Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Kozaka ads and deals removal instructions
Kozaka is a browser plugin which shows website reviews and allows to search multiple sites at once, at least that's what the developers of this browser extension wants you to think. In reality Kozaka can be categorized as being adware or a potentially unwanted application, it installs on users Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) without user's consent and causes various unwanted ads. Most commonly Internet users installs this unwanted browser add-on when downloading and installing some free software. This browser extension is being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling. Unwilling installation of Kozaka is caused by shady download clients or free software installers.
After successful infiltration this add-on tracks user's Internet browsing by recording IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, other software and hardware information. Unwanted advertisements generated by this browser plugin include search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial and full page ads. Notice that these ads can come from various third parties and thus clicking on they can cause virus and malware infections. Clear indication that one's Internet browsers are infected with this adware are "Ads by Kozaka", "Powered by Kozaka" and "Kozaka Deals" ads visible while browsing the Internet. It's recommended to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from one's Internet browsers.
Kozaka browser plugin doesn't add any significant value to Internet users and causes various unwanted ads. It's developer (Super Web LLC) has been releasing identical browser extensions with different names to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. This fact should be enough to not trust any of browser plugins created by this company. By it's behavior Kozaka is identical to previously released variants which were named SkyWebber and Higher Aurum. The best way of avoiding installation of such adware is keeping close attention when downloading free software. Computer users should know that nowadays majority of freeware download websites are using download clients - small program which offers installation of some promoted browser extensions together with the chosen free software. If your download is managed by such download client be sure to opt-out installation of promoted browser extensions by clicking on a decline button. If you already see Kozaka ads when browsing the Internet use the provided removal guide and eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window look for "Kozaka", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Kozaka scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Kozaka from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Kozaka from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Kozaka" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of Kozaka you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Kozaka from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Kozaka" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If Kozaka extension is greyed out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled") please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Kozaka from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Kozaka".
If you are having problems with the removal of Kozaka you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.