Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stop Quiknowledge Ads Popping Up

Complaints about ads from Quiknowledge:

It's your typical piggy back advertisement-virus program that wormed it's way in somehow. Just regular old Uninstall doesn't work- it freezes up, and nothing happens.
It's freaking me out with regular pop out ads, hotlinking certain words, and blocking all pages that say Uninstall and Quiknowledge in the same sentence.
Can I force it out some other way?

Ads from Quiknowledge:

Enjoy faster search with Quiknowledge! Highlight any word or phrase and Quiknowledge will show you relevant knowledge in an in-page window. That means you can quickly search and translate information without leaving the page. Quiknowledge puts relevant information just a highlight away.

What other things does Quiknowledge do in the infected PC?

Besides creating annoying pop-up ads to disturb computer users surf internet freely, Quiknowledge adware also perform other malicious tasks in the infected PC.
It will change the browser settings like adding some commercial icons and shortcut on the bookmark without users’ permission. Also, Quiknowledge adware puts it components into the startup menu unauthorized to make itself get started immediately as soon as people boot the infected PC.
The PC performance will definitely be dragged down by this nasty computer virus as Quiknowledge adware eats a lot of computer resources in the background which may cause the poor running speed, windows freeze, internet disconnection, etc.

Screenshot of Quiknowledge:

How to remove Quiknowledge adware?

Method one: manually remove Quiknowledge adware

Step 1: stop all the malicious processes about this computer virus
Open task manager by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del keys at the same time. Or click on the Start button and choose Run option, then type taskmgr into and press OK.

Terminate all the malicious processes of this infection

Step 2: disable any suspicious startup items that are made by infections.
Click Start menu ; click Run; type: msconfig in the Run box; click Ok to open the System Configuration Utility; Disable all possible startup items generated.

 Step 3: Clean cookies
 Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.

 Firefox: Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.

Opera: Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.

Step 4: show hidden files and folders and delete all the following files.
Click the Start button and choose Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Themes, to find Folder Options then double-click on it.

In the pop-up dialog box, click the View tab and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
Delete all the following files belong to this virus
C:\Program Files\<random>

Step 5: open Registry Editor to delete all the vicious registries as below
Open Registry Editor by pressing Window+R keys together, then typing into Regedit and pressing Enter.

Delete all the vicious registries as below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\SEAMONKEY.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "C:\Program Files\SeaMonkey\seamonkey.exe http://www.<random>.com/?type=sc&ts=<timestamp>&from=tugs&uid=<hard drive id>"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Default_Page_URL" = "http://www.<random>.com/?type=hp&ts=<timestamp>&from=tugs&uid=<hard drive id>"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Default_Search_URL" = "http://www.<random>.com/web/?type=ds&ts=<timestamp>&from=tugs&uid=<hard drive id>&q={searchTerms}"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Search Page" = "http://www.<random>.com/web/?type=ds&ts=<timestamp>&from=tugs&uid=<hard drive id>&q={searchTerms}"

If the manual guide is kinda difficult for you, please feel free to download automatic removal tool SpyHunter to drive the self-invited guest away.

Method two: Automatically remove Quiknowledge with Spyhunter antivirus software:


Step 1: click the icon below to download automatic removal tool SpyHunter



Step 2: follow the instructions to install SpyHunter



Step 3: run SpyHunter to automatically detect and uninstall OffersWizard


Summary: Due to the changeable characters of Quiknowledge, you cannot be too careful to distinguish the harmful files and registries from the system files and registries. If you have spend too much time in manual removing Quiknowledge and still not make any progress, you can download and install Spyhunter antivirus software here to remove Quiknowledge automatically for you.

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