Qvod is a media player and a trademark for a number of Chinese applications that are available at various websites. However, our researchers classify this application as a potentially unwanted program that may also be considered a browser hijacker, because upon the setup it installs a number of additional programs without informing you about it, and then even changes your default home page to hao123.com which makes use of Baidu search engine. Baidu is a major Chinese-language search engine, and there is nothing malicious about it, but if it gets set as your default home page without your permission, then you seriously need to remove Qvod right now.
How do you get infected with this browser hijacker? The chances are that the main reason why your browser settings get changed is that you do not speak or read Chinese. If you do, however, you clearly do not follow every step of Qvod’s setup, because during the installation you are obviously told about all the additional programs and settings that are about to be applied. According to our researchers, if you install the full setup of Qvod, you may get up to 10 additional applications installed on your PC as well. If you are not a Chinese speaker or if you had no intention of having so many new programs around, that can definitely turn out to be troublesome.
Your most immediately concern regarding Qvod would be the fact that it installs such programs as Kuiwan, QMovie and changes browser settings automatically. Some of the programs within the package may also connect to the internet behind your back and download updates or new configuration files. Not to mention that Qvod may resist being removed if you install all the additional programs within the package. They might go as far as denying you the right to terminate processes via Task Manager. It may also “suggest” you that you do not install additional security programs if you decide to remove Qvod and other applications automatically.
Naturally, have your browser settings changed is extremely annoying, but you also need to consider the possibility that Qvod and other programs might seriously jeopardize your system security. Thus, you need to remove Qvod and other related applications and then restore your browser settings. It might be a tedious task especially if you do not speak Chinese and you need to go through and entire onslaught of Chinese pop-ups, but it is really for the best.
If you do not want to go through this manually, you can install a reliable antimalware scanner, scan your computer and then remove Qvod and other applications automatically. Below you will find instructions for manual removal, but if you have any further questions you can always contact us by leaving a comment in the box below this article.
How to remove Qvod
Windows Vista & Windows 7
How to restore browser settings