HQ-Quality adware removal instructions
What is HQ-Quality?
Created by Robokid Technologies Inc, the HQ-Quality browser plug-in claims to enhance users' YouTube (and other video streaming websites) experience by configuring videos to the highest available quality. While some computer users may find this functionality useful, in fact, the HQ-Quality add-on is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. The software infiltrates browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Computer users often install HQ-Quality inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software.
After successful installation, this browser plug-in diminishes browser performance and generates intrusive ads including, for example, price comparison ads, coupons, pop-unders/ups, banner, inline text, and transitional ads. Furthermore, this browser extension tracks users' Internet browsing activity on all websites visited. Having HQ-Quality installed on your Internet browsers can lead to malware infections and privacy issues, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware. This browser extension adds no real value - it is a useless program, the purpose of which, is to generate revenue from the display of intrusive online advertisements.
HQ-Quality displays ads from the following sources: advertise.com, Dealply, Superfish, Verti technologies, Jollywallet, Text enhance, Alerta Descontos, Snappyimages, GetDeal, Digital Beacon, Daily Offer Service, IRobinhood, No Problem, FoxyDeals, Taboola, PriceSparrow, and Coupon Buddy. The HQ-Quality browser extension adds no real value for Internet users - it diminishes browser performance, generates intrusive ads, and tracks users' Internet browsing activity. This adware is identical to HQ-V-PRO, HQ Video Professional, and HD-Plus. To avoid installation of these rogue browser extensions, be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', decline installation of any advertised browser plug-ins. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled browser plug-ins listed for installation. Users who observe 'Ads by HQ-Quality' when browsing the Internet should use this removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browser/s.
Deceptive free software installer used in HQ-Quality adware distribution:
HQ-Quality adware generating intrusive online ads:
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- What is HQ-Quality?
- STEP 1. Uninstall HQ-Quality application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove HQ-Quality plug-in from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove HQ-Quality add-on from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove HQ-Quality extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove HQ-Quality extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
HQ-Quality adware 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 "HQ-Quality", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes HQ-Quality ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove HQ-Quality ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gears" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "HQ-Quality", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hq quality virus or hd quality plug-in, 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: "HQ-Quality", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hq quality virus or hd quality plug-in, 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 "HQ-Quality".
Computer users who have problems with hq quality virus or hd quality plug-in 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 hq quality virus or hd quality plug-in, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove hq quality virus or hd quality plug-in from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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