Kickay may hijack Google Chrome users’ browsers, and because of this, it falls under the category of browser hijackers. The threat might affect the browser by changing its default preferences such as search provider, homepage, or new tab page. If you do not like the idea, the application modified any of these preferences we advise you not to waste any time with it and erase this doubtful add-on with no hesitation. For this reason, we are adding our recommended removal steps located at the end of this report. Another thing you should know about the tool is that it might introduce users to an untrustworthy search engine through which the browser hijacker could display unreliable third-party advertisements. However, we will discuss this further in the text, so if you came here to find out more important details about Kickay, you came to the right place.
First of all, we should talk about the ways Kickay could reach your computer. Specialists who researched this browser hijacker say it has a website (kickay.com), but it does not provide the application’s installer anymore. What’s more, being compatible only with Google Chrome, the tool was spread through Chrome Web Store for some time. Nevertheless, we do not think these mentioned websites were the only places to download this add-on. The threat might have been easily spread with bundled setup files, and it still could be, although perhaps the distribution is not so active now. In any case, it does not matter how it managed to get it, if you already received it, what matters is that you should be more careful in the future. It would be advisable to stay away from programs suggested on suspicious pop-up ads, bundled with freeware, distributed via unreliable file-sharing web pages, and so on.
No doubt, Kickay might appear to be quite annoying. After all the application could change your default preferences and show you untrustworthy third-party advertisements. The default preferences could be altered to simply make you use the tool’s presented search engine, and the ads might be displayed together with search results. In order to make these ads look more interesting or tempting to the user the threat could also create targeted advertisements and to achieve this, Kickay could be recording the keywords you use, web pages you visit, ads you click, and so on. The problem is, the application’s creators may not review advertisements they promote. It means there might be no guarantees the ads cannot be malicious or otherwise dangerous. To provide you with a couple of examples, the third-party ads could lead you to websites asking to participate in fake surveys or lotteries, suggesting to install other browser hijackers, adware, or even malicious programs, etc. Thus, if you noticed such content or you do not want to take any chances and wait till it might show up, we recommend erasing the browser hijacker.
There are two ways to get rid of Kickay, and we will start from probably the easiest one. The extension can be deleted manually, and it should take just a couple of minutes. If you want to try this solution, you should open your browser, go to the Extensions menu, locate the unwanted application and click the deletion button next to it. For more detailed instructions you should check the steps situated below this report. Those who like using automatic features could acquire a reliable security tool. Then use its scanning feature to identify and eliminate the browser hijacker along with other threats that could be hiding on the system.