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Remove Cleanserp Virus

How to remove the ads and pop-ups, generated by the Cleanserp Virus, and stop your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox browser from redirecting your searches? This is what we are going to show you here. You probably would like to also restore your favorite search engine and homepage settings and get rid of the imposed ones, so, stay on this page, and read on the information that follows. Below, we have prepared a special removal guide, which will assist you to eliminate the real source for these modifications – a browser hijacking program, and permanently save your PC from it. 

A browser hijacker operates on your machine – how to recognize it?

Unlike most of the viruses, such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other tricky malware, a browser hijacker is really easy to spot. This software usually invades your default browser the moment it gets installed on your computer and incorporates a new toolbar, a search engine or a new homepage inside. By doing this, it ensures that every time you browse the web, you will get redirected to certain web pages or different ads, pop-ups, banners or promotional links. This activity can be a bit irritating, and a lot of users refer to it as undesired, mostly because it may heavily interrupt their normal browsing.

Cleanserp Virus is a classic example of a browser hijacking program and its activity is pretty much related to what we just described above. Usually, the popping messages that it generates on your screen come with a small text stating something like “powered by Cleanserp Virus”, “ads delivered by Cleanserp Virus” or a similar sentence. This way, you can easily recognize what is the source of your browser’s disturbance and take the necessary steps to remove it.

How can Cleanserp Virus get inside your computer?

Do you have the habit of installing software without carefully reading the EULA? Do you often download setups from open source platforms, torrent sites, free download links, automatic installation managers, or email links? Then this is where you are most likely to meet browser hijackers like Cleanserp Virus. These programs are usually bundled inside the software installers of some other programs that are commonly distributed on the web for free. If you simply run the installers via the automatic setup, without carefully reading the EULA and checking for additionally bundled programs through the advanced/custom options during the setup, this is how may get them installed on your PC. Unfortunately, not all the installers clearly notify you what programs exactly may come along with the software you desire and the moment you click on the “OK” button, you indirectly may give your permission to the whole bundle to become part of your system.

Uninstalling Cleanserp Virus will permanently save you from the crazy ads invasion!

The unstoppable flow of nagging pop-ups and banners, as well as the frequent redirects of your searches to some unfamiliar sites, full of aggressive ads, may eventually interfere with your browsing activity and prevent you from using your browser normally. That’s why, uninstalling the browser hijacker could be a good solution to that disturbance. Also, many people find the aggressive ad-generating activity as risky, and fear of getting redirected to some shady sites where security threats such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware or other infections may lurk. Theoretically, such thing may eventually happen if some hackers hide their malicious payload inside a misleading link, an ad or a page and you somehow click on that content without knowing. Moreover, with the constant flow of randomly popping notifications on your screen, the chance is high, that’s why many users simply prefer to eliminate the source of the ads.

However, we should point out that neither Cleanserp Virus nor any other browser hijacker is directly involved in any malicious activity. This type of software is generally not capable of harming your computer. Its primary purpose is not to corrupt your data or your system, but simply to generate Pay-Per-Click profits for its creators by loading your screen with ads and redirecting you to certain promotional sites. This, according to most of the security experts, is not harmful or fatal for your system. However, it can cause annoyance. That’s why, if you really want to remove Cleanserp Virus, you can easily do that in two ways. You can either use the manual steps in the removal guide that follows, or you can scan your PC with the professional Cleanserp Virus removal tool. Both ways will effectively rid you of the browser hijacker and permanently eliminate all of its nagging ads and browser modifications.

Cleanserp Virus Removal

Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.

Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.


Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.


Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.


Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.

In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.


Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.

If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.

Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.


Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.

For Chrome users

Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.

For Firefox users

Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.

For IE users

When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.


Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.

If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.

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