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Remove QuericsSearch (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Free Guide

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

QuericsSearch is the promotional site that pushes browser hijacker and changes browser settings

QuericsSearchQuericsSearch – the potentially unwanted program that makes a difference in browsing online when the fake search engine gets set as your default one or as a homepage. This browser hijacker changes particular settings and interferes with various web browsers like Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Google Chrome. The latter one gets more affected when settings get injected and features that normally are not there appear on the web browser. One of them is Managed by your organization feature that is possibly designed to gather data about users' browsing habits or more personal details.

The program itself appears on the system out of nowhere and the potentially unwanted program appears on the browser as a default search engine or a new tab, so people cannot understand where this QuericsSearch virus came from. Even though it shouldn't supposed to be called a virus, this hijacker can create many issues with your device when it alters system files, corrupts some functions, programs. There are parts of the PUP that trigger damage in registry and startup preferences, so the browser hijacker is more persistent and can create symptoms on the machine for a while. Especially when there is no particular application that could be deleted from the system since the PUP[1] runs in the background and browser hijacker controls those search results and online traffic.

Name QuericsSearch
Type  Browser hijacker
Symptoms  The homepage, new tab, default search engine settings get altered and set to page that redirects every search through advertising pages and commercial content creators' sites. In addition, the browser hijacker is related to ad-supported pages that show various ads, banners, promotional material and reroutes users sessions to possibly harmful domains
Distribution Deceptive sites, pop-up promotional ads, freeware installers, and redirects to dubious sites leads to installations of PUPs and cyber threats that control the performance of your machine
Damage  Alters settings of the browser and damages files, functions in the system. PUPs, in general, are related to ad-supported sites and third-party companies that can easily access, track and record your data
Elimination  QuericsSearch removal is not the easiest process, so rely on proper anti-malware tools and scan the machine fully to find all the suspicious files and PUP injected applications
Repair  Recover functions and files on the program by running an optimizer or a tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

QuericsSearch is a particular program that can be associated with the adware program or ad-supported sites because this is the application that has the purpose of redirecting to spam and misleading sites. Such material can also distribute malware or expose you to unwanted pages. A single click on the advertisement, banner, or a browser pop-up can effectively redirect you to pay-per-click scheme[2] pages and obtain personal information, show useless material on the screen. 

Experts[3] note, that this QuericsSearch hijacker can be set to perform various unwanted activities, including forcing you to buy products that are useless or even harmful to your machine. This is a universal program that can be found on Windows or even macOS devices, mobile phones. These redirects and pop-ups keep you from accessing wanted content, so you get exposed to risks.

When your browser is affected by the hijacker you get tons of scams, redirects, advertisements, and other malicious content that fills the screen to control what you see next. Any clicks on the browser, pop-up, or banner trigger the redirections to sponsored material that exposes users to affiliated pages and can generate views, page visits. All these activities get monetized later on, so PUP developers can spread more of their apps.

QuericsSearch PUP, unfortunately, is also promoted and distributed as Google Chrome extension that should be useful, improve results of online searches or show results that are altered to your preferences and needs. However, the list of these results gets injected with hyperlinks, pop-ups, banners, and material that is related to shady domains, not useful pages.   QuericsSearch hijack
QuericsSearch is the hijacker that triggers changes in web browsers, so your machine runs slow.
You should remove QuericsSearch once it appears out of nowhere, instead of getting the extension willingly. These are useless because there are no purposes for getting an additional search engine or tool that gives nothing. It is even considered malicious or at least potentially unwanted due to additional redirects and triggers that can end up in malware infections.

QuericsSearch removal may seem impossible since you are not the one that installed the browser hijacker on the computer. But you need to clean the machine fully if you want to get rid of all the unwanted symptoms. This PUP, in most cases, comes when you install converters or other free programs, so your browser is affected significantly.

Possible indications that your device is affected by this shady Queric Search family:

  • web browser’s default homepage is set to;
  • browser’s new tab page changed to QuericsSearch New Tab Search;
  • all browser’s searches are redirected through;
  • the QuericsSearch browser extension or tool is installed on your computer.

Run the proper anti-malware tool and make sure to scan the system fully, so anything that is related to this or another PUP gets detected and fully terminated from the computer. Then, you can go through web browsers and change settings that altered without your permission. When it comes to total system recovery, go for PC repair tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and find files affected by the unwanted program. 

Manipulative PUP spread around using misleading sites and promotional advertisements

The internet is filled with shady sites, deceptive advertisements, and promotional pages that distribute freeware by claiming false features and functions. Browser hijackers can be called improving and useful search engines or tools, so people fall for the tricks and install PUPs willingly. Unfortunately, users encounter unwanted ads and commercial redirects instead once such tools get installed.

You may find these programs listed on questionable application stores too or get redirected to the official freeware site that lists many tools categorized as PUPs. developers of such programs can create various content to gather downloads, collect views, and make a profit from PUP distribution. You can avoid infections like this by choosing Advanced or Custom installation options during any download or installation, so your device is safe and PUP-free still. We shouldn't note how crucial it is to select official and reliable sources of programs and software.

QuericsSearch hijacker removal tips

You know that the QuericsSearch virus is a fake search engine and anything delivered via this site is considered at least potentially unwanted or harmful. There are no features that could be considered valuable or useful, in regards to this PUP or any other cyber intruder.  

You need to remove QuericsSearch as soon as it gets on the machine and you notice any issues with the browsing tools or traffic, speed. You cannot find the program that could be uninstalled, so going through settings manually might be the solution. But there are quicker and more satisfying ways. 

QuericsSearch removal that is performed using anti-malware tools should be the best way to fight PUPs because a full system scan can offer removal and cleaning features after the check. If you run the full system scan using the AV tool, you can terminate any detected files or applications that come up as suspicious. Then run the PC repair tool to recover damaged parts.

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To remove QuericsSearch, follow these steps:

Uninstall QuericsSearch from Windows systems

Clear the machine fully to get rid of QuericsSearch

  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 QuericsSearch and related programs
    Here, look for QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch from Mac OS X system

find any suspicious programs and terminatethem to forget about QuericsSearch redirect

  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 QuericsSearch 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'

Delete QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate QuericsSearch 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, QuericsSearch should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove QuericsSearch from Google Chrome

Check for unwanted or suspicious programs, so QuericsSearch is no longer active

  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 QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch 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 QuericsSearch, 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 QuericsSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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