Quick Audio Converter browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Quick Audio Converter?
Quick Audio Converter supposedly provides quick access to various online audio converters, however, once installed, it changes certain browser settings. Quick Audio Converter promotes search.quickaudioconvertertab.com, which is the address of a fake search engine. Furthermore, it collects browsing-related data. Apps that operate in this way are categorized as browser hijackers and known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since many people download and install them unintentionally.
Browser hijackers can often be installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Once installed, this particular app (Quick Audio Converter) sets the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab to search.quickaudioconvertertab.com, a fake search engine that provides results generated by Yahoo (this site simply redirects to search.yahoo.com). Search engines that do not generate unique results are useless. People who have Quick Audio Converter installed on their browsers are forced to visit search.quickaudioconvertertab.com when they open a browser (or new window), new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. This app prevents users from modifying the aforementioned settings, and the only way to avoid having to visit search.quickaudioconvertertab.com is to uninstall Quick Audio Converter. Furthermore, this app collects various user-system information such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. Developers misuse this information to generate revenue. People responsible for browser hijackers might also share the details with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who also misuse them to generate revenue. Some PUAs can record personal, sensitive information. People who use browser hijackers and fake search engines risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on. For these reasons browser hijackers should never be trusted or used. We strongly recommend that you uninstall Quick Audio Converter and other apps of this type immediately.
|Name||Quick Audio Converter|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Ser.Ursu.17195), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/WinWrapper), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Quick Audio Converter|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly provides quick access to various popular online audio converters.|
|Serving IP Address (search.quickaudioconvertertab.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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There are many browser hijackers online. Some examples are Hotels Booking, Accurate Weather Today, and Find My Nascar Lineup. In most cases, they promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and collecting information relating to users' browsing activity. Most are useless and simply help developers to generate revenue.
How did Quick Audio Converter install on my computer?
Quick Audio Converted can be downloaded from its website, however, people generally download and install these apps unintentionally. In most cases, these apps are downloaded/installed though the set-ups of other (usually free) programs - developers include them into set-ups as additional offers. Typically, these offers can be found in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar sections. Unfortunately, many people leave these settings unchanged or even unchecked, thereby allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed through set-ups that were used to distribute them. In some cases, unwanted downloads/installations occur through deceptive ads that people click intentionally or accidentally. When clicked, these ads execute scripts that cause download/installation of PUAs or other malicious apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Download all programs and files from official websites. Other tools/sources such as third party downloaders (or installers), unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients) should not be used or trusted. They are often used to distribute unwanted software. Downloads and installations should not be performed without checking "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings. Dismiss any unwanted apps included in the setups before finishing the download or installation process. Note that many websites contain intrusive, deceptive ads. Do not click ads displayed on web pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, or other dubious pages. When clicked, these can redirect to potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Ensure that there are no unwanted, unknown extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on the browser, or software of this kind on the computer. If your computer is already infected with Quick Audio Converter, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Quick Audio Converter browser hijacker:
Quick Audio Converter browser hijacker installer set-up:
Quick Audio Converter asks for permission to access various data on Chrome:
IMPORTANT NOTE! Search.quickaudioconvertertab.com asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Quick Audio Converter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Quick Audio Converter application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.quickaudioconvertertab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Quick Audio Converter browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.quickaudioconvertertab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.quickaudioconvertertab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Quick Audio Converter browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and 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 Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Quick Audio Converter"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.quickaudioconvertertab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Quick Audio Converter browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.quickaudioconvertertab.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:
Click 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 and then remove "Quick Audio Converter".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.quickaudioconvertertab.com redirect, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Quick Audio Converter" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Quick Audio Converter", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.quickaudioconvertertab.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:
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 the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.quickaudioconvertertab.com", and when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.quickaudioconvertertab.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Quick Audio Converter", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Quick Audio Converter", remove hxxp://search.quickaudioconvertertab.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "search.quickaudioconvertertab.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.quickaudioconvertertab.com redirect removal 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.quickaudioconvertertab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.quickaudioconvertertab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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