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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission


Quick Ref is a free adware-supported tool which shows Wikipedia and Bing results in an in-page window whenever you highlight the text on your Internet browser. You will probably want to remove this application as soon as possible after we inform you that it might pose a threat to your system security. The function it boasts to provide you with (e.g., you will not need to open up a new window to go to a search engine and type in your search keyword) is nothing more than a marketing ploy to convince you to install this adware application on your system.

All the features QuickRef promises to facilitate your Internet browsing will be quickly eclipsed by the amount of advertising material it will start displaying in your Internet browser. Usually, the most reliable way to terminate this flow of irrelevant promoted material (which you will see tagged as “Ads By QuickRef”) is to delete the application. If you do not do this, you will keep seeing pop-ups, in-texts ads, and other forms of online advertising, and you will soon get fed up with the trash bin your browser has turned into.

If you did not download QuickRef from its official site,, and yet it is still on your computer, you have probably installed it with some freeware. When installing free software you find on third-party sites, always check the installation wizard for additional unwanted or suspicious applications and uncheck them. Unlike some of the adware applications, you will not be able to see Quick Ref on your Internet browser; however, it manifests itself via the service qrsvc.exe on your Task Manager. This means that the adware program is active and you should remove it to stop it from engaging in some undisclosed processes. Also, it is known that adware similar to Quick Ref loves to collect information about its users. Though usually it is non-personally identifiable information, i.e., it will not be used to identify you individually, still, a lot of wary users delete adware applications like QuickRef to secure their information and keep it from being stolen by undisclosed entities.

As you see, there is enough strong evidence as to why you should remove QuickRef. It has been widely established that it is one of the gazillion of generic adware applications that have no real purpose. QuickRef is visible on the Programs and Features list on your Control Panel, and that is where you should terminate it. But do keep in mind that this adware might have already done its job by linking you to sites containing malware. Therefore, to check if your computer is completely clean, rely on trustworthy antimalware tools to do the system scan and the clean up.

Remove QuickRef

Windows 8 & 8.1:

  1. Open the Charm bar and choose Settings.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Open Open Programs and Features.
  4. Click QuickRef in the list.
  5. Click Uninstall/Change.

Windows 7 & Vista:

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs and choose Uninstall a program.
  3. Click QuickRef in the program list.
  4. Click Uninstall/Change.

Windows XP:

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click QuickRef in the list.
  4. Click Remove.
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