Do you know what Q.search-simple.com is?
Q.search-simple.com is a search engine that is set as your default homepage by a browser hijacker. If you happen to see this domain in your web browser, then you are definitely infected. The problem is that this browser hijacker does not seem to have an entry in the list of programs in Control Panel, so you may not be able to remove Q.search-simple.com manually. Nevertheless, there are still means to get rid of this intruder and when you do it; you need to terminate all the other unwanted applications as well. Browser hijackers almost always come bundled with other software, and Q.search-simple.com is no exception.Q.search-simple.com screenshot
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The guys at our research lab say that Q.search-simple.com most probably gets installed on computers worldwide with the SuperWeb adware. This supports our claim that browser hijackers come in packs with other undesirable software. If Q.search-simple.com really travels with the SuperWeb adware applications, then you most probably also have the likes of Giant Galaxy, Razor Web, Information Vent, and other similar applications on-board. You must have installed these programs when you downloaded something from a file-sharing website. Take note that such programs may also be distributed via annoying pop-ups that jump into your screen without any notice when you open some adware-related web page.
The point is that safe web browsing is very important when you need to avoid Q.search-simple.com and other similar browser hijackers. If you end up installing this annoying program on your computer, you can expect to experience a complete browser settings modification disregarding your web browser. Q.search-simple.com affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer, so it is very likely that you will not be able to avoid this infection if you happen to download it on your PC.
The peculiar thing about this browser hijacker is that it redirects users to different websites based on their country of residence. For instance, if you are located in Russia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East, the program will change your homepage to home.searchpile.com or bit-search.com while your search page will be redirected through fluey.com or searchatomic.com. Users in most of the other countries, however, will have their homepages changed to Q.search-simple.com, and their searches redirected to a custom version of a Yahoo! Search page. Despite the fact that you might end up on a different web page, it would still be the same infection, juggling you around.
That kind of intrusive behavior should be enough to convince you that you must delete Q.search-simple.com at once. Not to mention that browser hijackers are often exploited by cyber criminals to distribute unreliable content. In the worst case scenario, you might as well get infected with malware after having licking on an outgoing link via Q.search-simple.com. The point is that it is not SAFE to keep this hijacker on your computer, so you have to get rid of it along with all the other applications it might have come with.
If you do not know which programs could have been installed on your CP along with Q.search-simple.com, run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. You will get a list of potentially dangerous programs, and you will be able to delete them at once. Finally, do not hesitate to invest in a licensed computer security tool to safeguard your system against similar infections in the future.
Remove Unwanted Programs
Windows 8 & Windows 8.1
- Drag the mouse cursor to the lower right corner of your desktop.
- Click Settings on the Charm bar and go to Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program and remove unwanted apps.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Click the Start menu and open Control Panel.
- Go to Uninstall a program and remove unwanted apps.
- Open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel.
- Select Add or remove programs and uninstall unwanted apps.
Restore Your Browser Settings
- Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
- When the new tab opens, click Refresh Firefox.
- Press Refresh Firefox on the confirmation box.
- Click Finish.
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Select the Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Mark the Delete personal settings option and press Reset.
- Click Close.
- Press Alt+F and click Settings.
- Go down to the bottom and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Reset Settings.
- Press Reset.
In non-techie terms:
Q.search-simple.com may look like an average search engine, but it cannot provide you with a reliable search function. It is a browser hijacker that often comes to your computer with many other dangerous programs. You need to remove Q.search-simple.com right now to avoid even more serious infections. You can follow the secondary software removal instructions below or you can get yourself an automated malware removal tool to take care of this problem.