What is ChatClap?

ChatClap is adware that is known to generate pop-up advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and other popular internet browsers. ChatClap ads can typically  be identified by small text on the them that say something like “Ads by ChatClap.” If you see ChatClap ads while you browse the web it means that your computer has contracted a specific ad-supported program.


Advertisements displayed by ChatClap adware can appear when you hover over an image, when you hover over a text hyperlink (in-text advertisement), or at random times in your web browser. Furthermore, ChatClap adware may also produce pop-under advertisements that take-up an entire browser window or tab. Internet browsers are usually good at blocking many pop-under advertisements by default so users may not even be aware that pop-under ads are being produced until they close the browser window.

ChatClap adware also bundles with other threats such as malware and spyware. If you find this adware on your computer it may be the least of your concerns.

Threat Details

Names ChatClap, ChatClap virus *This infection is not technically defined as a computer virus
Detection Categories Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Publisher Description N/A
Symptoms Advertisements and sponsored search results in the web browser
Browser redirects to sponsored webpages
Decreased internet speed and performance
Decreased computer functionality and performance
Bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs
Common Path(s) C:\Program Files (x86)
C:\Users\{USER}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\
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ChatClap Removal Options

Manual Removal Guide

This manual ChatClap removal guide contains steps to help you completely remove ChatClap and other threats from your computer. In order to eradicate this threat please follow each step in order.

ChatClap Removal Steps

1. The first step to remove ChatClap is to uninstall the program from Windows Control Panel if there is a usable uninstall entry. To uninstall ChatClap go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program (or Add and Remove Programs) and search for ChatClap and other suspicious programs in the list. Once you have found ChatClap, double click it to begin the uninstall process. Repeat this step for any other suspicious programs you may have found.

2. The second step to remove ChatClap is to remove any unwanted browser add-ons and extensions that may have installed from each web browser on your computer.

Google Chrome Go to Customize and control Google Chrome > More Tools > Extensions
Mozilla Firefox Go to Menu > Add-ons
Microsoft Internet Explorer Go to Tools > Manage add-ons
Apple Safari Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions

3. The third step to remove ChatClap is to scan your computer and eradicate malicious files using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

4. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. Open Malwarebytes and click the large blue Scan Now button to begin a scan.

6. Once the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and Finish button afterwards. If Malwarebytes suggests that you restart your computer please do so.

7. The fourth step to remove ChatClap is to scan your computer and eradicate malicious files using HitmanPro; a reputable second-opinion scan and removal tool.

8. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

9. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

10. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button and then click the Reboot button. *To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

11. The fifth step to remove ChatClap is to clean-up and repair settings with CCleaner.

12. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

13. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

14. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

15. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

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