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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


If you browse the web with the Chrome browser, there is a chance that you might get infected with the Home.clearwebsearch.net hijacker. This search page is a constituent part of a browser extension that can be downloaded from clearwebsearch.net. With the homepage out in the open, it would be hard to label this program malicious, but users often complain that they did not install this application willingly, and they do not know how this domain was set as their default homepage. Therefore, it is clear that the program has intrusive qualities, so you need to do everything in your power to remove Home.clearwebsearch.net right now.

When we take a look back at the official website, perhaps it would be hard to believe that the page and the product it promotes have anything to do with computer security issues. Technically, the Clear Web Search extension should help you improve “your productivity online.” It says that this application can make your searching needs clear “so you can spend your time searching more effectively.” What could think that this program can read minds or something, judging from the promotional tag line. Unfortunately, very few users download this application directly, so most of the affected users are left to deal with this browser hijacker without having any idea how it arrived at their doorstep.

Of course, computer security experts know very well that such applications are very often distributed bundled with other freeware programs. Thus, our research team also says that Home.clearwebsearch.net spreads “through bundled malicious installers.” Now, it is still debatable whether the third-party installers that distribute the hijacker are really malicious. The clear thing is that users initiate freeware downloads themselves when they encounter some programs they need on third-party websites. Therefore, it might also be possible to avoid installing this browser hijacker if you were more attentive during freeware installation.

Either way, when your browser goes through these unsolicited modifications, you have to be careful because you will be exposed to unreliable content. Performing a web search via Home.clearwebsearch.net is out of the question because most of your search results will be modified according to your likes and preferences. The hijacker can figure those out by employing tracking cookies to monitor your online activity. Thus, you will be subjected to muddling through targeted content that will lure you to click an outgoing link or a random pop-up ad.

Some users may say this search page provides them with relevant search results, and that the page itself is related to Yahoo! Search. That is not really the case. You see, Home.clearwebsearch.net does not have its own search engine, so it makes use Yahoo! Search. This shady behavior also adds up to the overall list of reasons why you should get rid of this program.

If that is not enough, consider the fact that the hijacker could be used for malware distribution. Of course, neither Clear Web Search nor this hijacker intends to infect you with malware. However, the program can display commercial advertisements, and just like it is with third-party apps, they do not care what content is embedded in their advertising space.

Hence, cyber criminals could easily make use of this security loop to promote their web pages. If you happen to accidentally click a corrupted ad, it is only a matter of time until you get infected with ransomware, Trojan or some other dangerous type of malware infection.

You can prevent that from happening by deleting Home.clearwebsearch.net today. Below you will find instructions how to terminate the application on your own. After you get rid of the extension, do not forget to run a full system scan with a computer security tool of your choice. As mentioned, these programs often travel in groups, so you need to ensure your computer is safe and clean.

Not to mention, you should also take some time to invest in a powerful antispyware tool that would protect your system from other unwanted programs that might try to enter your PC in the future. Should you need any piece of advice, please leave us a comment below. We are also always open for your questions. Do not hesitate to ask; our team is always ready to assist you!

How to Remove Home.clearwebsearch.net

  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData% into the Open box.
  2. Click OK and load the directory.
  3. Navigate to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
  4. Find and delete the aajfipfppociplchnohplaiobmmfmeke folder.
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