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Remove VIDKit adware

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

If you can’t fight against the pop-up “Ads by VIDKit” during browsing sessions, this may totally ruin your web browsing experience. However, we have a solution in this kind of situation, and it’s quite simple. As soon as VIDKit ads start covering pages that you view, you can perform a serious rebuff by scanning the system with Reimage or another powerful anti-malware.

Why does web browser is covered by VIDKit ads?

The answer is simple. VIDKit is an adware that belongs to the potentially unwanted program (PUP) category. Those who haven’t heard about this type of program, probably don’t even imagine that all adwares are oriented solely towards affiliate marketing and seek to increase developer’s revenue by displaying sponsored advertisements. Thus, generally speaking, the unusual flood of advertisements is always a sign that an adware might have violated your PC.

How does this particular adware work?

Questions about VIDKit adware

To make easy money, VIDKit adware uses pay-per-click method and browser redirect system. Upon a successful installation to a target computer, this adware injects its plug-in into each of the web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) that is present on a computer. Besides, it may corrupt some crucial browser’s settings and fill it with codes of predetermined ads. What happens next? Then the user is forced to see irritating pop-up ads, banner ads, video ads, pop-under ads, in-text links, and other forms of advertisements. If you are not quite sure which program is responsible for those pop-ups, carefully analyze the appearance of each pop-up. We are pretty sure that, in this particular case, you will find each of them textually marked as “Ads by VIDKit,” “VIDKit Ads,” “Powered by VIDKit,” and so on. Each time you click on those ads, VIDKit redirects to affiliate websites and generates pay-per-click revenue. So, it kills two birds with one stone.

VIDKit ads while browsing with Bing search

BUT: Although all this strategy seems to be dangerous, we consider such activity as a potential risk to a computer’s security. That’s because some of the displayed advertisements may be sponsored by suspicious parties that may seek to promote unsafe/illegal websites filled with PUP or malware installers. Thus, each time you click on the VIDKit pop-ups, you risk being exposed to infectious sites.

Also, VIDKit malware is responsible for the data collection. Along with the plug-in and codes of ads, it injects tracking cookies to each browser. Consequently, it gets the ability to see what pages the visitor views, what search terms he/she types, what ads attack his/her attention, etc. Unfortunately, it can also track IP address, approximate PC’s location, email address, and other quite sensitive data that can be used for deceiving you. Thus, to prevent all the risks, we would recommend you to remove VIDKit virus using a proper removal tool.

How can I get infected with VIDKit virus?

Usually, people start receiving VIDKit pop-up ads as soon as they finish the installation of another freeware. Distribution method when freewares/sharewares are filled with extra components and the whole package is spread as one item is called ‘bundling.’ It’s legitimate and widely applied these days. Therefore, if you want to protect your computer from VIDKit hijack and further issues that might happen, it’s a must to check each freeware carefully by selecting Advanced/Custom installation option. This way you will get the chance to see and opt out of all ‘optional components.’

What can I do to fix my computer?

To fix VIDKit adware, you should either check your computer with a reputable anti-malware or by yourself. In case you select to delete this malware manually, we have prepared the instructions that will help you to do that more easily. Nevertheless, to ensure your PC’s ‘cleanliness’ and protection, we highly recommend you to have a trustworthy and updated anti-malware installed.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove VIDKit adware, follow these steps:

Eliminate VIDKit 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 VIDKit and related programs
    Here, look for VIDKit 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'

Remove VIDKit 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 VIDKit 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'

Get rid of VIDKit 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 VIDKit 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 VIDKit removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete VIDKit adware 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, VIDKit should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Erase VIDKit 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 VIDKit 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 VIDKit removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate VIDKit 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 VIDKit 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 VIDKit removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Rosemary says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 6:56 am

    VIDKit does nothing at all. I dont understand whats tyhe purpose of spreading such tools at all.

  2. V S Rawat says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Really? Does nothing? I wouldnt say that. This dubious app almost made me insane by showing stupid “Ads by VIDKit.” On top of that, I think that it downloaded more badware on my PC.

  3. HillaryMmmm says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Stupid stupid app! I regret installing it sooo badly. I wasted so many time looking for VIDKit removal instructions… As someone already said, those ads are so irritating that its not possible to live along with them.

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