What is ChatClap?
ChatClap is a questionable desktop application that is supposed to be a chat program; however, according to our malware researchers, it may pose a threat to your system security through third-party advertising. Therefore, this application has been labeled as an adware program. But annoying and potentially harmful third-party ads are not the only way this adware can harm your computer. Unfortunately, this application may enter your computer along with other malware infections. This means that you may get exposed to unsafe web content from several different sources. This makes your computer and your privacy rather vulnerable. Keeping such an adware application on board can bring more infections and also provide cyber criminals opportunities to trick you or steal information about you. That is why you should not wait till it is too late. You should remove ChatClap as soon as possible in order to prevent further infections or worse.
Where does ChatClap come from?
This adware infection can infiltrate your computer in a couple of different ways. There is an official website that promotes this useless application at chatclap.com. However, you should know that this website gets blocked right away as a Trojan is detected if you have a security tool safeguarding your system. If you do not have such software installed, you may be able to download the installer and will be surprised to find a number of malware infections on board after the installation. In fact, the official installer contains malware infections, including Search Know, Sweet-page.com, MyPcBackUp, and Yoursearching.com, which are adware programs, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs most commonly. These malware programs can be different depending on your region and they can also change with time. This installer makes this adware rather suspicious and harmful since it attacks your computer on several fronts. Most probably you have already noticed the changes in your browsers and you have also been annoyed by different third-party ads, including banner and pop-up ads. There is no question about it that you should delete ChatClap right away if you have installed this version. In order to make sure that your PC is clean, you also need to run a malware scanner to be up-to-date about the infection situation on your system.
It is also possible that this adware sneaks onto your system through download offers or manipulated search results, which both can be the result of your computer being infected with adware programs and browser hijackers. But it might also be distributed in malicious bundles that contain several infections. As you can see now, no matter how this adware has got to your computer, it is bad news and means that there may be other infections as well.
What does ChatClap do?
According to our researchers, this adware is quite similar to NewsCert and Moneyzila, which have been categorized as potentially unwanted programs since they do not seem to display as many third-party ads as this application. Once you install this program and you start it up, it opens its own window and loads a legitimate chatting website into it, such as e-chat.co. It may also open an Internet Explorer window with the same website in it. But this application can also expose you to potentially harmful third-party commercials. Clicking on these ads may take you to unsafe websites operated by criminals. We advise you to look for a reliable chat program if you want to contact your friends. This is a rather suspicious and potentially dangerous application that needs to be removed if you want to protect your privacy and your PC. What’s more, if such an adware application is on board, there is a good chance that even legitimate third-party advertisements get hijacked by it. This means that even if you are viewing a reputable website, such as eBay, and you click on an advertisement there, you might be redirected to a malicious website. If you are interested in advertisements and you do not want to keep away from them altogether, you should make sure that your computer is not infected with adware or other malware, and that you click on ads only on trustworthy websites. This way you may be able to avoid the exposure to online scams.
How do I delete ChatClap?
Luckily for you, this adware application has a working uninstaller that seems to leave no leftovers on your system. So you can choose to activate it through Control Panel in order to eliminate this threat. If you are a more experienced user and you want to manually take care of this malware infection, we can offer you our manual guide. Please keep in mind that working with the Windows Registry may be risky; the smallest mistake might result in irrevocable damage to your operating system. Follow our instructions below carefully to make sure that you entirely clean this adware from your computer whichever method you choose. Please remember to be careful with your choice of websites to visit and to use for downloading software. Also, be extra careful about clicking on third-party advertisements. Another way to protect your computer from cyber criminals and their attacks is to keep all your programs and drivers regularly updated. With these simple rules you can do a lot for the protection of your PC. But, of course, nothing can really substitute for a professional antimalware application.
Remove ChatClap from Windows
Windows8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Press Win+Q and enter Uninstall a program. Click OK.
- Select the application and click Uninstall.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Access the Start menu and pick Control Panel.
- Choose Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and click Uninstall.
- Click the Start button and open Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the application and click Remove.
- Tap Win+E to launch Windows File Explorer.
- Find these folders (copy+paste the paths into the address bar) and remove each one of them:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\chatclap
- Tap Win+Q and enter regedit. Press the Enter key.
- Find these registry keys and delete them all:
- Close the editor and reboot your system.
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