How to stop browsers from opening qqs7.xyz

Also Known As: qqs7.xyz browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Qqs7.xyz redirect removal instructions

What is qqs7.xyz?

qqs7.xyz is the address of a fake search engine, which is promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called APP (in fact, it is likely that developers also promote qqs7.xyz via other rogue applications). This PUA is related to another app of this type called QIP. Both are categorized as browser hijackers. These apps typically promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and gathering user information, however, research shows that this particular PUA (APP) does not change any settings.

qqs7.xyz browser hijacker

In most cases, browser hijackers change settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. In this case, APP sometimes assigns them to qqs7.xyz. Even if it does not change them, users are still redirected to qqs7.xyz when they enter a search query into the URL bar and search engine (such as Google, Yahoo, and so on). Note that qqs7.xyz is opened through another dubious address, searchxp.xyz. Search engines such as qqs7.xyz often display false results or ads that lead to deceptive, untrustworthy, potentially websites. To avoid being redirected to qqs7.xyz, searchxp.xyz and provided with false results, you must uninstall the APP application. Furthermore, PUAs of this type often collect system information relating to users' browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, etc. Private, sensitive details might also be recorded. In any case, developers usually share the data with third parties, potentially cyber criminals. Both parties misuse the information to generate revenue. People who have browser hijackers installed on their browsers and/or operating systems risk becoming victims of identity theft and experiencing problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and so on. We recommend that you remove/uninstall all PUAs immediately and avoid installing them in the future.

Threat Summary:
Name qqs7.xyz browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Browser Extension(s) APP
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly provides a useful search engine.
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.
Detection Names (qqs7.xyz) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (qqs7.xyz) 104.27.160.208
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
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Some examples of other PUAs that are categorized as browser hijackers include Search Selector, Get Breaking News, and Better Converter Pro. In most cases, they help developers to generate revenue by promoting fake search engines and collecting data. They provide no value for regular users. People who use these apps often experience problems. Browser hijackers and other apps that are classified as PUAs should never be trusted.

How did APP install on my computer?

PUAs can sometimes be downloaded from their websites, however, most people download and install them unintentionally when they click intrusive (deceptive) advertisements or when developers distribute PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use this method to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with regular software. To achieve this, developers include PUAs in various download/installation set-ups and hide related information in "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced" and other settings. These unwanted installations will only occur, however, if users fail to check and change the settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Software should be downloaded from official pages and via direct download links. Third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.) and other similar sources/tools should not be trusted - they are often monetized when used to distribute unwanted or even malicious apps. Check all settings available in download or installation setups and decline offers to download or install any additionally-included apps. If clicked, most intrusive advertisements open dubious websites or execute scripts that download or install PUAs. Do not click these ads. Remove any unwanted or suspicious extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on the browser installed immediately. The same applies to software of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with APP, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

APP asks for a permission to read and change various data:

APP browser hijacker asks for a permission to change data on a browser

APP download page leads to a deceptive site designed to trick visitors into installing dubious software:

APP download page promotes fake Flash Player

Appearance of qqs7.xyz (GIF):

qqs7.xyz appearance in gif

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Quick menu:

APP 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.

qqs7.xyz browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the qqs7.xyz website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

APP browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing qqs7.xyz 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 qqs7.xyz 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://qqs7.xyz 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 qqs7.xyz 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 "APP".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the qqs7.xyz 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 qqs7.xyz 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 "APP" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing qqs7.xyz 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 "APP" (or "QIP"), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.qqs7.xyz) 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 qqs7.xyz 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 "qqs7.xyz", and 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 qqs7.xyz 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing qqs7.xyz 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 "APP", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing qqs7.xyz 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", in the opened window disable "APP", remove hxxp://qqs7.xyz and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing qqs7.xyz 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: "qqs7.xyz"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with qqs7.xyz 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the qqs7.xyz browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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 qqs7.xyz browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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