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How to Remove Qone8.com Redirect (Qone8 Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

If Qone8.com, or start.qone8.com, Qone8 pops up to override your online web search with redirects and hijacking the homepage, then your computer has installed PUP infections. Read more in this article to fix the browser issues caused by Qone8.

 

What is Qone8.com Redirects, Start.qone8.com Hijacking?

Qone8.com redirects or start.qone8.com hijacking comes together with PUP (potential unwanted programs) install. And the Qone8 is an ads-supporting platform to collect revenue with extra ads banners and blackhat SEO tactics. Once installed, the Qone8 will add its add-on to your web browser, and replace the default search engine and start page at the same time. It replaces the homepage, hijacks the web search and then pretends to be a good search engine like Google, or Yahoo. However, it is not such a real search engine to provide reliable results.

The image of Qone8.com

qone8 hijacker

As you may notice that spam ads banners on its page, this qone8 search is nothing but PUP that is potentially dangerous to the system and your personal information.

Is Qone8 a virus? 

Qone8 search is not strictly a virus although it does show bad traits. It is defined as a browser hijacker, or PUP by the industry. The Qone8 seeks to spread bundled with other free dowoloads and hijack the web search to fulfill its profitable purpose. It hijacks the web browser by adding its add-on, replacing the default search engine and homepage without user’s knowledge and even also add its shortcut in order to hang over the web search. In a word, you would never expect Qone8 search results effective like any reputable search services provider like Google or Yahoo. It is potentially risky because it may redirect you to some websites more likely to be already hacked or full of unreliable advertisements.

 

 >> Tips to Avoid PUP (Qone8) Install

 

To get rid of Qone8 related PUP and remove the search.qone8.com or start.qone8.com from IE/Firefox/Chrome, follow below removal guide:

 

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How to Get Rid of Qone8.com Hijacker and Redirects (Removal Guide)

 

Step 1. Remove Related PUP from Control Panel

Step 2. Remove Potential Hidden Risky Components using Antimalware

Step 3. Remove Qone8 from Web Browsers

> Fix in Google Chrome

> Fix in Mozilla Firefox

> Fix in Internet Explorer

Step 4. Remove Leftovers (related Cookies) and Maintain the System Performance

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Step 1. Remove Qone8 Related PUP from Control Panel

 

Qone8 search often comes bundled with other PUP elements such as eSave Security Control, DProtect, New Tabs Uninstall, Desk 365, BrowserProtect or Omiga plus. Thus if you not surely which it comes bundled, access to your computer control panel and check it out to remove.

Click Start button to navigate to Control Panel-> Uninstall-> Uninstall a Program for Windows 7

And then find out any unfamiliar programs that are newly installed and suspicious to remove it.

 

If you have any trouble to find the related PUP, you can use this tool Anvi Uninstaller which is integrated in Cloud System Booster (a system cleaner, below will be again used to remove the related cookies and junks left).

To use Anvi Uninstaller, firstly download the Cloud System Booster here: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Then install it and click on the Expert tab to locate Toolbox -> Anvi Uninstaller, and click Run.

Anvi Uninstaller

 

Then you will get onto the Anvi Uninstaller, switch to Recently Installed tab, and conveniently find their any related PUP to the Qone8. Once you find it, locate it and click on Uninstall button to uninstall it. If any confirmation prompt comes up, click OK to proceed. And after the uninstall, this tool will also detect the left registry entries of the uninstalled program (which are junks and harmful for the system) to delete. Please note this function is only for users of Cloud System Booster users. So if you need it, conveniently buy the Cloud System Booster here: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 Uninstall by Anvi Uninstaller


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Step 2. Remove Potential Hidden Risky Components using Antimalware

Whenever you suspect a PUP installed, it is a good idea to use an antimalware like Anvi Smart Defender to perform a full scan. And here we use this tool for demonstration purpose.

Anvi Smart Defender download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

delta search asd scanned result

By doing this, the hidden components of the PUP, especially some with rootkits traits, would be removed. Surely no antimalware or antivirus will provide 100% protection, and thus it is wise to use another security tool when getting infected. Hope this tool would help on this Qone8 browser hijacker infection for you.

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Step 3. Remove Qone8 from Web Browsers

 

> Fix in Google Chrome

> Fix in Mozilla Firefox

> Fix in Internet Explorer

 

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chromeGoogle Chrome users

 

1. Remove Add-on

Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.

Chrome extension removal 1

 

On the opened window, search for the related extensions. Locate the related add-on and click the Trash can icon to remove it.

 

2. Reset homepage

On the opened window, switch to Settings as shown in below image and then under the On startup area, click Set pages

Chrome homepage reset

There will open a page as shown below. Locate the  address and click X to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit.

remove start.qone8.com from Google Chrome

Make sure remove the qone8 pages from the start page and homepage on both areas of On Startup and Appearance

appearance-chrome

 

3. Remove Search Engine

Still on the Chrome settings window, find the search area and click on manage search engine button.

conduit search engine in chrome 1

Then you will open a window like below picture. Firstly you need to select another search engine like google.com as default and then locate the Qone8 and click X to remove it.

remove qone8 search engine from Chrome

Finally you can click Close button to exit.

 4. Remove Qone8 shortcut from Chrome

Like safev9.com, this Qone8 browser hijacker also adds its shortcut to the Chrome properties. To fix this, you can back to the desktop and right click on the Chrome icon to navigate to Properties.

Then click it to access below window. Locate the Target text box, delete the Qone8 URL part in the text box. That’s it.

remove start.qone8.com from chrome shortcut tab

 

Restart the Google Chrome to check. That’s all.

Next step>

 

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Firefox Mozilla Firefox users

 

1. Remove add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1

 

On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the related add-on and click Remove button to remove it.

 

remove HomeTab browser add-on from Firefox

This picture just uses HomeTab extension removal for example. 

Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the related plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

 

remove related plug-in Widdit from Firefox

This picture just uses widdit extension removal for example. 

 

2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.

Firefox homepage reset 1

 

 

Then there will open a window of Options as shown below, from where you need to locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.

firefox homepage reset

 

3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window, find the search box and click the right place to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

Click on the Qone8  related web search searchgine and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

 

4. Configure Firefox

Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.

Firefox configuration

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

 

Then, on the appeared window, type Qone8 in the search box to find any items with value containing entered keywords from list there by highlighting the item and right-click on it to select Reset, one by one.

reset config items

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

 

5. Remove Qone8 shortcut from Firefox Properties

Back on the desktop to find the Firefox icon, right click it to navigate to Properties.

reset firefox shortcut

Locate the Target text box, delete the Qone8 related URL there and click OK to save the change and exit.

 

Next step>

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IEInternet Explorer Users

 

1. Remove add-on

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find the related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove it one by one.

remove home tab add-on from IE

 

This picture just uses HomeTab extension removal for example. 

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

2. Remove Search engine

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search and select related search engine and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the related search engine is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

remove startweb search provider from IE

This picture just uses Startweb search engine removal for example. 

3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. Then there will come out a window of Internet Options, under the General tab, locate on Home page area, to repair the homepage, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE

 

4. Remove Qone8 shortcut from IE

Back to the desktop and find the IE, right click its icon and navigate to Properties and click it.  On the opened window, click Shortcut tab, and locate the Target text box. Delete the start.qone8.com or other Qone8 related URL in the box. Then click OK to save the change and exit.

ie-shortcut-properties

Restart the IE to check. And that’s all.


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Step 3> Remove Leftovers (especially related cookies) and Maintain System Performance

 

After the PUP uninstall, it is necessary to do a system cleaning since many leftovers and junk files jam there to degrade the system performance and even enables the PUP like Qone8 easier to come back. Again, the Cloud System Booster can help you conveniently clean those risky junk files and maintain the system performance.

Cloud System Booster Download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Settings icon on the main screen and then navigate to Boost tab → Cleaner → Privacy Cleaner, and then select the infected web browser which always pop up the dfs.pathdone.net. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

clean cookies

 

3. Click OK and X to exit and then back on the home screen, click Boost button  and remove the junks when the scan finished.
cloud system booster system cleaning

 

More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html

 

 

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Tips to Avoid PUP (Qone8) Install

 

1. Antivirus/antimalware and firewall is generally effective to prevent majority of virus risks and if you also take caution and get your system well maintained, then the security will be boosted. Here recommends you the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender which providers positive protection against the PUP like Qone8 to start its process.

Anvi Smart Defender download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

2. Always be cautions when you download and install software from the Internet. Pay lose inspection to the install process in case of any bundled toolbar or PUP installed as well.

3. Always opt for custom install instead of automatic install.

4. Whatever, even if you get some annoying PUP install, generally it can be manually removed thoroughly with right method.

5. To boost the security and hinder the qone8.com or related ads pop up again, you may make full use of this Anvi Ad Blocker, which can help you better filter malicious websites and annoying ads when surfing online.

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

 

Not only this tool can help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this qone8.com by adding the URL into its black list. See detailed instructions below:

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

Anvi Ad Blocker download link: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

If any question in the Qone8 removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.

 

  • bp

    Hi Its very comprehensive…its help