How to prevent a browser from opening quickgosearch.com

Also Known As: quickgosearch.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Quickgosearch.com redirect removal instructions

What is quickgosearch.com?

Quickgosearch.com is one of the many fake search engines. Typically, they are useless (do not provide any unique search results), developers promote them through browser hijackers. Research shows that one of the browser hijackers that is designed to promote quickgosearch.com is an app called Clusite. As a rule, apps of this type change browser's settings and gather information about user's browsing habits/activities. Apps of this type are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because most people download and install them accidentally. Additionally, if used, quickgosearch.com redirects users to my-search.com, searchroute and searchnewworld.com, three shady websites.

quickgosearch.com browser hijacker

Once a browser hijacker like Clusite gets installed, it changes settings such as homepage, default search engine and new tab URL. In this case these settings get changed to quickgosearch.com. Typically, people are unable to undo or modify any of those settings unless they uninstall the app that changed them. It means that they are forced to visit some address (like quickgosearch.com) when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into browser's URL bar as long as browser hijacker is installed. Besides, after enbtering a search query into quickgosearch.com search bar, it redirects users to my-search.com, searchroute and searchnewworld.com. These are addresses of other untrustworthy pages. Furthermore, most apps of this type (and fake search engines) are designed to operate as information tracking tools. They gather data such as user's IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, and other details that might include sensitive information. Moreover, people who developed them usually share all collected data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that they might share those details with cyber criminals as well. These are the main reasons why any installed browser hijacker should be uninstalled as soon as possible and fake search engines should never be used.

Threat Summary:
Name quickgosearch.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Clusite and some other apps of this type.
Supposed Functionality Typically, browser hijackers supposed to enhance browsing experience.
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Detection Names (quickgosearch.com) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (quickgosearch.com) 104.31.95.96
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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More examples of apps that are classified as browser hijackers are Parcel Finder, Easy Classifieds Tab and Easy & Quick Maps. As a rule, these apps are advertised as legitimate and useful, however, only a small number of them actually are. In most cases these apps are designed only to gather various details and force users to use some fake search engine. People who use such apps or search engines risk to experience problems related to browsing safety, privacy or even have their identities stolen.

How did Clusite install on my computer?

In most cases unwanted apps of this type infiltrate the system through intrusive (deceptive) advertisements or when people unintentionally downloaded and/or install them together with some other software that they downloaded or installed intentionally. It is known that developers often include PUAs in setups of other software, this distribution method is called "bundling". Information about bundled apps usually can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings. However, not all people check and change them. If they leave them unchanged, they agree with downloads or installations of additional, usually unwanted software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid having various PUAs installed, we recommend to download software using only trustworthy, official websites and direct download links. Torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial pages, third party downloaders, installers and other channels of this kind should not be trusted. Quite often they are used as tools to distribute unwanted applications. Also, we do not advise to complete any download or installation without checking out all options and settings that are available in a setup. in other words, it is important to check those settings and opt-out included unwanted apps. Intrusive ads usually redirect people to various untrustworthy websites, that is why it is not safe to click them. If a default browser causes unwanted redirects and/or displays various ads, then we advise to check the list of installed applications (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) and remove all unwanted entries immediately. Also, unwanted software that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with Clusite, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Quickgosearch.com causes redirects to other shady pages (GIF):

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Quick menu:

Clusite browser hijacker 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 10 and 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.

quickgosearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Clusite"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the quickgosearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Clusite browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing quickgosearch.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing quickgosearch.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://quickgosearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing quickgosearch.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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 and then remove "Clusite" (or other browser hijacker).

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the quickgosearch.com browser hijacker, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing quickgosearch.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Clusite" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing quickgosearch.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Clusite" (or other unwanted app), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.quickgosearch.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing quickgosearch.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "quickgosearch.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the quickgosearch.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing quickgosearch.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Clusite" (or other browser hijacker) as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing quickgosearch.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", disable "Clusite" or other installed browser hijacker, in the opened window remove hxxp://quickgosearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing quickgosearch.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: "quickgosearch"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with quickgosearch.com browser hijacker 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove quickgosearch.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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