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Remove Search.mykotlerino.com (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

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Search.mykotlerino.com virus changes browser settings by force

Search.mykotlerino.com virus

Search.mykotlerino.com might give you an impression of a simple search engine[1]. However, it is an untrustworthy web search provider that you should get rid of without a hesitation. If the described search engine appears in your browser automatically, it means that your web browser was hijacked[2] by MyKotlerino virus already.

It is worth mentioning that the indicated browser hijacker attacks Mac OS X only, therefore MyKotlerino search engine will bother you only if you are a user of this operating system. 

In other words, the website mentioned earlier can be set as your homepage without your knowledge in case you accidentally install Search.mykotlerino.com redirect virus. It is a low-level computer threat, which computer security experts name as potentially unwanted program (PUP). Below, you can see a short explanation on how it infects a Mac computer and for what purpose.

  • This PUP[3] commonly sneaks into victims’ computers alongside other free programs and locates all Internet browsers.
  • MyKotlerino is designed to affect their homepage, default new tab, and primary search engine settings and set hxxp://Search.mykotlerino.com/ by default.
  • It collects browsing-related data to insert sponsored search results (ads) and causes redirects to external websites to earn pay-per-click revenue. 

Despite the fact that Search.mykotlerino search engine looks like any other search engine, searching the web via it can pose a significant threat to your computer. You should remember that it supplements its search results with deceptive hyperlinks that are meant to redirect the victim to questionable web sources.

These links are believed to be brought by Genieo Search, because the search engine serves “Genieo Yahoo search results.” We have a feeling that these distorted search results are filled with questionable links you wouldn't want to activate. Therefore, we do not suggest clicking on the vague search results.

The redirect virus supposedly gains revenue by driving web traffic to third-party websites that are Mykotlerino search engine's affiliates. Unfortunately, this search engine is not liable for the content published on such websites.

Sadly, while some websites promoted via this search engine may be secure, some of MyKotlerino redirects can lead you to malicious[4] web pages. For this reason, you should stop using this unreliable search engine and opt for a better one.

However, you must remove Search.mykotlerino.com from your computer before changing your browser’s homepage and default search engine settings. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego anti-spyware[5] program to uninstall the discussed browser hijacker from your system.

Questions about Search.mykotlerino.com

Search.mykotlerino.com redirectSearch.mykotlerino.com is a shady search engine that typically attacks Mac users. It spreads using a browser-hijacking program. This potentially unwanted program changes victim's browser settings, usually without victim's knowledge.

Prevent MyKotlerino from hijacking your computer

If this is your first time dealing with potentially unwanted programs, you probably do not know how they spread. Their distribution method is quite simple, yet effective. The developers of PUPs use bundling technique to distribute their products silently.

To be more specific, they attach their programs to other programs, usually free and well-known ones, and build software packages, also known as software bundles. Installing one landed MyKotlerino on your system. Software bundles can be downloaded from untrustworthy download websites or P2P file sharing systems, so you should avoid downloading software from such sources and always obtain software from websites owned by the official developer of the software.

You can decompose software bundles. Simply select Advanced or Custom option during their installation and opt-out suspicious components. Take note that programs presented as “recommended downloads” often appear to be PUPs.

Now, if your browser is already affected by Search.mykotlerino, you probably want to uninstall it without a delay. As we have already stated, you can do that with a help of anti-spyware, but if you would rather opt for a manual Search.mykotlerino.com removal option, see instructions provided below.

FAQ about the browser hijacker:

Question: How can I replace my homepage? It is now set to Search.mykotlerino.com. I want to change it, but I don’t know how to do it….

Answer: The research has shown that MyKotlerino browser hijacker installs processes that keep changing browser’s settings and setting Search.mykotlerino.com as homepage each time the victim attempts to change the homepage. Therefore, before you try to configure homepage settings you must firstly uninstall Search.mykotlerino.com hijacker from your computer.

Question: I can't fully remove Search.mykotlerino.com. I have cleaned the browser from suspicious extensions, uninstalled unwanted programs, but the search engine still appears in my browser whenever I open it. What is the problem?

Answer: You should check a couple more Mac folders. The browser hijacker might have added some of its components there. You must delete them. A full tutorial on how to eliminate these files is given below the article.

Delete Search.mykotlerino.com from Chrome, Safari and other browsers

If you are looking for a way to remove Search.mykotlerino.com virus from your computer, you should know a few things. First of all, there are two different ways how you can eliminate this PUP from your system. You can choose between automatic and manual Search.mykotlerino.com removal options.

It depends whether you just want to remove this particular threat, or if you want to check entire PC for spyware/malware and also secure it from similar threats. Therefore, if you want to opt for the manual removal option, follow the instructions given below and uninstall Search.mykotlerino redirect virus manually. To remove it automatically and to protect your computer, consider installing one of the anti-spyware programs we recommended.

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 Search.mykotlerino.com, follow these steps:

Remove Search.mykotlerino.com from Mac OS X system

The following guide explains how to get rid of Mykotlerino on Mac. Firstly, you need to check Applications folder for suspicious apps that might be related to this shady browser redirect virus. Move them to Trash and empty it afterward.

In addition, you should remove the following files from certain folders. Use search to find these folders and delete the dangerous files right away:

  • /Library/LaunchAgents. Here, delete installmac.AppRemoval.plist, myppes.download.plist, kuklorest.update.plistmykotlerino.ltvbit.plist and other MyKotlerino-related files.
  • /Library/Application Support. Open this folder and eliminate the following entries: Genieo, MyKotlerino.
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents. Eliminate installmac.AppRemoval.plist, myppes.download.plist, mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist, kuklorest.update.plist.
  • Finally, access /Library/LaunchDaemons. Here, delete these: com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist, com.myppes.net-preferences.plist, com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist, com.avickUpd.plist.

  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 Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com-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 Search.mykotlerino.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete unknown/unwanted/suspicious-looking browser extensions from your web browser. Use tutorial presented below.

  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 Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Search.mykotlerino.com from Google Chrome

Uninstall unwanted extensions as this removal tutorial explains.

  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 Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com 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 Search.mykotlerino.com, 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 Search.mykotlerino.com 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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Olivia Morelli
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  1. Rockero says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I do not recommend using this search engine! It is very bad! it redirects you to random pages and they look suspicious. definitely a virus..

  2. Wai27 says:
    April 15th, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Finally I have deleted it! thanks for useful information 🙂

  3. lavenda says:
    April 18th, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    How did it enter my computer system??

  4. hereritenow says:
    April 18th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    noxious threat. provides useless search engine.

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