This page aims to help you remove the Ckk.ai Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Ckk.ai is a Browser Hijacker that can modify your web browser’s settings without your permission. In most cases, Ckk.ai can replace the search engine or the homepage of your browser and redirect you to sponsored websites.
It’s hard to ignore an infection with this type of software. You’ll surely notice the homepage or the search engine changes Ckk.ai has probably imposed on your Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser, along with the constant site redirects and the flow of hard-to-remove banners, pop-up ads, and on-screen notifications. The following article, however, will provide you with all the information you need about this program, as well as with instructions for uninstalling it from your system. Just read through the next few paragraphs and follow the steps in our removal guide.
Ckk.ai on Chrome
The main purpose of the Ckk.ai Browser Hijacker is to take control of your browser and ensure that every time you open it you get exposed to many different kinds of advertisements. Various pop-up messages, on-screen ads, and redirect links are put strategically on your screen to make it difficult for you to avoid them.
The developers of programs like Ckk.ai, Fuq.Com or Sigonews make money each time the displayed advertisements are clicked upon thanks to a popular online business strategy known as Pay-Per-Click. This type of online advertising strategy has been designed to serve the marketing industry and has nothing to do with viruses and criminal schemes. However, there is an explanation as to why the word “virus” has often been associated with Browser Hijackers.
First and foremost, it all has to do with how programs of this kind run on the computer and the tasks they carry out. Applications like Ckk.ai can be very annoying, especially when they impose changes on the user’s web browser without asking for approval. Other justified concerns have to do with the ads they display. With the rise of threats such as Ransomware, the number of malicious ads has grown proportionally, becoming the primary method of distribution for these viruses. Therefore, you can never be sure which of the many ads on display might have been infected with a malicious payload. A single click on the wrong pop-up or infected banner will often be sufficient to download the Ransomware to your computer. Therefore, avoiding interaction with random web ads would be the best way to prevent such infections. This may sound a bit extreme, but we really wouldn’t recommend taking any chances when it comes to the safety of your machine and we would suggest uninstalling Ckk.ai as a preventive measure.
As for how the Browser Hijacker infection may have occurred, there are so many ways you can land such software on your system that we can’t say for sure. But you have most likely downloaded it together with some other software in a software bundle. This is a popular technique used to spread potentially unwanted software because users usually download and install it without even realizing it. To avoid this, simply customize any newly downloaded program’s installation settings. You can do so by selecting the custom or advanced option in the installation wizard. This will allow you to see the bundled software in the given software package and remove it if it seems unnecessary.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A change in the browser’s homepage or a replacement of the main search engine are typical signs for a Browser Hijacker infection.|
|Distribution Method||A favorite distribution method for this software is the so-called software bundling where the Browser Hijacker is attached to another software installation pack.|
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Ckk.ai Virus Removal
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Ckk.ai from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Ckk.ai from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Ckk.ai from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!