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Remove Kalox APP (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Removal Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Kalox APP is yet another malware distributed via Chrome Web Store and other legitimate sources

Kalox APP download

Kalox APP is a free-to-download Chrome extension that alters web browsers settings and promotes sponsored content. Although it is promoted as a useful tool for optimizing web searches, it's not worth trust since it has tens of sponsors who seek to boost traffic to suspicious third-party websites, increase sales or generate pay-per-click revenue. 

Although affiliate marketing is widely used, some applications, including Kalox APP take advantage of this marketing strategy in a shady way and trick users in many ways. According to cybersecurity researchers, this tool can get installed via freeware bundles and distort Chrome's settings without the user's approval. Once it infiltrates the system, it sets a new tab window (usually, google.page or s3redirect.com) and starts causing continuous redirects to affiliated sites. Besides, the web browser may get filled with loads of commercial and non-commercial advertisements. 

Name Kalox APP
Type Browser hijacker[1], Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), redirect virus
Distribution The main source for downloading this PUP is the Chrome Web Store. However, often people end up with this extension after recklessly downloading freeware
Symptoms The Kalox APP extension enabled on Chrome or another web browser without permission. Unfamiliar new tab window set as default. Ongoing web browser's redirects and many ads on random websites
Related websites Usually, this extension sets google.page or s3redirect.com as a Chrome's NewTab and triggers redirects via these sites
Is it dangerous? The app is considered to be potentially dangerous. Although it does not pose direct harm to the system, the content that it displays can expose you to misleading domains used for virus or malware distribution
Compatibility Designed for Chrome, though it can successfully be installed on Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and other web browsers
Removal The extension can be disabled manually via the web browser's settings. Nevertheless, if it has been installed alongside freeware, it's advisable to use an automatic tool and initiate a full system scan to get rid of malware
Fixing damage Third-party tools are capable of altering Windows registry entries and startup applications. Thus, we recommend scanning the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to repair suchlike changes

Kalox APP extension is a legitimate extension for Chrome that can be used by anyone who sees the potential of the tool to improve the web browsing experience. However, those who seek a safer web browsing experience are not recommended to use it.

In fact, the Kalox APP virus is the most frequent keyword to refer to this tool. The reason for that is rather simple – it tends to infiltrate PCs via freeware bundles or click to download full-page ads that people may encounter while landing on suspicious third-party sites. 

As a consequence, the application may get installed without the user's permission and knowledge about suchlike applications. Following that, Chrome or another default web browser starts initiating abnormal activities, i.e:

  • new tab window pops up as soon as the user opens the web browser;
  • Kalox APP redirects reroute traffic to suspicious-looking third-party sites;
  • Intrusive banner ads, pop-ups, full-page ads, and other content block the original content up;
  • Web browser randomly opens third-party software download websites where you may be tempted to download apps like RevContent, Mazy Search, Safe Finder, and others;
  • Often the hijack of this New Tab extension is accompanied by a browser redirect virus that replaces a default start page and search engine; 
  • Cookies and web beacons may get installed in order to record user's web browsing activities (including IP address, geolocation, and email address) and the gathered data can further be used for marketing purposes;

Kalox APP virus
Kalox APP is classified as a browser hijacker and PUP due to stealthy infiltration and misleading advertising techniques

Thus, our security experts along with the team of NoVirus.uk[2] agree upon labeling this application as potentially unwanted program and recommend performing Kalox APP removal without a delay. This procedure is not difficult, except that it's important to identify which freeware has been carrying the unwanted extension. You can do that manually with the help of instructions submitted below or use a reputable anti-malware tool.

As soon as you remove Kalox APP virus from the machine, we strongly recommend eliminating the remnants of the malware from the registries and other locations. For that, you can take advantage of the [d1[ repair tool. 

Ways to prevent the inadvertent installation of PUPs 

PUPs are not dangerous, so users should not worry too much if one of them accidentally got installed. However, such applications are actively used for advertising, meaning that they can be extremely intrusive due to advertising and ongoing redirects. 

As we have pointed out before, this particular extension can be downloaded from Chrome Web Store[3] and other legitimate sources purposely. However, in most of the cases, it gets installed accidentally as an additional component of freeware and shareware. 

Kalox APP extension
Kalox APP extension is usually activated without user's permission

To prevent unwanted web browser's changes, the flood of sponsored ads, and continuous redirects to the websites of the affiliate parties, you should be cautious when downloading freeware and stop downloading random applications just to check what features they offer.

Instead, carefully read what functions the freeware offers, how does it work, whether it tracks users' browsing history or not, who are its developers, read reviews and etc. Otherwise, you can end up installing malware with a bunch of additional components, such as adware or browser hijacker. 

To prevent bundled installers, always opt for Advanced or Custom installation methods, and carefully read the information provided on the installation setup. You should pay attention to the windows that contain pre-selected components. Otherwise, if you fail to unmark the checkboxes, all unwanted extensions and add-ons will be installed by default. 

Kalox APP redirects
Kalox APP virus may redirect to third-party app download sites

Learn how to disable Kalox APP extension from Chrome and other browsers

To remove Kalox APP virus from your web browser, all you have to do is to open the web browser's settings, navigate to the extensions list, and pick the “Remove from Chrome” option. However, if your start page, new tab window, and search engine have also been changed, you may need to revert those changes as well via web browser's settings. The easiest way to do that is to reset default settings. 

Kalox APP ads
Ads by Kalox APP can be extremely intrusive as they may block the original content

After the Kalox APP removal from the browser, you should check the system for malware. If you installed this PUP via freeware, there's a high-risk that suspicious third-party tools are running in the background. Unwanted apps can be eliminated with the help of a professional anti-virus or manually. However, a full system's optimization can only be initiated with the help of tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

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To remove Kalox APP, follow these steps:

Eliminate Kalox APP from Windows systems

Kalox APP removal is not a difficult procedure. Nevertheless, if you are not dealing with PUPs often, you may need these instructions.

  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 Kalox APP and related programs
    Here, look for Kalox APP 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'
  5. Remove Kalox APP from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall Kalox APP 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 Kalox APP 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'

Erase Kalox APP 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 Kalox APP 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 Kalox APP removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Kalox APP 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, Kalox APP should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Kalox APP 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 Kalox APP 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Kalox APP removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Kalox APP from Google Chrome

This extension primarily targets Chrome users. To disable it for good, follow this tutorial:

  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 Kalox APP 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Kalox APP removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Kalox APP 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 Kalox APP or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Kalox APP, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Kalox APP removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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