By CagedTech in Adware

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 13,165
Threat Level: 80 % (High)
Infected Computers: 325
First Seen: December 1, 2014
Last Seen: August 28, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

ClipCnv is a Web browser add-on that is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program. ClipCnv is advertised as a Web browser extension to manage videos and other types of online content easily. However, ClipCnv has many of the characteristics of PUP infections. In the case of ClipCnv in particular, this low quality Web browser add-on has a tendency to infect Google Chrome, although ClipCnv may be capable of affecting other popular Web browsers. If ClipCnv is installed on your computer, PC security researchers strongly advise taking steps to remove ClipCnv completely.

General Characteristics of ClipCnv and Similar PUPs

PC security researchers have observed a link between ClipCnv and PUPs. One worrying aspect of ClipCnv and other PUPs is that they are seldom installed alone. If one PUP is present on a computer, it is is not unusual for a handful of other PUPs to also have been installed. Another worrying issue about PUPs is the fact that they may be installed by threats in order to monetize a threat attack. This means that the presence of numerous PUPs on a computer may be a symptom of a real threat. This, coupled with the fact that ClipCnv may track your online activity and cause numerous unwanted behaviors on the affected PC have resulted in malware researchers advising computer users to remove ClipCnv at once.

ClipCnv is a Web browser add-on that is advertised as having beneficial features. However, the main purpose of ClipCnv is to lower your Web browser's security settings and expose computer users to online advertisements and websites that are affiliated with low-quality advertisements and questionable online content. One worrying aspect of ClipCnv is that ClipCnv may tax your computer's resources that may result in crashes, freezing or lag. PC security analysts have also observed that ClipCnv may have a negative effect on Web browsers, forcing them to visit certain websites repeatedly and preventing them from loading online content.

PC security researchers have observed that ClipCnv may cause numerous advertisements to appear on affected Web browsers. When computer users visit certain websites, they may notice that ClipCnv has caused in-text or banner advertisements to be added to those websites. The affected Web browser may also display pop-up advertisements and generate new windows and tabs containing content associated with ClipCnv. All of these are tactics used to make money at the expense of computer users. ClipCnv may allow a third-party to profit from advertising and affiliate marketing schemes.

ClipCnv may Represent a Threat to Your Privacy

One particular problem associated with PUPs like ClipCnv is the fact that they may compromise your privacy. ClipCnv may have full access to your Web browser. ClipCnv may keep track of the websites you visit, the online searches you realize and content you are searching, as well as general information about your computer and Web browser settings. This information may be invaluable for marketers. ClipCnv itself may use it to deliver advertisements to your Web browser that are tailored to your preferences. However, this information also may be reported to a third party and then sold. These breaches of your privacy may result in major problems later on. Because of this and other reasons, malware researchers strongly advise removing ClipCnv from affected computers completely.

Removing ClipCnv

To remove ClipCnv, malware researchers recommend uninstalling ClipCnv completely. Merely inactivating ClipCnv in your Web browser settings may not be enough; computer users are advised to use the Windows Control Panel to make sure that ClipCnv is uninstalled. Once ClipCnv is removed, computer users should revert any harmful changes made to their Web browser settings. For example, ClipCnv may probably have changed the affected Web browser's homepage and default search engine. A full scan of the affected PC with a reliable security program that is fully-up-to date is also recommended to ensure that ClipCnv has not allowed threats or other PUPs to affect the victim's computer.


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