How To Remove Tencent QQ

This page aims to help you remove Tencent QQ. These Tencent QQ uninstall instructions work for every version of Windows.

What is Tencent QQ and why do you want it removed from your PC

Tencent QQ is a Chinese developed instant messaging service, that has also expanded to incorporate other functions such as microblogging, sharing music, videos, group chat and voice chat, as well as a gaming program.

Tencent QQ has about 800 000 million users, but the majority of those reside in mainland China. Outside of China this program has a very bad reputation and is frequently flagged as Adware by a large number of security software. Similar programs have been dubbed Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP for short). In general, PUPs tend to be legal software that is not directly malicious, but have many “hidden features” that may not be outright visible on installation – such as displaying Ads on the user’s screen or making other unauthorized adjustments to the computer, such as fixing your homepage and search engine and preventing you from reverting these changes.

The goal of this article is not only to provide you with detailed instructions on how to remove Tencent QQ from your computer, but also to illustrate why keeping this program on-board is a bad idea.

Undesirable features of Tencent QQ

The main issues surrounding this PUP (and the reason you want to uninstall Tencent QQ) stem from the fact that this program has been developed primarily for Chinese audience, but is getting bundled in many different types of programs and installers. This can lead to various issues.

As an example Tencent QQ is compliant with the policies enforced by the Chinese authorities – this means that your privacy while using it is compromised. The government can track down individual users of the program and monitor their activities. This is legal in China, but illegal in many other countries across the globe. The program itself also scores pretty low on the security features implemented – while it does feature encryption of traffic this encryption is not verified end-to-end and the program cannot verify the contact’s identity. A skillful hacker can easily fool these security message and wire-tap into your conversations.

Tencent QQ also heavily relies on online Ads, which will be promptly injected in your computer even if you don’t actively use the program. These can drain system resources and slow down your machine, as well as produce undesirable and loud sound effects. Some versions of the program were also known to mess with the user’s internet browser by changing his homepage and default search engine.

However, the biggest issue with Tencent QQ is the fact that it uses software bundling to spread on people’s computers – the program gets installed on unsuspecting users even if they don’t want it. The company behind Tencent QQ has paid for it to be included into the free installers and download aids of many Chinese and international websites. Anyone who downloads and starts such an installer and then selects the quick/default installation option will find himself in possession of this PUP and potentially more like it. Naturally, this policy of software bundling is frowned upon both by security expects and ordinary people alike, because it is also commonly used to distribute different types of Adware.

All of this means that if you have Tencent QQ installed on your machine there is a good chance there are more unwanted applications installed as well. It would be a good idea to run a virus scan on your PC to be certain nothing really bad has crept in. In the future if you want to keep your PC safe from such PUPs always try to obtain software only from the official site of its developer. Also, whenever you install a program select the advanced installation option. The default/quick installations will always install whatever else is included in the package, if you go advanced you can chose to block any unwanted software from installing.


Name Tencent QQ
Type Potentially Unwanted Program
Detection Tool


Remove Tencent QQ

You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.

For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android , iPhone


About the author

Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.


  • Hi.
    Is it safe to do this on a 2 year old LENOVO AIO, purchased in Shenzhen, China and preloaded with all this stuff. Not really a computer expert so a little worried.
    Thank you

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