Remove Clkmon.com virus (Removal Guide)

Clkmon is an advertising platform, which is used by adware and other malicious programs to display popup ads from clkmon.com within Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

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The Clkmon popup ads happens regardless of the web browser or search engine, and if you are seeing ads from clkmon.com whenever you are doing a Google search or visiting a website, then your computer may be infected with Pihar, Tracur, ZeroAccess/Sirefef rootkit, adware or a potentially unwanted program.
This infection is designed specifically to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.

Clkmon virus is distributed through several means. Malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been compromised, may drop this Trojan onto a compromised computer. This drive-by-download often happens surreptitiously. Another method used to propagate this type of malware is spam email containing infected attachments or links to malicious websites. The threat may also be downloaded manually by tricking the user into thinking they are installing a useful piece of software.
Clkmon virus is also prevalent on peer-to-peer file sharing websites and is often packaged with pirated or illegally acquired software.

Once install on a computer, the Clkmon will display pop-up ads within your browser and Flash update boxes with the sole purpose of generating revenue for the cyber criminals.

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clkmon.com is not a malicious domain itself, however this website is used by cyber criminals as a tracking website for their affiliate programs.Before traffic is delivered to advertisers, Clkmon is used as a network referral ID to identify and qualify traffic sent by traffic partners.

Depending on what is causing the Clkmon popup ads, the malware removal process can be different for each particular case, however using the below guide, you should be able to remove this infection from your computer.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Clkmon adware. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Clkmon.com pop-up ads (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Clkmon.com pop-ups from your computer, and any other adware program that may have been installed during the setup process.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point,STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall the adware program that is responsible for the Clkmon.com pop-up ads from Windows
STEP 2: Remove Clkmon.com Ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome
STEP 3: Remove Clkmon.com pop-up ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove Clkmon.com virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Clkmon.com adware infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1: Uninstall the adware program that is responsible for the Clkmon.com pop-up ads from Windows

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the Clkmon.com program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the “Start” button, then click on the “Control Panel” menu option.windows-start-menu-control-panelIf you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select “Control Panel” from there.control-panel-windows-8
  2. When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the “Classic View” of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the “Programs and Features” icon instead.uninstall-a-program-windows
  3. When the “Programs and Features” or the “Uninstall a Program” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall PriceMeterSupra SavingsweDownload ManagerPureLeadSearch AssistRe-MarkableZombie AlertWajamCoupon ServerLollipopHD-Total-PlusUTUobEAdaBlockSafe SaverSupTabValueAppsLollipopSoftware Updated VersionDP1815Video PlayerConvert Files for FreePlus-HD 1.3BetterSurfTrusted WebPassShow,LyricsBuddy-1PureLeadsMedia Player 1.1RRSavingsFeven Pro 1.2,WebsteroidsSavings BullHD-Plus 3.5Re-markit and any other recently installed unknown program from your computer.
    To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll though the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.uninstall-malicious-program1Depending on what program has installed the Clkmon.com adware infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Clkmon.com program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.

STEP 2: Remove Clkmon.com pop-up ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

Remove Clkmon.com pop-up ads from Internet Explorer

You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear icon” [Image: icongear.jpg] in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.

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2. In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.

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3. In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.

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4. When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now  need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.

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Remove Clkmon.com pop-up ads from Mozilla Firefox

If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), then click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.

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2. From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.

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3. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.

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4. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.

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5.

  1. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Remove Clkmon.com pop-up ads from Google Chrome

1. Click on the “Chrome menu button” (Chrome menu)  on the browser toolbar, select “Tools“, and then click on “Extensions“.

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2. In the “Extensions” tab, remove the HD-Total-PlusSafeSaverDP1815Video Player,Convert Files for FreePlus-HD 1.3BetterSurfMedia Player 1.1PassShow,LyricsBuddy-1YClkmon.com 1.2Media Player 1.1Savings BullFeven Pro 1.1,WebsteroidsSavings BullHD-Plus 3.5 any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
Basically, if you have not installed an extensions then you should remove it from your web browser.
If you cannot remove the Clkmon.com extension, and under the trash can you can see the “Installed by enterprise policy” text, then you will need to follow our “Remove Installed by enterprise policy extension from Chrome” guide.

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STEP 3: Remove Clkmon.com adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for malicious files, adware browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, thendouble-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    AdwCleaner IconIf Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.

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AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “Clkmon.com” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.

4. To remove the “Clkmon.com” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.

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5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

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STEP 4: Remove Clkmon.com popup virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
    1. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
      [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
      Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  2. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.

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To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.

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4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.

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Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.

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5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.

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6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the Clkmon.com virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.

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7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.

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Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.

8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.

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  1. After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 5: Double-check for the Clkmon.com adware infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)

2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.

hitmanpro-installClick on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.

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3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Clkmon.com malicious files.

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4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove Clkmon.com virus.

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5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.

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Your computer should now be free of the “Clkmon.com” pop-up ads. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.

source:http://malwaretips.com/

 

 

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