What is qualitink?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Qualitink is a potentially unwanted browser extension claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and adding other useful functionality. Although Qualitink may seem a legitimate browser plug-in, be aware that it is categorized as adware.
Qualitink deploys a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) without users' consent.
Following successful infiltration, this extension generates various intrusive online advertisements including banner, interstitial, transitional, text-link, search, and full-page ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause additional adware or even malware infections.
Furthermore, this potentially unwanted application continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information such as search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, unique identifier numbers, IP addresses, and other similar details.
Be aware that this recorded information may be personally identifiable and such behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. SuperWeb LLC has released over one hundred rogue browser extensions identical to Qualitink. Examples include ProductivityPro, Loffinam, and Webget.
The company releases identical browser plug-ins under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
These add-ons claim to improve users' Internet browsing experience in some way, however, neither Qualitink, nor any of these other plug-ins add any read value for the user. Their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Most potentially unwanted applications are distributed via small programs called 'download clients' within freeware download websites (such as, for example, download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com). Download clients are used to monetize the websites' free services by offering installation of additional browser extensions along with the chosen free software.
In most cases, reckless download and installation of freeware results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered.
Users who install downloaded freeware should choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any bundled applications and allow removal of them from the installation list.
If you have installed Qualitink and observe "Ads by Qualitink", "Powered by Qualitink", and "Qualitink Deals" advertisements when surfing the Internet, follow this removal guide to eliminate Qualitink adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is qualitink?
- STEP 1. Uninstall qualitink application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove qualitink plug-in from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove qualitink add-on from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove qualitink extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove qualitink 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 "Qualitink", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Qualitink ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove qualitink from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Qualitink", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by qualitink, 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: "Qualitink", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by qualitink, 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", in the opened window remove "Qualitink".
Computer users who have problems with ads by qualitink 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 ads by qualitink, 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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