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Remove IQA Browser

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Is it worth installing IQA Browser on my computer?

IQA Browser virus is a potentially unwanted program, which is built using open source Google Chromium browser. Although it can seem to be a reliable browser, its main purpose is to generate commercial search results and redirect its victims to sponsored websites. This is how this program generates pay-per-click revenue to its developers. However, we cannot guarantee that you won’t find yourself on a malicious websites after clicking one of search results returned to you by IQA Browser virus. Besides, as soon as this browser is installed on the computer, it can change some of your system’s settings. Typically, it changes the start page, the default search engine and the new tab page to website, which has already been mentioned on our site. This issue can be called “IQA Browser hijack” because user is hardly warned about these changes. We have to warn you that this issue is rather frequent these days, so you should read this post closely to know more information about the prevention of such intruders. If you want to get rid of it, you should use Reimage or other reliable anti-spyware to remove IQA Browser from your computer. This is the most reliable method to fix the system.

Questions about IQA Browser

When keeping IQA Browser virus on the system, it’s hard not to notice its redirect function. This activity is typically initiated with the help of its ads and corrupted search results that are displayed among the typical ones. If user is tricked into clicking any of these ads or links, he or she is redirected to a sponsored website. In exchange for this activity, the developers of IQA Browser are generating pay-per-click revenue. Nevertheless, we don’t think that you should ignore these redirects on your computer. To keep your computer virus-free, you should avoid IQA Browser redirect. What is more, this browser can also be used for gathering NPII (non-personally identifiable information). Once collected, this information is then shared with third parties that use it for generating more attractive ads. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that your email address, which is also considered non-personal data, will not be included to spammers lists. Beware that by sending you an infected email attachment, they can infect your computer with more serious virus, such ransomware. To sum up, there is no need for you to keep this browser on your computer. In this case, you should follow a guide on the second page and remove IQA Browser with each of its files.

IQA Browser redirect virus

How does this browser spread around?

First of all, you can download IQA Browser from its official website. However, this is not the only way how it can get on your computer. The second way used by IQA Browser virus for infiltrating computers is called “bundling”. You can install this browser hijacker on your PC silently bundled with other free software, such as download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar freeware. The most of such programs are filled with potentially unwanted components because their developers are trying to earn the money. To prevent IQA Browser redirects on your computer, it is very important to be attentive during the installation of any software. We strongly advise you to choose Custom or Advanced installation option because this is the easiest way to spot adware, browser hijackers and similar unwanted software. Thus, if you see some optional software which you did not intend to download while installing the program, just deselect it.

IQA Browser removal instructions:

In case your web browser got infected by IQA Browser virus, it needs to be fixed. You should remove this potentially unwanted program from your system as soon as possible because you may find yourself on a suspicious website. According to research team, you can remove IQA Browser following manual removal guide, which is given below this article. However, there is also another way to remove this hijacker without a need to go thru your PC’s settings. It’s called automatic IQA Browser removal. In this case, you should install a reliable anti-spyware program, update it to its latest version and run a full system scan. This removal option will let you be sure that all components related to this hijacker are gone.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove IQA Browser, follow these steps:

Eliminate IQA Browser from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall IQA Browser and related programs
    Here, look for IQA Browser or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove IQA Browser from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of IQA Browser from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for IQA Browser or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall IQA Browser from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for IQA Browser and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete IQA Browser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase IQA Browser from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, IQA Browser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove IQA Browser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select IQA Browser and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete IQA Browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete IQA Browser from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select IQA Browser and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete IQA Browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate IQA Browser from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for IQA Browser or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by IQA Browser, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete IQA Browser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. hannah says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 3:34 am

    IQA Browser is a sneaky computer threat! Replaced shortcuts of Chrome although I didnt ask for that! It tried to force me to use it!

  2. sand68y says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 3:36 am

    IQA Browser virus refuses to go away. These instructions didnt help me… Ill try SpyHunter

  3. Magenta says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 3:39 am

    IQA Browser needs to be taken down from downlaod websites! Who spreads such useless programs? They should stop!

  4. hellno says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 3:45 am

    detected this with spyhunters free scan, my question is can this IQA Browser steal my personal information? Is my credit card safe? I used this fake browser when signing into my bank account. Can somebody answer me???

  5. 2-spyware team says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Dear visitor,

    IQA Browser does not collect and store such personal information. However, we still recommend you to change your passwords after you remove this potentially unwanted program. Better safe than sorry!

  6. Nate says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 3:50 am

    youve got to be kidding me… How could I install this threat into my computer?? I have never downloaded iqa browser… how do I know which program brought it into my pc??

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