- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Kickay is a suspicious browser extension that could change your default search engine with an unreliable tool. Therefore, our specialists decided to classify it as a browser hijacker. Currently, it works just with the Google Chrome browser. In fact, for some time it could have been downloaded from the Chrome Web Store page, but according to our researchers, it is no longer available there as the earlier given ID number seems to be invalid at the moment of writing. Given the application is not a reliable one it does not surprise us since it happens quite often with similar threats. If you read the rest of the text, we will tell you more about this browser hijacker. Also, even though Kickay can be removed rather quickly, we have prepared deletion instructions for less experienced users, so if you decide to eliminate the application and need any guidance, feel free to use the steps located below the text.
Even if Kickay is no longer available on Chrome Web Store page or its official site called kickay.com, it does not mean the extension could not be distributed through other channels. Such threats often travel with bundled software installers of other unreliable applications, for example, adware, potentially unwanted programs, etc. In fact, if this is true users might add the suspicious extension unknowingly as not everyone chooses custom installation settings and carefully reviews all conditions, suggestions, and so on. As you see in many cases you have to pick advanced installation settings or else the configuration wizard may not notify you about additional software that in such situation is usually installed automatically. If you wish to avoid such mistakes in the future, you should be more cautious while installing programs, especially unknown freeware applications and when you download setup files from torrent or other untrustworthy file-sharing web pages.
Soon after the browser hijacker settles in you might notice your default search engine was replaced with some suspicious search tool. There could be a few variants, so we cannot say which one you may receive, but it is important to mention that the search engine Kickay provides might be unreliable. Our researchers believe it could show modified search results, although it might look like the results are displayed by Yahoo. It is because the provided tool may not have a unique search engine and could use search.yahoo.com to gather the results matching user’s keyword. However, before displaying them, there is a chance the browser hijacker might inject them with additional advertising content. If this happens, it would be best to stay away from such content since you never know where it may come from. For instance, the ads could originate from malicious web pages containing viruses, Trojans, and other malware or they might lead you to scam websites created for stealing sensitive data, etc. Of course, we do not say this will necessarily happen if you keep Kickay installed, but there is a chance it could cause you problems, and if you wish not to risk it, we encourage you to get rid of the suspicious extension at once.
Users who want to deal with the browser hijacker manually can do this quite quickly as it can be deleted from the Google Chrome’s extensions menu; all you have to do is access it. As promised, the instructions located at the end of this text will show users how to remove Kickay through the hijacked browser. There is one other solution too, and it might be even better as it could help users eliminate not just the suspicious extension, but also other possible threats. What we are talking about is a reliable antimalware tool with which you could perform a full system scan, and both detect and erase threats automatically. Provided you need more assistance, or you wish to ask anything else about this browser hijacker, you could leave us a comment below or write us through social media.
Erase Kickay from Google Chrome