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Remove QuickSearch virus (Improved Instructions)

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QuickSearch virus – how does it act?

QuickSearch is an annoying potentially unwanted program (PUP), which exhibits a countless number of annoying ads for the computer user who installs it. These ads are generally marked as “Sponsored ads,” so if you have noticed these advertisements – do not waste your time trying to explore the content they provide, because these ads are likely to be misleading. Ads by QuickSearch will present you numerous “amazing” money saving deals for the products or services you recently were looking for online. Do not be deceived, because QuickSearch ads are not reliable. Now let us tell you why.

First of all, have you noticed how captivating these ads look? They often bring offers for the items you were recently looking for, and that is not a coincidence. QuickSearch collects information about user’s browsing activity, search queries, and similar information to understand user’s needs and interests. Then, based on the collected data, QuickSearch generates targeted ads. As a result, the user receives catchy ads that provide money saving offers for the item he/she was recently looking for. Naturally, users who are unaware of adware trickeries can be deceived and convinced to click on such ads, seeking to explore the deal. 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. However, you should not think that these websites are safe. Some of them can be filled with shady content and might promote questionable software (for example, other adware programs, browser hijackers, or even more severe computer parasites). Of course, untrustworthy pages always present such programs as very reliable and useful programs, so do not be deceived.

QuickSearch virus

Questions about QuickSearch virus

Another thing that we must mention is that this PUP might change your browser’s homepage to search engine. This search engine is unreliable, because it functions the same way as QuickSearch ads do – it can force you to visit questionable websites if you click on the search results it provides. If you do not want to experience QuickSearch redirects and avoid visiting suspicious web pages involuntary, consider removing QuickSearch with a reputable computer security software. You can use Reimage for that.

How does QuickSearch spread?

QuickSearch adware spreads 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 to install a software package, disguised as an individual program. However, even if you end up with such 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 installer’s settings appropriately. Make sure you opt for 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.

How to uninstall this ad-supported program?

Luckily, QuickSearch virus is not a malicious computer threat, and you can remove it yourself even if you are not an experienced computer user. For that you have two options: manual removal method and automatic removal. Follow QuickSearch removal instructions provided below the article to get rid of this annoying program manually. However, make sure that you are using every step in right order for the best result! If for some reason you cannot remove this threat manually, contact our support team for help. Alternatively, you can install an anti-spyware program and remove QuickSearch automatically. In this case, you should make sure that your anti-spyware is updated to its latest version.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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.

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To remove QuickSearch virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall QuickSearch from Windows systems

  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'

Get rid of QuickSearch from Mac OS X system

  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 QuickSearch 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'

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

Delete QuickSearch virus 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, QuickSearch should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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. 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'
  4. 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

  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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete QuickSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall QuickSearch 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 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. 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...'
  4. 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

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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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