The more time we spent on the internet, whether for business, leisure or pleasure, the more we need to know about protecting ourselves from the myriad of unpleasant viruses, scams, malware and other online risks that are out there. Being infected by malware, from the most serious identity-stealing types down to the slightly less viscous like Kikblaster, but still completely undesirable programs, there really are innumerable predators just waiting for their chance to infiltrate our systems and cause us stress, grief, and worry.
While it stands to reason that all malware, or malicious software, is unwanted, there are actually a group of programs which are specifically named just that and Kikblaster is one of them. Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs as they're not so affectionately known, are a type of software that sneak their way onto your computer without you knowing about it. But just how do you end up with a software program that you haven't downloaded on your computer? That's Potentially Unwanted Programs for you!
It hijacks your browser, implements it's own tools, removes yours – and leaves you having to deal with its unfriendly design, limited functionality, and other annoying quirks. Usually, it installs a web browser extension and uses it to display Kikblaster ads. It can also gather your web browsing history or search terms and send this information to advertising companies or other third-parties.
By the way, those 'quirks' may include things like redirecting every single internet search you make to websites that the programmer of the Kikblaster wants you to visit. Every single time! Therefore it goes without saying that it can be incredibly annoying to have to deal with. But that's not the only thing you need to be concerned about because it can also cause your computer's security to slacken, leaving you, your data and your operating system open to further dangers from even more malicious programs and software.
Anything else to report? Just that it also like to harass you with numerous Kikblaster pop-up adverts and they will often also slow your operating speeds down as they're busy working away behind the scenes.
I'm going to stick my neck on the line now and wager that it is a fairly safe bet that you really don't want to have to deal with a browser hijacking and the annoying Kikblaster that comes with it. Therefore let's find out how such programs are installed on your computer so that you can be better prepared to fend off an attack should you need to.
It is most commonly downloaded in conjunction with other software, specifically free programs (freeware) and shared apps or files (shareware). And that's why reading End User License Agreements (EULAs) properly is crucial. These should tell you if something is included with your original download so if you see anything that's talking about add-ons or extra programs, stop and think whether you really need to download that program. If you absolutely must, ensure that you have configured the check boxes correctly so that the Kikblaster won't automatically be installed too. If it's already installed and you don't know how to remove it, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Kikblaster Ads Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Kikblaster 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 Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall 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:
- 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 Kikblaster related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Kikblaster, SalePlus, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, 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 Kikblaster related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Kikblaster, SalePlus, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Fake Kikblaster related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage 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.