How to remove claro-search.com (Virus Removal Guide)

Claro-search.com (also searched for as claro-search.com virus, Claro Search) is a website that has been a threat for many years. The website is associated with multiple browser add-ons, extensions, and programs that can change the homepage and default search settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge. If your internet browser starts-up on and redirects to claro-search.com, isearch.claro-search.com, iserch.claro-search.com, search.claro-search.com, or another similar webpage it means that you have contracted a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and/or browser attachment.

Browser redirects to the claro-search.com webiste occur when a new browser window is opened, a new tab is opened in the web browser, or a search is performed in the address or omni bar. If you perform a search with the website a new browser tab will open and Bing.com will be the search module target.

Symptoms

  • Advertisements and browser redirects in the web browser
  • Slow and sluggish computer
  • Decreased internet connectivity, functionality, and performance
  • Potentially bundles with or is advertised in close proximity of malware and other potentially unwanted programs

The procedure to remove claro-search.com and unwanted programs from your computer is very simple. This claro-search.com removal guide contains comprehensive claro-search.com removal steps to help you remove claro-search.com from your browser and other threats that may be present.

Claro-search.com Removal Steps

Step 1: Uninstall potentially unwanted programs

1.Navigate to the Control Panel on Windows Start Menu.

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove a program).

3. A list of programs installed on your computer will appear. Search for suspicious and unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once a program you want to remove is located, double click to begin the uninstall process (or select the program and click Uninstall).

Step 2: Remove browser add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the add-on, select it, and remove it.

Step 3: Remove Claro-search.com search engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove Claro-search.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove Claro-search.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to Claro-search.com search engine to remove it.

Step 4: Remove Claro-search.com homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove Claro-search.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove Claro-search.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove Claro-search.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.

Step 5: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware program and click the Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.

3. When the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer to completely remove detected files.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 6: Clean up and repair settings

1. Download and Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Once complete click the Run Cleaner button.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, etc., all the way to Context Menu and click Disable and Delete once anything you do not recognize is found. This will help you locate and remove unwanted browser attachments and repair other settings.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.