This article will help you remove Kotcatk.com efficiently. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions at the bottom of the article.
Kotcatk.com is a browser hijacker redirect. That web address could be set in your browsers as their new tab setting, as well as make all search queries go through that domain. You will end up getting redirected to the Ukrainian Google search results (Google.com.ua) if you enter anything into the search bar. Once you are redirected, you will see a search bar, altered content, advertisements, and other hyperlinks on various pages from the sponsored search results.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Every browser you have on your computer could be affected. The redirect will land you on a Russian or Ukrainian sites which host loads of advertisements and have other links that can keep redirecting you.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which can be modified are the homepage, the search engine and the new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Kotcatk.com |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Kotcatk.com.|
Kotcatk.com – Distribution Techniques
Kotcatk.com may be distributed via different techniques. One of those techniques can be with third-party installation setups of bundled programs and freeware. Setups like that could have a default setting for adding extra components to your computer without proper notice. You might have installed a torrent client or some other software and suddenly see that the redirect has hijacked your browsers as a result. You can prevent components like that from installing. You have to find Custom or Advanced settings if the setup has such. From there you can deselect the added components.
Kotcatk.com could have more ways to intrude your computer machine and make itself present in your browser applications. An extension or an add-on can aid the distribution and place it in your browser programs. Additional ways for distribution include advertisements, such as pop-ups, banners, and redirecting links. Targeted content and sponsored ads displayed on suspicious websites can also contribute for the redirect’s distribution. The websites might be partners of Kotcatk.com. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Kotcatk.com – In-Depth Overview
Kotcatk.com is the primary URL address of a browser hijacker redirect. If you have the redirect set in your browser applications, you will see how the above mentioned hijacker can appear on almost every page you open. Its search page is brimmed with advertisements as far as the eye can see. You might see less depending on your browser or if you are just a visitor of the site and not have anything installed related to it. Your new tab, start page, and the search engine will load the search page of the Russian/Ukrainian hijacker. You can view the result in the picture below:
Kotcatk.com is responsible for changing the settings of your browsers and for most of the redirects. However, a browser add-on is possible to load the redirect, and the software on your computer machine can consist just of leftovers which load the said redirect.
In the image shown directly above this paragraph, you will see the search results page of Ukrainian Google search. That is where you will land most of the time if you use the hijacker’s search. You will see the results are entirely in Ukrainian, and there are sponsored results and banner ads present (if Google is not used as a search engine). The hijacker and its search can filter your search queries, and information accumulated through them can be stored on their corresponding servers.
Above, you can see what the end result is, if you go via the Kotcatk.com/skqoxa redirect. You will end up on an advertisement page, after a series of redirects. the You should be very careful with what information you provide through the searches you do, especially if they go via any online page connected to Kotcatk.com. Refrain yourself from clicking on anything that seems interesting as the sites may push adverts based on information previously accumulated from you and your online habits.
Kotcatk.com – Data Collection and Tracking
Here is how many cookies are put on your PC from the redirect:
The following domains put cookies on your PC through the Kotcatk.com website and redirect:
Some of the cookies have duration of 1 up to 21 years after they enter your computer machine, as it becomes evident from the screenshot posted here.
Kotcatk.com can further collect information from you through every search query you make and through the advertisements you interact with on the site. All obtained data, including personally identifiable information, may be disclosed to third parties and partners of that website. Be careful with the things you enter in the search bar of the Kotcatk.com site.
Remove Kotcatk.com Redirect
To remove Kotcatk.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer secure in the future.