Techkitti Virus


Techkitti

Techkitti is a browser hijacker that automatically page-redirects the user’s online searches with the goal to improve the view counts of certain sites. Techkitti can also manipulate elements of the browser such as the search engine, the toolbar, or the homepage to show online ads.

Techkitti

The Techkitti virus will display pop up ads and messages

This type of software is very widespread and most users get apps that belong to it installed on their devices without even realizing it. In most cases, the browser hijacker would be presented to the user under the guise of a regular and seemingly useful add-on for their browsers. Sometimes, the unwanted app may even offer the user some kind of a useful function in order to remain on the system for longer. However, it is almost always guaranteed that if an app like Techkitti, Sehen Site, Web navigator browser is attached to your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, or another browser it will ruin your browsing experience and cause all kinds of unpleasant disturbances and issues. In addition, it is possible that the unwelcome presence of this software on your computer could result in the creation of security weaknesses in the system that could get exploited by more serious threats. If you don’t make sure that Techkitti gets uninstalled as soon as possible, the chances of encountering Trojans, Phishing malware, Ransomware, Spyware, and other harmful online threats would go up.

Techkitti com

Techkitti com, itself, is not a harmful computer virus and it doesn’t have any damaging abilities. Though it may seem a bit too aggressive due to the constant page-redirects it spams you with and the changes it has imposed on your browser, Techkitti com is not intended to cause damage to your system or files and so it is not considered as a major threat.

The problem with it, however, as well as the reason this type of apps is seen as unsafe, stems from the fact that they are likely to promote all kinds of content within your browser, including such that might be hazardous to your system. We already mentioned how you are more likely to get attacked by a Ransomware virus or a Trojan Horse if you have a hijacker on your computer and that is because you can never be certain if the redirects and the ads coming from Techkitti won’t land you on sites that are used to spread such threats. Even if you do your best to stay away from the content promoted by the hijacker, you could still accidentally end up interacting with it and this could expose your PC to danger. Therefore, it is simply better to remove Techkitti as this will cease its constant attempts to advertise different sites and products on your screen.

What is Techkitti?

If you have never had to deal with a browser hijacker before, it might be a bit difficult to fully eliminate Techkitti that is currently in your system. However, if you closely follow the steps and guidelines that we’ve prepared for you on this page, you should be able to quickly get rid of Techkitti and make sure that there’s nothing left from it on your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Techkitti
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijackers take over the browser and force it to display obstructive and intrusive pop-ups, ads, and page-redirects.
Distribution Method A Hijacker would typically enter users’ computers through the use of third-party apps that serve as its disguise.
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Remove Techkitti Virus

To try and remove Techkitti quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Techkitti extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Techkitti by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Techkitti and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Techkitti 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

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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. 

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    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.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • 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).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Techkitti from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Techkitti from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Techkitti from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      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!

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    About the author

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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