What kind of application is Quick Site?
While examining deceptive pages, our team has discovered a browser extension called Quick Site. After adding it to a browser, we found that it makes certain changes in the settings. Quick Site hijacks a web browser to promote quicknewtab.com, a fake search engine.
Quick Site browser hijacker overview
Quick Site changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page to quicknewtab.com. It forces users to browse the Internet using a fake search engine. We learned that quicknewtab.com shows results generated by Bing, Google, and possibly other search engines. It redirects to bing.com via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com.
Since quicknewtab.com is a fake search engine, it can generate misleading results (promote untrustworthy websites) and show results generated by shady search engines. Either way, fake search engines (and browser hijackers) are not trustworthy. Additionally, they can be designed to gather information about users.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Quick Site|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (quicknewtab.com)||Heimdal Security (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (quicknewtab.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.|
|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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Browser hijackers in general
Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines by modifying the settings of web browsers. Sometimes, they do so without changing any settings. It is common for browser hijackers to be promoted as useful/legitimate apps. More examples of browser hijackers are Simple Search, Top Search, and Easy Search.
How did Quick Site got added to my browser?
Quick Site gets added to a browser after following instructions on a deceptive page encouraging visitors to add this extension. In other cases, apps of this type hijack web browsers after clicking on deceptive ads or finishing software installations without changing certain settings.
Installers for software bundled with browser hijackers have "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. If these settings are not changed during the installation, then browser hijackers get added to browsers (or other unwanted apps get installed).
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Download applications (and files) from trustworthy sources such as official pages and legitimate stores (like Google Play). Check downloaders and installers for optional downloads and installations, and deselect unwanted apps (do not finish downloading and installing software without doing so).
Also, do not click on advertisements or notifications that shady, dubious websites display. If your computer is already infected with Quick Site, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Quick Site browser hijacker:
Website promoting Quick Site browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Quick Site?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Quick Site application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Quick Site browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove quicknewtab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove quicknewtab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Quick Site browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
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:
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:
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:
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 Site"), 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 Site browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 Site" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
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 Site", 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:
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 "quicknewtab.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quicknewtab.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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Quick Site", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Quick Site", remove hxxp://quicknewtab.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 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, 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 quicknewtab.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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit quicknewtab.com website?
This website generates more revenue for its developers when the page traffic increases.
Is visiting quicknewtab.com a threat to my privacy?
Since quicknewtab.com is a fake search engine, it may be gathering information about its visitors, which may lead to problems with privacy.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Pretty often, they get added to browsers via deceptive pages (after following the instructions provided by those pages). Also, browser hijackers are distributed using social engineering tactics, such as browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, etc., and software bundles.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Quick Site browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove browser hijackers from browsers and the operating system. It is important to mention that it can be difficult to manually remove multiple browser hijackers at once (when there is more than one browser hijacker) since they can reinstall one another. Combo Cleaner can remove all browser hijackers automatically.