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Remove Kometa Browser (Virus Removal Guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Kometa Browser – what kind of web browser is it?

Kometa Browser is a Russian Internet browser that is known to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This Internet browser is built based on the Chromium, engine model. However, it is a bad web browser that you should NOT use. It is labeled as an adware program, which means that this dubious program seeks to promote affiliate marketing. Our research team members have found out that this rogue Internet browser is capable of downloading other potentially unwanted programs to your computer without your authorization. Moreover, this browser delivers tons of annoying pop-up ads, which may be a nerve-wracking experience to see them every minute. It is also hard to close them; basically, they are going to appear with every click you make in order to open another web page on the Internet. However, that is not the end. Kometa Browser ads are unreliable as they can lead you to third-party domains, which may be filled with questionable content, for example, download links of potentially unwanted applications or even malware. Needless to mention, you do not want to harm your computer by letting these programs into your system.

Questions about Kometa Browser

In addition, Kometa Browser can track victim’s browsing activity. Why? Because this dubious software wants you to click on its ads, so it gains personally non-identifiable information to find out your interests and to display ads associated with your recent search queries, websites visited and so on. What is more, this controversial program is going to cause system slow downs because it demands huge computer resources to load up its ads. If you have noticed that Kometa Browser has appeared on your Start Menu and replaced your default search engine, you should scan your PC with anti-malware software like Reimage and eliminate this computer parasite from it.

Kometa Browser page and example of Kometa Browser file

How did Kometa Browser hijack my computer? I did not install it.

If you cannot remember installing this rogue software to your computer, the only way it could find the entrance to it is if you have installed freeware or shareware recently. This adware program is commonly spread via bundling method, which means that the developers Kometa Browser attach this program to other free applications and distribute them as one software pack. Sadly, many computer users think that it is safe to install programs using Default or Standard installation modes, which are usually automatically selected. Wrong! You have to opt for Advanced or Custom mode because these settings allow you to see whether the app suggests installing optional software or not. If you see any unfamiliar suggestions, deselect them. To find out how to remove Kometa Browser virus, proceed to the next page.

How to banish this untrustworthy Internet browser from my computer?

Obviously, computer users do not want to infect their computers with programs like Kometa Browser virus. Sometimes they fail to be attentive and forget about safe browsing rules; moreover, they forget to pay attention to software installation processes. All of this behavior can result in PUP placement on the system, which can cause further unpleasant effects. We recommend removing Kometa Browser with no delay using either automatic or manual removal guide. We have already mentioned the automatic removal option (uninstall Kometa Browser with an anti-spyware program), but as an alternative way to remove it you can try to use our manual removal instructions and uninstall it by yourself. You can find these removal instructions below this article. Also, you can find spyware removal software suggestions below, too. So we want to wish you good luck removing Kometa Browser virus! If you encounter any difficulties, please do not hesitate and send us a question via the “Ask us” section.

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To remove Kometa Browser, follow these steps:

Uninstall Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser and related programs
    Here, look for Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Kometa Browser 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, Kometa Browser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser 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 Kometa Browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. rachel says:
    December 2nd, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I had to go through an annoying, nerve-wracking process till i found the way to remove this virus. It is a fake web browser, so do not install it!

  2. DaniDiesel says:
    December 2nd, 2015 at 8:31 am

    dont even bother using this junk browser – it is a spyware. Only causes redirects and shows pop-up ads. believe me, your browsing experience is going to be unbearable with this stupid extension on you web browser.

  3. JohnnyWho? says:
    December 2nd, 2015 at 8:33 am

    They are easy as hell lol. But if it is hard for you, Id say try SpyHunter.

  4. Marrina says:
    December 2nd, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Ok so how do I uninstall it?! These removal instructions are so hard to follow.

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