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kshowonline.stream Redirect Removal

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The kshowonline.stream redirect is a dangerous browser hijacker that is part of a large network of sites and viruses that attempt to hijack sensitive data from the infected users. It can lead to malware infections with other threats and is distributed using many methods. Our complete removal guide shows how victims can restore their browsers easily from it.

Threat Summary

Name kshowonline.stream
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP, Cryptocurrecy Miner
Short Description The kshowonline.stream redirect is a browser hijacker that redirects the victims to a malware page and also installs a cryptocurrency miner.
Symptoms Browser settings change and performance issues due to the miner process execution.
Distribution Method Spam messages, Fake Browser Extensions, Bundled Packages
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kshowonline.stream Redirect – Spread Techniques

The kshowonline.stream redirect is a typical browser hijacker that is distributed using the ordinary delivery tactics. At the moment one of them relies on malware plugin instances. They are uploaded to the software repositories of the popular plugins using various names. In most cases they utilize fake account credentials and reviews in order to manipulate the victims into downloading them. The users are promised additional functionality or enhanced control and features of the existing ones.

If the criminals plan email spam campaigns then different methods of the malware delivery can be utilized — either stand-alone or several ones at once. Practically in all cases social engineering are used to coerce and manipulate the users into interacting with it. The following tactics are heavily used with browser hijackers similar to the kshowonline.stream redirect:

  • Malware Hyperlinks — The criminals can opt to insert dangerous links in the body contents of the messages. They are usually disguised as password reset links or login pages in templates that resemble legitimate web services. Some even use the original graphics of famous sites in order to mimic them as close as possible. Once they are opened the visitors are directed to a download page or to the executable file itself.
  • File Attachments — In other cases the browser hijacker executable can be directly attached to the messages. Depending on the exact scheme it may be renamed or archived to hide it’s true form.
  • Infected Documents — The criminals can infect documents of different types with virus code that can deliver the threat. Such files are typically rich text documents, spreadsheets or presentations. Once they are opened by the victims a notification prompt will appear which asks them to enable the built-in macros (scripts). If this is done then the virus file is downloaded from a remote site and the infection follows.
  • Site Redirect — Emails can be configured to redirect to hacker-controlled pages, web ads and banners that may lead to the kshowonline.stream redirect infection.

The criminals usually craft specific redirect pages that can be spread on social networks and different online communities. Another tactic would be to embed the malware code into malware software installers. In this case the hacker operators take legitimate setup files of popular applications from the vendors official site and modify them to include the dangerous code. They are then distributed on fake download portals and file sharing networks like BitTorrent.

Finally the kshowonline.stream redirect can be delivered using additional malware.

kshowonline.stream Redirect – Technical Description

The kshowonline.stream redirect follows the standard behavior patterns associated with similar malware. Once it has installed itself on the victim computers it starts to execute the built-in code according to the hacker configuration. These type of malware infections are dangerous as each attack campaign can have different parameters. The standard behavior is to change the most important web browser settings to redirect to a hacker-controlled page. All popular malware samples of this category are compatible with the most widely used browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Internet Explorer. The modified settings include the default home page, search engine and new tabs page.

Once this is done other dangerous actions can follow. The kshowonline.stream redirect has been observed to institute a tracking cookie that automatically starts to harvest detailed information that is sent to the hacker operators. It may be anonymous data that includes statistical information such as the operating system version, time and date of infection and etc. Another type of data includes identity-exposing information which is related to the victim users themselves. The code can hijack information such as their names, address, telephone numbers and passwords. As the infections start from the browsers themselves the hacker operators can also gain information from stored cache: form data, cookies, bookmarks, history, preferences, passwords and account credentials.

In certain cases the kshowonline.stream redirect can be configured to deploy additional modules such as a Trojan component. In these cases the criminal operators can spy on the victims in real time as well as take over control of their machines at any given time. In other cases the browser hijacker can connect to a C&C server for further instructions. Such connections allow the hackers to execute arbitrary commands to the compromised machines as well as deliver additional malware.

Our analysis shows that the kshowonline.stream browser hijacker also installs a cryptocurrency miner. It takes advantage of the available system resources to generate income for the hacker operators.

It is very possible that the current and future attack campaigns that are associated with this threat to be executed as a persistent threat. This means that they can alter components of the operating systems itself such as the Windows registry and configuration files. Advanced execution strategies enable it to guard itself from manual removal attempts by continuously monitoring the actions of the users.

The site itself does not reveal the actual company that is behind it. The privacy policy reads that it uses the tracking cookie and web beacons to survey the users at all times. Note that if the browser hijacker offers search options or other methods for displaying user queries it may partner with sponsors to display results that may not show the best possible sources of information.

Another danger associated with its use is the fact that the service does share the information with their partners. As a result the victims may receive spam messages targeting their specific interests.

kshowonline.stream Redirect – Privacy Policy

The provided privacy policy lists a partial list of the type of data that the redirect hijacks from the infected browsers. It uses both tracking cookies and other web technologies such as beacons to gain data of various types which is automatically sent to the hacker controllers. By having the infection available the users automatically give consent to the security procedures that follow according to the privacy policy. The data is pooled into large databases that are shared among rogue networks. The following types of data are some of the types listed in the privacy policy:

  • Email address
  • Social Network Identities
  • Hardware Information
  • Geolocation
  • IP Address
  • Operating System Details
  • Web Browser Settings
  • Account Credentials and Passwords
  • Log Files
  • Preferences
  • User Interests

Remove kshowonline.stream Redirect

To remove kshowonline.stream manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker entirely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove kshowonline.stream from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove kshowonline.stream

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall kshowonline.stream and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by kshowonline.stream on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by kshowonline.stream there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for kshowonline.stream with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of kshowonline.stream from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall kshowonline.stream and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to kshowonline.stream:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to kshowonline.stream. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to kshowonline.stream. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove kshowonline.stream via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as kshowonline.stream. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove kshowonline.stream from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase kshowonline.stream from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall kshowonline.stream from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove kshowonline.stream from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the kshowonline.stream will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate kshowonline.stream from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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