How to Remove 1ClickFav

A browser extension called 1ClickFav claims that web users can have easy access to bookmarks and favorites right at their homepage or in a new tab window. Additionally, its web search function is marketed as a way to level up the online search experience by providing fast and accurate results. Given that 1ClickFav can provide such a feature, the way that it penetrates inside the computer is still highly regarded as similar to adware. Makers of 1ClickFav are using sneaky methods to deploy the program through aggressive advertisements and rely on sneaky installation methods to avoid detection. When the said tactic is seen on an application, computer security experts instantly put it in the classification of a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

1ClickFav is a PUP

The mere fact that the software is listed in the group of PUP makes it certain that installing it on the computer may lead to several issues, including infection with similar threats as The Yellow Tab, CanisLupusHodophilax, and so on. During diagnosis, 1ClickFav arrives on the computer uninvited by masking itself as a vital software update that is popping up on several websites. Developers of 1ClickFav put all efforts into swaying users into downloading the fake update by giving a striking warning about looming computer troubles should web users ignore the update. As a result, nearly all web users who bumped into the fake alerts ended up having to install 1ClickFav on their computers, particularly on internet browser programs.

Screenshot of 1ClickFav
Homepage and Search of 1ClickFav

The Sources of 1ClickFav

1ClickFav unwanted installations typically arise from the act of downloading and installing freeware or shareware programs from untrustworthy sources. These programs are frequently bundled with adware as a means for developers to generate revenue. Internet users may unintentionally consent to installing the adware alongside the desired software by hastily clicking through installation prompts without carefully reviewing them. Furthermore, visiting malicious websites or clicking on misleading advertisements can also result in adware infiltration, as these platforms may exploit vulnerabilities in web browsers or plugins to deliver unwanted software onto users’ devices.

Deceptive email attachments or links are another common avenue for adware infection. Phishing emails often masquerade as legitimate messages from reputable sources, enticing recipients to click on links or download attachments that contain 1ClickFav, adware, or other forms of malware. Once executed, these attachments can initiate the installation of adware on the user’s system without their awareness. Additionally, outdated software or operating systems can also serve as a vulnerability exploited by adware distributors to infiltrate devices.

Risk of installing 1ClickFav

The installation of 1ClickFav on the browser, whether voluntarily or via a deceitful scheme, is the basis for disturbances and imminent computer threats. As a typical adware, 1ClickFav can manipulate infected browser programs to generate online profit by exhibiting ads like pop-ups, redirects, banners, and push notifications. Unfortunately, ads by 1ClickFav contain links that may direct web users to malware sites that can automatically infect computers via browser injection techniques. It is clear that the presence of 1ClickFav is not helpful to users; instead, the whole system is at risk.

1ClickFav Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting internet hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with a powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of adware like 1ClickFav through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the database file; please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like 1ClickFav, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner PC

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete 1ClickFav hijacker, including all malicious objects from the computer.

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if you are comfortable manually getting rid of the threat and malicious items linked to it.

Step 2 : Scan with AdwCleaner and Reset Chrome Policies

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of 1ClickFav on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer, especially browsers affected by 1ClickFav.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner.exe to start running the tool.

4. If Windows displays a prompt saying, "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" click Yes to proceed.

5. On the AdwCleaner dashboard, click on Settings.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Policies

6. While in the Settings window, please turn On the Reset Chrome Policies and Reset IE Policies.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Scanner

7. Go back to the Dashboard and click the Scan Now button.

8. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated with 1ClickFav.

9. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

10. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Step 3 : Scan the computer with Sophos Home Antivirus

To remove 1ClickFav automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful virus and malware removal tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware; it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like 1ClickFav.

1. Please click on the link below to download the program.

2. After downloading, locate the file SophosInstall.exe in the Downloads folder.

3. Install by double-clicking on the file.

4. If it prompts "Do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?" please click Yes.

5. Next, it will display the Terms and Conditions page. Click the Install button to begin.

Screenshot of Terms by Sophos Home

6. Run the installation with the default settings. Please note that an internet connection is required in order to download important updates.

7. After finishing the installation, you must login to the dashboard. If you already have a Sophos account, please login. Otherwise, please enter your details and click on the Create Account button.

8. Once you are in the Sophos Home console, click the Scan button to start checking the computer for 1ClickFav components.

Screenshot of Sophos Home

9. Scanning may take a while; please wait for this process to finish.

10. After scanning the computer, Sophos Home will start cleaning or deleting files infected with 1ClickFav.

11. You may now close Sophos Home. The computer is now free from 1ClickFav, as well as associated malware and viruses.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated 1ClickFav browser hijacker. However, if you find that there are still remnants of the virus, please proceed to the next steps below.

Step 4 : Delete 1ClickFav Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to 1ClickFav. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the 1ClickFav Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://extensions/

Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Look for 1ClickFav or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Screenshot of 1ClickFav Chrome Extension

Microsoft Edge

Remove 1ClickFav from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R. Type the appwiz.cpl command and click OK.

Screenshot of Run Command

2. The Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in a chronological manner, with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on the 'Installed On' column.

Screenshot of Program and Featires

3. Select 1ClickFav or a recently installed suspicious entry from the list.

4. Click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If 1ClickFav is still present on the browser and unwanted homepage and pop-ups persist, another option is to remove the hijacker from the browser settings.

5. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

6. Input the following string in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://extensions/

Screenshot of MS Edge Address Bar

7. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for 1ClickFav from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal

8. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the 1ClickFav Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

about:addons

Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to 1ClickFav and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Step 5 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove 1ClickFav from the Homepage and Search of Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar. Then, press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://settings

Screenshot of Chrome Settings Page

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Chrome On Startup Screenshot

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions icon (3-dot), and select Remove or Edit.

5. If you choose Edit, enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing 1ClickFav. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the left sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Settings

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions icon, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Default Search Engine Screenshot

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to 1ClickFav are gone.

Microsoft Edge

Get Rid of 1ClickFav from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://settings/startHomeNTP

MS Edge Start Page Screenshot

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of 1ClickFav.

Screenshot of Home URL

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete 1ClickFav from the Homepage and Search of Firefox.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer.

2. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:

about:preferences

3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Firefox Preferences Screenshot

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace 1ClickFav settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the left sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Default Search

7. Under the "Default Search Engine" list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Remove Search from Firefox Image

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox browser.

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