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Remove Kerumal (Removal Guide) - Easy Removal Guide

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Kerumal is a misleading adware-related website that may continuously appear on a web browser as a new tab window

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Kerumal is a highly suspicious domain that has been blacklisted in various cybersecurity-related forums for malware. Many people reported that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome keeps redirecting to this website every 15 minutes. Note that web browser's redirects to Kerumal and related domains, including break.tv, remark.net, rdtk.io, the-major-news.com, and others are not normal, as all these domains are actively involved in advertising campaigns, and the sole reason of abnormal web browser's behavior is adware[1] infection. 

The website kerumal.com cannot be visited by simply typing its name to the address bar. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or any other web browser may start redirecting to kerumal.com on a particular schedule due to the potentially unwanted program (PUP), known as adware. Typically, this application settles down among the web browser's plug-in list without being notices, since it is distributed in disguise with freeware[2] and shareware as an “optional” component. However, it can hardly be opted out because its installer is preselected and hidden under the Quick installation method. 

Title Kerumal
Classification Adware, browser redirects
Installation technique Kerumal PUP spreads chained with freeware and shareware. It's one of the pre-selected freeware components, which is installed on a target system by default unless the user chooses the Advanced installation technique and removes a checkmark. 
Post-installation symptoms When installed, the adware initiates scheduled redirects to kerumal and affiliate domains. In addition, it generates intrusive Kerumal ads, popups, banners, and other advertising content. Web browser's performance diminishes, common freezes occur. 
Removal options Just like any other adware-type program, it may be eliminated both manually and automatically. If you have a professional antivirus program, set it to perform a full system scan. If antivirus does not detect this malware, open the list of installed apps and carefully check for unknown programs. 
Fixing malware damage Freeware bundles may initiate multiple changes on the system. For example, they may change multiple registry entries, create duplicate files, corrupt web browser's settings, and similar. To fix such and similar damage, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego utility. 

The so-called Kerumal virus is not a malicious computer infection. Based on the website information online, the domain itself is not malicious. It's a relatively new domain, i.e., one year and three-month-old, though it has been estimated that it attracts more than 9,000 visitors daily. However, one of the AV engines detect this URL as malicious, VirusTotal[3] reveals. Moreover, more than one forums related to cybersecurity claim that their web browser is continuously redirecting to the kerumal website and its affiliate domains. Finally, AVAST and MBAM are giving warnings saying:

Threat Blocked. We've safely aborted a connection on Kerumal.com because it was infected with URL: Blacklist.

Kerumal adware may cause other web browser-related side effects, such as multiple ads on random websites, pop-ups, banners, interstitial ads, excessive hyperlinks, web browser freezes, and similar. In other words, Kerumal virus is a type of malware that triggers various inconveniences while browsing the web. It's main task – display advertising content and boosts traffic to misleading third-party websites. 

The adware-type browser's plug-in is a misleading app on its nature. Developers apple deceptive distribution techniques to trick less IT-savvy people into installing and put effort into keeping it unrecognized for as long as possible. PUPs like Kerumal adware are used for monetization purposes, i.e., generate third-party ads, pop-ups and create forced traffic to potentially dangerous web domains. Having this in mind, people experiencing uncontrollable redirects to kerumal.com should check the system for the Kerumal virus without delay. 

Many reputable download websites have been negatively assessed because of PUP distribution. Freeware distributors get monetized for each additional application installed, and there's nothing wrong about that. The biggest problem is, so-called, bundling distribution is that download websites tend not to regulate the activities of the additional applications. The latter was seldom checked for implementation of intrusive activities, such as a web browser's hijack, ads, redirects, and similar. Currently, a significant improvement regarding freeware download websites is noticed, though people still have to be cautious when installing freeware since apps like Kerumal virus tend to pass malware checks.

Keep in mind that Kerumal adware may turn web browsing activities in a hazardous practice. Even though it cannot harm the system directly, it's a type of browser plug-in that may display a vast amount of third-party ads and pop-ups that disguise links to potentially dangerous domains. Most of the Kerumal ads contain advertising material and may be linked to unpopular online markets. However, some of the pop-ups may report about bogus malware infection, offer to try a free virus scanner online, which eventually informs multiple malware infections and trick people into downloading scareware or another intrusive app. 

Kerumal ad-supported domain
Kerumal virus is a suspicious plug-in designed for advertising purposes

This particular plug-in is also accused of a chain consolidation with other potentially dangerous websites. It is set to initiate redirects every 15 minutes of web browsing and, therefore, the user will keep seeing a forced new tab window kerumal.com. An attempt to close the tab or get back to the previous website will generate forced visits to break.tv, remark.net, rdtk.io, the-major-news.com, or similar domains that do not feature reliable content either. That's the main reason why so many people are looking for an easy way to remove Kerumal virus from Firefox. 

Luckily, it's not difficult to uninstall Kerumal from OS or Windows. As soon as questionable activities are noticed, you should carefully check the list of installed apps. You are very likely to obtain more than one unknown application if the Apps folder, so make sure to uninstall each of them and then run a scan with an application that is capable of fixing malware damage. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. In case you cannot find any suspicious programs on the system manually, perform Kerumal removal with a reliable antivirus program, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Tips on how to avoid potentially unwanted programs

Potentially unwanted programs, such as adware or browser hijackers, do not feature malicious train in comparison to ransomware, spyware, or other highly dangerous infections. As they are not built on the grounds of malicious codes, they tend to bypass malware checks easily, which is why it is possible to run into adware or another potentially dangerous application on the official websites or even Google store. In this case, it is very helpful to make a brief analysis of the app by reading its reviews and comments on the Internet. Besides, download and install a reliable anti-malware software, which will inform you about hidden installers. 

However, reputable download websites are nothing in comparison to third-party download sites that contain typically paid programs for free. Such websites attract visitors due to a variety of legitimate and never-seen-before apps, although downloading them poses a high risk of malware intrusion or even virus attacks. In general, cybersecurity experts recommend people not to download freeware just for fun. Deliberately consider whether you need a new app and have a clear ground why you need it. Then initiate research on the selected application and, if it has a spotless reputation, download it from a reliable source[4]

Kerumal pop-up examples
Kerumal malware may be responsible for multiple intrusive ads on your web browser

Finally, the ultimate way to the malware-free system is to pay enough attention to freeware's installation process. No to Quick or Basic installation options. These are a straight way to installation of adware or browser hijackers. Always select an expanded installation method (Advanced, Custom) as at discloses the bundle and enables users to deselect the preselected items. Typically, preselected programs are represented as plug-ins and add-ons that are supposed to improve the web browsing experience, but these are bogus claims, so don't get tricked. 

A guide on how to remove Kerumal adware

To sum up, all the information listed above, the term Kerumal virus, is not very precise since the website does not directly impact the system or its performance. Nevertheless, redirects to the kerumal.com domain start of nowhere and may force you to visit sites that exhibit potentially dangerous content. Therefore, the only solution to stop unwanted redirects is to remove Kerumal from the system. 

Some adware-type programs are incredibly persistent, which is why it may not appear on Apps list or other places where trustful apps are typically installed. Adware can be disguised under various diverse names and may be chained to other third-party apps. Therefore, automatic Kerumal removal is the most reliable way to get rid of adware from the system once and for all.

To make Kerumal removal more manageable for you, our experts have submitted a step-by-step tutorial, which explains how to eliminate the adware from the system and how to get rid of its add-on from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, and others. Upon adware removal, we recommend scanning the system with a repair utility bReimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to ensure that the changes it might have caused were successfully reverted. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Kerumal, follow these steps:

Uninstall Kerumal from Windows systems

The following tutorial will help you to eliminate Kerumal from Windows.

  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 Kerumal and related programs
    Here, look for Kerumal 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'

Erase Kerumal from Mac OS X system

Although Mac OS is less vulnerable to adware infections, it's not a hundred percent protected. If you are struggling with redirects to the aforementioned domain, perform these steps to remove Kerumal virus from Mac.

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

Delete Kerumal 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, Kerumal should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Kerumal from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Kerumal popups may not end up for as long as the web browser's settings are not reset. All you have to do is to disable unwanted add-on for good. 

  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 Kerumal 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 Kerumal removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Kerumal 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 Kerumal 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 Kerumal removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Kerumal 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 Kerumal 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 Kerumal removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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