iKitties falls into the category of so-called browser hijackers. Therefore, iKitties can take control over most browsing programs, be it Edge, Chrome, Safari or Firefox.
By taking control, we mean that this software can become part of your main browser and override some of its configurations. For example, as a result of the infection, your browser can be made to generate and display online ads directly on your screen during your browsing sessions. This means that regardless of the type of websites you visit, you will likely be bombarded with streams of banners, box messages, popups and other forms of online advertising materials.
iKitties on Chrome
What’s more, page redirects are another notorious consequence of the presence of programs like iKitties in Chrome or any other browser. Settings that are likely to have been affected by iKitties include the homepage and default search engine of your browser, which have most probably been replaced with new ones.
If you try to reverse the changes made by the browser hijackers, and, say, restore your previous search engine and/or the homepage, you will find that those settings go right back to what the hijacker had set them to. This is because in order for you to regain control over your browsing program, you must first completely remove iKitties form your OS. And this will require some extra maneuvers on your part, as software of this type doesn’t typically come with a designated uninstallation option.
On the bright side, we have already figured out the whole process for you and described it in the removal guide just below this post. The guide is free of charge and simple to follow. But if for whatever reason you’d prefer to leave this process to an automated tool, we have one of those handy for you as well.
The iKitties Pop up
iKitties serves the interests of the advertising industry and in doing so it also happens to generate profit for its developers. Usually browser hijackers and similar pieces of programming revolve around popular online business models such as Pay Per Click and Pay Per View. This boils down to every click on the paid advertisements translating into income for the developers.
This should, in turn, explain the fairly aggressive placement of all the banners and popups on your screen. And while the practice in and of itself may be rather harmless, it is often associated with certain risks.
The most prominent of these risks is the possibility of becoming more vulnerable to external threats such as ransomware, spyware, Trojan horse viruses, etc. You could potentially land on an insecure web location, for example, as a result of one of the spontaneous page redirects that we mentioned earlier. And if that happens, you run the risk of coming face to face with some dangerous virus. So, at the end of the day, the presence of iKitties on your computer is not only not beneficial to you – it’s a potential safety hazard.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||New browser elements such as toolbars, buttons and add-ons; altered settings of the main browsing program.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware and shareware platforms, torrent websites, open source download platforms, etc.|
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iKitties Pop up Removal
To try and remove iKitties quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the iKitties extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove iKitties by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of iKitties and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed iKitties removal guide below.
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
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
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 iKitties 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 iKitties from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove iKitties 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!