Kometa Browser removal instructions
What is Kometa Browser?
Kometa Browser is a deceptive Chromium-based Internet browser that supposedly improves Internet browsing speed, online safety, and provides other browsing-related features. On initial inspection, this app may seem legitimate and useful, however, Kometa Browser is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The reason for these negative associations is Kometa Browser's rogue behavior, which includes stealth installation, display of intrusive online advertisements, unwanted browser redirects, and tracking of Internet browsing activity.
This PUP continually redirects to the kometa-search.ru website without users' consent. Furthermore, Kometa Browser employs a 'virtual layer' to generate various intrusive online advertisements. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any website visited. Thus, none originate from visited sites and conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, some might redirect to malicious sites causing further adware or malware infections. Research shows that Kometa Browser gathers various browsing-related information that can be personally identifiable. In addition, this gathered data is shared with third party companies who are likely to misuse personal details to generate revenue. The presence of an information-tracking app such as Kometa Browser on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Therefore, you should uninstall this adware immediately.
Kometa Browser is identical to Olcinium, Qword, BrowserAir, and many other bogus browsers. All claim to provide web browsing-enhancing functionality, and yet none deliver any real value for users. The purpose of applications such as Kometa Browser is to generate revenue for the developers. Kometa Browser, and the aforementioned apps, display intrusive online advertisements, record personally identifiable information, and cause unwanted browser redirects.
How did Kometa Browser install on my computer?
The developers of Kometa Browser employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps. Research shows that developers intentionally conceal installation of PUPs within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, since most users skip this section. By rushing the download and installation processes, users often inadvertently install potentially unwanted programs, exposing their systems to risk of further infection and putting their privacy at risk.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Most adware-type programs are concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. For this reason, the download and installation processes should be closely analyzed. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings and carefully follow each step. Furthermore, cancel all additionally-included programs, since bundled software is mostly bogus.
Kometa Browser adware installer set-up:
Website promoting Kometa Browser adware:
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- What is Kometa Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Kometa Browser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Kometa Browser adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Kometa Browser ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Kometa Browser' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Kometa Browser ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Kometa Browser adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Kometa", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Kometa Browser ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Kometa Browser adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Kometa Browser 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 kometa-search.ru redirect, 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 kometa-search.ru redirect, 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 kometa-search.ru redirect 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 kometa-search.ru redirect, 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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