Internet Quick Access Adware

Also Known As: internetquickaccess.com browser hijacker
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Internet Quick Access removal instructions

What is Internet Quick Access?

Internet Quick Access is presented as a browser that supposedly improves the Internet browsing performance - "Internet Quick Access is a fast intuitive browser. We have excluded anything that slows and complicates user experience online and added quick links to key user functions". These claims often trick users into believing that this application is legitimate and useful, however, Internet Quick Access is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Note that Internet Quick Access often infiltrates systems without users' consent. Furthermore, after successful infiltration, this adware causes unwanted browser redirects, displays intrusive online advertisements, and collects various user information.

Internet Quick Access adware

Internet Quick Access often causes unwanted browser redirects to the safebrowsesearch.com, oursurfing.com, and search.yahoo.com websites. Browser redirects significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience and may cause additional malware infections. Internet Quick Access occasionally generates various intrusive online advertisements that redirect to (infectious) untrusted websites. Thus, clicking these ads can result in further computer infections. Internet Quick Access collects various information that may be personally identifiable including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet Service Provider (ISP), browser type, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, pages viewed, etc. This gathered information might contain personal data such as PayPal or bank account details that is later shared with third parties. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Internet Quick Access is a potential threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety and should be eliminated.

Internet Quick Access Privacy Policy regarding information gathering:

We may collect personal information at various times when you use our website or plugin. The more information you volunteer (and the more accurate it is), the better we are able to customize your experience. Your participation is voluntary and you have the choice not to disclose any information that we request.

Internet Quick Access is an adware-type application and similar to hundreds of other PUPs also claiming to improve the Internet browsing experience. For instance, WikiBrowser, Chromatic, and Torch (also Chromium based Internet browsers) promise to save time while browsing the Internet. These fake promises are given simply to trick users to install - the purpose of adware-type applications such as Internet Quick Access is to generate advertisements, collect personally identifiable information, and (sometimes) redirect users to various websites, thereby generating revenue for the developers. Applications such as Internet Quick Access provide no real value to the user.

How did Internet Quick Access install on my computer?

Internet Quick Access is often distributed as a 'bundle' with regular (mostly free) software. Bundling is a way to stealthily install third party apps together with the chosen software, and since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading/installing software, this method is extremely effective. Research shows that some users skip most of the download/installation procedure steps - not realizing that bogus apps such as Internet Quick Access are usually hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' section. This causes them to inadvertently install bogus apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Express caution during download/installation of software. Always download your chosen software from a trusted source - usually the official website. We highly recommend that you use the direct download link when downloading from a freeware download website. Most sites, however, enforce the use a download app to monetize download websites' traffic and free services by including additional software - in this case, closely analyze each step and opt-out of any unrecognized applications. After downloading the software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any third party software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

Website promoting installation of search.internetquickaccess.com browser hijacker:

website promoting installation of search.internetquickaccess.com browser hijacker

Internet Quick Access (iQa) adware installer setup:

iqa adware installer setup

Deceptive free software installers used in Internet Quick Access adware distribution ('iQa - Surf, Just quicker!'):

internet quick access adware installer sample 5 internet quick access adware installer sample 4 internet quick access adware installer sample 3 internet quick access adware installer sample 2 Deceptive installer set-up used to distribute Internet Quick Access

Intrusive toolbar appearing at the top of user's desktop redirecting to search.internetquickaccess.com website:

internetquickaccess desktop toolbar

This adware causes browser redirects to search.internetquickaccess.com website:

search.internetquickaccess.com redirect

Internet Quick Access adware generating intrusive online ads ('Powered by Quick Internet Access internetquickaccess'):

quick internet access ads

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Quick menu:

Internet Quick Access adware removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

iqa adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "IQA", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Internet Quick Access ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Internet Quick Access adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Internet Quick Access installed no browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Internet Quick Access ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious plug-ins, select such entries and click "Remove".

Removing Internet Quick Access ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the internetquickaccess.com browser hijacker, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Internet Quick Access  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select such entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Internet Quick Access ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the internetquickaccess.com browser hijacker, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Internet Quick Access ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently installed suspicious plug-ins.

Removing Internet Quick Access ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with internetquickaccess.com browser hijacker 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the internetquickaccess.com browser hijacker, 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 adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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