Pokki is a legitimate software program designed to improve the users’ browsing experience by obtaining various free applications and providing them with the option to organize them, as well as their files and preferred webpages. Windows 8 users seem to prefer the tool because it gives them back the start button that is missing. The same can also be done by downgrading Windows 8 to Windows 7. Many users find Pokki quite useful and enjoy the many benefits if offers. However, there are a few downsides that should be considered by the users before they decide whether they want to download it or keep using it for that matter.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your computer, collect information and may display targeted ad-content.|
|Symptoms||Laggy computer performance, various types of advertised apps, may include browser redirects, pop-ups, etc. via third parties.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious URLs, unwanted downloads and other.|
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Update July 2018! Pokki PUP has been update and has evolved from a traditional browser hijacking software to a very suspicious Windows Start Menu. The application still has a suspicious behavior nonetheless and may advertise you to install apps from it’s platform, which is inadvisable. For more information and removal of the Pokki Start Menu “Virus”, click on the related article below:
How Does Pokki Adware Spread
Pokki can be downloaded from the official site of the application, where users can be fully informed about the services offered by that product. Along with the installation of Pokki, the user is most likely to be presented with the option to install a bunch of other free of charge programs like Tweeki and Toshiba Start. If the user does not pay close attention to the installation process of the application, he may end up with different unwanted programs and applications on his computer.
However, the primary method by which Pokki can find itself on your computer is via software bundling. This is a form of aggressive marketing which is used by some suspicious software providing sites. To best explain how it works is to imagine you are looking to download a free program, like your favorite media player, for example from the web and you download it’s installer from a suspicious site. The installation of Pokki could be included in one of the installation steps of the free media player, in the following form:
As soon as it is accepted, Pokki immediately drops it’s files on your computer.
Pokki Adware – More Information
Pokki is a program that is not generally malicious, but it is also one of those which should stay away from your computer, since it can effectively lead to a malware infection. The program’s initial activities on your computer are to create multiple different files and heavily modify the Windows Registry Editor. from there, the program can use the following tracking technologies on your computer:
- LSO (Local Sharing Objects or Flash Cookies).
The technologies can be used to obtain primarily system data from your computer and data about your online activity, for example:
- Your IP address.
- Your location.
- MAC Address.
- Online browsing history.
- Online clicks.
- Most visited sites..
The information which is extracted may be used by Pokki for different purpose is this may include sharing it with other adware providers to target you with third-party adverts. This is done for various purposes, depending on those third-party sites, and while some just want to add traffic to their websites by causing redirects via Pokki, others may want the user to visit a malicious web link. This may not happen in your situation, but with suspicious ad-supported programs, you never know, because there are many third-party websites involved.
Why Should You Consider Removing Pokki and How to Remove It
Despite the fact that Pokki is a legitimate application, the tool is affiliated with third parties and does not assume liability for any content, services, and website related to them. So, the content provided by the application may be unsafe. This is why experts recommend removing the tool and not interacting with the apps it provides the users with. We have presented removal instructions below which can help you remove this adware permanently from your computer.
Manually delete Pokki from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Pokki threat: Manual removal of Pokki requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
Automatically remove Pokki by downloading an advanced anti-malware program
- Guide 1: How to Remove Pokki from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Pokki from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Pokki from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Pokki from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Pokki from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Pokki from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Pokki from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Pokki from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Pokki
Step 2: Uninstall Pokki 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Pokki on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Pokki there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Pokki from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Pokki and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Pokki 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Pokki files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Pokki, 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.
Remove Pokki 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.
Erase Pokki 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.
Uninstall Pokki 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.
Remove Pokki 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Pokki will be removed.
Eliminate Pokki 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.