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Remove Ads by KavaPuller

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as KavaPuller ads, KavaPuller virus | Type: Adware

What is KavaPuller?

KavaPuller is an application that should boost your web browsing experience. The majority of the users have installed it believing that it is going to inform you about the best deals, discounts, promo codes, coupons, and similar shopping-related things that supposedly should help you save time and money. However, those who have installed it with a reason, soon understood that KavaPuller should not be trusted and we will soon explain why, but before that we want to notify you that it may also spread dispersed in other free downloads and infiltrate computers without being noticed. Anyway, it’s not recommended keeping because it’s a typical adware and potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Like previously released adware-type programs, including Shopping Assistant, Jollywallet, OfferApp, etc. KavaPuller adware is set to generate advertisements, but in contrast to its promises, the ads will not be useful for you. Those pop-ups, banners, in-text links, and other forms of ads most likely will be full of links to sponsored websites, which is why clicking on them may end up with serious issues. In the worst case scenario, KavaPuller redirects can expose you to really doubtful domains that promote other suspicious software or prompt you to use a questionable service. In addition to misleading KavaPuller ads, the noteworthy thing is that this adware may spy on you. It may install tracking cookies and collect personally and non-personally identifiable information, including IP address, PC’s location, email address, search terms, mostly visited websites, clicks, and so on. The problem is that aforementioned details are not only used for the preparation of customized “Ads by KavaPuller”, but may also be transmitted to affiliate parties who may later apply it for various needs. If you are not willing to disclose such information, as well as be rerouted to doubtful websites, and experiencing browser’s slowdowns, our recommendation would be to remove KavaPuller virus ASAP. Once you start suspecting it to be hiding it on the system, run a full system check with Reimage and let it do its job.

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How can KavaPuller hijack my computer?

KavaPuller is an application that can offer no real value although its developers are trying to convince people that it’s a genuine ‘shopping assistant’. If you are a quite gullible person and do shopping online, you may easily fall for installing this adware by yourself. However, even if you do not normally trust such apps, you may find KavaPuller virus operating on your PC’s system. That’s because this adware is usually spread bundled with other freewares like, for instance, download managers, media players, PDF creators, and so on. Fortunately, it’s possible to see ‘additional components’ but for that it’s a must to select Advanced or Custom installation mode and read all the given notifications. If you spot a check box saying that you agree to install KavaPuller, or any other unfamiliar add-on or plug-in, your task is to uncheck it before clicking the next button.

How to remove KavaPuller virus?

KavaPuller ads and redirects are very disruptive and may even pose a risk to your PC’s security. If you want to minimize that risk to the minimum, this removal guide can be helpful for you:

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To remove KavaPuller ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of KavaPuller from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall KavaPuller and related programs
    Here, look for KavaPuller or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete KavaPuller from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for KavaPuller or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate KavaPuller from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for KavaPuller and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete KavaPuller removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove KavaPuller ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, KavaPuller should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall KavaPuller from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select KavaPuller and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete KavaPuller removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase KavaPuller from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select KavaPuller and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete KavaPuller removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of KavaPuller from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for KavaPuller or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete KavaPuller removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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