An issue that is commonly encountered by many users is when their Chrome, IE, Firefox or any other browser that they might be using gets filled with all sorts of unpleasant online adverts. In addition to the constant display of all sorts of irritating banners, box messages, and pop-ups, oftentimes it is reported that the browser also tends to get frequently redirected to other random websites some of which might seem obscure and shady. All of the aforementioned symptoms are typical for a program type known as Adware and in today’s article, we will introduce you to Kitty.exe “Virus”, which is one of the latest pieces of software that fall under this category. You will learn how it works and what you’d need to do in order to defend yourself against it so that it doesn’t get installed onto your PC in the future. However, the chances are that many of you have actually come here looking for a way to remove the potentially unwanted program from their system. If that’s why you are currently on this page, reading this article, then you should know that simply uninstalling the program might not fully rid you of it. Therefore, below you can find a whole guide with instructions on how to eliminate Kitty.exe “Virus” and ensure that there’s nothing left from it on your PC. Head on to it once you’ve finished reading the rest of this article, complete all of the steps and you should no longer have any issue with the pesky Adware. Should you run into any trouble while completing the guide, know that you can always contact us and ask for our assistance from the comment section at the bottom of the page.
Profiting through Adware
The main purpose of these programs is none other than financial gain. The method used by Adware developers to monetize their products is known as Pay-Per-Click. When the ads created by Kitty.exe “Virus” receive clicks from the users that have the program on their PC, the creator of the Adware earns revenue. Obviously, this is the reason why the adverts just never seem to stop and are so incredibly irritating. Even if the user does not want to interact with the ad, they might still do that hoping that this would make it go away. However, bear in mind that this is highly unlikely to solve anything. If you want to get rid of the nagging banners and pop-ups, you’d need to remove the Adware from your PC.
The fact that Adware is intrusive and obstructive with all the ads it displays is not the only reason why programs of this type are normally seen as potentially unwanted. Apart from being annoying, some applications that can be categorized as Adware could also potentially compromise the system’s security of the PC they have been installed on. This is not to say that programs like Kitty.exe “Virus” are some form of malicious viruses similar to Trojans or Ransomware, but one should still be careful if they have Adware on their computer.
Probably the biggest security hazard that users face when Adware gets installed on their PC is the ads that the program generates. Some of them might be coming from unreliable and potentially harmful ad networks which can put the computer at serious risk if the user is not cautious with what they click upon. Generally, it is advisable to avoid interacting with the intrusive banners, pop-ups, box messages, etc. or else, you could get redirected to some sketchy and unreliable website that might land you some nasty Ransomware or Trojan horse virus.
Adware distribution and installation
Most of the users who get Adware installed on their machines do not realize when that happens. The reason for this lies in the way programs of this type are getting distributed. Sure, there are some people that knowingly download and install the Adware on their PC, probably thinking that it is some sort of useful software, but most of the time, applications like Kitty.exe “Virus” get installed unnoticed through different methods for stealthy distribution.
There are in fact quite a few ways for you to land an Adware. It can be distributed through spam e-mails or messages send to your Skype or Facebook or you can mistakenly click on the wrong ad while visiting the wrong website and thus allow the unpleasant application to get inside your system. One other popular method that seems to be quite effective is when the undesirable application is put inside the installer of another piece of software. Normally, the user should be able to simply uncheck the bundled program but most people seem to simply rush through the installation menu without paying much attention to its details. This is a mistake that gets Adware programs like Kitty.exe “Virus” installed onto may computers. Therefore, the next time you are about to install anything new on your PC (especially if it is a free piece of software) be sure to carefully examine the options provided in the setup wizard and leave out of the installation process anything that you consider to be potentially unwanted.
Kitty.exe “Virus” Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.