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Remove Quick Search Tool (Easy Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Quick Search Tool – a browser hijacker that seeks to profit from intrusive advertisements

Quick Search ToolQuick Search Tool is a browser hijacker that delivers sponsored ads and links in the search results

Quick Search Tool is a browser extension that users might download from Google Web store or other reputable sources, although it is most commonly installed along other software downloaded from third-party websites. Since the app is distributed via software bundles (which usually results in unintentional installation), it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program.[1]

Quick Search Tool is also a browser hijacker, as it uses typical techniques to change Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser settings:

Besides, the Quick Search Tool virus is also designed to track users' web browsing activities in the background and use these details to deliver targeted advertisements, monetizing ad clicks, or software installs in the process.

Name Quick Search Tool
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Distribution Official sources such as Google Web Store, software bundle packages, deceptive advertisements, fake update prompts
Symptoms Quick Search Tool browser extension installed on the web browser; homepage and the new tab URL is set to search.quicksearchtool.com; all searches are redirected to Yahoo; search results are littered with sponsored links and other advertisements 
Dangers Other potentially unwanted app installation, personal information disclosure to unknown parties, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall most of the potentially unwanted applications with the help of powerful anti-malware software or by following our elimination guide below
System fix In case an anti-malware scan found viruses on your machine, your machine might no longer operate as it did previously. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego can detect corrupted or deleted system files and restore them for the best computer performance after a malware infection

This browser hijacker might be often referred to as the Quick Search Tool virus due to its deceptive infiltration techniques. As noted, PUPs often use software bundles for distribution purposes – these often result in an unintentional installation by the user. As a result, users simply find the add-on or a program installed on their machine, even though they believe that they never gave permission for the software to be installed in the first place.

However, it is not entirely true, as browser hijackers such as Quick Search Tool are installed by users themselves, regardless if it was done without asking them for direct permission. Thus, authors of such apps can point at Terms and Conditions that were accepted during the installation procedure.

Once inside a computer, Quick Search Tool browser hijacker quickly changes the settings of the browser it was installed on. Therefore, one of the first symptoms of infections is the homepage and the new tab URL changes that are usually spotted by users. Nonetheless, we noticed that the app tries to imitate Google's search engine but removes the search bar, making users search the web via the Quick Search Tool.

The next change that users might notice is that the search results are redirected to Yahoo – a legitimate IT company that has been around for years. At the top of the results, several sponsored links, marked as ads, are located, although they are presented in a manner that would make users believe that they are genuine.

Quick Search Tool redirect is the feature that shows users these sponsored links and ads, as Yahoo itself has nothing to do with these. Then again, if the search engine of this reputable company is used, then why not avoid advertisements, as well as potentially dangerous sites and remove Quick Search Tool altogether?

Quick Search Tool hijackQuick Search Tool is a potentially unwanted application that changes homepage and new tab address to search.quicksearchtool.com

Another reason for Quick Search Tool removal is its data gathering and sharing practices. All the users who have this browser extension installed on their systems are being tracked – this information (IP address, device information, browser settings, language preferences, system activity, installed extensions, etc.)[2] is even provided once the app is inserted into the browser:

Add “Quick Search Tool”?

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Read and change your data on all quicksearchtool.com sites
Read your browsing history
Change search settings to: search.quicksearchtool.com

Thus, we recommend you uninstall Quick Search Tool immediately, as it does not provide any value, but rather tracks you in order to deliver ads during your web browsing sessions. You can eliminate the extension by accessing your web browser settings.

If the Quick Search Tool elimination process is not successful or ads and other suspicious activity does not stop, we suggest you scan your machine with anti-malware software, reset the web browser as explained below, and then attempt to repair your system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego if such need arises.

Stay away from potentially unwanted programs

Potentially unwanted programs such as browser hijackers are not considered to be major security threats as ransomware, Trojans, or other malicious programs are. However, security researchers[3] always advise keeping the machine clutter-free, as PUPs can serve as one of the reasons why malware gains access to the computer in the first place. Redirects, deceptive ads, and online scam sites can be encountered at any time, and less experienced users might be tricked into installing malware on their systems.

Besides, browser hijackers are also often used as major information-gathering tools – this data is later shared with affiliates and other parties for marketing purposes. The main goal of PUPs is to deliver minimal functionality for maximum user exposure to advertisements.

To avoid potentially unwanted applications, you should first ensure that you proceed with freeware installations carefully, as software bundling is often used. Thus, never rush the installation process, watch out for pre-ticked boxes, decline all the offers, and always choose Advanced settings instead of the Recommended ones when prompted.

Finally, a comprehensive security program can also warn you about the incoming threats, as long as it includes a PUP detection feature.

Quick Search Tool data trackingQuick Search Tool tracks users' data and shares it with affiliates and other parties

Eliminate Quick Search Tool hijack from your browser immediately

There are several reasons why you should remove Quick Search Tool, although the main concern should be security and privacy. It is not uncommon for browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs to travel together, so there is a possibility that other PUPs or malware are present on your machine.

Thus, you should first eliminate the hijacker that you know is attached to your web browser. In most cases, all the installed extensions should be visible right away, although some apps might deliberately hide their presence. In such a case, accessing the “Extensions” section of your web browser should suffice to perform a full Quick Search Tool removal.

If the browser changes remain, you should reset Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another web browser the extension is attached to. If that does not help and you still see ads and redirects, you should perform a full system scan with anti-malware software.

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To remove Quick Search Tool, follow these steps:

Eliminate Quick Search Tool from Windows systems

To get rid of potentially unwanted programs on Windows operating systems, follow these steps:

  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 Quick Search Tool and related programs
    Here, look for Quick Search Tool 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 Quick Search Tool 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.

Uninstall Quick Search Tool from Mac OS X system

In case you found that your Mac is suffering from redirects and other issues, perform these steps:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Quick Search Tool from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Quick Search Tool-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Quick Search Tool, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Quick Search Tool and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Quick Search Tool-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Quick Search Tool from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Quick Search Tool and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Quick Search Tool removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Quick Search Tool from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Quick Search Tool-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Quick Search Tool 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 Quick Search Tool 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 Quick Search Tool removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Quick Search Tool from Google Chrome

In some cases, browser extensions set up certain rules within the infected system that prevent their elimination. To bypass this, reset Google Chrome and get rid of the unwanted settings:

  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 Quick Search Tool 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 Quick Search Tool removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Quick Search Tool from Safari

In order to fully eliminate Quick Search Tool, you should reset Safari browser as explained below:

  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 Quick Search Tool 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 Quick Search Tool, 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 Quick Search Tool removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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