Start.qone8.com Browser Hijacker
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Qone8 virus - how to remove browser redirects to start.qone8.com?
What is Qone8?
The Qone8.com website is promoted using free software downloads. Internet users often refer to this site as a browser hijacker or the Qone8 virus. These negative associations are made since computer users' Internet browser settings are commonly changed without their consent. Qone8.com is similar to legitimate search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing, however, using this site for your daily Internet searches is not recommended. The site may display deceptive sponsored search results and ads, which may lead to serious security and privacy issues. Note that Qone8.com is not related to computer viruses, however, browser redirects to this site are a consequence of not paying close enough attention during the download and installation phase of free software.
To avoid such redirect issues, Internet users should be attentive when dealing with freeware. Disallow installation of additional software or suggested changes to Internet browser settings by choosing the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options. The Qone8.com website claims to make users' Internet browsing experience more productive by providing best search results from the leading Internet search engines, however, it adds no real value, and moreover, cyber criminals responsible for creating this browser hijacker are able to redirect Internet users to malicious sources and infect computers with high-risk malware. You are advised to eliminate Qone8.com from your Internet browser/s.
The Qone8.com website has none of the benefits of Google or other major search engines - the main purpose of this site is to monetize incoming web traffic. A similar deceptive business model is used by key-find.com, awesomehp.com, sweet-page.com, and many other semi-legitimate websites. Redirects to these websites can lead to malware infections (when clicking on dubious sponsored Internet search results) and identity theft (the Qone8.com website is known to track users' Internet browsing). To avoid installation of these browser hijackers, be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', opt-out of installation of advertised browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing downloaded software, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware. If you feel that start.qone8.com was set as your homepage and default tab without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate these redirect issues.
Deceptive free software installer used in qone8 browser hijacker distribution:
- What is Qone8?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Wsys Control 10.2.1.2652 application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove start.qone8.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove start.qone8.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove start.qone8.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Start.qone8.com virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".Locate "Programs and Features."
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program."
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Wsys Control 10.2.1.2652", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to start.qone8.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.
Start.qone8.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:
Remove start.qone8.com virus from Internet Explorer:
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this - locate your Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://start.qone8.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Change your homepage:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://start.qone8.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "qone8".
If you continue having problems with browser redirects to hxxp://start.qone8.com you can reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove start.qone8.com virus from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this - locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://start.qone8.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Remove start.qone8.com related Google Chrome extensions:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Extended Protection 1.9" and "Lightning Newtab 188.8.131.52" select these entries and click on a trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages," hover your mouse over hxxp://start.qone8.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings," in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "qone8" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.
If you continue having problems with the removal of qone8 browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove start.qone8.com virus from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this - locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://start.qone8.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options," in the opened window remove hxxp://start.qone8.com and enter your preferred domain that will open every time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "qone8"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue having problems with browser redirects to hxxp://start.qone8.com you can reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Start.qone8.com Browser Hijacker distribution:
To avoid installation of Start.qone8.com Browser Hijacker be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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