“I recently got QIPApp adware installed on my Chrome browser and many annoying advertisements often showed up when I view web pages. I have spent the day trying to get rid of it but it’s still there. I found a suspicious extension on the Chrome browser and removed it by clicking on the trashcan icon but it come back the next time I start up Chrome. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome but the unwanted ads still pop up when I visit many websites. I tried some free antivirus programs but they only identified the adware on my machine but would not clean it. How can I get rid of the adware?”
Often see advertisements by QIPApp pop up when you use the web browsers? Remove the adware relevant programs but they keep coming back? Take it easy. This post shows you how to delete the adware program permanently.
What is QIPApp?
QIPApp has been classified as an adware program by the Malwarebytes research team. Adware is software that is designed to display advertisements with the purpose of generating revenue for its author. This program also delivers advertisements to users when they use web browsers. It may inject various ads, such as coupons, pop-up ads and in-text ads, into web pages you visit. Once installed, it loads into memory by modifying the Windows registry and starts to affect the browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and other popular web browsers. It may change the browser internet settings and display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Similar to My Safe Savings, Yelloader and DragonBoost, this adware program may also install certain toolbar or browser add-on/extension to the installed browsers which claim to help enhance the browsing experience. Generally, the new toolbars or browser extensions/add-ons indeed offer some useful functionality, they may display advertisements at the same time, which really interfere with the browsing experience. If your computer is infected with this adware, an icon named “qipAPP8” will be displayed on the desktop.
In addition to popping up advertisements, the adware may also track your activities online and collect your browsing data for commercial purposes. It may spy on your search queries, websites you visited and other online activities so that it can figure out what kind of advertisement it should show you. Sending you customized ads can help increase the chances you click on those ads. Once you click on them, the creators of the adware will get pay-per-link revenue.
Please note that adware like QIPApp may also result in other malware attacks. Since it may redirect you to unwanted advertising web pages that contain content like how to earn money, adult sites, native ads, or online games, you may be mislead into downloading other adware, spyware or even Trojans if you click on some malicious websites or links. Some fake pop-ups like “Your computer is infected with XXX” or “Your Chrome is outdated” and so on that appear on ransom web pages you visit should be ignore because they are not true. These ads may link you to unsafe websites and download and install potentially unwanted programs or even malware on your PC.
Moreover, the adware may lead to slow computer performance. As the adware can run in the background every time you start up the computer, sometimes you can see pop-up ads on the desktop even if you don’t run the web browsers. Loading and running advertisements consumes the system memories, which may result in browser freezes or runs slowly.
How does QIPApp arrive on your PC?
Usually, the adware is bundled with other free applications on the Internet and gets installed on your computer knowingly or unwittingly. For example, when you download and install a piece of freeware that has QIPApp built in its installer from some download site and install it in a hurry, your computer will be affected by the adware. The developer of freeware sees this as a way to recover development costs. So there is no free lunch.
In addition to spreading via freeware or shareware, the adware can also be distributed through infected websites. If you visit an infected website, cybercriminals can exploit a vulnerability of your browser and download and install adware or other malware silently. Then many advertisements that you’ve not seen before start to pop up on your browser or desktop frequently.
How to remove QIPApp completely from your PC?
This is a self-help guide that shows you how to remove the adware and other threats from Windows operating systems completely. Follow the steps below and remove the adware from your PC completely.
Step1: Uninstall QIPApp from Windows Control Panel
- Right click on the Start menu in the bottom left corner of the screen. (If you are using Windows 8, press Windows key and then right click on the purple start menu)
- Select Programs and Features from the menu.
- All the currently installed programs will be displayed in the Programs and Features window. Search for QIPApp or other relevant programs, select them and remove them by clicking on Uninstall button.
- Remove the unwanted programs with the given instructions completely.
- Click on Start button and choose Control Panel.
- Click on Uninstall a program under Programs category (View by: Category) or Programs and Features (View by: Large icons). Double click on Add/Remove Programs if you use Windows XP.
- Find the adware, select it and uninstall it by clicking on Uninstall or Remove button.
- Follow the instructions to complete the uninstallation.
Note: If you can’t find QIPApp in the installed programs list but still receive ads displayed by it, or the adware keeps coming back after a PC restart even if you have removed it from Windows Control Panel, you may need advanced malware removal tool to scan and remove the adware fully.
Step2: Remove QIPApp relevant extensions from browsers
- Click on Tools or the IE menu button, and then select Manage Add-ons.
- In the window, click on Toolbars and Extensions under Add-on Types.
- If there is any add-on that is unfamiliar to you available on the list, select it and click on the Remove button.
- Click on Tools on the menu bar or the Mozilla Firefox menu button in the top right corner of the browser and then select Add-ons.
- In the Add-ons Manager page, click on Extensions on the left side.
- Find any strange add-on that relates to QIPApp and remove it by clicking on Remove button next to it.
- Click on the Chrome menu button in the top right corner of the browser and then select More Tools -> Extensions.
- Find any extension that was installed recently without permission and click chrome-trashcan-icon to remove it.
Step3: Remove QIPApp relevant items from the registry
Note: Some registry entries of the adware may still exists on your system after you have uninstalled it via Control Panel. The leftover registry entries may take up your hard disk space and slow down the PC performance. Thus, you can follow the steps below to clean up its relevant items from the Windows registry. Please note that it’s risky to modify the registry manually because any wrong deletion of valid registry key may result in terrible damage to the system. If you’re not familiar with the Windows registry, please use a professional removal tool instead to clear the leftovers of the adware.
In Windows 10 or Windows 8/8.1, right-click the Start button and then choose Run. If you use Windows 7/XP, click on the Start button -> Run.
Type regedit in the Run box and click OK button.
The User Account Control dialog will pop up. Click on Yes to confirm it.
Registry Editor will open.
The adware program may create new entries in the registry to store its configuration options, so you may need to hunt down these files as well. These entries can usually be found in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software, or, occasionally, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services.
To find the registry entries of the adware quickly, you can press Ctrl + F keys to bring up the Find window.
Type the name of the program: QIPApp in the box and delete all the registry entries related to it in the results.
Warning: Some keys named after the adware program’s name or as a mix of numbers and letters that probably make no sense that belong to different programs are found in the search results. Click on any of them you will see the right-side pane shows the key’s information, including a category called DisplayName, which is the name of the program as it’s displayed to you. But if you’re not sure about it, please DO NOT delete it or your may remove wrong registry entries and damage the system permanently.
Step4: Remove QIPApp using specialized removal tools (Recommended)
If the steps above all fail to remove the adware, you should consider using a third-party tool to delete the stubborn adware automatically. Third-party malware removal tool help you find and remove all the relevant items of the adware thoroughly.
SpyHunter is an anti-malware program that can detect and remove QIPApp fully. This tool helps users protect their computer from browser hijackers, adware, spyware and other malware effectively. When you experience unexpected pop-up ads when using web browsers, follow the steps below to find and get rid of the infections using SpyHunter:
- Download SpyHunter: http://guides.uufix.com/Spyhunter_Download.php
- Once started, SpyHunter begins scanning your system for malware. The scanning may take a few minutes to finish. If you need to perform a new scanning, click on Scan Computer Now button.
- When the tool has finished scanning the system, it lists all the threats detected in the scan results. You can see brief info and related infections of the threats clearly. Click on the Fix Threats button to wipe out all the infections.
Note: SpyHunter can free scan and show you all the threats in your system. You need to purchase the full version of SpyHunter to completely clear QIPApp and other infections.
Alternative anti-malware software recommended: Plumbytes
In addition to SpyHunter, we also recommend you Plumbytes, a utility that can find and remove QIPApp as well as other PUPs completely. It is good at detecting and deleting adware, harmful toolbars and other malware. With it, you can enjoy safe web browsing and secure online privacy. Follow the steps below to delete the infections within your system by using Plumbytes:
- Download Plumbytes: http://guides.uufix.com/Plumbytes_Download.php
- Run the downloaded file to start the installation setup. Follow the instructions on the screen complete the installation. The installation process usually takes merely a few seconds.
- Once installed, Plumbytes starts to scan your system for malware automatically. The scanning may last for several minutes.
- When the scan is completed, all the threats on your PC are displayed in the scan results. You can see QIPApp and other threats are detected, click on the REMOVE SELECTED button to remove them.
- This is also a free malware detection utility. You need to purchase its full version to completely clear all the infections.
How to prevent adware like QIPApp?
To avoid annoying advertisements caused by adware, here are several tips for you:
- Be cautious when downloading freeware/shareware. Since adware is often built into freeware/shareware, you’d better go to official websites to download the software you need and then pay attention to its setup process. Always choose the Custom/Advanced Install and disselect the checkboxes of additional programs which will also be installed along with the desired software.
- Don’t visit malicious websites or click on pop-ups or links on unverified websites. The adware may be penetrated to your computer by exploiting browser vulnerability. So keep away from harmful websites and keep your browser updated.
- Install an advanced anti-malware program. A professional anti-malware program enables to safeguard your computer against various cyber infections. It can block some malicious websites when you surf the web and find and remove adware and other malware timely for you.
The following video offers a complete guide for QIPApp removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!