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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Remove Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI (Uninstall Guide)

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In this article we're going to take a look at Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI infections. It might not be everybody's favorite subject in the world but these days it really does makes good sense to know exactly what you're dealing with when you're using the Internet. One such 'thing' is adware software, which you may also hear being called Generic Adware or sometimes even a more aggressive variant of PUPs. Stick with me for a few minutes and I will explain.

Adware is the common name used to cover a rather large range of programs that display ads on infected computers. Generic_r stands for a special routine designed to identify a certain class of adware and finally the last latter or letters stand for a very specific piece of adware programs that share the same characteristics and even code fragments. Adware authors create new adware programs each day and obviously use different names for marketing purposes, that's why Adware Generic_r.KE or Adware Generic_r.KI infections might be different for most users. There are hundreds of different adware applications that can be detected as Adware Generic_r, Conduit, BrowseBurstm JumpFlip, OpenCandy, for instance. What is more, very often, adware programs from this family come bundled with spyware, PUPs, and malicious browser extensions. This guide will walk you through removing all traces of this adware from your computer.

Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI detection
You may ask, how did I get infected? Such adware programs are usually promoted in very misleading ways, for example using fake Flash player or simply video player update web pages. Scammers also use social engineering and buy cheap traffic for software download keywords that could potentially drive users to their fake software download websites. It's very important to download software from official or well known and reputable websites. Even Google ads my sometimes redirect users to misleading websites, so be smart and read what it says very carefully. The quickest search will show dozens of forums full of posts from frustrated PC users asking how to remove Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI, or why they suddenly get so many pop-up ads on their computers. It might seem tempting to immediately blame your anti-virus software, but before you uninstall it and fork out your hard earned cash for a new one, stop for a moment because it's not actually its fault. The thing is, adware and PUPs are not just annoying they're extremely sneaky too. Now you need to do a little bit of detective work and think back to when you first noticed the issues with your computer. Chances are you downloaded some software just beforehand.

Please note that adware programs that belong Adware Generic_r family try to hide their presence in the system. Even if you remove most of the malicious files from Program Files and Program Data folder, there might still be some additional files left on your computer as well as modified registry keys that will almost certainly try to load setup.exe files from Windows %temp% folder in order to re-download adware on your computer. What is more, such adware programs install malicious browser extensions that can access data on all websites and track your browsing activity.

So how do you download the program that you do want and avoid the one you don't? Is it even possible? Well, yes it is. You just need to exercise a little due care and attention. You'll have noticed that when you download software you'll see windows filled with small print and buttons asking you to click 'OK' or 'Next' or 'Continue'. Well this is when, unless you're careful, you may end up downloading something that you don't want onto your computer.

The upside is that usually adware programs are mentioned in this wording (although this in itself can be ambiguous) and should have a check box next to the mention. You just need to make sure that you're either checking the box to say 'no' you don't want to also download some adware application that will display coupons, etc. – or, and here's the even sneakier part, un-checking it to say the same thing. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove adware infections from your computer.

2. Remove Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Quiknowledge
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BlocckkTheAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Adware Generic_r.KE and Adware Generic_r.KI related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.