Avoid unwanted redirects caused by Kissanime
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Kissanime?
The Kissanime website provides free online anime videos, which can be viewed on mobile and desktop devices. It is also possible to download them in various formats and provide different viewing experiences. Note, however, that this is an untrustworthy site that uses rogue advertising networks.
Therefore, it contains dubious ads that lead to rogue, deceptive websites. Do NOT visit this site or use its services. Note also that Kissanime offers downloads illegally.
Using Kissanime's search facility or clicking links or ads displayed on it causes redirects to other dubious websites. One example is a deceptive website claiming that the visitor's computer is infected with malicious software and offering removal of it with a rogue tool. Therefore, this is effectively a scam site that deceptively promotes an untrustworthy application.
Note, however, that Kissanime might also lead to other dubious sites such as those associated with adult dating, gambling, pornography, and so on. Furthermore, this website contains dubious ads that can lead to rogue sites or cause download/installation of unwanted software, including adware, browser hijackers, and so on.
Using services provided by Kissanime is unsafe, as is clicking ads displayed on the site. Additionally, people who visit this website are asked for permission to show notifications.
Typically, if these sites are granted permission, they start feeding users with irrelevant, unwanted notifications, advertisements, and so on. If clicked, they also lead to untrustworthy sites. To avoid unwanted downloads, redirects to dubious sites, and other problems, we recommend that you avoid Kissanime and all similar websites.
|Name||Ads by Kissanime|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address (kiss-anime[.]ws)||188.8.131.52|
|Detection Names (kiss-anime[.]ws)||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Kissanime is very similar to another site called Kissmanga. Note that there are many other sites of this type online.
Typically, they are filled with ads that lead to dubious websites, and the links displayed on them also cause unwanted redirects. If a browser causes unwanted redirects or displays ads automatically, it has probably been infiltrated by a potentially unwanted app (PUA).
How did adware install on my computer?
Most users download and install PUAs unintentionally through ads that, once clicked, execute scripts designed to download rogue apps or when software developers use a marketing method called "bundling". They use bundling to include PUAs into set-ups of other software and hope that this will go unnoticed.
They hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of various download/installation set-ups and do not disclose this information properly. This makes it easier to trick users into downloading and installing PUAs with other programs. Furthermore, many people do not check the settings, thus granting permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
You are advised to download software from trustworthy, official websites and via direct links. Third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (such as torrent clients, Mule), unofficial sites and other channels of this kind should not be trusted. Check all settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom" while installing or downloading software, especially if it is free.
If a setup contains unwanted apps, deselect them before completion. Avoid visiting dubious sites and clicking ads on them. These ads lead to potentially malicious pages or trigger unwanted downloads/installations.
If a browser displays ads that lead to dubious websites (i.e., adult dating, gambling, pornography, or others) or it simply opens them without having to click anything, check if the browser is infiltrated with unknown/unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons. If any unwanted apps are installed, remove them immediately.
The same applies to unknown programs installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Kissanime website (GIF):
Kissanime opens the apple.com-shield-device[.]live deceptive website:
Screenshot of a notification from the Kissanime site:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Kissanime?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Kissanime redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by kissanime, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by kissanime, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by kissanime 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 kissanime, 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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