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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 RemoveVirus.org 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 Qone8.com 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 Qon8.com 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 Qone8.com 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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Has Conduit hijacked your browser? Here are instructions fro deleting it>>!!!

Conduit sells search engines to sites that install the engine to hijack home  pages. I purchased a product from Ashampoo, and rejected the option to install  the Bing Ashampoo search bar, yet it was installed. The code of my hijacked home  page is http://search.conduit.com/?ctid=CT2475029&SearchSource=13. Conduit  evidently is in some partnership of revenue sharing of the hijacked home pages.  A Web of Trust search will show many complaints from users. Conduit Engine shows  up in my add/remove programs, but failed to uninstall, and the “uninstall” was  preceded by some direct script code that quickly popped up and then disappeared,  I assume so that the search bar cannot truly be uninstalled.
A Google  search of Conduit Engine will result in complaints by users who want to  uninstall the search engine, but are having problems.
Because my edit  varies greatly from the advertiser’s own description below, I will leave their  ad, until more research can be done, that justifies taking their advertising  down. Do be aware that they are associated with home page hijacking and spyware, to  persons who do not desire to have their engine. I have discovered this from Web  of Trust and Google. I hope to have my answer improved, once I have discovered  how to have their spyware removed. I welcome any answers that can improve upon  mine. I will also post how to remove the engine once I am successful.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_conduit_engine#ixzz1lbvRrEvj

 

Conduit bundles a hidden “toolbar” and other apps with other companies’ software,  pays them a kickback because they are willing to hide from the end user that  Conduit products are being allowed to install secretly alongside what the user  actually wanted.
The outcry is widespread but they seem to still be  getting away with it.
They pretend to address the issue here  http://www.conduit.com/Community/Forum/Questions.aspx?fpage=10&threadid=8423
But it is clear that the attempt is  disingenuous.http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102-504164.html
In my  case, Bit Torrent did me the disservice. I thought they were still the open  source industry leader in free and reliable torrent apps, but I was clearly  mistaken. Had to uninstall secretly included addons in all browsers, as well as  removing toolbars and hidden client apps via Add/Remove function. Seems to have  worked. We’ll see.
Their claims are below…   ==================================
Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_conduit_engine#ixzz1lbvdmEny

 

HOW to delete:

If you are using Firefox, uninstall it from the addons.
Users are reporting that Revo Uninstaller having success in uninstalling Conduit. Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware – Free and Full Download – Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems

If it still will not delete/

 

Boot computer up into safemode and then delete it.  That shouod work.

 

1) To get rid of the Toolbar / widget things, you need to go to Tools > Add-ons > Plugins, and uninstall the two entries pertaining to BitTorrent and Conduit. You will need to restart Firefox twice for this. Check that they are both gone when you have restarted.

2) To remove the Search Box hijack, click on the down-arrow next to the search box (it will probably have a Google symbol next to it) and select Manage Search Engines. Then select any search engine you don’t like the look of or recognise – you will be surprised how many there are – and for each one click Remove.

3) They were the easy bits. Now to remove the Conduit Engine itself.

You need to have Firefox shut down for this, as it restores some of the files upon shutdown to prevent corruption. First, locate you Roaming Application Profiles. You will need to be an administrator to do this, but assuming you are, in Explorer select Tools > Folder Options > View tab (if Tools is not visible, hit Alt) and ensure the radio button for “Show hidden files, folders and drives” is selected and “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” is unchecked (you will be asked to confirm this).

Find your profile. This will be located in your home drive (probably C:) in the “Users” or “Documents and Settings” (for XP) folder, so in my case it is C:\Users\Keith. Ensuring you have Folder View open, click on the {profile} folder and in the right-hand pane locate AppData (or Local Settings\Application Data for XP). Within this is the folder “Roaming”, within which is the Firefox Profile folder, e.g. {profile}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.

Beneath that is your random profile ID folder, which will be something like “1234abcd.default”. This folder I will call {fprofile}.

First, locate the pesky Conduit Engine folders, which contain most of the gubbins associated with this monster. Delete the folders {fprofile}\conduit and {fprofile}\CT2790392 (I can’t vouch for this exact number, but it seems to be standard at the moment).

Find the file {fprofile}\prefs.js and save a copy of this with a .backup extension. Right click on prefs.js and select “Edit”; this will (should) open the javascript file in Notepad.

You need to remove all references to Conduit:

First, delete every line beginning with the following:

user_pref("CT2790392. user_pref("CommunityToolbar.

Second, locate the following line:

user_pref("browser.search.defaulturl", "http://search.conduit.com/ResultsExt.aspx?ctid=CT2790392&SearchSource=3&q={searchTerms}");

Change it to (for Google search):

user_pref("browser.search.defaulturl", "http://www.google.com/search?lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=");

You will need to find the relevant command line for your own search engine, or just leave the second quotes empty for no URL bar searching.

Finally, locate the line:

user_pref("keyword.URL", "http://search.conduit.com/ResultsExt.aspx?ctid=CT2790392&q=");

and change it to (for Google): user_pref("keyword.URL", "http://www.google.com/search?lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=");

Again, you will need to find your own code for different search engines: I’m not a huge fan of Google, but at least you can just delete the cookie to remove your search history, or use Private Browsing.

 

 

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Posted by plates55 - February 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

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Google Hopes to Make Friends with a More Social Search

Appearing atop Google’s search results used to be the exclusive right of Web celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. Starting this week, your mom is just as likely to show up at the top of those results—providing she uses Google’s still fledgling social network, Google+.

The change represents a fundamental shift, as Google’s algorithm-driven search is going through a social overhaul as it attempts to head off the threat of disruption from socially focused companies, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. The new Google service, called “Search, plus Your World,” is part of that effort.

Over the next few days, Google will start adding information that has been shared publicly and privately on Google+ to its search results.

This means you might see a picture of a friend’s dog when searching for Pomeranians, or a restaurant recommended by a friend when you search for nearby eateries. Even if you aren’t a Google+ user, Google search results will show content posted publicly on the social network that it judges to be relevant—profile pages and pages dedicated to particular topics.

The goal, says Google fellow Ben Smith, is to deliver more personally relevant results. “We’re interested in making Google search as good as we can,” says Smith. “But we need to know who your friends are and what your connections are. Google+ provides a great way of managing your connections and your friends and lets you make your search results better.”

The only problem is, until more people start using Google+, these search results will include just a small fraction of the social information available online. The rest exists in unsearchable silos owned by Facebook, LinkedIn, and other smaller social media companies. Facebook presents a particular problem for Google because the vast amounts of personal information that its users post can be turned into powerful ways of filtering information and finding recommendations (see “Social Indexing” for more on this effort).

“Over the past several years, people have been benefiting from a growing diversity in the channels they use to receive information,” says Jon Kleinberg, a professor at Cornell University who researches the way information spreads online. “During this time, a major axis along which our information channels have developed is the social one.”

In June 2011, Google launched a way for users to recommend web pages by hitting a “+1” button next to a search result. These buttons can also be added to Web pages, where recommendations will feed back into search results. The approach is similar to Facebook’s “Like” button.

 

In April 2011, Google launched Google+ as a direct competitor to Facebook. The site won compliments for some of its features, like the ability to put contacts into different “circles” so that information is shared in a more controlled way. But, after rapid early uptake, Google has struggled to capture market share from Facebook, and has around 60 million active users, compared to Facebook’s more than 800 million.

The new features may not only make Google search more useful, but also encourage greater use of Google+. Showing Google+ profile pages and topic pages prominently could encourage people to create their own profile and topic pages.

The new service pulls in social information only from Google+ to start with, but, Smith says, it could include other, non-Google sources in the future.

Google is working hard to make its most popular services more social. Whereas an algorithmic approach to finding and sorting online information was once a source of nerdy pride for the company because of its objectivity, Google is fast reinventing itself as a business that values the suggestions of its users and their friends.

How people will come to use social signals to find useful information isn’t yet clear, though. “The most natural mode of use is still fairly up in the air, and it will be fascinating to see how people’s online behavior evolves in this dimension over the next few years,” Kleinberg says.

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