Stop redirects to qikc.xyz address

Also Known As: qikc.xyz browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Qikc.xyz redirect removal instructions

What is qikc.xyz?

Qikc.xyz is an address of a fake search engine that gets opened through another questionable address (searchgg.xyz). Like most fake search engines, qikc.xyz is promoted through a browser hijacker. Two of the known apps that are designed to promote this address are called APP and CERX. This application is related to another potentially unwanted application (PUA) called QIP. These apps are classified as PUAs because not many people download and install them willingly and knowingly. Once installed, browser hijackers change browser's settings and record browsing data.

qikc.xyz browser hijacker

In most cases browser hijackers change settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab URL. In this case these settings (addresses) get changed to qikc.xyz. It means that users of browsers that are hijacked by APP or other PUA (like CERX) that is designed to promote qikc.xyz are forced to visit this address when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar. The only way to avoid that is to uninstall a browser hijacker, otherwise it will reassign its settings after every attempt to change them. Also, most browser hijackers gather information such as entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, geolocations and other details related to user's browsing habits. There is a possibility that some personal, sensitive details may be gathered as well. In one way or another, developers share all collected data with third parties (potentially cyber criminals). Typically, both parties misuse it to generate revenue. Research shows that these browser hijackers (APP and CERX) do not always change the aforementioned settings, but they know when users search the web and redirect them to qikc.xyz anyway. Either way, this app should be uninstalled as soon as possible anyway. Having apps of this type installed might be the reason behind problems related to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name qikc.xyz browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) APP, CERX and other PUAs
Supposed Functionality As a rule, apps that promote fake search engines supposed to enhance browsing experience.
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Detection Names Websense ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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.
Removal

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As a rule, browser hijackers are advertised as legitimate, useful applications. Unfortunately, most of them are completely useless and operate as tools that help their developers to generate revenue. Besides, people who use such apps or have them installed risk to experience various problems. A couple examples of other PUAs of this kind are Fast Flight Tracker, Great File Converter and All Day Forecast.

How did qikc.xyz install on my computer?

People usually download and install PUAs unwillingly: when they click various deceptive ads that should not be trusted or carelessly download and/or install various software. There are many cases where download or installation setups include offers to download or install additional apps. In most cases those offers can be found in settings of setups such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". It is being used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps through setups of other software. People who leave the aforementioned settings unchanged allow for various PUAs permissions to be downloaded or installed together with some other, usually free software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be downloaded from official websites and through direct download links. Especially if it is free. Other channels like third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients), unofficial web pages, etc., should not be used as tools to download or install any software. If a download or installation setup contains settings like "Custom", "Advanced", then they should not be left unchecked. Any offers to download or install unwanted apps should be rejected on time. Furthermore, we recommend not to click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. In most cases they lead to potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. To prevent a web browser from causing unwanted redirects and displaying ads it is important to make sure that there are no unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on it. Also, no software of this kind should be installed on the operating system as well. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate it.

Hijacked browser opens qikc.xyz address (GIF):

appearance of a hijacker browser that causes redirects to qikc.xyz

Download website of a fake Firefox updater which installs a PUA that is designed to promote qikc.xyz:

questionable download website of unwanted app which promotes qikc.xyz

Unwanted app (CERX) related to qikc.xyz asks for a permission to access data, tabs and browsing activity:

app related to qikc.xyz asks for various permissions

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Quick menu:

qikc.xyz redirect 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.

qikc.xyz browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

qikc.xyz redirect removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing qikc.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 (like "APP" or "CERX"), select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing qikc.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://qikc.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 qikc.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" or other PUAs (like "CERX").

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the qikc.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 qikc.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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (such as "APP", "CERX") and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing qikc.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" and/or "CERX", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.qikc.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 qikc.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 "qikc.xyz" 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 qikc.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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing qikc.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 all recently installed browser plug-ins (such as "APP", "CERX").

Change your homepage:

Removing qikc.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" (and/or "CERX"), remove hxxp://qikc.xyz and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with qikc.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 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:
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