HQ Video Professional Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
HQ Video Professional virus removal instructions
What is HQ Video Professional?
Created by Kimahari Software Inc., the HQ Video Professional browser plugin promises to enhance users' YouTube experience by configuring videos to the highest available quality. While some computer users may find such functionality useful, in fact, the HQ Video Professional add-on is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. The software infiltrates browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Computer users often install HQ Video Professional inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software. After successful installation, this browser plugin diminishes browser performance and generates intrusive ads including, for example, price comparison ads, coupons, pop-unders/ups, banner, inline text, or transitional ads.
Furthermore, this browser extension tracks users' Internet browsing activity on all websites visited. Having HQ Video Professional installed on your Internet browsers can lead to malware infections and privacy issues, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware. This browser extension adds no real value - it is a useless program, the main purpose of which, is to generate revenue from intrusive online advertisements.
HQ Video Professional displays ads from the following sources: advertise.com, Dealply, Superfish, Verti technologies, Jollywallet, Text enhance, Alerta Descontos, Snappyimages, GetDeal, Digital Beacon, Daily Offer Service, IRobinhood, No Problem, FoxyDeals, Taboola, PriceSparrow, and Coupon Buddy. The HQ Video Professional browser extension adds no real value for Internet users - it diminishes browser performance, generates intrusive ads, and tracks users' Internet browsing activity. To avoid installation of such rogue browser extensions, computer users should be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', decline installation of advertised browser plug-ins. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled browser plug-ins. Users who observe 'Ads by HQ Video Professional' when browsing the Internet should use this removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browser/s.
Deceptive free software installers used in HQ Video Pro adware distribution:
- What is HQ Video Professional?
- STEP 1. Uninstall HQ Video Professional application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove HQ Video Professional add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove HQ Video Professional plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove HQ Video Professional extension from Mozilla Firefox.
HQ Video Professional adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at 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 "HQ-Video-Profession", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes ads by HQ Video Professional), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove HQ Video Professional from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove HQ Video Professional from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "HQ-Video-Profession", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the HQ Video Professional add-on, 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 HQ Video Professional from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "HQ-Video-Profession", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the HQ Video Professional add-on, 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 HQ Video Professional from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "HQ-Video-Profession".
Computer users who have problems with removal of the HQ Video Professional add-on can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
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.
HQ Video Professional Virus is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in HQ Video Professional Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of HQ Video Professional Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
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