Quick Live News browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Quick Live News?
Quick Live News is a browser hijacker which promotes the quicklivenews.com address, a fake search engine. Typically, apps of this type promote such search engines by changing certain browser's settings. Also, most of them collect browsing data. It is common that users do not download and install browser hijackers knowingly, intentionally. Therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). This particular browser hijacker is distributed together with another PUA called Safeplex Search.
Quick Live News sets quicklivenews.com as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab so that users would visit it when they open a browser, new tab and/or enter search queries into URL bar. Quite often browser hijackers do not allow users to undo, modify settings that were assigned by them unless users uninstall them. Therefore, a browser hijacked by Quick Live News can be stopped from opening a quicklivenews.com by uninstalling this app. Quicklivenews.com is a fake search engine because it displays results generated by Yahoo/redirects users to search.yahoo.com. It simply does not generate any unique, independent results. Another problem with most apps of this type is that they operate as information tracking tools. It is common that they collect browsing data like user's IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, etc. Some browser hijackers can access sensitive information as well. The biggest problem with it is that collected information could be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who would misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, a browser hijacker like Quick Live News may cause problems related to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft. If Quick Live News, Safeplex Search or other PUA is already installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be eliminated as soon as possible.
|Name||Quick Live News|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Quick Live News|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to provide a quick access to news websites|
|Serving IP Address (quicklivenews.com)||18.104.22.168|
|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.|
|Additional Information||Quick Live News is distributed with another browser hijacker called Safeplex Search.|
|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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A couple of examples of apps that are classified as browser hijackers too are Template Creator Tab, Get Online Recipes and Secured Search. Quite often such apps are advertised as tools that supposed to deliver some features, improve browsing experience and/or other value. Although, most of them are useless and designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. Besides, by having them installed users risk to experience various issues. Therefore, browser hijackers should never be downloaded and installed.
How did Quick Live News install on my computer?
Most of the times users download and/or install PUAs through deceptive ads that are designed to cause it by executing certain scripts or setups of other programs. In the second case it happens when developers distribute PUAs by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They include PUAs in various download and/or installation setups and as additional offers and hope that users will not decline them. Typically, those offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of download and/or installation setups. It is common that users complete downloads and installations without checking and changing those settings, and that is how included PUAs are allowed to be downloaded and installed as well.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download all programs from official websites and via direct links. Other sources, channels like third party downloaders (and installers), torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites are often used to distribute various unwanted apps (in some cases even malicious apps). Therefore, they should not be trusted/used. Also, it is recommended to always check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of any download and installation setup and see of they contain offers to download and/or install additionally included programs. Intrusive ads that are shown on unofficial, questionable pages tend to open untrustworthy websites or even cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications. Ads of this type should not be clicked. If there are any unknown, unwanted and/or suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser (or programs of this kind installed on the operating system), then they should be uninstalled immediately. If your computer is already infected with Quick Live News, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Notification saying that Quick Live News can read and change certain data (on Chrome):
Notification saying that Quick Live News can access certain data (on Firefox):
Website promoting Quick Live News browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site 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 Live News?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Quick Live News application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove quicklivenews.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Quick Live News browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove quicklivenews.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove quicklivenews.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Quick Live News 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 Live News"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the quicklivenews.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Quick Live News 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://quicklivenews.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 Live News".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quicklivenews.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 Live News" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Safeplex Search"), 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 Live News" or "Safeplex Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://quicklivenews.com or hxxps://safeplexsearch.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 "hxxp://quicklivenews.com" and "hxxp://safeplexsearch.com", 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 quicklivenews.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 plugins 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 Live News", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Safeplex Search").
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 Live News" or "Safeplex Search", remove hxxp://quicklivenews.com or hxxp://safeplexsearch.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with quicklivenews.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 quicklivenews.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 quicklivenews.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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