What is Kikblaster?
Kikblaster claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience by rendering text, graphics, and other interactive content. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, Kikblaster is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
It is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software). Therefore, Kikblaster often installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration, intrusive online advertisements are displayed such as banner, pop-up, in-text, price comparison, transitional, pop up/under, and other similar ads. Some of these ads are likely to redirect to rogue websites containing infectious content, thus, clicking them might cause further high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, this application tracks users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various information such as IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, and so on.
These details are mostly software and hardware-related, however, be aware that some collected information may be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of Kikblaster adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
This rogue application is common adware, and similar to many other browser extensions of this type, including SuperClick, Halt-It, Desktop Search, and Sweet Surprise Slots - all of these PUPs claims to provide a wide range of useful features that supposedly improve Internet browsing.
Despite this, adware-type applications provide no value to the user - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive advertisements and sharing collected data with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall the Kikblaster application from your system.
Popular freeware download websites employ small programs called 'download clients' (also called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download tools', etc.) to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of third party applications (via pop ups).
Although assurances are made that these applications are 'genuine and virus-free', most are classed as adware or malware. Computer infections can be avoided by paying close attention during the download of free software and inspecting each step to ensure that no additional applications are included.
In addition, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Kikblaster, read the following guide and uninstall this PUP from your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in Kikblaster adware distribution:
Kikblaster adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Kikblaster'):
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- What is Kikblaster?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Kikblaster application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Kikblaster adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Kikblaster ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Kikblaster' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Kikblaster adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Kikblaster 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 "Kikblaster", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Kikblaster ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Kikblaster adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Kikblaster did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 kikblaster adware, 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the kikblaster adware, 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 kikblaster adware 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 kikblaster adware, 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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