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May 31, 2013

Qone8.com Hijacker Removal

Qone8.com hijacker is one of the nasty search engine redirect viruses that hijacks all your browsers including IE, Firefox and Chrome and interrupts your browsing activity. Is your homepage changed to Qone8.com without your permission? Why your browser keeps redirecting you to Qone8 page without your permission? If you are suffering from this annoying issue, follow the guide to remove it step by step.

Qone8.com Hijacker Description:

Qone8.com is categorized as a browser hijacker that causes your home page, default search engine and new tab page to be replaced to its page without any permission. Usually this hijacker is able to affect browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome and it is promoted via other free downloads. Once it is installed, it changes computer browser’s settings and interrupts users’ work while navigating the Internet. The most common thing that happens on your computer is your homepage being changed to Qone8.com. In addition, you will find unwanted toolbars are added to your computer as well. They occupy system resources and it takes a long time for the victims to browse online.

This website displays a bogus search engine called Qone8. Although it might look like an ordinary search engine offering web, image, video, news and search options, you should be aware that the results it displays are not the same as those of Google or Yahoo. It really annoys computer users because it can change your default search engine and homepage to Qone8.com without your permission. This page appears each time you want to make some search even when you open a New Tab. Bear in mind that this website will not provide you with the most accurate search results, instead it shows you as much advertisements as possible. Considering that Qone8.com will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries, it is risky for your computer, thus Qone8.com hijacker removal is needed as soon as possible.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Qone8.com Redirect Virus Screen Shot:

qone8

Other symptoms that prove the presence of this redirect virus include:

Homepage is changed without any permission.
Desktop background is gone somehow.
Browser setting is modified.
Browsers like IE and Firefox works slowly.
Registry files are corrupted.

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Considering Qone8.com redirect can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users to delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once Qone8.com is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

4. Remove all the malicious files manually.

%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun “[RANDOM]”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\open\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\runas\command “(Default)” = ‘”%1? %*’

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Qone8.com is a browser hijacker designed to advertise certain websites and to drive more traffic to the same websites. It enters into your computer without your knowledge and changes the complete settings of web browsers like homepage, proxy settings etc. When you open Google and try to search something, instead of taking you to the page you want, you will be redirected to Qone8.com, a deceptive website which pretends to be a legitimate search engine but will not provide you any reliable search results related to your queries. This hijacker will apply an advance technique that aims to conceal itself and evades anti-virus detection. Thus, it is not surprised that you always detect nothing by running various security tools. It is strongly recommended users to get rid of Qone8.com hijacker manually and completely.

Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on May 31, 2013 1:14 am

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