The GlobalQuestSearch redirect is a generic threat of this malware category exhibited in both a dangerous web browser extension and a hacker-controlled site combination. It is designed into changing important web browser settings so that the victims will be lured into opening and interacting with the malware site. This can lead to numerous malicious actions that will be run.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and will display lots of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and the new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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What Is GlobalQuestSearch Redirect?
The GlobalQuestSearch redirect is a recently discovered dangerous web threat made by an unknown hacking group. Like the other examples of its category it is comprised of both a hacker-controlled portal landing page and a supplementary browser plugin. These plugins are extensions which are compatible with all modern web browsers. As they are the most common way through which the hacker-controlled sites are visited the criminals can utilize popular infection methods:
- Phishing Messages and Sites — The hackers can utilize different types of scams and phishing emails to convince the users into downloading and running malware software. This also includes the uploading of the extensions to repositories (both official and unofficial).
- Malware File Carriers — The redirect code can be placed in various file carriers which when run will execute the virus delivery. Popular types can be application installers of software which is often downloaded by the end users. Redirect infections are also carried by malware documents — they can be of practically all commonly accessed files: documents, presentations, text files and spreadsheets.
- Extended Data Delivery — The redirect code can also be placed in standalone files such as updates, software updates and EXE files. They can easily be uploaded to file-sharing networks or even social networks. To coerce the victims into downloading them the hackers can use fake or stolen identities.
As soon as the GlobalQuestSearch redirect is installed on a given computer it will execute the typical behavior which is expected from this type of infection. This will include browser settings modifications — this typcally includes the default home page, search engine and new tabs page, so that they will open the relevant redirect page. All of the behavior and system setting changes are will be modeled in order to open this page.
When this page is opened by the visitors it will be very likely that this will lead to the installation of tracking cookies. They are designed to follow and record the user interactions across the site. The portal page itself is modeled to look like a legitimate service. This allows for various malware behavior to take place, examples include the following:
- Information Gathering — Through the dangerous extension the hackers may hijack data that can include personal information of the users, machine metrics and information stored in the browsers. This includes cookies, bookmkarks, history, preferences and passwords.
- Dangerous Content Presentation — The hackers can make it so that the website will show phishing messages, spam links or affiliate networks.
- Additional Malware Delivery — The pages will be used to install other threats such as file encrypting ransomware which are used to lock user data and blackmail the users. Web redirects and hijackers are among the primary delivery mechanisms of cryptocurrency miners — special scripts that are designed to download and run a sequence of performance-intensive tasks. When one of them is completed and reported the hackers will receive income in the form of cryptocurrency assets. In other cases the redirect will also install Trojans which will overtake control of the computers.
We remind our readers that at any time the website contents can change, as well as the configuration of the malware code. For this reason as soon as the infection is spotted it should be removed as soon as possible.
Remove GlobalQuestSearch Browser Hijacker
To remove GlobalQuestSearch manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect
Step 2: Uninstall GlobalQuestSearch redirect and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by GlobalQuestSearch redirect on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by GlobalQuestSearch redirect there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall GlobalQuestSearch redirect and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as GlobalQuestSearch redirect, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the GlobalQuestSearch redirect will be removed.
Eliminate GlobalQuestSearch redirect from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.