THREAT REMOVAL

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

NameQuickPhotoEdit
TypeBrowser hijacker; Ad-supported browser extension and PC program.
Short DescriptionChanges 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.
SymptomsDifferent types of ads begin to appear. Slow PC. System freezes. System crashes may occur. Antivirus software detects it as a PUP.
Distribution MethodBundling 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.

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How to Remove QuickPhotoEdit from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove QuickPhotoEdit

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall QuickPhotoEdit 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by QuickPhotoEdit on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by QuickPhotoEdit there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for QuickPhotoEdit with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of QuickPhotoEdit from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall QuickPhotoEdit and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to QuickPhotoEdit:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to QuickPhotoEdit. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to QuickPhotoEdit. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 QuickPhotoEdit 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as QuickPhotoEdit. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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Remove QuickPhotoEdit 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.


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Erase QuickPhotoEdit 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.



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Uninstall QuickPhotoEdit 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.



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Remove QuickPhotoEdit 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the QuickPhotoEdit will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate QuickPhotoEdit 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.


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