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Remove Qword Browser Completely

Qword is a web browser that is considered as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is believed to enter user systems unwanted primarily by bundling. Once opened, the browser sets www.qword.com as a default search engine. The questionable application is reported by researchers to obtain different user information and to be ad-supported as well. Security researchers strongly advise for its swift removal from any affected computer for various security and performance issues it may cause.

NameQword Browser
TypeAd-supported Chromium browser
Short DescriptionThe browser has an ad-supported search engine with links to third-party pages.
SymptomsThe user may install this application without his/her consent.
Distribution MethodBundling or direct download via ads or official webpage.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Qword Browser
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss about Qword Browser.

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Qword Browser – How Did I Get It?

One way to get Qword browser is by a bundling download. Bundling is a common marketing strategy for most web browser. It is essentially adding Qword browser as a free extra to other software (usually freeware) downloaded from software providing websites. Security researchers strongly advise users to always download their favorite free programs from their official websites, since third-party software sites may slither unwanted programs, like Qword browser on their PCs.

Qword Browser – More about It

Once installed on your computer, the software might begin to collect different information such as:

  • IP address.
  • Location.
  • Language.
  • Browsing history.
  • Online searches.
  • Online clicks.

  • Then, the information may be used for several different purposes, such as displaying online advertisements and sharing such information with third-party websites and enforcing their privacy policy:
    qword-information-collection
    What is more, this particular browser displays ad-supported results that are related to third-party websites:
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    When clicked on, the advertisements generated as search results lead users to websites which were mainly unknown third-parties of suspicious origins.
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    What is more, this particular hijacker came with a bundled YouTube downloader which displayed several different error messages when started.
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    More so, when you examine the search engine www.qword.com it will become clear that it does not support HTTPS encryption – a feature that is not typical for search engines at all. And also, it stores several different types of cookies.

    Security experts strongly advise users not to keep this ad-supported chromium based browser since it may eventually lead them to malicious third-party sites that may either be scamming or lead the user to dangerous web links.
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    Removing Qword Browser Fully from Your PC

    One particular method of removing this browser from the user PC is to use the instructions provided after this article. They will assist users in the manual uninstall of the cyber threat. Also, since these may lead users into dangerous online places. It is highly recommended to scan your computer for malware with an anti-malware scanner that will make sure to detect and remove any malware on the user PC and protect you against any intrusions associated with Qword browser.

    Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Qword Browser 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).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • 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).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Qword Browser.

    Step 2: Remove Qword Browser 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

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Qword Browser and click “Remove

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    After Qword Browser 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

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Qword Browser and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Qword Browser 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’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • 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’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select Qword Browser 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Qword Browser 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.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Qword Browser
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

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

    Step 3: Remove Qword Browser automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Qword Browser with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
    2. Remove Qword Browser with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    3. Remove Qword Browser with STOPZilla AntiMalware
    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Qword Browser in the future
    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Qword Browser threat: Manual removal of Qword Browser 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.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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