What is KNCTR? That seems to be the big question for many people. This article aims to help users uninstall KNCTR Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. KNCTR is a potentially unwanted application compatible with several browsers, and displaying a variety of messages regarding offers, advertisements and prompts that want you to basically buy something.
What is KNCTR?
KNCTR Virus falls under the potentially unwanted application category. “What is KNCTR” in this instance can be answered in a very simple way. Potentially unwanted applications are The large amount of Ads you are seeing has probably alerted you to the presence of KNCTR Virus in the first place. Of course those cannot be turned off by any other way short of removing KNCTR Virus from your machine.
Do not be fooled by the “generous” offers that the Ads created by the Virus may be showing you. Everything you see is likely contaminated with viruses or part of some sort of scam. Even if you are seeing links to shops you visit and know them to be legitimate that could be a phishing attempt – that is a copy-cat site that looks just like some well known online shop site. When you try to log-in into the fake your account name and password will be recorded and used to access your real account at a later day. Needless to say this puts your private and financial data in danger.
Note that it is also possible that the virus may try to fool you into installing a bloatware scam. These usually begin by an Ad that displays like a system message. It will warn you of some very serious (and non-existing) problem with your computer. Commonly used fake problems include virus infestations, registry errors, memory optimization, missing drivers and more. KNCTR Virus will then display an offer to download a free program that can fix the problem for you. Be very wary of those, because they are either virus-infected or try to make you buy the “full” version before fixing anything /or both of these/.
Methods of infection
It is a good idea to ask yourself – how was my computer infected with KNCTR Virus in the first place? The most likely answer is that, unfortunately, you unknowingly installed the virus yourself. This probably happened when you were installing some other program, to which the virus was attached. This is precisely the reason why downloading executable files for programs from random sources is a terrible ideas. Even if the program you install is well known and has a solid reputation there is no guarantee that the installer for it is clean – unless you download it from the official source and its mirrors. Torrents, blogs, warez sites, forums, online storage – all of these are potential carriers of viruses and so are programs downloaded with the help of random Ads – especially those created by KNCTR Virus.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove KNCTR Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove KNCTR Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
What is KNCTR? (How To Uninstall KNCTR)
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
With Safe Mode successfully enabled it is time to focus our efforts on the virus itself. The first step involves the cleaning of your internet browsers from KNCTR Virus. To do it you need to run Steps 2 to 3 multiple times – once for each browser on your computer. Make sure you do it for all internet browsers currently installed, even if you are not really using some of them anymore. They can still be infected!
In addition pay attention to any messages that KNCTR Virus may generate when you try to remove it. Ops out of anything that involves downloading and installing new programs or subscribing to a site for whatever reward you are promised to receive.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find KNCTR Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
KNCTR Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for KNCTR Virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A WARNING! MAKE SURE TO READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step in the guide, so make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully. Making a mistake could result in damage your Windows installation or important programs, system instability, errors and more. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to instead try the professional KNCTR Virus remover we recommend. You can rely on it to get the job done safely and surely and also you can use the scanner that comes with it to search for other virus applications that might be hiding deep into your PC.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.