Severity scale:  
  (13/100)

Q1wws.icu. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Q1wws.icu is a browser hijacker that shows misleading search results

Q1wws.icu
Q1wws.icu is browser hijacker that shows users bogus search results and might lead to dangerous websites

Q1wws.icu is a potentially unwanted program[1] created by a Chicago-based company QxSearch Inc. This questionable app usually infiltrates machines when users carelessly install shareware or freeware and sets the homepage and new tab address to hxxps://q1wws.icu/results.php?wd= on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser. Additionally, Q1wws.icu displays sponsored links at the top the search results, redirects to suspicious websites and displays ads on sites that usually do not engage in such activities. Finally, potentially unwanted programs usually track and record information about its users using such tools like beacons or tracking cookies, so online privacy might be breached. Thus, if you found that your homepage and new tab URL suddenly changed, we highly advise you read this article in order to find out how to remove Q1wws.icu hijack from your device and keep your browsing activities private.

Name Q1wws.icu
Type Browser hijacker/PUP
Developer QxSearch Inc
Distribution Software bundling, insecure websites
Risk factors Installation of other unwanted software, expose to excessive commercial content, information tracking, computer infections, etc.
Symptoms Changes web browser settings, redirects, pop-up ads, fake search results, etc.
Termination Make use of our instructions below or employ security application
Recovery To recover from the infection, scan your device with Reimage

Q1wws.icu is not the only browser hijacker that QxSearch Inc produced, as it is also responsible for Bvts.xyzTyd1.xyz, and many similar sites. Visually, all these PUPs look identical – no thought was put into the design – it is a plain search bar with not many options available. However, as soon as users perform a search, they will notice the enormous amount of sponsored links.

The developers of Q1wws.icu virus seek to gain revenue by displaying commercial links, as each click counts, even an accidental one. For that reason, it is in PUP authors' best interest to install the application on as many computers as possible. Unfortunately, end users are the ones suffering from adverse effects of such a business model, as the presence of Q1wws.icu hijacker does not bring any benefits to them.

Once redirected or when clicked on a link, users may end up on phishing,[2] fraudulent, scam or even malware-laden sites. In case the computer is not protected with anti-malware software, the risk of infection increases. Therefore, it is vital to have a security application installed at all times. Those who notice suspicious redirects and similar activity should immediately proceed with Q1wws.icu removal.

For that, you can employ an anti-virus solution or take advantage of our manual removal guide below. Once you are sure that Q1wws.icu is terminated, you should reset each of the installed browsers and also scan your device with Reimage for best results.

Software bundling – a way for potentially unwanted programs to propagate

Users are rarely concerned about cybersecurity before a major incident happens, such as ransomware or another severe virus. Nevertheless, not many realize that infections do not simply “come” to computers. In most cases, the initiator is the end users, and the risk is increased if they do not take any precautionary measures to protect themselves.

While browser hijackers and similar PUPs are considered to be minor infections, it does not mean that it is OK to stay infected (due to reasons mentioned in the previous section). Therefore, the best solution would be not to get infected in the first place.

Software bundling is one of the most popular distribution techniques used freeware and shareware developers to install PUPs on users' devices. Unfortunately, this technique allows a deceptive installation without users noticing in most cases. This is due to them proceed with the installation without paying attention to the procedure attentively.

Thus, never rush the process, especially when dealing with the apps from third-party sites. It is not a secret that all free software distribution sites take up software bundling, although even official apps tent to do the same (for example, the notorious Ask toolbar was bundled with Java and similar updates).

Never rush the process and always check each step carefully to avoid various tricks, such as grayed out buttons, misleading instructions, pre-ticked boxes, and similar. Also, always opt for Advanced or Custom installation and terminate optional components prior they can be installed.

Remove Q1wws.icu browser hijacker from your system to stay safe online

To remove Q1wws.icu, you will have to either employ reputable security software or make use of our manual guide below. While both methods can be effective, experts[3] strongly advise combining both.

You can perform a full Q1wws.icu removal if you enter Programs section on Windows or installed Applications folder or Mac. Simply look up for any type of suspicious apps installed and terminate them. Unfortunately, some PUPs can hide behind misleading names so the removal process might be a little complicated. In such a case, rather use security software that specializes in potentially unwanted programs.

Once you delete Q1wws.icu completely, you should reset each of the installed browsers as explained below.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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.

Offer
do it now!
Download
Reimage (remover) Happiness
Guarantee
Download
Reimage (remover) Happiness
Guarantee
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Supported versions Compatible with OS X Supported versions
What to do if failed?
If you failed to remove virus damage using Reimage, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Reimage is recommended to remove virus damage. Free scanner allows you to check whether your PC is infected or not. If you need to remove malware, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage malware removal tool.
Alternative Software
Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Malwarebytes.
Alternative Software
Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove Q1wws.icu, follow these steps:

WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Uninstall Q1wws.icu from Windows systems

To remove Q1wws.icu from Windows OS, follow this detailed guide:

  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 Q1wws.icu and related programs
    Here, look for Q1wws.icu 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 Q1wws.icu 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Remove Q1wws.icu from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is infected with a browser hijacker, take up these steps to terminate it:

  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 Q1wws.icu 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'
WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Eliminate Q1wws.icu 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 Q1wws.icu 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 Q1wws.icu removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Erase Q1wws.icu 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, Q1wws.icu should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Get rid of Q1wws.icu from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox as soon as you are sure the PUP is removed:

  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 Q1wws.icu 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 Q1wws.icu removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Delete Q1wws.icu 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 Q1wws.icu 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 Q1wws.icu removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Uninstall Q1wws.icu from Safari

Do not forget to reset Safari, as browser hijackers often alter settings of a browser without permission:

  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 Q1wws.icu 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 Q1wws.icu, 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 Q1wws.icu removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

About the author

Gabriel E. Hall
Gabriel E. Hall - Passionate web researcher

If this free removal guide helped you and you are satisfied with our service, please consider making a donation to keep this service alive. Even a smallest amount will be appreciated.

Contact Gabriel E. Hall
About the company Esolutions

References