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removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers – a browser hijacker that can insert addition links to your searches is an insecure website that typically appears on hijacked web browsers is a web address that users might find as a homepage on their Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another web browser. In case this happened to you, it means that there is a browser hijacker installed on your system, mainly, Quick Search Tool browser extension.

Since applications such as Quick Search Tool are usually distributed via software bundles downloaded from third-party websites, many users do not notice how the app manages to slip in. Once inside, the potentially unwanted program changes the homepage and new tab URL to,, or, and appends a custom search engine. As a result, users' searches are filled with sponsored links and, even though the results are provided by the reputable provider Yahoo.

Type Browser hijacker, browser extension, potentially unwanted program
Associated extension Quick Search Tool
Distribution Software bundles, advertisement campaigns, fake update prompts, official sources
  • Unknown browser extensions installed on the web browser (Quick Search Tool)
  • New tab and homepage set to, or
  • All search queries are redirected to
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links and ads
Dangers Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy issues due to information disclosure, financial losses, etc.
Elimination You can eliminate an unwanted browser extension and other PUPs/malware by following our instructions below
Optional steps If you encounter PUPs or malware on your device, it can damage vital Windows parts (such as registry), which could result in instability issues. To fix these problems, we  recommend using a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

The so-called virus is one of the thousands of browser hijacking applications that can suddenly appear on your web browser without permission. Small companies and developers often use PUPs like Flare Search, Gsearch, Mazy Search, and many others to provide questionable user experience, all while retaining profits from ad revenue.

Browser hijackers can be downloaded intentionally from official sources such as Google Web Store, although the developers mostly use software bundling and ad campaigns for such software distribution. In this way, they ensure that more people install Quick Search Tool browser extension.

Once installed, the add-on uses URL to provide seemingly relevant search results. However, users will soon notice that their browsers do not look the same anymore. All searches that they type into the search bar are redirected to, instead of, or another previously-used search engine.

This happens due to hijacker's developer's affiliate program with Yahoo. They do not engineer their own search engine, but rather rely on already established and trusted ones. Despite using a reputable engine, the browser extension ensures that browser redirects are initiated in a way that sponsored links and ads are visible at the top (before the genuine results by Yahoo).

Each time users click on one of such sites, they are sent to third-party websites. The developers of retain the commission from each of such clicks. While the affiliate program is nothing unique and is often used, the fact that the app is distributed via questionable sources and provides little to no benefits for the user makes the matter more concerning. is a potentially unwanted application that could be distributed via software bundles and advert campaigns

While is generally not a virus but rather a browser hijacker, it is still should not be ignored, especially if it showed up on your system without your consent. Keep in mind that browser hijackers are also programmed to track online user activities in order to deliver targeted ads.[1] The collected information includes:

  • Device information (operating system, hardware details, etc.)
  • IP address
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Browser type
  • Installed extension list, etc.

Thus, if you value your privacy, you should remove from your web browser immediately. You can do that by eliminating the extension from your web browser. Keep in mind that Quick Search Tool might not be the only unwanted app installed on your computer, so we highly recommend scanning the device with powerful anti-malware software and then fixing virus damage with tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

In case removal is unsuccessful, you can reset the installed web browsers as per manual instructions that are provided below.

Browser hijackers: minor threats that should be avoided

Browser hijackers belong to a group of computer programs called potentially unwanted applications. Besides hijackers, this category also includes adware, scareware,[2] scamware, bloatware, system optimizers, registry cleaners, and many others. That being said, this group of apps are not considered as detrimental as computer infections such as Trojans or ransomware but can cause a significant decline in user experience and sometimes compromise PC safety by reducing its security.

Therefore, security experts from[3] recommend not to install browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs on your system. This way, you will not only avoid clutter and annoying ads but will also ensure that your computer security maintained.

PUPs are typically spread via software bundle packages, fake updates, bogus virus notifications, or official sources. While users install these apps themselves, they are usually tricked into doing so. Thus, you should always be attentive while browsing the internet or installing new programs.

To avoid browser hijacking, you should always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Recommended ones and untick all the pre-ticked boxes. Also, watch out for misleading offers, misplaces buttons, and other tricks often employed by software bundling practices. Privacy Policy discloses that the installed browser extension is gathering user information in the background

Terminate browser hijackers causing redirects

If you want to remove from your web browser, you need to find and uninstall the related browser extension. While it is highly likely to be Quick Search Tool, keep in mind that there could be other unwanted apps/add-ons installed on your computer, and you should get rid of all the clutter for optimal user experience without excessive ads or altered search results. removal occurs as soon as you right-click on the extension and select Uninstall. However, the add-on might not necessarily be visible on the main browser window, so you should check your browser settings. If unsuccessful still, you can reset the installed browsers to eliminate all unwanted apps at once. Finally, you might also have other PUPs installed that are not browser extensions but rather standalone programs. If you want to get rid of those, check our manual guide below. 

Finally, the so-called virus can also be removed with some anti-malware programs, although they need to have a PUP detection feature enabled for that. 

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, follow these steps:

Eliminate from Windows systems

To uninstall unwanted applications from Windows, 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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.

Delete from Mac OS X system

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

Remove from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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 removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of 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 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

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

Uninstall from Google Chrome

To reset Google Chrome, proceed with the following:

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

Eliminate from Safari

In case you cannot eliminate from Safari easily, reset the 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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