The Quick Searcher miner is distributed via a Google Chrome browser extension. At first, it may mislead you that it has the functionality to simplify search process on the Internet. However, it is designed to inject digital currency miner into all web pages that you visit. Once installed which most of the times happens without any notifications, it starts to use PC resources, mainly those of the CPU to generate cryptocurrency coins to its creators.
This article aims to help you remove Quick Searcher miner fully from your computer and secure it against future malware attacks.
|Type||Crypto Miner Malware|
|Short Description||The end goal of Quick Searcher miner is to mine for the Cryptocurrency Monero, using your computer’s CPU resources.|
|Symptoms||Having Quick Searcher miner on your PC, results in elevated CPU usage by it’s malicious process. If it remains on your computer for longer periods of time, the virus may even break your computer’s components.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Quick Searcher.|
Quick Searcher CPU Miner – Spread Techniques
The Quick Searcher extension may infect your browser after you download and install other freeware from the Internet. This method is called bundling and is often used for distribution of unwanted programs like Quick Searcher miner. Commonly the authors of freeware programs do not disclose all elements of the installation setup accurately. Thus by just clicking the “Next” button, you may install Quick Searcher miner along with the desired software. An additional way of Quick Searcher delivery may be compromised web pages that are set to perform drive-by download attacks whenever a user opens them.
Quick Searcher CPU Miner – Detailed Overview
Once the Quick Searcher extension is installed and enabled in the browser it might display the following message on each web page you access:
Our extension uses your CPU power to mine crypto currency. By continuing to use the extension, you are agreeing with the rules. Find out more. Disable mining.
If you notice that message, be advised to check the list of active add-ons, remove Quick Searcher and this way prevent the miner from utilizing your computer’s CPU power for mining.
Quick Searcher is believed to inject an in-browser Monero miner from Coinhive. By opening the Task Manager while the browser is running, you may notice that Chrome process is using a considerable amount of the CPU’s power. Furthermore, it is likely that this feature delays the launch of the infected browser and causes a lot of crashes.
Having the Quick Searcher installed means that any time the browser is open, the miner will be running too which in long-term could cause physical damage to your CPU. Another serious consequence of Quick Searcher presence in your browser is that it can additionally install a Miner Trojan in your operating system. As a result, hackers can obtain different information like passwords, financial credentials, system vulnerabilities from your computer. Being considered to deliver a mining Trojan the danger level of Quick Searcher increases significantly that’s why you should remove it from the infected PC as soon as possible to prevent further misuses with your device and the information stored on it.
Recently our team has detected two more Monero cryptocurrency Miner Trojans that are also associated with the Coinhive website – Coinhive Monero Miner Trojan and CryptoLoot Coinhive Monero Miner. The frequent cases of hidden cryptocurrency miners give evidence of a new emerging trend.
How to Detect and Remove Quick Searcher CPU Miner
In order to remove Quick Searcher miner, you should first reset your browser settings. Afterward, the automatic removal approach provided in the instructions below can help you to delete all malicious files associated with the miner and ensure prevention of future malware attacks.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Quick Searcher from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Quick Searcher from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Quick Searcher from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Quick Searcher from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Quick Searcher from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Quick Searcher from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Quick Searcher from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Quick Searcher from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Quick Searcher
Step 2: Uninstall Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Quick Searcher from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Quick Searcher, 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 Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher 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 Quick Searcher will be removed.
Eliminate Quick Searcher 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.