How to remove Qubiv Ads
What is Qubiv:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Qubiv Ads or Qubiv Adware is a browser extension, which claims to allow users to play free online arcade games, however after only few days, browsing will start getting pretty hard, nearly impossible. Your web browser will start getting lots and lots of unwanted and intrusive web ads on almost every webpage you visit. Our malware researchers and security experts ran some tests and took a very close look at the Qubiv extension and they found out that Qubiv is an Adware and a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), capable of delivering dangerous and intrusive ads and is capable of infiltrating user’s systems modifying the browser’s settings, which allows the adware to monitor and collect all kind of private browsing data. Qubiv appears on users computers as a part of some questionable software bundle, SPAM emails, infected Torrent downloads or by some P2P downloads. Our malware researchers found out, that Qubiv Ads were caused by a malicious browser extension, installed under stealth or silent mode by a suspicious software bundle, without user’s permission or other consent. If your web browser start showing you lots of irritating ads, which claims being by Qubiv, Ads by Qubiv, Qubiv Ads, Ad by Qubiv, Powered by Qubiv, Brought by Qubiv, Optimized by Qubiv or Brought to you by Qubiv – you should consider your system compromised and infected by the Qubiv adware. We strongly advise you to clean your computer as soon as possible to prevent further damage or even data loss, using the award-winning, anti-malware product SpyHunter4. The Qubiv works with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials, which have being displayed on almost every requested web page. We advise you to consider the search results also compromised and/or manipulated – usually they are full of 3rd party ads and/or other Link SPAM.
Qubiv is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported products and has being installed by default, while the user performs an express/default installation. That is why we strongly recommend you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and available. If you deselect all the unwanted (not requested by you) software from the software bundle installer process will save you a lot of time, troubles and money wasted for the recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of Qubiv varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, various multimedia codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking suspicious ads or banners etc.
The main goal of Qubiv is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware will collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That is why these kinds of infections should not being left unattended, and need to been terminated immediately, as they present a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety and security.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause data loss. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
How to remove Qubiv Ads:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Qubiv Ads Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
In order to detect and remove Qubiv, you should download and install SpyHunter, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically start a malware scan, which will detect all present threats on your system. To unlock the full potential of the SpyHunter Anti-Malware Security Suite and use it as a removal tool, you need to have an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically initiate a scan and will detect all present threats on your computer.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files, cookies and/or registry entries manually, by yourself, however we strongly recommend you to buy a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual Qubiv Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Qubiv Adware manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method has being recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Qubiv Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Program List for all entries related to Qubiv, MPC Cleaner, AdsKeeper.co.uk, MySearchGuardian.com, SearchGra.com, Search.getsports.co, Tech-connect.biz, DealBeaver, Ads by Mgid, MyStartPage1.ru, ArcadeTropics, EverydayManuals Toolbar, Search.mpc.am, ArcadeCookie, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, GetFormsOnline Toolbar, GamesFlight, PC Backup 360, Ps4ux.com, Search.epolife.com, Safebrowsing.biz, Searchguide.level3.com, SafeSurfs.com, SpaceSoundPro, Yeabests.cc or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection, because most likely they came together via some software bundle. If you find something – right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you might not being able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Qubiv from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart browser it for the new changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the sub-folders.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox Main window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will re-start.
3. Delete any files or folders related to Qubiv by checking the following locations: