Remove clk.myretargeting.com Pop Up Ads

Did you just get a pop-up from clk.myretargeting.com and ask yourself where it came from? Did the clk.myretargeting.com ad appear to have been launched from a web site that under normal circumstances don't use advertising such as pop up windows? Or did the clk.myretargeting.com popup show up while you clicked a link on one of the big search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?

Here is how the clk.myretargeting.com ad looked like on my computer:

clk.myretargeting.com pop-up

(Sorry for the large number of watermarks. If I don't add them, the screenshot will be used without attribution at some other blogs)

Does this sound like your story, you most likely have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the clk.myretargeting.com ads. So there's no idea contacting the owner of the website you currently were browsing. The adverts are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you remove the clk.myretargeting.com pop-up in this blog post.

I found the clk.myretargeting.com pop-up on one of the lab systems where I have some adware running. I've talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if anything new has appeared, such as pop-up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on website that usually don't show advertisements, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.

So, how do you remove the clk.myretargeting.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the clk.myretargeting.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the clk.myretargeting.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The problem with pop-ups such as this one is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware running on my system. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for the clk.myretargeting.com ads removal:

The first thing I would do to remove the clk.myretargeting.com pop-ups is to examine the programs installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can reach this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows Operating System you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:

Uninstall a program search

Click on the "Uninstall a program" link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:

Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something suspicious in there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if something was installed approximatelyabout the same time as you started observing the clk.myretargeting.com pop-ups.

Then you can examine you browser add-ons. Adware often turn up under the add-ons dialog in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera. Is there something that looks suspicious? Something that you don't remember installing?

Firefox add-ons manager

Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your machine. Did that stop the pop ups?

I think you will be able to find and remove the adware with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop many years ago. Freefixer is a tool built to manually find and uninstall unwanted software. When you've identified the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.

FreeFixer's removal feature is not locked down like many other removal tools out there. It will not require you to pay a fee just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.

And if you're having difficulties determining if a file is legitimate or malware in the FreeFixer scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your browser with a page which contains additional details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:

FreeFixer More Info link example

If no matter what you do seems to stop the pop ups, you could try to block clk.myretargeting.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Here's a video tutorial which shows FreeFixer in action removing an adware that caused pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the clk.myretargeting.com pop ups? What did you do to stop the pop-up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you very much!

Did this blog post help you to remove the clk.myretargeting.com pop up ads? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!

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