What is Quiknowledge?
The Quiknowledge browser add-on claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling quick searches and translation of selected text or entire paragraphs.
While this added functionality may seem legitimate, users should be aware that this plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware, since it infiltrates browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and also generates intrusive ads.
Furthermore, this plugin track users' Internet browsing activity - recording IP addresses, pages visited, frequency of pages viewed, users' browsing environment, display settings, and other information.
The presence of Quiknowledge on your system can cause high-risk malware infections (when clicking third party ads generated by this add-on) and can lead to serious privacy issues.
This adware infection is mostly caused by deceptive free software 'download clients', which offer installation of potentially unwanted programs together with the user's chosen free program. Today, most freeware download websites employ download clients to monetize their free services, thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections.
Quiknowledge is not technically a virus or malware, however, clicking the third party links, and ads generated by this plugin, can cause security infections. For these reasons, you are advised to remove this adware from your Internet browser/s.
Quiknowledge is similar to other potentially unwanted programs, which install on Internet browsers without users' consent. Examples include fortunitas, ads clever, and freeven. These plug-ins promise to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by adding various features, however, they only diminish browser performance and generate unwanted ads.
To avoid installation of such adware, express caution when downloading and installing freeware. When downloading free programs, inspect each download step and opt-out of any advertised browser plug-in installations by clicking the 'decline' button.
When installing free software, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will list any intended installations of bundled adware.
Users who have unwillingly installed Quiknowledge and observe "Ads by Quiknowledge", "powered by Quiknowledge", and "Ad Info" advertisements when surfing the Internet, should use this removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browser/s.
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- What is Quiknowledge?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Quiknowledge application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Quiknowledge add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Quiknowledge plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Quiknowledge extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Quiknowledge extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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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 "Quiknowledge", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes ads by Quiknowledge), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ads by Quiknowledge from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Quiknowledge", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quiknowledge virus, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Quiknowledge", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quiknowledge virus, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Quiknowledge".
Computer users who have problems with quiknowledge virus 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quiknowledge virus, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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