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Remove Qone8

Remove Qone8

October 17, 2013

Qone8 is a browser highjacker.  This is commonly referred to as the Qone8 virus.  In most cases users have their browser default home page changed to Qone8 search page.  This search page has ads on it that make Qone8 money.

People are paid money to spread this highjack.  They spread Qone8 via download packages.  This download package normally contains a free toolbar or free games download.

To avoid getting infected with Qone8 you can either ignore free games and toolbars or you have to use an antivirus client that can detect such threats and block the install of the threat or easily remove the threat.  The program has been recommending now for over a year is SpyHunter.  This antivirus client stops ALL programs from changing your home page and will stop the Qone8 virus in it’s tracks.

No clear damage is being done by this Highjacker to the main operating system files.  By the strictest definition of a computer virus this is not really a virus.  A browser hijacker can be a virus but this is more adware then anything else.  Still it’s annoying as hell and if your on our website you want it removed.

Qone8 Highjacker effects several browsers including Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Manual Directions to Remove Qone8 From All Three Browsers

Words of Caution:  While manual removal is possible you have to run a virus scan.  If Qone8 is on your system you most likely have other items on your computer as well.  We recommend you scan with Spyhunter which can be downloaded here.  If you purchase the client it can automatically remove Qone8 for you.  The free version still will offer some protection and prevent your home page from being highjacked in the future.

Remove Qone8 From Computer

Go to the Windows Control Panel and uninstall the software.

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

You may be asked to re-boot the computer after the program has been uninstalled.

Remove Qone8  Chrome

1. Click on Customize and control Google Chrome icon in the top right section of the Chrome Browser and then select Settings.

2. Click Set pages under the On startup.

3. Remove by clicking the “X” icon on the far right side of the Qon8 URL

4. Click Show Home button under Appearance and then select the Change Button.

5. Select Use The New Tab Page or change the URL to whatever you want the home page to be.

6. Click Manager search engines button under Search.

7.  Select the search engine you want to be the default search engine.  Then after you change the default you can now go to the Qone8 URL and select the X Icon at the end of the URL to remove it.

You may need to re-boot your computer.  Be Sure to run a full scan using Spyhunter as linked above in this guide.

Remove Qone8 Internet Explorer

1. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.

2. In the Dialog box on the left select Search Providers . On the right side a list of providers will appear.  Select the Search Engine you want as the default and then click the Set As Default button on the bottom.

3.  In the same box to the right.  Select Qone8 from the list and then click the Remove button.

4.  If you have a shortcut to open Internet Explorer on the Desktop, right click the desktop icon for Internet Explorer and select Properties.

Under the Shortcut Tab, you will see the Qone8 url after iexplore.exe”.  Remove everything after iexplore.exe”

5.  Now go to Tools  and then Internet Options.  In the Home Page Box.  Type in the home page you want to use when you open Internet Explorer.  Select OK.

You may need to re-boot your computer.  Be Sure to run a full scan using Spyhunter as linked above in this guide.

Remove Qone8 Firefox

1. Type about:config in the URL bar (This is where you normally enter a website name ) and hit Enter.

Click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button.

In the search box Type in Qone8 and press enter

Right click on each of the found search queries for Qone8 and Select Reset

2. Where the Qone8 Search box is in the main browser Window, click the down arrow next to the Icon and select Manage Search Engines

Click on Qone8 from Manage Search Engine List Dialog box and select the Remove Button

4. On Your Desktop you may have a shortcut going to Firefox.  Right click the Firefox Icon on the Desktop and select Properties

Click the Shortcut Tab

Inside the Target: field you will notice that the URL is present of a Firefox/firfeox.exe”  Remove everything after the firefox” string and hit save.

You may need to re-boot your computer.  Be Sure to run a full scan using Spyhunter as linked above in this guide.

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Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is fast and fluid, and lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Internet Explorer 11. Fast and fluid for Windows 7.

  • Fast: Internet Explorer 11 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
  • Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
  • Safer: Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.



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Security and Internet Explorer

While the Internet is an amazing resource in terms of the information you can find and things you can do today, it’s important to also be smart about how you browse. A browser can be a great tool in helping you stay safe when you go online.

Most online attacks fall into one of the three situations:

1. Malware that relies on social engineering to spread

2. Attacks directed against your browser or your operating system

3. Attacks directed towards the websites you visit

Let me spend some time describing what I mean by each of these, and also how Internet Explorer can help protect you from each of these types of attacks.

Helping Protect You from Socially Engineered Attacks

A term that you may hear on occasion within the security realm is “socially engineered attacks.” What this means is an attacker uses clever techniques to get you to lower your guard and trick you into doing something that makes you vulnerable to an attack. The idea here is that they aren’t looking for weaknesses in code; rather, they’re trying to fool you into a trap.

The ways in which we see this play out are varied; it may be that you get spam – that is to say an email from a fake bank that actually takes you to a malicious site, or an email supposedly from a friend that encourages you to download a file which may contain malware. To help keep you safe from such types of attacks, Internet Explorer comes with the Smart Screen filter technology, which has been improved even more with Internet Explorer 9. SmartScreen makes it harder for someone to trick you into opening a malicious page, or con you with a phishing site. This technology checks to see if the site you’re visiting is suspected of hosting malicious code and subsequently prevents you from continuing on to that page. Internet Explorer 9 goes one step further by warning you only when you download applications that may be of higher risk.

Technologies like this can make a big difference in helping to keep you safe online. In December, NSS Labs reported that Internet Explorer offers the best protection against the spread of socially-engineered malware. As you can see in the below chart, Internet Explorer 8 (90%) and Internet Explorer 9 (99%) offer significantly more protection than other browsers.


Mitigating Attacks on Your Browser and PC

Internet Explorer also helps protect against deliberate attacks where bad code is hosted on a site that is designed to exploit weaknesses in the software on your PC. Among all the lines of code that make up software, there can be vulnerabilities. The Internet Explorer team designed its browser with security in mind, and in comparison to other browsers, Internet Explorer has fewer vulnerabilities. The chart below illustrates the number of publicly known vulnerabilities in 2010 divided by each browser, according to the National Vulnerability Database.


*Data source: National Vulnerability Database. Data is based upon the most recently shipped versions available during this time period. In the case of Chrome, versions 5, 6, 7, & 8 were all released during this time period.

At Microsoft, products are built with a secure-by-design approach, where security is designed into the product from the ground up. The result of this effort is a browser that includes specific features to help people stay secure and technologies that help insulate the browser against exploits. In addition to Microsoft’s security processes, which includes the Security Development Lifecycle, Software Security Incident Response Process (SSIRP), and monthly security bulletins, some ways in which you might see this at a product level include features such as Protected Mode, Data Execution Prevention, and many others, both in Internet Explorer 8, and the soon to be released Internet Explorer 9.

Protecting Against the Compromised Websites

This last scenario is when an attacker that has compromised a site that you visit in a way that interferes with how your browser relates to the site. This type of an attack is called a cross-site scripting attack. In this instance, an attacker gets an unsuspecting server to load special code on your browser that allows the attacker to do anything from monitoring your keystrokes to performing actions on your behalf on the site. Internet Explorer has built in a Cross-Site Script Filter that makes such attacks more difficult and helps protect you.

The upcoming release of Internet Explorer 9 contains even more features designed to help keep you safer such as ActiveX Filtering and Application Reputation. More information on how Microsoft technologies can keep you secure can be found here.

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