra, Adk2, Voluum and other companies have become partners of this infection. Even legitimate advertising companies can transmit infectious material (3).

Once you install the rogue Google Chrome add-on, Search.cleanmybrowser.com will commence its career as your new tab page, home page and custom search supplier. However, even though Search.yahoo.com will be noticed as the generator of results to keywords you enter into the search box, right before URLs and advertisements are combined, Feed.cleanmybrowser.com is momentarily seen in the address bar. This means that the browser hijacker delivers tainted results to search queries that might include some entries that have been selected due to your IP address.

Search.cleanmybrowser.com browser hijacker

Questionable third-party software requires certain permissions before it can be installed. We discovered this during the installation of this software (that we got from Chrome Web Store). In our opinion, it would be that such suspicious tool would not be promoted in this store. First of all, it stressed out the following privileges it demands:

  • Read and change all content of your visited websites;
  • Read and change your browsing history;
  • To communicate with websites the extension is associated with;
  • To control other programs, add-ons and themes.

Since extension will obtain a permission to contact websites of its partners, it can secretively install more potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or introduce you to websites that will commence drive-by downloads (4). Other permissions also appear to threaten your security and could end in secretive gathering of your personally identifiable information.

Approaches that will help you get rid of this browser hijacker

If you have voluntarily downloaded Clean My Browser Chrome extension, we suggest you reject his application as soon as possible. On the other hand, its presence might have been noticed only after browsers’ settings have been remodeled to foster an individual search platform.

Whichever the case is applicable to you, we are recommending to run a scan with Reimage since the disturbing activities of this add-on might have invited more malware threats into your operating system. If you are mainly focused on removing the browser hijacker, we are providing you with guidelines for this objective.

We hope you will become more cautious online and resist the temptations to download from unknown websites. Also, peer-to-peer downloads have also been indicated as the perfect place to distribute Trojans or other malware. However, potentially unwanted programs usually come bundled together with other freeware samples.

During installation processes of various free-of-charge tools, we hope you will select advanced/custom modes. These options will adequately introduce you with the terms and conditions of your installation. Also, it will permit you to refuse supplementary applications.



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Clean your operating system from Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus

How to remove cleanmybrowser virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to cleanmybrowser virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to cleanmybrowser virus , reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the cleanmybrowser virus from the list.

How to remove Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to cleanmybrowser virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall cleanmybrowser virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.cleanmybrowser.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

References: 

  1. How to prevent and repair browser hijacking. Av-comparatives.org.
  2. Analysis. Similarweb.com.
  3. You say advertising, I say block that malware. Engadget.com.
  4. What is a drive-by download? Bulguard.com. 
     
 

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