Is KissCartoon Safe For Cartoons and Anime?



Cartoon fans and people with young children have undoubtedly stumbled across KissCartoon online. It offers free streaming for hundreds of different cartoons, seemingly without a catch. However, there are some important facts to know before you use Kiss Cartoon to download your favorite video.

What is KissCartoon?

Kiss Cartoon 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.

To keep the website free, KissCartoon runs advertisements on the pages that showcase the videos, while some versions of the website 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. The mining code is removed when you close your browser.

While it is possible to download something that is unavailable on paid streaming services for free, it is illegal and the site has faced shutdown several times.

The original home website operated as part of the Kiss Anime network, but it was shut down and replaced with after pressure from U.S. legislators. Now any version of KissCartoon 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 should not be trusted as being from the original operators. In reality, no one knows who runs them.

History of KissCartoon

KissCartoon arose in the late 2000’s as the premier destination to download pirated cartoons online. It was part of the KissAnime network, which is a broader network of websites dedicated to piracy. KissAsian, KissManga, KissComic, and NovelPlanet are all part of the same network providing access to pirated video.

Kiss Cartoon was the subject of discussion in diplomatic negotiations between US lawmakers and Vietnam, where the website 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. The other two others were 123Movies and Putlocker.

Shortly after that revelation, 123Movies and KissCartoon went offline. In its place sprung up several clones, each site hosting the same cartoon and video selection, but with different owners. Each of these websites runs ads to profit from these pirated 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 sites are very dangerous and are full of 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 video 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 it is hosted. You’ll notice several different domain suffixes mentioned earlier in this article. These pirate sites are cloned and then uploaded to different domains to stay ahead of these shutdown requests.

The video posted on KissCartoon is often not in the same location as the site itself, so these sites can claim they are not hosting a pirated download. Instead, they are usually hosted on a third-party file sharing site like Putlocker and then linked directly to make them easy to watch.

This style of download linking makes it harder to prove that KissCartoon’s owners are hosting illegal video, but it doesn’t make it any less shady. That’s especially true when many of the advertisements shown are designed to distribute malware to unsuspecting cartoon fans.

Is the KissCartoon app for Android safe?

NO. Several KissCartoon clones 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 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.

Cryptojacking utilizes javascript to begin running the mining software the instant the software is loaded. One popular company offering these scripts is Coinhive. By including a small line of code, website owners can hijack your PC’s processor to mine cryptocurrency like Monero while viewing Kiss Cartoon.

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 video.

It is essentially a honeypot in which they offer a “free download” 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 that will attempt to hijack your PC with pop-ups, and cryptocurrency miners.

KissCartoon Alternatives

There are plenty of alternatives to Kiss Cartoon available for watching cartoons online. Amazon Prime members have a broad selection of content available for free, as part of their Prime membership. Both Netflix and Hulu have cartoon 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 video 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 cartoon creators hosting their video for you to enjoy for free is legal.

If you’re absolutely unable to pay to watch your favorite cartoon, 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.

About The Author
Katrina O'Reilly
Kat goes by her gamer handle MissTRex. Born in Jaynesfield Wisconsin, she studied game design at Full Sail University. She has a penchant for anything "geeky" and is still a huge gamer.