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Remove Kibo Web (Easy Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Kibo Web – yet another app that hijacks your searches

Kibo WebKibo Web is a potentially unwanted application that might be installed on your computer without permission

Kibo Web is a potentially unwanted application that might be installed behind users' backs, as it usually spreads via software bundle packages or fake updates. Once installed, it would change the settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another browser secretly and redirect all searches via tailsearch.com, my-search.com, and a few other domains, finally lading on Bing search.

While the search provider is legitimate, users will notice multiple sponsored links presented at the top. These are designed to generate revenue for the Kibo Web browser hijacker developers. Besides dealing with intrusive ads, infected users will also be subjected to information tracking practices that could lead to serious privacy issues.

Name Kibo Web 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address 104.27.146.124 
Distribution Software bundle packages, deceptive ads, fake update prompts
Symptoms Unknown extension or application is installed on the system; homepage and new tab address are set to something else; a customized search engine is appended to the homepage; search results are filled with sponsored links and ads
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to information gathering practices, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego repair software

There are thousands of browser hijackers that spread around via various means, including legitimate channels such as the Chrome web store. Examples of such potentially unwanted programs include Charmsearching, HDSportSearchs, FlixSearchMy Mail Finder, and many others.

Thee is a fundamental difference between the above-mentioned browser hijackers and Kibo Web – the latter attempts to imitate Google or another provider that was originally chosen by users. This way, they are less likely yo notice the significant differences that are usually caused by a PUP of this type.

However, to notice the presence of the PUP, all one has to do is simply observe how the browser behaves during the web search procedure. Here are a few differences that are relatively easy to spot (although these symptoms might vary, depending on app version, user location, and other factors):

  • An unknown extension installed on the web browser;
  • All the searches are delivered via via tailsearch.com, my-search.com, or other URLs;
  • Search provider is changed to Bing, Yahoo, or another one;
  • Sponsored links are injected into the results;
  • Overall increased amount of advertising and other intrusive behavior.

Kibo Web hijack can spread as a browser extension, as well as an application that is installed on the system without permission. While add-ons are typically easy to eliminate, there are several different tricks that can be used by the developers in order to prevent an easy app uninstallation. 

For example, other hijackers often employ “Managed by your organization” setting or insert malicious components into users' Google account. Since this data is kept on the tech giant's servers, users might struggle with a complete Kibo Web removal.

Kibo Web hijackKibo Web is a browser hijacker that delivers sponsored search results

Nonetheless, there are several steps that one can take to get rid of a potentially unwanted program, regardless of how persistent they are. For example, scanning the device with anti-malware such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes can often eliminate all the unwanted components automatically. After that, security experts[1] also recommend using ReimageIntego to remediate the machine after the infection is terminated.

If the annoying ads are not enough of a reason to remove Kibo Web from your machine, you should also keep in mind that deceptive apps such as browser hijackers use cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies to harvest user information. The data, which can sometimes include personal information such as unique device identifiers and the IP addresses, might be sold and shred without unknown parties, resulting in major privacy risks. Thus, if you value your privacy, uninstall Kibo Web from your computer and clean your web browsers as explained below.

Pick Advanced/Custom installation settings to stop potentially unwanted programs

Computer users are more or less familiar with techniques used to deliver malware such as ransomware,[2] trojans, or viruses. They are mostly aware that opening suspicious emails or downloading software cracks is unsafe (even though some users continue risky behavior despite the known security issues). Still, they often forget that there is a category of potentially dangerous software lurking on almost all third-party websites.

One of the most prevalent PUP distribution technique is software bundles, where several applications are offered in a single package. Initially, the practice is not evil, and both parties can benefit from it; freeware authors and distributors are keen on using deception for larger pay-per-install[3] profits. 

Nonetheless, careful users can always avoid the installation of unwanted programs such as adware or browser hijackers. If you do not wish to fall victim of deception, and prevent the installation of PUPs, follow these tips:

  • Before installing a new app, ensure that it is not adware itself (read forums, blogs, and similar);
  • During the installation process, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones;
  • Remove all the ticks from pre-ticked checkboxes;
  • Read the fine print;
  • Watch out for misplaced buttons;
  • Decline all the deals or offers;
  • Employ powerful anti-malware.

Kibo Web virusKibo Web redirects search results through several providers, such as my-search.com

You can delete Kibo Web virus in several ways

Essentially, you can choose manual or automatic Kibo Web removal – it all depends on your preferences. If you would like to find the potentially unwanted program manually but are not sure how you can follow the step-by-step guide we provide below. Alternatively, you can employ powerful anti-malware software and perform a full system scan to eliminate all the unwanted apps and malicious components quickly. Uninstalling the application from the computer is just the first step of fully cleaning your machine, however.

Once you remove Kibo Web, you should also clean your web browser, especially if the hijack was related to an extension. You should clean web data and cache to ensure that search redirects would not continue after eliminating the PUP. For all details on how to deal with a browser correctly, check the instructions below.

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To remove Kibo Web, follow these steps:

Erase Kibo Web from Windows systems

If you have never uninstalled a program from a Windows machine, please proceed with the following 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 Kibo Web and related programs
    Here, look for Kibo Web 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 Kibo Web 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.

Remove Kibo Web from Mac OS X system

macOS users should remove Kibo Web as explained below:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Kibo Web from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Kibo Web-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Kibo Web, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Kibo Web and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Kibo Web-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Kibo Web from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Kibo Web and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Kibo Web removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Kibo Web from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Kibo Web-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Kibo Web from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Don't forget to clear Firefox data and cache:

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

Uninstall Kibo Web 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 Kibo Web 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 Kibo Web removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Kibo Web 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 Kibo Web 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 Kibo Web, 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 Kibo Web 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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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