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Remove QuickPhotoEdit Ads from Your PC

quick-photo-edit-browser-extension-sensorstechforumYet another ad-supported browser extension, created by the notorious Mindspark has started displaying advertisements to affected users. The software has been regarded as indirectly dangerous and ad-supported, and its side effects vary from simple slowing down of the affected computer to infecting it as a result of malvertising. Either way, this software is regarded as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is strongly advisable to read this article to learn how to remove this program permanently and prevent it from appearing again.

Threat Summary

Name QuickPhotoEdit
Type Browser hijacker; Ad-supported browser extension and PC program.
Short Description Changes the home-page of the affected computer’s web browsers and may display a wide variety of ads. Uses a lot of cookies to track user information.
Symptoms Different types of ads begin to appear. Slow PC. System freezes. System crashes may occur. Antivirus software detects it as a PUP.
Distribution Method Bundling Downloads
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QuickPhotoEdit – How Is It Installed On PC

Since most users would not need a photo editing app unless they are looking for one on purpose, QuickPhotoEdit may assume a rather aggressive advertising technique, called bundling. It is essentially the adding of QuickPhotoEdit software to the installers of other free programs which can be found online. An example of how QuickPhotoEdit may look bundled is the following picture:

quickphtooedit-bundled-sensorstechforum

Such “bundled” downloads usually exist when third-party software providing sites are used to download a free widely used program like a codec pack, media player, etc. Since some websites earn revenue this way, they may not mind what type of software they slither onto the setups they provide for download. This is why users are advised to take an extreme caution and either check every setup’s EULA and installation steps thoroughly or install an advanced anti-malware program that detects PUPs like QuickPhotoEdit.

QuickPhotoEdit Research Results

QuickPhotoEdit may be added as a browser extension to your web browser immediately after being added as a program in Programs and Features in Windows:

Quickphotoedit-setup-sensorstechforum

Among the many files it creates are hijacking files for the Google Chrome Web Browser, changing web pages and modifying the “manifest” page:

Folders:
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\eniemeeodkhkinfjkhchhffjngpjpdpo\12.41.9.27415_0
Files:
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\QuickPhotoEditTooltab\TooltabExtension.dll
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\FilesStash\8B3F4732-B4A6-80E3-8ECD-8C89ECFD5E6E_1d1cd363099c2b9
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\QuickPhotoEdit.88d61d8db7bb450bb958f4657720885d.exe
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_quickphotoedit.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_quickphotoedit.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage-journal
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_quickphotoedit.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal, Quarantined
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\eniemeeodkhkinfjkhchhffjngpjpdpo\12.41.9.27415_0\manifest.json
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\eniemeeodkhkinfjkhchhffjngpjpdpo\12.41.9.27415_0\bg.html,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\eniemeeodkhkinfjkhchhffjngpjpdpo\12.41.9.27415_0\buildVars,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\eniemeeodkhkinfjkhchhffjngpjpdpo\12.41.9.27415_0\buildVars.js,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\eniemeeodkhkinfjkhchhffjngpjpdpo\12.41.9.27415_0\companionSW.js, Source: geekstogo.com

After creating its files, QuickPhoto edit may also modify the registry entries of the infected machine to change even more settings, one indicator for which may be the following modified key:

→ HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = https://hp[.]myway[.]com/quickphotoedit/ttab02/index.html?n={n1}&p2={p21}&ptb={ptb1}

After doing this, the default home and new tab of the infected user may look very similar to the following home page:

quick-photo-edit-home-page-sensorstechforum

This is not beneficial because, this very web page, when analyzed, has HTTPS, but in the same time uses a wide variety of cookies:

cookies-mindspark-quickphotoedit-sensorstechforum

For those uniniformed, cookies may be used to display a wide variety of advertisements, based on different information(Location, IP address, Nationality, Age, Search History, Browsing History, etc) collected from the computer of the user. The advertisements which the user may “experience” may vary in style and content:

  • Pop-ups that open up third-party links.
  • Banners which lead to third-party websites and may also cause redirects.
  • Highlighted text on websites, clicking on which leads to other websites.
  • Direct browser redirects by opening a new tab on the compromised web browser.
  • Ad-supported search results, like the ones below:

ads-smartphones-myway-sensorstechforum

QuickPhotoEdit – Conclusion and Removal

The summary for QuickPhotoEdit is that like other Mindspark products it may be generally unsafe for your computer. Not only it may collect your information to target you with ads to suspicious third-party websites, but those advertisements may also lead to dangerous third-party websites:

  • Websites that are different scams.
  • Redirects to URLs that may infect your computer with malware(ex. Cerber Ransomware) via Exploit Kits or JavaScripts.
  • Collect your information and sell it to malware writers that may spam your mail address with targeted e-mails pretending to be someone you know and hence infect you with malware.
  • Redirects to tech-support scamming websites which display a Fake BSOD.
  • Websites that are phishing, i.e. aim to pretend to be retailer stores to make you “purchase” a non-existent product, but in reality aim for your credit/debit card information.

If you feel that you need to remove QuickPhotoEdit from your computer, be advised that you should follow the instructions which we have specifically provided to do this in an effective manner. Since QuickPhotoEdit may create registry entries and files more than those which we have analyzed and shown above, it is strongly advisable to use an advanced anti-malware tool, because it will permanently remove this PUP from your PC. Also, having such security software allows you to block future threats of this and other types from penetrating the defenses of your computer.

Manually delete QuickPhotoEdit from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the QuickPhotoEdit threat: Manual removal of QuickPhotoEdit requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Remove or Uninstall QuickPhotoEdit in Windows
2. Remove QuickPhotoEdit from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by QuickPhotoEdit on your PC

Automatically remove QuickPhotoEdit by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove QuickPhotoEdit with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to QuickPhotoEdit in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Vencislav Krustev

A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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