|Short Description||The process is connected to a rogue antivirus program and may assist to the modification of several different settings within the user PC.|
|Symptoms||Users may experience PC Slowdowns and a lot of ‘Threat Found’ type of messages.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling. Deliberate install.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Qhsafemain.exe|
Qhsafemain.exe is a 2.8 MB executable file and it is the main process of a rogue antivirus program going by the name of 360 Total Security. It is a freeware antivirus program that has been created by Qihu Software co. Security engineers and virus researchers have flagged the software as a potentially unwanted program that presents no risk to the user PC. The program is mainly detected in Asia but it has also been widely distributed along the U.S. as well as in Egypt. However, what is more, the program has a very similar behavior to other free and rogue software.
Qhsafemain.exe – How Did I Get It?
You may have started seeing this annoying process running on your system start-up. If so, this may be a clear sign that you have installed 360 Total Security unknowingly. This happens most often via programs that are bundled when downloaded. Bundling is most often provided from third-party sites that offer all types of freeware in one place. One way for such sites to generate income is to include installers of other programs in the setup of the genuine program downloaded by the user. However, some sites do not mind as to what applications they bundle and they provide users with downloads of potentially unwanted programs like 360 Total Security.
More About Qhsafemain.exe
Once run on your computer, this particular program may begin to modify various Registry Settings in the user PC. What is more this application may add different exclusion rules for Windows defence mechanisms such as Windows Firewall and other antivirus software. The program may also run the process Qhsafemain.exe actively during system start-up.
Here is one of the main locations that the process may be detected in:
→C:\Program Files\360\total security\qhsafemain.exe
And here are some objects that were discovered to be associated with this process:
→Qsafetray.exe; I18N.dll ; qhservice.exeinst.exe; DumpUper.exe; 360ts_setup.exe; qhactivedefense.exe ; ipcservice.dll; appd.dll; 360procmon.dll; Uninstall.exe; 360Tray.exe; dsres64.dll; menuex64.dll FeedBack.exe ;MenuEx.dll
What is more the program may also advertise the installation of other similar software on the user PC. And also it may repeatedly display messages claiming that the user PC is severely at risk. This type of tactic is called scareware and it aims to scare the users into believing that paying for the software will guarantee them protection. However, experts advise users not to be fooled by such software and to always check their system with reputable scanners in order to conclude whether what they are seeing is true or not.
In case you want to stop the executable from running you may do this by entering Windows Task Manager and ending the task from there. However, bear in mind that it may run again on itself. In order to delete this executable you should follow the manual below that will help deal with 360 total security by uninstalling it. However, the process may remain active on your computer after manual removal of the software. This is why users are often advised to install an advanced anti-malware program which will remove any settings and objects associated with the process itself.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Qhsafemain.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Qhsafemain.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Qhsafemain.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Qhsafemain.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Qhsafemain.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Qhsafemain.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Qhsafemain.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Qhsafemain.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Qhsafemain.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Qhsafemain.exe and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Qhsafemain.exe 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 Qhsafemain.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Qhsafemain.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Qhsafemain.exe 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.
- 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 Qhsafemain.exe via Step 1 above:
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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Qhsafemain.exe 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 Qhsafemain.exe 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 Qhsafemain.exe 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 Qhsafemain.exe 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 Qhsafemain.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Qhsafemain.exe 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.