What is Clickorati.com? How to Remove?
The Clickorati.com hijacker is spread through free downloads and once it is installed on the computer it will change the default browser settings to redirect the user to google.com/webhp, which looks exactly like the authentic Google search page. When a search is performed the user is brought to pages that are filled with sponsored links and advertisements. It is a very elaborate hijacker that is designed to trick users into click on these sponsored listings and ads. Doing so generates revenue for the hackers through cost per click campaigns that they have set up with publisher accounts. Since they infect so many PC daily with this hijacker they are able to accumulate large sums of money this way. While this isn’t a hijacking virus that is designed to steal any information from the computer it is still important to remove it from the system as quickly as possible.
The Clickorati.com hijacker is installed when a free software or add on is downloaded and installed that contained the hijacker in the bundle. When installing the software the user is also agreeing to change the browser homepage default setting to google.com/webhp and the default search engine to “Search The Web (Privitize).” If a user is quick to learn that this has been done and simply uninstalls the Privitize setting the browser settings will not automatically return to their original settings. It will have to be manually removed from the web browser settings.
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Screenshot of Clickorati.com Search Engine
How Big The Clickorati.com Virus Browser Hijacker Is?
If the Clickorati.com redirect hijacker is installed on the computer of someone that doesn’t use the Internet often they might see the familiar Google logo on the search engine and not even notice there is any difference. Then, once they are directed to the pages full of ads there is a good chance that they will click on some, earning the hackers money. Since they install this hijacker on millions of computers they are able to bring in large sums of money daily even with just a single percent of the infected computers clicking on those advertisements and sponsored listings.
How to Remove Clickorati Virus Spyware Without Coming Back?
Never install software that you do not fully trust and always read all of the details before finalizing the install or you might end up with unwanted changes. Now, to remove the Clickorati.com redirect hijacker it will need to be done manually. We have provided detailed information and instructions below that will show you how to change the default browser settings back to your preferred search engine, either Google, Yahoo, or Bing. It also explains how to remove the toolbar and all other files linked to this hijacker. Follow them and you can easily remove Clickorati.com hijacker from the infected computer. For complete instructions, see below.
Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the domain. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager.
Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor.
Step D: Delete all these associating files and registry entries of Clickorati.com Redirect in Registry Editor as below:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = “”.exe.dll
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This is a perfect example of why it is always a good idea to select the custom install option when installing any free software downloaded from the Internet. Many of these installations will contain additional toolbars and browser redirects that users who simply agree to all terms of service will be stuck with. It is a very sneaky way to get the Clickorati.com hijacker onto many PC’s in a way that the user is actually agreeing to install it and make the changes. These hackers are not forcing the changes like many malicious attacks. While it is very sneaky, the fine print of the install is stating that the changes will be made and that by clicking the standard install that the user is agreeing to all terms.
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Published by Matt Johnston & last updated on April 27, 2013 1:00 pm