Cartoon fans and people with young children have undoubtedly stumbled across KissCartoon online. It’s a site that offers free streaming for hundreds of different cartoons, seemingly without a catch. However, there are some important facts that you should know before using this site to access your favorite cartoon content.
What is KissCartoon?
KissCartoon is a series of websites that hosts cartoons and anime online for free. The cartoons are organized into seasons and shows, making it easy to binge watch shows that aren’t available on other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.
The site makes money through running advertisements on the pages that showcase the videos, while some versions of the site have been caught using visitor’s resources to mine cryptocurrency. While annoying, all this really does is slow down your computer slightly while you are on the website. When you leave the site, the mining code is purged from your browser.
While it is possible to watch content that is not available on paid streaming services for free, it is illegal and the site has faced shutdown several times.
KissCartoon.me was the official domain that operates as part of the Kiss Anime network, but it was shut down and replaced with KimCartoon.me after pressure from U.S. legislators. Now any KissCartoon domains that are live on the internet are clones of the original and may have other nefarious intentions aside from serving up free high-definition cartoons. These sites should not be trusted as being from the original operators. In reality, no one knows who runs them.
Known Fake KissCartoon Domains
History of KissCartoon
KissCartoon arose in the late 2000’s as the premier destination to watch pirated cartoons online. It was part of the KissAnime network, which is a broader network of websites dedicated to hosting pirated content. KissAsian, KissManga, KissComic, and NovelPlanet are all part of the same network providing access to pirated content.
KissCartoon was the subject of discussion in diplomatic negotiations between US lawmakers and Vietnam, where KissCartoon was hosted. In March 2017, the US Ambassador officially requested that Vietnam criminally prosecute the owners of three websites that are accused of copyright infringement. Those three websites were 123Movies, Putlocker, and KissCartoon.me.
Shortly after that revelation, 123Movies and KissCartoon.me went offline. In its place sprung up several clones hosting the same content, but with different owners. Each of these websites runs ads and makes money by sharing these pirates cartoons. However, new advances in cryptocurrency technology have allowed some sites to mine for Monero and other altcoins while a user is engaged on the site. In theory, this replaces the need to use black market ads to hijack your browser so the sites should be safe. In reality, many of the clone site have very dangerous content and ads so they can milk every penny from the sites.
Is KissCartoon Legal?
In short, none of the KissCartoon sites are legal. They are hosting copyrighted content and serving it to people alongside ads that make them money. The original creator gets no compensation for the views, which means KissCartoon’s owners are profiting off of other people’s copyrighted works.
These sites are illegal and disappear and re-appear as US lawmakers target them. Given the amount of malware and cryptocurrency mining that can occur when these domains are visited without adblocking software, it’s recommended to stay away from them.
Is KissCartoon Safe?
KissCartoon sites are often down because they are targeted by lawmakers putting pressure on the country where the domain is hosted. You’ll notice several different domain suffixes mentioned earlier in this article are all called KissCartoon. These pirate sites are cloned and then uploaded to different domains to stay ahead of these shutdown requests.
The content posted on KissCartoon is often not hosted on the same domain as the site itself, so these site owners can claim they are not hosting pirated content. These videos are usually hosted on a third-party file sharing site like Putlocker and then linked directly on KissCartoon pages to make them easy to watch.
This style of content linking makes it harder to prove that KissCartoon’s owners are hosting illegal content, but it doesn’t make it any less shady. That’s especially true when many of the advertisements shown on KissCartoon are designed to distribute malware to unsuspecting cartoon fans.
Is the KissCartoon app for Android safe?
NO. Several KissCartoon clone sites are offering a KissCartoon app for Android available on their website. Installing the app requires you to enable a setting in your Android device that makes it so any .apk file can be installed and bypasses Google’s safeguards. These .apks are often loaded with malware that will hijack your browser, serve you ads and annoying notifications, and generally provide a bad user experience with your phone.
Under no circumstances should you enable “Install from Unknown Sources” on your Android device to install the KissCartoon app.
Stay Safe Using KissCartoon
Do you absolutely refuse to stop using KissCartoon as a source for your daily cartoon entertainment? Despite the warnings, it is perfectly possible to watch your favorite cartoons and anime using the new KimCartoon domain.
Installing an adblocker like UBlock Origin for Chrome and Firefox can help, but you should be aware that the only way to stay 100% safe from malware and cryptocurrency mining is to avoid going to sites like this in the first place.
The more time you spend on the site, the more your computer’s processor is used for their profit. Watching “free” cartoons is a great way to keep people on the site, which is why KissCartoon clones often employ these crypto jacking methods of earning money from someone else’s content.
It is essentially a honeypot in which they offer “free content” to lure people who are fans of these shows into watching them through their website that serves up malicious ads and crypto jacking scripts for earning money.
You should not download anything from KissCartoon, and you should not install anything offered by a pop-up from KissCartoon. Chances are it is malware that will attempt to hijack your PC with pop-ups, cryptocurrency miners, and malware.
There are plenty of legal alternatives that are available for watching cartoons online. Amazon Prime members have a broad selection of content available that comes free as part of their Prime membership. Both Netflix and Hulu have cartoon content available at reasonable monthly prices.
Crunchyroll is an anime-focused service that provides access to several free series on a rotating basis and all anime for a small monthly subscription. Crackle is a Sony-owned streaming service that often has free cartoons available among its rotation of free content for the week.
Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Comedy Central all offer a rotating selection of full episodes available from your favorite cartoons. Sure, you can’t watch the entire show in one go, but content creators hosting their content for you to enjoy for free is legal.
If you’re absolutely unable to pay to watch your favorite cartoon content, consider signing up for a library card in your area. Most libraries in the United States now offer access to digital media like DVDs so you can borrow your favorite cartoons from your library’s collection.