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Remove QuickSearch virus (Removal Instructions) - Nov 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

QuickSearch virus is a potentially unwanted program that hijacks all the installed browsers by changing their settings

QuickSearchQuickSearch is a potentially unwanted program that is usually installed unintentionally

QuickSearch is a browser hijacker[1] that users might install unintentionally during the installation of freeware or after being tricked by an attractive ad online. Once inside the system, the potentially unwanted program attaches an extension to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer and sets the homepage, new tab address, and the search engine to hxxp://

Questions about QuickSearch virus

After the QuickSearch hijack, users will experience the symptoms straight away, including sponsored links at the top of search results (searchers are redirected to Yahoo, although the results are not organic),[2] increased amount of advertisements on all visited websites – they are usually marked as “QuickSearch ads” or “Sponsored ads” – and also slowdown of the browser. The underlying effects of the PUP are that it tracks various information about the affected users and uses it for marketing purposes.

Name QuickSearch
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Homepage assigned to hxxp://
Infiltration Users install browser hijackers or other PUPs via software bundles downloaded from third-party sites
Symptoms  Changes to web browser settings, including homepage, new tab address, and the search engine; sponsored links at the top of the search results; the increased amount of ads on most visited websites, etc.
Risks  Users may install other potentially unwanted programs, disclose personal information to unknown parties, waste money on useless programs/services, etc.
Termination You can opt to delete the browser hijacker by using security software or by checking our manual removal guide below
Optimization & recovery Potentially unwanted programs might leave unwanted changes on the infected machine. For that reason, the OS might start showing errors or crashing. To avoid that, we recommend scanning the device with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Additionally, browser reset is also highly advised

Another suspicious trait of QuickSearch is that it does not provide its Privacy Policy (or Terms of Service) on the official website. While the links are present, once clicked, the browser redirects to an error page which reads:

An error occurred while processing your request.

However, this is not a browser or connection error – these were placed deliberately in order to avoid any legal requirements that all the applications should have according to safety regulations. In other words, QuickSearch does not indicate what the rules of using their products are, neither does it provide any information about personal data retention.

It might be possible that QuickSearch data gathering is not safely stored appropriately (i.e., not encrypted),[3] or that it gathers much more than it should. For example, harvesting such data as email, name, and credit card details without prior approval from the user is illegal – that is what malware does. QuickSearch virus is a term that is appropriate for an app that does not provide legal documents and is gathering information in the background.

Because QuickSearch is a browser hijacker, it is likely gathering the following browsing-related information:

  • Technical details about the device
  • OS and browser version
  • IP and ISP
  • Browser cookie data
  • Links clicked
  • Bookmarks added
  • Search queries, etc.

Such data is often collected for marketing purposes – in order to ensure targeted advertising works. However, there is no way to guarantee that the links presented to end-users are safe. For example, users might end up on phishing, tech support scam, or similar sites that seek to obtain users' personal information or make them download unsafe programs.

QuickSearch hijackQuickSearch is a browser hijacker that shows multiple sponsored search results in order to gain profits

Unfortunately, in the majority of cases, QuickSearch ads lead users to predetermined third-party websites that are not even related to the ad content. In other words, these ads are meant to drive traffic to particular websites and make them more popular. Whenever you see an ad, ignore it and proceed with QuickSearch removal.

The quickest way to remove QuickSearch is by scanning your machine with anti-malware software, which includes the capability of detecting potentially unwanted programs. Alternatively, you can rely on our manual removal instructions below. For the best results, experts[4] also recommend scanning the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and resetting all the installed browsers.

Browser hijacker distribution methods

Browser hijackers and adware spread together with other free programs. If you plan to install a program from the Internet, make sure you find a reliable web source to download the software from. Otherwise, you risk installing a software package, disguised as an individual program. However, even if you end up with such a software pack, you can avoid installing additional unwanted components quite easily. For that, follow these steps:

  1. After you launch the software installer, do not rush. You should not go through the installation process by continuously clicking the “Next” button;
  2. Read all the information that the installer provides, including Privacy Policy and Terms of Use documents;
  3. The most important thing to do is to adjust the installer’s settings appropriately. Make sure you opt for a Custom or Advanced option. These options provide an additional window where you will be able to see all software’s components and opt out the ones you do not wish to install;
  4. Watch out for deceptive deals, misplaced buttons, fine print text, and other tricks commonly used by freeware and shareware developers.

QuickSearch sponsored linksQuickSearch is not secured by HTTPS connection, which means that the attackers could intercept it and steal sensitive information

Get rid of QuickSearch browser hijacker

Luckily, QuickSearch removal should not be a problem – we provide the uninstall instructions below, make sure you follow them carefully. However, the troubles may start if the computer is infected with multiple, potentially unwanted programs or malware. Quite often, those who have one PUP installed are unaware that there are several other unwanted apps residing on their machines.

Therefore, you should remove QuickSearch along with all the other components that might have been installed before. If you are unsure how to get rid of everything or manual removal guide is too complicated for you, you should employ anti-malware software that can recognize the QuickSearch virus, along with all the other PUPs/malware.

Once you uninstall the PUP, you should also reset all the installed browsers, as changed web browser settings might still try to push QuickSearch ads and redirect to affiliated websites.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove QuickSearch virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall QuickSearch from Windows systems

To get rid of QuickSearch 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 QuickSearch and related programs
    Here, look for QuickSearch 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 QuickSearch 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 QuickSearch from Mac OS X system

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

Remove QuickSearch from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for QuickSearch-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 QuickSearch, 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 QuickSearch and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the QuickSearch-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase QuickSearch 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 QuickSearch 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,
  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 QuickSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete QuickSearch virus 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 QuickSearch-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

Eliminate QuickSearch 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 QuickSearch 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 QuickSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove QuickSearch from Google Chrome

Google Chrome should be reset as soon as PUP gets eliminated:

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

Uninstall QuickSearch from Safari

PUPs often change web browser settings, and they do not get reset even after the PUP is eliminated. To fix that, reset Safari browser as follows:

  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 QuickSearch 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 QuickSearch, 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 QuickSearch 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 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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  1. Manthas says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:48 am

    QuickSearch deals never work. do not even consider trying to click on them! Theyre USELESS

  2. nick says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:49 am

    helpful guide, thanks, removed it

  3. JenniferRei says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:50 am

    QuickSearch ads cheat!!!! They open random websites instead of leading me to the websites that actually provide the discounted items!!! fraudulent!

  4. rapid.speed says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:51 am

    This adds new homepage as well… the search is corrupted, I dont wanna use it anymore. Does this guide help to get rid of the search engine as well?

  5. Diamond says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:53 am

    yes it does, I tried it 🙂 I have removed the search engine as well, you just need to reset your web browsers

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