Complete tips to delete QuickSearchMaps virus
QuickSearchMaps is a browser hijacker application that is designed to hijack the web browsers to QuickSearchMaps.com – a fake search engine. More often than not, users download/ install this type of software products inadvertently –t he reason why these are deemed to be potentially unwanted apps.
The QuickSearchMaps app alters the browsers’ homepage, new tab pages and search engine options and sets the promoted URL in the place of them. Because of such alterations, the users are forced to visit the QuickSearchMaps.com site all the time when they open the browsing tab and enter any search query.
Fraudulent web searchers typically can’t generate their own search engine. QuickSearchMaps.com is not an exception. It shows results generated by searchlee.com, Yahoo and possible other search engines. It is important to note here that the searchlee.com is not a legit search engine but it can generate search results.
The results generated by this search engine are however included with various sponsored ads and links. Also, there result pages could even be manipulated and various untrustworthy websites might be pushed on the browser.
The browser hijacker application is designed to reassign any changes that the users attempt to make to restore the settings. Thus, returning to the previous browser’s settings option is not possible with QuickSearchMaps removal.
Another reason to delete this hijacker virus is that it can spy on day to day browsing session. This way, it can easily collect the data include IP addresses, Search queries, Viewed pages, URLs visited, ISPs, Geo-locations and etc.
These data could be shared with and/or sold to third parties/ potent crooks. Thus, the presence of the data racking app on system can cause serious system infections, privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft.
To avoid any such issues from happening in future, you are strongly recommended to run a full system scan using some reputable antivirus tool or follow step-by-step instructions provided below the post so as to remove QuickSearchMaps from the system.
How did QuickSearchMaps enter my system?
Browser hijackers often are distributed through bundling with other programs. These apps can be deselected before downloading or installing those programs when using Custom/Advanced and similar settings in the downloaders/ installers.
Not all users do that and lead to their inadvertent installation. Also, browser hijacking apps can be distributed through ads by designing them to run certain scripts or through fake installers. Ads download or install unwanted apps only when users click on them.
How to avoid PUAs installation?
Do not use any third party downloaders/ installers, p2p networks, unofficial pages and other sources, tools to download or install any programs or files. Perform any software download using official websites and direct links.
Also, avoid clicking on any ads appear on shady pages and do not install any apps without deselecting unwanted apps. if your system is already infected by QuickSearchMaps, we recommend you run a full system scan using some reputable antivirus tool to automatically remove QuickSearchMaps from the system.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove QuickSearchMaps :
Remove the related items of QuickSearchMaps using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing QuickSearchMaps issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (QuickSearchMaps ) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to QuickSearchMaps removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to QuickSearchMaps still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove QuickSearchMaps plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in QuickSearchMaps removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete QuickSearchMaps (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.