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Kipis!generic

How to Remove Kipis!generic from Your Computer

You can effectively remove Kipis!generic from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Kipis!generic in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Worm

Worms are generally considered to be a subset of viruses, but have key differences. Unlike a virus, a worm is a computer program that replicates, but does not infect other files. Instead, a worm installs itself on a computer and then looks for a way to spread to other computers.

From a user’s perspective, there are noticeable differences. The longer a virus goes undetected, the more files it will infect on the victim computer. By contrast, there is just a single instance of the worm code on the computer.

Like viruses, worms are often subdivided according to the methods they use to infect a system. E-mail worms are distributed as attachments to e-mail messages. IM worms are attached to messages sent with instant messaging programs (such as IRC or ICQ). P2P (peer-to-peer) worms use file-sharing networks to spread. Network worms spread directly over the LAN (Local Area Network) or across the Internet, often exploiting a specific vulnerability.

Be Aware of the Following Worm Threats:

Warez3, Avkillah, Sdbot.DFS, Win32.P2P.Qnon, Rbot.MZ.

Hijacker

Software that seizes control of a computer’s resources to proliferate itself or use them for other malicious purposes.

There are several types of hijackers. The most common are:

  • Browser hijackers – Alters the existing Internet browser settings so that a user is redirected to unwanted or malicious Web sites. These include programs that change the browser Home page or replace a popular search service’s home page with its own fake copy, whose search results point to particular malicious or irrelevant sites.
  • Autorun hijackers – Automatically run certain programs on start-up of a user’s computer.

Be Aware of the Following Hijacker Threats:

OmegaSearch, ISTbar.MSCache, ISTbar.XXXToolbar, Jakposh, ffinder.com.

Downloader

A type of trojan. The primary purpose of downloaders is to install malicious code on a user’s computer. However, they can enable other malicious uses. For example, they can be used to continually download new versions of malicious code, adware, or “pornware.” They are also used frequently used to exploit the vulnerabilities of Internet Explorer.

Downloaders are typically written in script languages such as VBS or JavaScript.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Kipis!generic?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Kipis!generic:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Kipis!generic. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Kipis!generic.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Kipis!generic, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Kipis!generic^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Kipis!generic:

PC is working very slowly

Kipis!generic can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Kipis!generic.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Kipis!generic can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Kipis!generic may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Kipis!generic may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Kipis!generic may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.