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Danger level 9
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow internet connection
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's


Start.qone8.com is a browser hijacker and it means that this infection enters your system surreptitiously with intension to perform a variety of unsolicited activities. One of the most disturbing facts related to this infection is that users often install this browser hijacker onto their computers themselves without even realizing it.  Then their home pages are changed to start.qone8.com and unless they remove the infection from their computer, it might be impossible to restore browser settings to default, even if they reset their browsers manually. Hence, delete start.qone8.com with a reliable antimalware program and safeguard the system against similar infections.

This browser hijacker is not a newbie in the field. Another name for this infection is Qone8 Virus or Qone8.com. It functions just like PortaldoSites, Delta-Homes, Qvo6 Virus and other similar infections. Although the browser hijacker category implies that these applications modifies your browser settings without your permission, users should take note that Start.qone8.com and other infections from this group are often bundled with freeware. Thus, although it may not be your intention, you may install Start.qone8.com on your PC accidentally when you install a new codec, a media player or any other free software application.

It calls for attention during the installation process. It is common for freeware apps to be bundled with some additional software, and most of the time notifications that inform you about the oncoming installation are displayed during various setup steps. If a user goes through the installation process automatically, it is only a matter of time until some potentially dangerous program enters the system.

However, despite the fact that Start.qone8.com is a computer infection, it is not as dangerous as Trojan or worm. Basically, unless you condition it to expose you to potentially dangerous websites and their content, this browser hijacker will not do anything on its own. What it usually does is displaying a variety of commercial advertisements in order to make you click them.

Clicking on particular ads or links to associated websites generates financial profit to Start.qone8.com and related web pages, because they make use of pay-per-click system. What is more, the browser hijacker may also collect information on which sites you visit the most frequently in order to generate customized pop-up ads. This behavior is more annoying than dangerous, but due to the fact that Start.qone8.com can be exploited by third parties, it may become a useful tool in malware distribution, especially if the aforementioned pop-up ads get embedded with third party content.

To protect your personal data and your computer system from cyber criminals you need to cut off all the potential means of malware distribution by removing Start.qone8.com from your PC. Reset your browser settings by following the instructions below and then scan your system with SpyHunter free scanner, because manual removal cannot guarantee that your computer will be protected from harm.

Delete Start.qone8.com Manually

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and go to Internet options.
  2. Open Advanced Tab and click Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  4. Press Close when reset is complete.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
  2. When a new opens, click Reset Firefox at the top right corner.
  3. Click Reset Firefox again on a pop-up dialog box.
  4. When reset is complete, press Finish.

Change Google Chrome settings

  1. Press Alt+F and click Settings.
  2. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  3. Click Set pages, delete Start.qone8.com and enter a new home page address. Click OK.
  4. Press Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Set a new default search, delete Start.qone8.com and click Done.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you encounter problems while removing Start.qone8.com and similar programs.

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  1. ADAM Nov 13, 2013

    hi I try to do follow you ( I used internet explorer ) but its still appear on website , can u help me ?

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