What is Donkick?
Created by SuperWeb LLC, Donkick is a potentially unwanted application, which claims to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and other useful functionality.
Although this may seem a legitimate browser extension, be aware that Donkick is considered to be adware since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) without users' consent.
After successful infiltration on these browsers, Donkick tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information including IP addresses, URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, unique identifier numbers, and other similar details, which may be personally identifiable. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
Furthermore, Donkick generates various intrusive online advertisements. For example: transitional, interstitial, text-link, banner, search, and full-page ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to eliminate Donkick from your Internet browsers.
The developers of this potentially unwanted application (SuperWeb LLC) have released several hundred rogue browser extensions identical to Donkick. Karatoh, Gooternet, Brass Search, and zap tilla are just some examples amongst hundreds. Neither Donkick, nor any other of these plug-ins add any real value for the user.
SuperWeb LLC intentionally releases identical browser add-ons under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware suites. Their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Commonly, users infect their computers with adware such as Donkick during the download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites (for example, download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com) Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering advertised 'virus-free' browser extensions together with the chosen free software.
To prevent installation of Donkick or other potentially unwanted applications, pay close attention when downloading free software and never accept installation of any additional programs offered.
If you are installing downloaded software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications and allow you to remove them from the installation list.
Internet users who have already installed Donkick and observe "Ads by Donkick", "Donkick Deals", and "Powered by Donkick" advertisements when browsing the Internet, should follow this removal guide to remove Donkick adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Donkick?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Donkick application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Donkick plug-in from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Donkick add-on from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Donkick extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Donkick extension 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 "Donkick", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Donkick ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Donkick ads 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 "Donkick", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the donkick ads, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Donkick", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the donkick ads, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Donkick".
Computer users who have problems with donkick ads 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 donkick ads, 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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