If the web-browser keep redirecting to the Q.advisurf.com, every time when you start your browser, then most probably that your machine is affected by the malicious software from the browser hijacker family. Once started, it will alter some Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox’s settings such as homepage, newtab page and search engine. So, while your system is affected, you will see the Q.advisurf.com unwanted page instead of your start page. We strongly suggest you to clean your PC of hijacker and remove Q.advisurf.com without a wait . Use the steps below. The removal steps will help you remove hijacker infection and protect your machine from more harmful software and trojans.
When your PC system is infected by Q.advisurf.com hijacker you’ll be forced to use its own search provider. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may display intrusive and malicious ads designed to force you into buying some questionable software or products, provide search results that may redirect your web browser to some deceptive, misleading or harmful web pages. We suggest that you use only the reliable search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Some browser hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which can be used to display intrusive ads or gather lots of user data about you that can be sold to third parties. These unwanted ads can be opened as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the ad-supported software is created to open ads, but certain adware is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect a wide variety of user data about you.
Therefore, the Q.advisurf.com does not really have beneficial features. So, we suggest you remove Q.advisurf.com from the Mozilla Firefox, IE, Google Chrome and MS Edge web-browsers sooner. This will also prevent the browser hijacker from tracking your online activities. A full Q.advisurf.com removal can be easily carried out using manual or automatic method listed below.
Remove Q.advisurf.com (Removal guide)
There are a few methods that can be used to remove Q.advisurf.com. But, not all PUPs like this hijacker infection can be completely uninstalled using only manual methods. Most often you’re not able to uninstall any browser hijacker using standard Windows options. In order to get rid of Q.advisurf.com you need complete a few manual steps and use reliable removal utilities. Most security researchers states that Zemana Anti Malware, MalwareBytes AntiMalware or HitmanPro utilities are a right choice. These free applications are able to detect and remove Q.advisurf.com from your personal computer and revert back your web browser settings to defaults.
To remove Q.advisurf.com, perform the steps below:
- How to remove Q.advisurf.com manually
- Use free malware removal tools to completely delete Q.advisurf.com home page
- Block Q.advisurf.com and other unwanted websites
- How does your system get infected with Q.advisurf.com hijacker
- Finish words
How to remove Q.advisurf.com manually
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually get rid of Q.advisurf.com homepage from the Firefox, IE, MS Edge and Google Chrome.
Delete potentially unwanted apps using MS Windows Control Panel
The process of hijacker removal is generally the same across all versions of Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed programs on your PC and delete all unused, unknown and dubious software.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed in the figure below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed in the following example.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed in the figure below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed apps and remove all questionable and unknown applications. We suggest to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. Once you’ve found anything questionable that may be the browser hijacker infection that cause Q.advisurf.com web-site to appear or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then choose this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the dubious application blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your machine.
Remove Q.advisurf.com start page from Firefox
The Mozilla Firefox reset will delete unwanted search provider and startpage such as Q.advisurf.com, modified preferences, extensions and security settings. Essential information such as bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Run the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection that responsible for browser redirect to the annoying Q.advisurf.com web-site. Once, it’s complete, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Q.advisurf.com from IE
By resetting Internet Explorer web browser you revert back your internet browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by hijacker like Q.advisurf.com.
First, start the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as displayed in the following example. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of Q.advisurf.com from Chrome
The Q.advisurf.com as your search engine or startpage or other symptom of having hijacker infection in your web-browser is a good reason to reset Chrome. This is an easy way to recover the Chrome settings and not lose any important information.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the addon labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Google Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as displayed in the following example and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Use free malware removal tools to completely delete Q.advisurf.com home page
If your PC is still infected with the Q.advisurf.com hijacker infection, then the best solution of detection and removal is to use an anti-malware scan on the system. Download free malware removal utilities below and run a full system scan. It will help you remove all components of the browser hijacker from hardisk and Windows registry.
How to automatically remove Q.advisurf.com with Zemana Anti Malware
You can download and use the Zemana for free. This antimalware tool will scan all the Windows registry items and files in your PC along with the system settings and internet browser extensions. If it finds any malware, ad supported software or malicious extension that is responsible for redirections to Q.advisurf.com then the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will get rid of them from your system completely.
- Visit the page linked below to download Zemana. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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Update: March 3, 2018
- After downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is done, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the hijacker that designed to redirect your web-browser to the Q.advisurf.com webpage. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your machine and the speed of your system. While the Zemana AntiMalware utility is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
- As the scanning ends, Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will open a list of found items. Review the scan results and then press “Next”. After the clean up is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer.
Scan your PC and remove Q.advisurf.com search with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a completely free (30 day trial) utility. You do not need expensive ways to delete browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting your web-browser to Q.advisurf.com page and other malicious software. Hitman Pro will uninstall all the unwanted applications like adware and browser hijacker infections for free.
Click the link below to download the latest version of Hitman Pro for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Update: June 28, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro desktop icon. After the utility is started, you will see a screen as displayed in the figure below.
Further, press “Next” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker that redirects your internet browser to annoying Q.advisurf.com web-page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. After the scan is finished, a list of all threats detected is created as shown in the figure below.
Review the scan results and then click “Next” button. It will show a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button.
Run Malwarebytes to remove hijacker
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system of the hijacker infection. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you delete hijackers, PUPs, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
Download MalwareBytes Free from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
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Update: March 20, 2018
When the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) on the PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, press Finish button. Then MalwareBytes AntiMalware will automatically launch and you can see its main window as displayed on the screen below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button for checking your system for the Q.advisurf.com hijacker and other web browser’s malicious extensions. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC system.
When the scan get finished, you can check all threats detected on your PC system. You may remove items (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free will start to remove browser hijacker which cause a redirect to Q.advisurf.com web-site. After that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your machine. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes to delete hijacker infections, ad-supported software and other malicious software.
Block Q.advisurf.com and other unwanted websites
By installing an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard, you are able to block Q.advisurf.com, autoplaying video ads and remove tons of distracting and intrusive ads on web-sites.
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After downloading is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is complete, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, Q.advisurf.com redirect, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How does your system get infected with Q.advisurf.com hijacker
Once you’ve complete the steps outlined above, your personal computer should be clean from this browser hijacker and other malware. The Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, MS Edge and Firefox will no longer show unwanted Q.advisurf.com site on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guide does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
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