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NameQuickseeker.net
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.
SymptomsThe user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution MethodBundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Quickseeker.net
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss about Quickseeker.net Browser Hijacker.

Quickseeker.net browser hijacker is yet another potentially unwanted program that performs various unhealthy tasks on your computer. This PUP (Potentially unwanted program) has the ability to collect user information and also change the homepage of the user to quickseeker.net – a suspicious search engine, using google to provide search results and different types of cookies in the user PC. Virus researchers believe that this browser hijacker is created with the purpose of generating traffic since it may contain links to third-party websites. It is recommended to swiftly remove quickseeker.net browser hijacker from your computer because it may be indirectly dangerous to it and lead the user to malicious sites.

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Quickseeker.net Browser Hijacker– Distribution

The software may distribute itself via the web by falsely being advertised. Another method of distribution this program may use is called bundling. Bundling is a very common method for software marketing since it involves ‘pushing‘ the third-party bundled app straight into the user’s computer by including it in the installation wizard. Users are advised to be extremely aware as to what ‘free extras’ they may click next to, due to the fact that some of them may be unwanted ad-supported apps, such as Quickseeker.net browser hijacker.

Quickseeker.net Browser Hijacker – How Does It Work?

Once penetrated your system, the browser hijacker may set quickseeker.net as the home page of the user and it may also perform other tasks such employ cookies on the user PC:

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What is more, the questionable search engine does not provide users with any encryption what so ever – a symptom that is very common for hoax search engines, collecting information.
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The information collected by Quickseeker.net hijacker may be mainly info about the user searches, browsing history, online clicks and other info, all of which are considered by virus researchers to be used for analytics and may or may not be used to display advertisements that are targeted based on the user searches.

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What is more about Quickseeker.net, it is considered to collaborate with third-party sites. These very third-party websites are believed to be the real threat that lies before the user. Since the app may advertise them via user interests, the concealed dangers may vary, but they are mainly categorized as two types:

  • Malicious links that cause the download of malware or the straight execution of remote malicious code to infect computer systems.
  • Website that may scam users out of their funds ,using different tactics. Most common are fake retailer stores, fake prize claiming deals, fraudulent tech support, online subscription to SMS fraud, etc.

Cyber-criminals have become increasingly smart, designing malware based on collected information. They may use collected info by PUPs using cookies similar to quickseeker.net and then based on what they’ve got they may strike victims for their cash without any remorse what so ever. Because knowledge is power.

Removing Quickseeker.net Browser Hijacker Completely

In order to remove this unwanted program from your computer, a simple antivirus won’t cut it since antivirus programs may recognize these programs as low level or no threats and may skip their detection. What is needed is to remove the application manually, tutorial for which we have provided for your below. Another needed element for the full removal is using a particular anti-malware tool to scan your computer for malware and other unwanted programs and remove all objects such as registries, cookies and others concealed in the depths of your device. Security engineers recommend scanning your computer with such anti-malware scanner twice since in case you have malware, it may have scripts that make it multiply and fool you that it has been removed, where in fact it may be still present.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Quickseeker.net in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Quickseeker.net.

    Step 2: Remove Quickseeker.net from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Quickseeker.net and click “Remove

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    After Quickseeker.net is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Quickseeker.net and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Quickseeker.net is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Quickseeker.net to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Quickseeker.net has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Quickseeker.net
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Quickseeker.net. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Quickseeker.net will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Quickseeker.net automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Quickseeker.net with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Quickseeker.net with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Quickseeker.net.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Quickseeker.net.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Quickseeker.net files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Remove Quickseeker.net with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove Quickseeker.net with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Quickseeker.net. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Quickseeker.net associated files automatically.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    3. Remove Quickseeker.net with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove Quickseeker.net with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove Quickseeker.net. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Quickseeker.net associated files completely.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Quickseeker.net in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Quickseeker.net (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Quickseeker.net.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Quickseeker.net.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Quickseeker.net is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Quickseeker.net should be restored.

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    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Quickseeker.net threat: Manual removal of Quickseeker.net requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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