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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Installs itself without permissions


Q.search-simple.com is a search provider that we recognize as an intrusive browser hijacker. This threat does not ask for permission to enter your browsers and does that in an illegal manner. Obviously, if a piece of software was installed illegally, you need to delete it from your browsers as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some users do not know how to remove Q.search-simple.com and others do not see the point in wasting time on the removal of a harmless-looking search tool. If you read our report thoroughly, you will understand why you must delete this search tool ASAP.

The way Q.search-simple.com is represented on your PC highly depends on where you live. In most cases, this search tool redirects to search.yahoo.com and google.com. If you live in Russia or the Middle East, it is likely that you will be routed to home.searchpile.com or bit-search.com if you use the home page, and fluey.com/search or searchatomic.com if you use the default search provider. Unfortunately, we cannot say that these search tools are harmless. In fact, they are the main reason you should delete Q.search-simple.com from your browsers. If you do not perform the removal, every time you browse the web you will be exposed to sponsored links and ads.

You have to be very careful with the search results introduced to you via Q.search-simple.com because they could be used to open up security backdoors. If you do not want to see unreliable ads and links, it is best that you remove this browser hijacker right away. Keep in mind that unreliable links can be used by cyber criminals to initiate scams and malware distribution. This is why it is not recommended that you interact with the content introduced to you via Q.search-simple.com. Of course, ignoring the search tool altogether is not a good idea either because only if you remove Q.search-simple.com will the tracking cookies enabled by this hijacker stop collecting information about your activity.

Even though Q.search-simple.com is not the kind of infection you can ignore, it is likely that you will need to focus on other threats as well. Just like most browser hijackers, this one travels bundled with third party programs, and some of them might be extremely malicious. Have you noticed that random pop-ups have started to show up after installing Q.search-simple.com? This hijacker can travel bundled with ad-supported programs created by SuperWeb LLC, including Computer Chair, Dig Deep, and Fresh Outlook. Even though these programs are not identified as serious threats, removing them is important.

Can you replace undesirable search tools? If you can, this is the first step you need to make. Replace Q.search-simple.com with the reliable search tools and employ an automated malware remover to delete Q.search-simple.com leftovers. If you are new to the removal of undesirable search tools, follow the guide below and then click the Download button. You will download a free malware scanner that will identify which threats still require attention. You can upgrade this tool to delete all of the detected threats automatically. Have more questions? Use the comment box below to post them!

Q.search-simple.com Removal

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. In the Tools menu select Options to access the General menu.
  3. Find the Home Page and edit/delete the undesirable URL.
  4. Move to the Search menu (on the left) and set the desired search provider.
  5. Remove the undesirable search provider and restart your browser.

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet options and click the General tab on the left.
  3. Overwrite/delete the undesirable URL and click OK.
  4. Tap Alt+T one more time and select Manage Add-ons.
  5. Move to Search Providers and Remove the undesirable search tool.
  6. Click Close and restart your browser.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and navigate to the On Startup section.
  3. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  4. Overwrite/delete the undesirable URL and click OK.
  5. Move to Appearance and mark Show Home button.
  6. Click Change and edit/delete the undesirable URL. Click OK.
  7. Under Search click Manage search engines.
  8. Set a new search provider and remove the undesirable one.
  9. Click Done and restart the browser.
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