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How to remove the Quick pro browser hijacker

Also Known As: quicknewtab.com redirect
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is Quick pro?

We have discovered the Quick pro application while visiting deceptive websites. One of those pages claimed that it is required to add an extension to Chrome to proceed. Another one recommended adding an extension to the browser for an unspecified reason. We have examined Quick pro and found that it is a browser hijacker.

quicknewtab.com browser hijacker

Quick pro browser hijacker in detail

Our team has noticed that Quick pro hijacks a web browser by changing its settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. It changes them to quicknewtab.com - a fake search engine that does not generate results. Quicknewtab.com shows results generated by Bing, Google, and possibly other search engines.

Quicknewtab.com redirects to bing.com via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com - a couple of questionable addresses. It is important to mention that fake search engines can promote shady websites (include links to these pages in search results).

Threat Summary:
Name Quick pro
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Quick pro
Supposed Functionality Improved browsing experience
Promoted URL quicknewtab.com
Detection Names (quicknewtab.com) alphaMountain.ai (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (quicknewtab.com) 104.21.40.106
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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More about browser hijackers

In addition to changing the settings of the hijacked browser, apps like Quick pro can be designed to gather information about their users. Typically, users download and install browser-hijacking apps unintentionally. More examples of browser hijackers are Movie Reviews & Search | Movies Tab, To find result, send dark.

How did Quick pro install on my computer?

Quick pro hijacks a web browser after downloading it from a deceptive page and adding it to a browser. In other cases, browsers get hijacked when installing software bundled with a browser hijacker without changing certain settings.

Installers used to distribute browser hijackers have "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings, or ticked checkboxes. Either way, browsers get hijacked when installations are finished without deselecting unwanted apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download files and applications from trustworthy sources such as official pages and legitimate platforms. Avoid using shady pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc., as sources for downloading software. Do not trust advertisements displayed on dubious websites or fake Download (and similar) buttons.

Also, change the settings available in certain downloaders and installers to deselect unwanted apps before downloading and installing programs. If your computer is already infected with Quick pro, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Quicknewtab.com redirects to bing.com via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com (GIF):

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Browser notification containing information about Quick pro:

quick pro browser hijacker browser notification

Shady websites promoting Quick pro browser hijacker:

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Quick menu:

Quick pro browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

quicknewtab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Quick pro browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing quicknewtab.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 "Quick pro" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing quicknewtab.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 "Quick pro", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.quicknewtab.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 quicknewtab.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 "quicknewtab.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 quicknewtab.com redirect, 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 quicknewtab.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 "Quick pro", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing quicknewtab.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", in the opened window disable "Quick pro", remove hxxp://quicknewtab.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing quicknewtab.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with quicknewtab.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, 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 quicknewtab.com redirect, 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the purpose of forcing users visit quicknewtab.com website?

If more users visit quicknewtab.com, then its developers can generate more revenue. The revenue generated through this page depends on the count of visitors.

Is visiting quicknewtab.com a threat to my privacy?

This page can pose a threat to privacy since fake search engines often are used as tools to collect information about their visitors/users.

How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?

Browser hijackers are distributed using social engineering tactics, such as browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, and similar methods. Also, apps of this type often are bundled with other programs - they are included in downloaders and installers as optional downloads and installations.

Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Quick pro browser hijacker?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove all browser-hijacking applications. It is recommended to remove browser hijackers with specialized apps because they can reinstall one another (when more than one app of this type is present). It can be difficult to eliminate multiple browser hijackers at once manually.

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