This page aims to help you remove the QkSee “Virus”. These QkSee removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows. Recently We have been asked numerous questions like,”qksee co to”, “qksee nedir”, “que es qksee”, “what is qksee”, “o que é qksee”, “qksee что это” “qksee là gì.” This tells us that this adware has spread in numerous non-english speaking countries throughout the world.
Note: Although the QkSee “Virus” is not a virus at all, you will see a lot of uneducated users calling it as such. It is important to understand that if you label QkSee “Virus”, then the word itself entails that the people who created it are cyber criminals. Despite the many shortcomings of this software, it is not inherently malicious. Rather it is merely a crude marketing tool that is very hard to remove. Adware are created to promote certain services and websites, but reside in a gray legal area. A QkSee “Virus” would have to be something that can perform a theft or truly harm your PC. QkSee does not such thing, which is why we believe users need to be aware that if the call QkSee a virus, they would be completely incorrect.
The large amount of Ads or other pop-ups you are seeing are the obvious clue that your computer has been infected by this Adware application. Fortunately it’s not a very dangerous threat – but only if you follow the instructions for handling and removing it. The word Adware actually comes from advertisement and malware and can be roughly translated as unwanted advertisements and as you can see this is all QkSee is about. These Ads can get pretty annoying, especially if they have sound or animations attached and they cannot be stopped – only if QkSee gets removed. They will also take a toll on the speed of your computer, especially if you are using an older CPU or a laptop. If your internet speed is slow the problem will be exacerbated, because your CPU has to download all the data necessary to display the Ads in addition to the data for the page you are opening yourself. Keeping multiple tabs open can also get problematic – especially if your machine is low on RAM. So yeah, even though QkSee is not very dangerous it is generally a good idea to uninstall it as soon as possible.
Don’t click on any Ad created by QkSee. It could be dangerous!
Adware exists to create revenue for its maker. Any time that an Ad is accessed by an infected computer’s owner the creator of QkSee gets a small profit, larger if something is bought out of that transaction. Unfortunately the quality control over what is displayed in these Ads is pretty low – so they are often used as a method to spread viruses and Trojan Horses into people’s computers.
Any software prompted to you for download by QkSee is probably either useless or downright dangerous as well. Ad-based threats like this are known for their ability to create Ads that resemble system messages. The goal of these fakes is usually to try and convince you that you have some serious problem with your computer and that you need help from some software – usually for free. The catch is that such software rarely removes the problem until you ultimately pay for it = and then the only thing that is going to happen is that the software will stop the generation of fake messages… as long as you pay the monthly subscriptions of course.
What is QkSee?
QkSee is capable of injecting Ads in all popular internet browsers – Chrome, Firefox or IE are all equally vulnerable. However this is not really their fault. Adware usually uses deception and guile in order to install itself on people’s computers. It relies on the authority of the human user himself in order to get installed – thus bypassing all system defenses. To do that they will hide within the installers of other programs or pose as beneficial software themselves. Once installed they are pretty hard to get rid of – a typical uninstall will generally not be enough to do the trick. The most common methods used in this charade can be broken like this:
- Software bundles. Some installers, especially those for free software, often carry more then one program inside. The secondary programs are included as extras and should you use the Default installation option they will be installed onto your PC in addition to the main program that the installer is for. Unfortunately these extra programs are often similar in function to QkSee and are something you don’t need or want on your machine. In order to avoid such unwanted installations please always select the “Advanced” installation option on any installer. It gives you detailed information about what programs exactly are about to get installed and you can also opt out of any unwanted extras.
- Online Ads linked to unsafe websites are another prominent method used by QkSee. If you are in the habit of using torrents or free online storage sites to download software be extra careful. Not only could these files be infected, but also you can fall for the Ad-based scams that are often run on such sites. You may see multiple download buttons and only one of them is going to be real. The rest will download some file with a name of the file you want, but what will really be inside is likely going to be a virus.
- Email attachments – an old scheme, but constantly improving. Generally the most successful online bombs will try to look and contain work-related content with files like Schedule.exe or Invoice.exe. Just remember that viruses are always hidden in files that end with .exe, while regular documents have extensions like .docx or .pdf.
|Danger Level||Medium (May attempt to install other Adware or sell you goods)|
|Symptoms||The Ads you are seeing, unauthorized tabs opening, slowness of PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled software, online Ads, email attachments.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
First things first, you should start your PC in Safe mode
- You ought to reveal all Hidden Files and Folders in case QkSee is using this against you.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
The Control Panel menu that just started contains all programs currently installed on your PC. Look for everything that shouldn’t be there and Uninstall it. Any time a confirmation message appears run through everything before you choose an option – it may be an attempt to trick you , as shown in the picture below.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
Look through the file you just opened – if you are hacked you ought to see a list of numbers that are actually IPs. Take a look at our picture for reference.
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties –> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click –> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove QkSee from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove QkSee from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
You are now looking at the Windows registry. In order to look for the infected entries hold CTRL+F at the same time , then write the name of the malware, then search for the corresponding strings. Any kind of entry that pops up ought to be promptly deleted by right-clicking on it. In case that fails to work locate it manually in the directories and delete it there.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!