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Remove Quickstart.ninja virus (Free Instructions) - Virus Removal Instructions

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Quickstart.ninja is a search engine that you shouldn’t trust

Quickstart.ninja is an untrustworthy search engine which is considered a browser hijacker. It can take control of each of your web browsers[1] and make them to start opening it at random times. The suspicious program hijacks them without asking for user’s permission and expects that the user will ignore the changes in homepage and new tab page settings and continue using the new search tool just like he/she used the previous one (Google, Yahoo or Bing). As you can see, the Quickstart browser hijacker also claims to be providing Bing search results; however, you shouldn’t rely on them or start clicking on them because you might shortly encounter the biggest problem that this browser hijacker causes – redirects to various third-party pages that might pose a threat to your computer system.

Remember that you should never use any modifications of most popular search engines because they simply clutter search results with ads[2] and paid entries, which simply prevent the user from reaching needed information quickly. What is even worse, developers of such strange search tools hardly ever check the reliability of advertised pages, which means that you have to rely on your common sense when visiting them. Please be careful and better immediately quit websites that raise a suspicion to you – websites that display too many ads, sites that ask to complete surveys, participate in questionable lotteries and so on[3]. Continuous redirects to questionable websites should force you to think about Quickstart.ninja removal methods – you can delete this hijacker manually or automatically, and we provide a comparison of both methods below the article.  Quickstart.ninja virusResearcher shows how Quickstart.ninja search engine looks compared to real Bing.com search. The first one provides customized search results that are likely to be filled with links that point to certain third-party sites.

Questions about Quickstart.ninja virus

Another worrisome fact is that suspicious applications such as browser hijackers and adware tend to silently collect certain information about computer user’s habits and activity online. Usually, they do not directly collect personally identifiable information[4], although such can be found in user’s search queries. Typically, such ad-supported programs gather personally non-identifiable information such as IP address, geolocation of user’s computer, search queries, a list of recently visited websites, downloads, browser type, and even more. Usually, such shady programs use the collected data to select and display targeted ads, although such information can be sold to other third-parties as well. You can never know how such information is stored and who can access it, so we definitely recommend you to remove Quickstart.ninja – the sooner, the better. Although it is possible to remove it manually, we strongly recommend you to opt for automatic removal option. We believe that Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego is the right tool for this task.

How can I prevent installation of unwanted programs?

If you wish to prevent installation of questionable programs, you should be careful when browsing the Internet, avoid downloading software from shady web sources, and keep your security programs up-to-date. No one wants to use a computer that always displays ads and works slowly, so pay attention to details provided by software installers. Even if you downloaded a legitimate program from websites like download.com or softonic.com, do not think that it is entirely safe and that you can install it in a couple of minutes without facing any negative consequences. First of all, you should always adjust installer’s settings and not allow it to install your chosen program with Default or Standard settings. Remember – these settings usually contain some statements that say you agree to install “recommended” software, which means potentially unwanted programs. These apps are marked as recommended because their developers paid for the author of the main software to present them this way[5]. Do not rely on these settings and warn everybody you know not to!

How can I completely remove Quickstart.ninja hijacker?

To remove Quickstart.ninja virus for good, you should carefully delete all of its components via Control Panel and then check your browsers for suspicious browser add-ons that were installed without your knowledge. You can find a comprehensive tutorial on how to find these components below; once you delete all questionable files, run a system scan with anti-malware software to complete Quickstart.ninja removal. This way, you will be sure that your computer was cleaned from this browser hijacker and other PUPs successfully.

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To remove Quickstart.ninja virus, follow these steps:

Remove Quickstart.ninja from Windows systems

There are two ways to remove this browser hijacker, and we usually recommend choosing the automatic one for those who seek for accuracy and safety. However, if you’re not willing to get an automatic software to delete the hijacker from your PC, follow the steps below and uninstall the program manually.

  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 Quickstart.ninja and related programs
    Here, look for Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja 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.

Eliminate Quickstart.ninja from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Quickstart.ninja from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja-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

Uninstall Quickstart.ninja from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To make Firefox function normally again, we highly suggest you remove everything related to Quickstart ninja virus.

  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 Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Quickstart.ninja from Google Chrome

Search for suspicious extensions in Chrome and remove them – the tutorial given below explains how to find the Extensions tab and remove unwanted add-ons manually.

  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 Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja 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 Quickstart.ninja, 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 Quickstart.ninja 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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  1. Darya says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 8:54 am

    How to get rid of Quickstart.ninja if I installed a couple of other browser hijackers alongside it?

  2. Ppleyne2_13 says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Wipe them all out with antimalware, girl. Theres no need to waste your time on such viruses.

  3. strawberries says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I uninstalled the hijacker, but anti-malware detects something called conduit. what is it?

  4. harizz says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 8:58 am

    thats annoying hijacker, very intrusive one. Better allow you anti-malware software remove it. Trust me, it takes a lot of time to find and eliminate all files associated with this potentially unwanted program…

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