My IE is hacked by the Start.qone8.com redirect virus. I once had the qone8.com on my computer but I had removed it. Today morning I opened my browser I found my homepage has been set to this new one. I am sure it is not a good website from its name and I cannot delete it. I got my friend helped me remove the former virus but this new one is rather harder to get rid of. Is there an effective way?
To Learn More about Start.qone8.com Redirect Virus
Start.qone8.com redirect virus is an updated version of Qone8.com redirect and search.qone8.com redirect. We can tell from their names that they come from the same browser hijacker virus family. We can also notice how rampantly the viruses are acting. It doesn’t take long for a virus to grow. Nor does it take long for a new version to be created. This new browser hijacker virus is a newer one and it takes over all the abilities of its brothers so that it always makes its domain sites as the default homepage of the invaded computer browsers. It causes non-stop popping ups as well. It also replaces the search result with its promoted ones. That means the search result it gives you is not a good one but a modified one. Those links it displays are not safe enough to be clicked on.
This redirect virus will lead changes to many system settings. It forcefully leads computer users to the sites it cooperates with. And they are trying to make profits in that way. Besides the redirection, this Start.qone8.com redirect virus still takes over other browsers on the infected computer. The infective character makes the virus able to spread all over your hard disks. With some special method the virus has been given, it is able to access to your system data and analyze them then send confidential information to its creators. Those guys at back doors will take advantages on the data they get from the redirect virus and make money. The browser hijacker virus always redirects computer users to its promoted websites on which all the things you typed or anything activities you are working will be taken record on. The reveal of your privacy is part of the scam of the virus. What is more, the virus can also cause a weakness on computer security detection. Your system has been weakened once the virus gets into it and if you keep the virus stay there things will get worse. It damages your system files thus some of your programs will not run properly and more and more error codes will flow up along with the usage of the infected computer. If you want to put an end to such troubles you will need to get the virus completely off from your computer.
Screenshot of Start.qone8.com Browser Hijacker Virus
Look at the picture more carefully and compare it with the pictures of qone8.com redirect virus and search.qone8.com redirect virus you will see that this new one has some shortcuts of icons of some legal websites. For example, you can see the icons of Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo below the search bar on the virus page. That is one way this virus takes to make it closer to a normal website. In that way, antivirus programs will not detect it as a bad browser hijacker virus but a normal website. How pesky the virus is! We can never be too careful when we are on the internet.
Common Symptoms of Redirect Virus Infection :
1. Your homepage, search provider, desktop backgrounds are changed;
2. Constant pop ups and new tabs of ads occur often;
3. It works badly when you try to run some usual software or programs;
4. Unknown websites are listed in the bookmarks without your intention or notice;
5. Folder options, task manager, registry editing tools are disabled.
6. Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
7. The browser behaves unusually such as URL/link redirects will occur.
8. Unwanted and unknown Plug-in/extension or add-ons have been attached to the browsers.
9. Useless shortcuts are on desktop or creepy websites are added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.
Computer users often get this redirect virus when they open the attachments of some unknown or strange mails. You need to take care when you install or download any soft ware online. Be careful when you are going to click on back links on a page. You may also realize that the promote part under the search bar changes all the time. What it displays there is trying to lead you to click on it and redirect you to a unsafe page. And on those pages you are never careful enough because they are full of unstable factors and unsafe contents.
Note: Manual Removal, though is the most effective way to remove the virus, requires expertise and which is for advanced users, if you don’t have much experience in dealing with redirect virus. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for removal assistance.
Your computer might infect this virus via unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars. Once it enters in your computer, the browser hijacker virus will begin to realize its scam. If you want to avoid more troubles you should get the virus completely off from your computer.
Manual Removal Step by Step Instructions
Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the Start.qone8.comredirect Virus. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find.
Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in “regedit” to open Registry Editor.
Step D: Delete all these associated files and registry entries with this browser hijacker in Registry Editor. The registry files are listed randomly. Besides, you need to delete the infection files of the redirect virus from your system files to prevent it from coming back. Those files are named randomly also but may be different on different operating systems.
Step E: Change home page back from this unwanted Start.qone8.comredirect virus on targeted browsers.
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Start.qone8.com redirect virus can be categorized as a browser hijacker virus without any doubts since it shares the similar address with its brother and sister. As it is updated by its creator it is much harder to be removed. As the case may be, the redirect virus can be taken as a normal web page by the antivirus soft ware so they will not detect it or find it out as a virus case. It is a website page but since it causes unwanted popping ups and redirections on target computers so as it install itself to computer without the permission of computer users it has the character as a virus issue. It is a tool for remote cyber criminals to gain access to computer users’ privacy and make illegal profits. It needs to be removed before it takes more troubles to your system.
Note: Have spent too much time in fixing the problem but failed? To avoid any mistakes, please contact YooSecurity Online Experts in time to save your computer.
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on October 2, 2013 12:39 pm