Also Known As: Kozaka Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Kozaka ads and deals removal instructions
What is Kozaka?
The Kozaka browser plugin displays website reviews and its developers also claim that it allows users to search multiple sites simultaneously. In fact, the Kozaka extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent and causes various unwanted ads. Commonly, Internet users install this unwanted browser add-on when downloading and installing free software. The browser extension is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Unwilling installation of Kozaka is caused by dubious 'download clients' or free software 'installers'.
After successful infiltration, this add-on tracks users' Internet browsing habits, recording the IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other software and hardware information. Unwanted advertisements generated by this browser plugin include search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads. Note that these ads are derived from various unverified third parties, and thus, clicking on them may cause virus and malware infections. A clear indication that your Internet browsers are infected with this adware are "Ads by Kozaka", "Powered by Kozaka", and "Kozaka Deals" ads visible whilst browsing the Internet. For these reasons, you are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.
The Kozaka browser plugin adds no significant value and causes various unwanted ads. The developer (Super Web LLC) releases identical browser extensions under different names in order to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. This fact reaffirms why you should not trust any browser plugins created by this company. Note also that the behaviour of Kozaka is identical to previous variants named SkyWebber and Higher Aurum. The best way to avoid installation of adware such as this is to pay close attention when downloading free software. Computer users should be aware that, today, most freeware download websites use 'download clients' - small programs offering installation of promoted browser extensions together with the chosen free software. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of any promoted browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button. If you observe Kozaka ads when browsing the Internet, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.
- What is Kozaka?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Kozaka application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Kozaka add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Kozaka plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Kozaka extension from Mozilla Firefox.
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".
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 remaining 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Kozaka" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Kozaka, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Kozaka from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Kozaka", select it and click the trash can icon.
If the Kozaka extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue having problems with the removal of Kozaka add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Kozaka from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Kozaka".
If you have problems with the removal of Kozaka, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Kozaka Ads is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Kozaka Ads distribution:
To avoid installation of Kozaka Ads be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Kozaka Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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