What is Kimetrak?
Kimetrak is a deceptive application that supposedly helps users to analyze which websites, add-ons, and services are tracking their web browsing activity.
This app might seem legitimate and useful, however, Kimetrak is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) infiltration without users' consent; 2) display of intrusive advertisements, and; 3) tracking of web browsing activity.
Immediately after infiltration, Kimetrak delivers various intrusive advertisements, such as coupons, banners, pop-ups, and so on. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience.
Furthermore, they can redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install PUPs/malware. Therefore, even a single click might result in high-risk system infections. Furthermore, be aware that Kimetrak itself records various user-system information.
IP addresses, websites URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and other collected information typically includes personal details that are shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people misuse private information to generate revenue.
Therefore, the presence of a data-tracking app such as Kimetrak might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall Kimetrak adware immediately.
|Name||Ads by Kimetrak|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
There are many adware-type applications very similar to Kimetrak including ShutDownTime, ProxyGate, and CAUTHRON. By offering a wide range of "useful features", adware-type applications attempt to trick users to install, however, since their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers, they deliver no real value for regular users.
Associated PUPs deliver intrusive ads and gather sensitive information, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and browsing experience.
How did Kimetrak install on my computer?
Although Kimetrak has an official download/promotion website, it often infiltrates systems without consent, since developers proliferate PUPs using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party software with regular apps).
Developers are not honest enough to disclose PUP installations properly, and thus hide them within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections of the download/installation processes).
Furthermore, many users rush these procedures and skip steps. In addition, they click advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as Kimetrak. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.
We recommend that you download software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method (they promote PUPs). Therefore, these tools should never be used.
Note that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you encounter these ads, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.
If your computer is already infected with Kimetrak, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
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- What is Kimetrak?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Kimetrak application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Kimetrak adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Kimetrak ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Kimetrak' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Kimetrak extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Kimetrak adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Kimetrak", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Kimetrak ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Kimetrak adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Kimetrak", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by kimetrak, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Kimetrak", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by kimetrak, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Kimetrak".
Computer users who have problems with ads by kimetrak removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by kimetrak, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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