This page aims to help you remove Clickserve Dartsearch Net. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Aggressive generation of colorful adverts and banners all over your screen, automatic pop-ups and page-redirects to strange and unfamiliar pages, unauthorized changes to key components of your browser are just some of the things that you may experience if a browser hijacker gets installed in your system. This type of software is known for its ability to replace the homepage URL or the search engine tool of your default browser as well as impose some modifications on your add-ons, buttons and Internet settings without asking for any direct approval from your side. Another typical characteristic of the browser hijackers is their ability to integrate with nearly any browser. Even secure browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer or Safari are not immune to being hijacked. This means, that even if you try to change your default browser with another one, this won’t really help and won’t save you from the ads invasion and the redirect prompts that may start to appear on your screen once again. What is more, there are hundreds of browser hijacker programs out there and you can land another one when you install some free software bundle, an add-on or an update without carefully going through all the Advanced/Custom setup settings. On this page, we will tell you more about one new representative of the hijacker group called Clickserve Dartsearch Net. This program is particularly intrusive and leaves you with no other option but to remove it if you want to permanently stop it from spamming your screen with sponsored ads, pop-ups, banners and aggressive third-party messages. Its uninstallation, however, may be a bit challenging because this software usually has no uninstallation menu and normally cannot be found under the Control Panel Uninstall a Program section where the other programs on the computer are listed. That’s why, to eliminate it, we suggest you use the instructions in the removal guide below or the professional Clickserve Dartsearch Net removal tool, which can handle the entire removal process automatically.
Luckily, Clickserve Dartsearch Net is not a harmful virus and unlike threats like Rootkits, Ransomware, Trojans, etc. it does not perform criminal tasks inside your machine. It simply generates pay-per-click income for its developers by making you click on sponsored commercials and by redirecting you to third-party sites. In its attempts to advertise more, however, the hijacker may expose you to various unfamiliar web locations, redirect links, sketchy ads, shady platforms and similar questionable content, which may contain security hazards. Unfortunately, there is no way of being sure about the origin and the reliability of all the popping-up messages that Clickserve Dartsearch Net may display on your screen. You may come across some really good offers, discounts and sales, but it is also perfectly possible that you may click on misleading messages which may land you Ransomware viruses, Trojan Horses or other nasty malware. We, however, can help you avoid such risks. All you need to do is use the instructions in the removal guide above and remove the hijacker along with all of its ads.
Remove Clickserve Dartsearch Net
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Clickserve Dartsearch Net software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Clickserve Dartsearch Net
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Clickserve Dartsearch Net on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Clickserve Dartsearch Net in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Clickserve Dartsearch Net and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Clickserve Dartsearch Net in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.