Why do I see QuickPhotoEdit ads?
QuickPhotoEdit is sometimes incorrectly regarded as QuickPhotoEdit virus or QuickPhotoEdit browser hijacker, although this program does not belong to malware or spyware category. It describes itself as a “free photo editing tool on your Chrome New Tab,” however, once installed, it changes browser’s homepage and new tab page with a website that presents search engine that is “enhanced by Google.” The website provides several shortcuts to sites where the user can edit photos, create collages and convert files. At first, it seems that it is a useful application; nonetheless, there are some reasons why computer security experts identify QuickPhotoEdit as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
It seems that search results powered by its search engine are powered by myway.com search, which is deemed as an untrustworthy search provider. You will soon notice that it is filled with sponsored links and you might also notice that this PUP sometimes generates pop-up or banner ads. Such content can be related to doubtfully reliable Internet sites, and the developer of this program declares that:
MS Products may provide access to search results or other links to Third Party Partner websites or resources. […] [developer] has no control over such sites and resources, in which you acknowledge and agree that [developer] is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources. […] You further acknowledge and agree that [developer] shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
As we have said, these search results and ads by QuickPhotoEdit can be related to insecure third-party websites, and it goes without saying that you should avoid visiting them. Even the developer of this PUP warns the user about that:
MS Products are exposed to various security issues, and should be regarded as unsecure. […] You accept all responsibility for such security risks and any damage resulting therefrom.
Such description of this program looks more than suspicious to us. However, we would like to point out one more fact that might also make you reconsider whether you want to keep this program on your computer or not. It seems that this program collects non-personally identifiable data, including “your IP address, your browser type and language and other browser-related information, a time-stamp, the keyword query, search query text, search results clicked, pages viewed, search history” and so on. It claims that it needs to know such information in order to display advertising tailored to user’s interests and to perform research and analysis about your use of QuickPhotoEdit. However, if you do not want to disclose such data for the authors of this program, or if you do not want to experience QuickPhotoEdit redirects, then just remove QuickPhotoEdit from your PC with a help of Reimage or using instructions provided below.
How do such programs spread?
You can download QuickPhotoEdit PUP from its official website, but you can also install it unintentionally. If you do not remember installing this program, do not think that it has hijacked your computer. Various free programs frequently suggest installing additional “recommended software,” and you can always choose if you want to get them or not. These recommended programs are listed within Advanced or Custom settings, so you should always open these settings before installing your selected program and deselect all components that you do not want to install. We also want to remind you that you should not select Default or Standard installation settings as these typically just install all additional components without notifying the computer user.
QuickPhotoEdit removal instructions
If you do not want to keep this program on your PC, then remove QuickPhotoEdit using instructions that we have prepared:
- Uninstall programs that are related to QuickPhotoEdit from your computer:
- Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
- Then look for QuickPhotoEdit and other programs that are unknown to you.
- Click ‘Uninstall‘ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
- Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ → ‘Extensions’.
- Here, select unfamiliar plugins (QuickPhotoEdit, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
- In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose Settings → ‘On startup’ section → Set pages.
- Here, remove myway.com by clicking on the X and type in the URL of your preferred website.
- In order to replace your default search engine, click on the menu icon → Settings → Search section.
- Then click Manage Search Engines… and add your preferred domain name.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of QuickPhotoEdit can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.