The Kometa is an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware usually gets installed as a part of some free programs. Do not be surprised, it happens, especially if you’re an active Web user. But this does not mean that you should reconcile with the unwanted program (PUP). Perform the guidance below to clean your personal computer without a wait, as the Kometa adware can be a way to affect your PC system with more dangerous unwanted applications such as browser hijackers. The few simple steps which follow, I’ll show you how to uninstall Kometa adware and thus get rid of any unwanted ads from your machine forever.
The Kometa adware is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional utility. It’s created with the sole purpose to open dozens of popup advertisements, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. The reason is simple: many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their pages, so the creators of ad-supported software, often forcing users to click on an advertising links. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income.
It’s not a good idea to have an undesired program such as the Kometa adware. It doing things you do not know about. Even worse, the ad supported software be able to collect a wide variety of privacy data that can be later transferred third party companies. You don’t know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any Kometa ads.
Thus, it’s clear that the presence of adware on your PC system is not desirable, and you need to clean up your PC as quickly as possible. Follow the step-by-step tutorial below in order to uninstall Kometa adware for good.
Remove Kometa (removal tutorial)
There are a simple manual guide below which will assist you to delete Kometa from your Microsoft Windows machine. The most effective way to remove this ad-supported software is to complete the manual removal tutorial and then use Zemana, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) or HitmanPro automatic tools (all are free). The manual solution will assist to weaken this ad-supported software and these malware removal utilities will completely delete Kometa ad supported software and return the Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome settings to default.
To uninstall Kometa, use the following steps:
- How to remove Kometa adware without any software
- Scan your machine and remove Kometa adware with free utilities
- Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
- Where the Kometa comes from
- Finish words
How to remove Kometa adware without any software
These steps to remove the adware without any programs are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step steps completely to fully remove the Kometa adware that designed to redirect your web browser to various ad web-sites.
Remove potentially unwanted applications through the Windows Control Panel
First of all, check the list of installed software on your PC system and remove all unknown and recently installed software. If you see an unknown program with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malicious software and you should clean it off first with malware removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any questionable and unknown apps. To quickly find the latest installed apps, we recommend sort apps by date in the Control panel.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the Kometa adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your computer, it will start itself automatically. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all tasks which have been created by the Kometa program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will show a prompt which titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the unwanted programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the Kometa software. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Scan your machine and remove Kometa adware with free utilities
The manual tutorial above is tedious to follow and can not always help to completely remove the Kometa adware. Here I am telling you an automatic method to get rid of this adware from your system completely. Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes AntiMalware and HitmanPro are anti-malware tools that can search for and remove all kinds of unwanted programs including Kometa adware.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to delete Kometa
We advise using the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your PC system of the adware. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal program designed by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you remove potentially unwanted applications, hijacker infections, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and Kometa adware.
Now you can install and use Zemana to delete Kometa from your system by following the steps below:
Visit the following page to download Zemana setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer. Save it to your Desktop.
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Launch the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this utility on your computer.
During setup you can change some settings, but we suggest you do not make any changes to default settings.
When install is finished, this malicious software removal tool will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Free tool will begin scanning the whole machine to find out Kometa adware and other PUPs. This procedure may take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
When the system scan is complete, a list of all items detected is prepared. You may get rid of threats (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will begin to get rid of Kometa ‘ad supported’ software. When finished, you may be prompted to restart your machine to make the change take effect.
Remove Kometa ad-supported software with Hitman Pro
HitmanPro is a free removal tool. It removes potentially unwanted software, ad supported software, hijackers and undesired web browser addons. It will identify and remove Kometa adware. HitmanPro uses very small PC resources and is a portable program. Moreover, HitmanPro does add another layer of malware protection.
Download Hitman Pro on your Microsoft Windows Desktop from the link below.
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When the download is done, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen as shown below.
Further, click “Next” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the Kometa adware and other unwanted applications. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC system. Once HitmanPro has finished scanning your PC system, the results are displayed in the scan report as displayed on the image below.
Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button. It will display a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button.
Use Malwarebytes to remove Kometa
Remove Kometa manually is difficult and often the ad-supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we advise you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malicious software, potentially unwanted programs, toolbars and browser hijackers that your computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Free on your PC system from the following link.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as shown on the screen below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once installation is finished, you’ll see window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the Kometa adware. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. When a malware, ‘ad supported’ software or potentially unwanted software are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done.
After finished, MalwareBytes will show a list of all items detected by the scan. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now uninstall Kometa adware and other PUPs. Once that process is finished, you may be prompted to restart your PC.
The following video explains steps on how to remove hijacker, adware and other malware with MalwareBytes.
Run AdBlocker to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted advertisements and malicious pages, you need to run ad blocking program that stops an access to harmful advertisements and webpages. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of webpages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
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- After the download is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is complete, press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup ads, browser redirects, as well as other harmful or misleading websites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Where the Kometa comes from
The adware gets on your personal computer as a part of many freeware and commercial programs. This PUP can be installed in background without user consent, but usually it’s introduced to a user when a downloaded application are installed. So, read term of use and user agreement very carefully before installing any software or otherwise you can end up with another ‘ad supported’ software on your computer such as this Kometa adware.
After completing the few simple steps outlined above, your PC should be clean from this adware and other malware. The MS Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome will no longer show undesired ads when you browse the Internet. Unfortunately, if the instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the Kometa adware.