Search.qip(.)ru is a website of a browser hijacker. To know how to remove this unwanted software, you should carefully read this article to the end.
The hijacker can modify DNS settings, as well as browser settings, like the search engine, homepage, and new tab page. You can witness redirects and misleading results. There is a browser extension associated with the hijacker, as well.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers can have their homepage, new tab page and search engine changed.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, new tab, search engine. Modifies other settings and can set a browser extension. When you do a search, sponsored results, ads and redirects can appear.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search.qip(.)ru|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search.qip(.)ru.|
Search.qip(.)ru – Delivery
Search.qip(.)ru efficiently spreads via third-party installer setups. The hijacker can get on your computer without your awareness because it resides in freeware installations and bundle packages. Inside the packages, there are additional components for installation, which aren’t disclosed as they should, and you could install Search.qip(.)ru or another application associated with it. You can avoid that if you can check what is going to be installed under a Custom or Advanced section in the setup.
The hijacker can also be delivered via advertisements, like banners and pop-ups or by visiting unknown websites. Many of those websites are usually partners or affiliates of the hijacker’s developers. Browsers that could be affected are mainly Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
Search.qip(.)ru – Detailed Information
Search.qip(.)ru is the domain of a browser hijacker. When it gets on your computer, it will modify different things like DNS settings and browser settings. It can change your browser homepage, new tab page, and search engine. It looks like this:
The hijacker can come along with a browser extension, which will get you redirected to the qip(.)ru domain. One such extension is called Snap Links Lite and it recently got removed from the Google Web Store. That is probably because of the intrusive redirects it makes.
This extension and other ones related to the hijacker may do the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Manage your downloads
- Manage your apps, add-ons, extensions and themes
All of your searches will pass through the Search.qip(.)ru address, which filters any search query. You might see misleading results or sponsored advertisements. You can often be redirected, from the search engine or omnibox of the hijacker, to sites which are partnered with its developers. The search engine will always show results from this web address: http://search.qip(.)ru/search?from=qip&utm_source, as shown in the picture here:
You can see how various advertisements are displayed on the web pages you visit or on the browser redirects. Pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links and others appear with every click. The websites, to which you get redirected to, can make a profit on a pay-per-click principle.
Using machine translation, we can understand from the Policy that cookies are used to collect personal information. That information is the following:
- Your IP-address
- Your username
- Browser (type and version)
- Address of the requested page
- Access time (when you are doing searches)
By using any services of the hijacker’s search engine and its related software automatically makes your information viable for it to be gathered, according to the policy. That is because any such usage gives your consent for your data to be shared by the makers of these services.
Statistical data about you is collected, and you are to be targeted with advertising material. All gathered information is transferred to third parties. It is stated in the Policy that agreeing to it and using the services of Search.qip(.)ru you grant your consent for your data to be collected and shared with third parties, and all of your activity on their services is “subject to the application of the law of the Russian Federation”. You must be careful when using the program and remove it as soon as possible.
Remove Search.qip(.)ru Completely
To remove Search.qip(.)ru manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and all of its modifications completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software will keep your system secure in the future.