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.
|Type||Ad-supported Chromium browser|
|Short Description||The browser has an ad-supported search engine with links to third-party pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may install this application without his/her consent.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or direct download via ads or official webpage.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Qword Browser.|
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:
What is more, this particular browser displays ad-supported results that are related to third-party websites:
When clicked on, the advertisements generated as search results lead users to websites which were mainly unknown third-parties of suspicious origins.
What is more, this particular hijacker came with a bundled YouTube downloader which displayed several different error messages when started.
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.
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Qword Browser.
Step 2: Remove Qword Browser from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Qword Browser and click “Remove”
After Qword Browser is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
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’.
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.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Qword Browser
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Qword Browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Qword Browser on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Qword Browser in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Qword Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Qword Browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Qword Browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Qword Browser from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Qword Browser Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Qword Browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Qword Browser
Step 2: Uninstall Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Qword Browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Qword Browser, 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 Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser 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 Qword Browser will be removed.
Eliminate Qword Browser 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Qword Browser from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".