Start.qone8.com Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: Start.qone8.com virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Moderate</strong>

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.

start.qone8.com virus

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.comsweet-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:

qone8 browser hijacker installer

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Start.qone8.com virus

Start.qone8.com virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

start.qone8.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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.

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Start.qone8.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing start.qone8.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

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".

Removing start.qone8.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing start.qone8.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing start.qone8.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the start.qone8.com , 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

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Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing start.qone8.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

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"

Removing start.qone8.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Remove start.qone8.com related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing qone8.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "Extended Protection 1.9" and "Lightning Newtab 1.1.7.8"  select these entries and click on a trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing start.qone8.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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:

Removing start.qone8.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the start.qone8.com , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

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Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing start.qone8.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

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"

Removing start.qone8.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing start.qone8.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing start.qone8.com from Mozilla Firefox 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.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with start.qone8.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

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safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A 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 privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of start.qone8.com virus 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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