Kellystoys Ads

Also Known As: Kellystoys adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Kellystoys removal instructions

What is Kellystoys?

Kellystoys is a deceptive browser extension claiming to save time and money while shopping online - "Kelley’s Toys helps you get live price comparison with the products you are viewing online. We cover hundreds of millions of products from dozens of online merchants. simply go to your favorite online store, search for your desired product and Kelley’s Toys will locate a better deal for you." This may seem useful functionality, however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimate software and to trick users to install. Kellystoys is considered to be adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). One of the main reasons for these negative associations is the practice of stealth installation of this software without users' consent. Furthermore, this application generates intrusive online advertisements and monitors Internet browsing activity.

Kellystoys adware

Types of displayed advertisements include (but are not limited to) banners, pop-ups, and price comparison ads. These ads are displayed using a virtual layer that allows placement of graphical content on any website visited - the content does not originate from the site visited. Some advertisements are opened in new browser tabs or windows and most are likely to redirect to commercial websites such as online stores. Some, however, redirect to infectious websites, and therefore, clicking them may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Kellystoys also collects various software and hardware information that is (according to the Privacy Policy of this adware) not personally identifiable. Despite this claim, IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other collected data will certainly contain private details (for example, PayPal account login/password). The collected information is shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having an information tracking app such as this installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall Kellystoys from your system.

Kellystoys is regular adware and similar to hundreds of other PUPs offering similar features. Kellystoys, and many other apps such as GamingCandy, Surf Speed Monitor, and LightningDownloader provide none of the features promised. The purpose of adware-type apps is to generate revenue for the developers by displaying advertisements and collecting personally identifiable information.

How did Kellystoys install on my computer?

As with other regular adware, Kellystoys is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Bundling is a way to stealthily install third party apps together with regular software, and since most users do not pay enough attention when downloading/installing software, this method is extremely effective. By rushing installation and skipping most steps, users often inadvertently install bogus apps such as Kellystoys - they do not realize that bogus apps are concealed within 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

If you are downloading software from a freeware download website, select the direct download (some sites still provide this option). If you are forced to use a download app, closely analyze each step of the procedure and decline all offers to install third parties. In fact, downloading from the official website of the software is the easiest and safest method. Once download is complete, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installations options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

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Quick menu:

Kellystoys adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Kellystoys adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Kellystoys", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Kellystoys ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Kellystoys adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Kellystoys ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Kellystoys", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Kellystoys ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the kellystoys 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Kellystoys  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Kellystoys", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Kellystoys ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the kellystoys adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Kellystoys ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Kellystoys".

Removing Kellystoys ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with kellystoys adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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