Qvo6 Virus - How to remove?
Qvo6 Virus is a browser hijacker that usually enters computers via other software. The toolbar comes bundled with freeware programs and is downloaded and installed automatically as long as users are not careful to remove checked boxes in custom installation. Additionally, in some cases Qvo6 infection might be caused by PC parasites that install various semi-legitimate software on their own. Once inside the system, it changes the settings of all popular browsers – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Qvo6.com becomes your homepage and it forces you to use its search engine. Although it uses one of the several main engines typically (yahoo, google, bing), the results this search engine displays are not allways the same as of the well-known search engine. In order to earn money Qvo6 toolbar’s owners display advertised websites mixed with the actual results and do not separate them in any way. Subsequently, you might click on the link that is promoted and generate money for toolbar’s developers. Another problem about this program is that it gets into computers using unfair ways. You can avoid downloading Qvo6 Virus if you pay attention while installing other programs. You always have to choose Custom Installation and deselect all options to install unknown applications.
The worst part about Qvo6 Virus is that it causes tons of ads to be displayed and if you click on an infected link you may end up getting a malware infection to your computer. Besides, the links promoted by this search engine might redirect you to websites that can be compromised. You are highly recommended to remove Qvo6 virus from your computer as soon as you detect it.
QVO6 toolbar, the cause of the redirection, is made by Magic Forever Technology Limited, or at least it is claimed so. However, there is no address for this company and it is obvious that all the makers of the virus do is trying to get advertising money by force-installing the toolbar. The domain itself was registered couple days before hijacking started, on March 04, 2013. The homepage itself promotes several different websites.
To get rid of QVO6 virus, first you need to uninstall all the software that caused the setting changes and hijack. Go to Start -> Control Panel, click on “Uninstall Program” on Programs area. Look for anything related to Qvo6 on a list of programs and click of Uninstall/Change button next to it. You might have to uninstall other applications, that prevent search engine changes in your browser. Spyhunter is able to identify them in most of the cases. After that, you will have to reset QVO6 search engine settings in your browser. Depending on what browser you are using, follow the instructions below:
- Open IE and go to ‘Tools‘ → ”Manage Add-ons’.
- Choose ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and uninstall everything related to Qvo6 from the list.
- Choose ‘Search Providers’ → choose the search engine you used before and make it your default search provider. Additionally, select ‘Web Search’, click ‘Disable suggestions’ to disable it.
- Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Internet Options’ and select ‘General’ tab. Click ‘Use default’ or enter your own website name, google.com or other. Finally, click ‘OK’ to save the changes.
For Mozilla Firefox:
- Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ → ‘Add-ons’.
- Choose ‘Extensions’ → Qvo6 and click ‘Uninstall’.
- Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Options’. Finally, reset the startup homepage or change it to google.com.
- Enter “about:config” in url bar. This will open settings page
- Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Search for ‘browser.newtab.url’. Right-click and reset. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on each new tab.
For Google Chrome:
- Click on the icon ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’, select ‘Options’.
- Choose ‘Basic’ Options and change Google Chrome homepage to google.com or any other browser and then click the ‘Manage search engines…’ button.
- Choose ‘Google’ and make it your default search engine.
- Delete Qvo 6 from the list.
Finally, run a full system scan using a reputable antispyware program, for example, Spyhunter. Don’t forget upgrading it to its latest version before performing system scan.