Ketintontrat.info – Details
A potentially unwanted application that can insert in your browser search results with various ads, pop-ups, banners and promotional messages has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team. The name of the application is Ketintontrat.info and its behavior is typical for the representatives of the browser hijacker category. This app normally operates in a manner similar to that of regular browser add-on and can get installed on popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and many others. Like most applications of this kind, Ketintontrat.info is likely to spread through software bundling so it’s not surprising that most users do not recall when and how they have downloaded and installed this specific application.
Removing Ketintontrat.info manually
Immediately after becoming part of the system, however, the browser hijacker places some changes to the main browser’s search engine service and homepage URL and forces it to display sponsored advertisements and invasive page-redirect prompts. The purpose of the imposed changes is to redirect the web users to certain web pages and make them click on some pay-per-click promotions, which can generate income for the browser hijacker’s developers. However, these sponsored search results that get displayed on the screen without the users’ approval may sometimes be hazardous and may mislead them to install certain software, download some sketchy content or purchase some low-quality products and services from unreliable third-party websites. That’s why our suggestion is to treat them with extreme caution as they can land you on unfamiliar web locations and even lead to accidental exposure to real viruses and malware, such as Ransomware, Spyware infections and harmful Trojans.
If you have never encountered a browser hijacker application until now, we advise you to uninstall Ketintontrat.info with the help of the instructions provided below. If you face problems with the effective removal of the unwanted application, feel free to use the suggested professional removal tool which can uninstall it in a fast and reliable manner.
Is Ketintontrat.info Dangerous
Neither Ketintontrat.info nor most other browser hijacker applications such as www2.savemax.store , Deskgram in general can represent any serious direct danger to your system. However, the main concerns associated with this type of applications are mostly related to the pop-up ads they generate and the redirects that they initiate during your web surfing. While the purpose of those ads, pop-ups, banners and redirects is entirely advertising-oriented and is not malicious, sometimes, clicking on them may take you to various unfamiliar sites and links, some of which may be transmitters of potentially malicious content. As a result, you may accidentally land on a web page containing malware such as Ransomware, Spyware, Trojans and other viruses. That’s why, although the browser hijacker apps may seem safe and secure, you should still be careful with them and especially with the content they generate. A good preventive measure against the constant ads disturbance and the unwanted redirects is to remove Ketintontrat.info from your computer. If you cannot do this manually with the help of the instructions above, you may want to check out the removal program for unwanted software that we have also linked on the current page.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Intrusive ads, automatic page-redirects and changes in your browser’s settings may easily give this program away.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling, free software installers, torrents, spam messages, email attachments and ads.|
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Ketintontrat.info software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove Ketintontrat.info. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Ketintontrat.info From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Ketintontrat.info we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Ketintontrat.info on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Ketintontrat.info in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Getting rid of Ketintontrat.info from Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Removing Ketintontrat.info From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Removing Ketintontrat.info From Windows Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Removing Ketintontrat.info From Windows Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Ketintontrat.info and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Ketintontrat.info in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.