|Short Description||The app may be promoted as an RSS-feed reader that delivers news quickly.|
|Symptoms||The user may be witnessing intrusive advertisements in his browser.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling,, unsafe browsing.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By KavaPuller|
The Internet is flooded with suspicious browser extensions. Some of them are even available for download on Chrome Web Store and other legitimate software pages. KavaPuller may fit the description of a dubious add-on, which primary method of distribution is bundling. KavaPuller may have been included in freeware packages under their advanced/custom installation option. The browser application is most likely offered as an RSS-feed reader that delivers news in a quick manner. However, once installed, it will only generate advertisements and may affect the system’s performance.
Furthermore, applications of the PUP family are typically supported by advertisements and may collect sensitive user information. Collected data may be given to affiliates and digital advertisers for the purpose of displaying relevant ads to users.
KavaPuller Risk Evaluation
Security researchers warn that KavaPuller doesn’t have a valid digital certificate and may be used to pull marketing content from advertising parties via insecure channels. More trouble may be on the way, since KavaPuller may be using various tracking technologies to obtain data from users. Tracking technology may be:
→Persistent cookies, Web beacons, Flash cookies, website identifiers, etc.
The application may be capable of:
- Reading the user’s bookmarks and browsing history.
- Displaying tailored ad-generated content that may redirect the user to suspicious pages.
- Affect the system’s performance by making it more vulnerable to online threats.
N.B. Some potentially unwanted applications install multiple .dll and .exe files. Moreover, if registry keys are added to the Registry, removing KavaPuller manually may be quite challenging. Keep in mind that KavaPuller may be residing in the hidden AppData directory to restrain the user from locating it. Thus, if you are an inexperienced PC user, using a malware scanner may be the only option to remove the program.
KavaPuller Uninstallation Methods
The program may have a range of dubious capabilities, such as browsing hijacking, search redirecting and spying technologies. Using professional anti-malware solution to uninstall all features of the program from the system may be required. Users witnessing unusual browser behavior may even need to boot their PCs in Safe Mode. KavaPuller may have been bundled with a browser hijacker, and as a result, the homepage and search provider may have been changed.
Refer to the removal steps below the article.
1. Remove/Uninstall KavaPuller in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall KavaPuller.
2. Remove KavaPuller from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select KavaPuller and click “Remove”
After KavaPuller is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select KavaPuller to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After KavaPuller has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on KavaPuller
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall KavaPuller. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the KavaPuller will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
3. Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove KavaPuller.
For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Step 1: Open the Start Menu
Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
Step 6: Click on Restart.
Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.
4. Remove KavaPuller automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you must download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all KavaPuller associated objects.