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Adware: How to Block, Disable, And Remove Kontera Advertisement Text Links

What is Kontera (In-Text Adware Platform)?

Kontera In Text Advertising
Kotera is a legitimate java script in text advertising platform, that shows advertisements based on keywords that pop up while hovering over text links on web pages (similar to Text Enhance). Kontera is considered adware and Kontera is known to install onto computers without user consent, creating registry entries and temporary files in order to spam advertise… Even though many people use Kontera and the Kontera WordPress plugin to generate money through Kontera’s affiliate program (which works almost like Google Adsense though pays less than a cent per click, unlike Adsense).
Kontera has also been called a scam by many advertisers who use the platform for their own ad campaigns. Mass conversations state Kontera ad users have not seen a payout and have not heard a word from Kontera’s support team about their non payment issues. In fact, we have never seen an affiliate program with as many bad reviews as Kontera.

How to block Kontera advertisements

Blocking Kontera is a common step used to avoid the annoying text ads which Kontera creates. Please note: Blocking Kontera will not actually remove Kontera and Kontera may again spam advertise if your browser is changed or updated. These are only suggestions, other possibilities to block Kontera on specific browsers exist.

Mozilla Firefox

Remove Kontera

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Blocking Kontera on IE can easily be accomplished without the use of third party extensions and utilities.

  • Access:Tools(Alt-x)>Internet Options>Security>Restricted sites – Then click the “Sites” button and enter: http://kontera.com

Google Chrome

How to remove Kontera text ads

Removing Kontera manually can be a daunting task.

Remove/delete Kontera’s created system files

Temp%WINDOWSTEMP0000000.TXT
%Temp%WINDOWSTEMP0000000.ZIP
%Temp%WINDOWSTEMPNSD5F.tmp
%System%sxe3.tmp
%Temp%tnkdvd.exe
%Temp%ultrathd.exe
%Temp%vidcoder.exe
%UserProfile%azubxfbq.exe

Remove/delete Kontera’s created registry files

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE[random]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogoshell=[random]

Other suggestions to disable Kontera

As with manual deletion of Kontera, other means to disable Kontera text ads can also be a mighty task.

Firewall rule

Set up a “rule” under advanced settings in your computer’s firewall. Block the following IP addresses on all ports and protocols:

64.124.0.0-64.125.255.255
128.177.0.0-128.177.255.255
208.184.0.0-208.185.255.255

Hosts Files / Internet Resource Blocking

In short the hosts files method will blocks all unwanted IP addresses.

  1. Open your host file using MS Notepad as an administrator. To run Notepad as an admin right click the launch icon.
  2. Open a file and locate your hosts file located C: > Windows > System32 > drivers > etc > hosts
  3. Add: 127.0.0.1 kona.kontera.com to the bottom

Is Kontera Malicious?

Nope, just an annoyance. Kontera will not over-set any rules you place upon it. In other words, if Kontera becomes unblocked it is because your browser or computer is infected with other adware or spyware (or in broad terms: malware).

Malware

In cases of malware, where Kontera is acting suspicious and producing more than just pop-up spam, or unblocking itself from extensions, an anti-malware or malware removal program is strongly suggested.


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24 replies to “Adware: How to Block, Disable, And Remove Kontera Advertisement Text Links

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you!!! This stupid adware has been bothering me forever and this is the only thing that works to disable it!

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  4. spotmom

    Thank you so much! I despise ads and those annoying text ads that you accidentally mouse over while reading a page are a huge waste of my time and patience! I also use a hosts file to block all the other winky/blinky crap on the web. I go nuts using someone else’s computer that does not use a custom hosts file!

  5. Bill Knight

    Got an eMail today,not really sure who sent it,but its context hints towards someone from Kontera Inc.
    Here it is;
    ______________________________
    “Kontera is not a browser based program. Kontera links are enabled by publishers inserting Kontera code into their CMS in order to monetize page views. In this respect Kontera is not an adware product. They are an ad network.”
    ______________________________
    So basically the eMail is saying that because “Company X” opts to use Konteras intext add service & because Kontera asks Company X to insert the code itself,it’s somehow not Adware.

    Well Dude allow me to say that Kontera can jump thru whatever legal loopholes they want & they can word it any way they want. Bottom line is “Kontera pushs Adds at consumers & just because Kontera’s found a way to not call itself Adware doesn’t change the fact that it’s the same Hustle just with some New Flow/Mac.
    Nor does it change the fact that Kontera’s still Highly Unwanted by all consumers. I don’t care who builds or injects the code & you can call it what ever you want,it’s still entrapment-ware to me & I wish it gone.

    1. Bill Knight

      I offer my sincerest apology to Mr.Sean Doyle.
      For my failing to recognize him as the sender of the eMail I highlighted in my previous post.
      I do not believe Mr.Doyle to be a Representative of Kontera,but rather,a peer seeking refuge from Konteras deluge of adds.

      I think because I opened my eMail,while on my iPhone instead of my laptop,resulted in the rendering of a “Non-Mobile” version of the email,while on a Mobile device. Maybe?

      .
      Hell I don’t know, but ultimately my inability to see who sent the eMail resulted in my viewing the message out of context & so I saw the eMails content as an “excuse from Kontera” ,rather than a “did you know?” from a peer)
      “Once again I do apologize”.
      Bill Knight

  6. Bill Knight

    It is my well thought out opinion that Kontera has single handedly made browsing the Web a upsetting mess. I feel that when an advertisers product reroutes,hinders or obstructs a users ability to freely navigate the Web as one normaly would,then it boarders on the criminal.
    Criminal on the grounds of “entrapment” or rather “E-entrapment”.

    There needs to be legislation that’ll put an end to this “Jack-Ware”,because thats what it is. Software designed to HighJack

      1. Bill Knight

        Thank you for saying so.
        I read up on entrapment & Kontera meets the criteria to be labeled as entrapment,(unless I’m missing something).Truth is,the definition below fits all Intext-Adds to a “T” not just Kontera.

        I’m so uterly frustrated by this Nexgen-eEntrapment-Ware that I’m past the point of frustration,which is why I address it so harshly. However words can not convey how badly I want Konteras “intext-adds” exposed for what it is & promptly dealt with by our representatives at a federal level,just as they did with spam & popups.

        Entrapment Defined:
        “To inducing one to commit an act that they’re not previously disposed to commit”

        1. Bill Knight

          PS:
          Thank you for the sugested steps,but none seem to hold.
          No I don’t delete my cookies & yes I visit OBA & NAI’s OptOut pages regularly to ensure my cookies are still intact. Yes I’ve installed “Protect My Choices” & yes I’ve added Kontera to my list of restricted websites & my host file. I’ve tried each of these steps individually & in tandom but all eventually fail to hold. Kontera seems to find a way to keep on keepin on.
          Oh yeah one more thing I have a fully updated paid subscription of MBAM installed on my Windows 7 Toshiba Laptop.

  7. justin

    Thanks for the tutorial. Kontera popups are so annoying, I hate having to try to dodge the links with my mouse so they don’t pop up.

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