What is the Quick Search Tool browser hijacker?
Browser hijackers are a scourge hated by all. These unwanted programs intrude on our browsers by modifying their configuration, allowing them to spy on our web searches. Since they do not ask our permission, they compromise our security without our knowledge.
The Quick Search tool belongs to the same family of hijackers. But how does it infiltrate our browser? When he comes back, what does he do? And can you avoid being invaded by it? We will discuss all of this in detail below.
Quick Search Tool is a browser hijacker that infects popular web browsers like Chrome, Edge, Firefox etc. When this tool hijacks your browser, it redirects all your searches through a fake search engine with address search.quicksearchtool.com.
Additionally, Yahoo will start feeding your browser search results rather than Google. Thus, you will not receive accurate search results during the hijacker’s stay in your browser. Here is what else the hijacker does when it enters your browser.
When Quick Search Tool hijacker invades our browser, it forces us to use the hijacker’s fake search engine (search.quicksearchtool.com) by default. As a result, every search we do on the web goes through a bogus search engine.
Therefore, it tracks our activity, records what and how we search on the internet, steals our personal information, redirects us to the website of its choice and displays misleading advertisements on all other websites. In a word, it ruins our browsing experience.
Like other browser hijackers, Quick Search Tool sneaks into our systems by bundling itself with other software and extensions that we download online. Due to our bad habit of accepting confidentiality agreements without reading them when installing shady software, these hijackers have an easier time infiltrating our systems.
Your browser can also be hijacked by clicking on suspicious links, not updating your browser and operating system, and visiting harmful sites with unencrypted connections. Remember that malware attacks or virus infections can also make it easier for hijackers to enter the browser.
Apart from tracking our browsing habits, the hijacker also attempts to steal personal data from us. Whatever information we reveal through our browser, for example, credit card information for transactions or confidential documents for online account verification, we cannot hide it from hijackers.
As the hijacker also has access to all your personal information stored in the browser, you can assume the seriousness of the threat. Later, the crooks behind these hijackers sell the gathered personal information and data for monetary gain.
In short, the presence of Quick Search Tool in your browser is a threat to our system, identity, money and most importantly, our privacy. So, it is mandatory to remove the browser hijacker as soon as you identify it and undo the changes made by it.
By spotting the Quick Search Tool hijacker in your browser, you are halfway to protecting yourself from it.
The browser hijacker removal process may differ depending on your browser. Generally, you should remove extensions relevant to the hijacker from your browser, remove the hijacker as your default search engine, and prevent the browser from opening new tabs with the hijacker’s address looks already charged.
How can this be done? Read our article on how to remove Quick Search Tool hijacker from major web browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.
Although removing the browser hijacker is a simple process once you locate it, it is also essential to ensure that it will no longer infect your browser. The following tips will help you prevent the Quick Search Tool hijacker from taking over your browser.
1. Stay away from third-party software downloads
Earlier we mentioned that hijackers often sneak into our systems by bundling with other software. It is therefore imperative to only download software from official sources. When you download them from unofficial ones, you should make sure that no additional software is included in the items being downloaded.
2. Install extensions from trusted sources
You should only add extensions to your browser from trusted sources, such as your browser’s online store. Only add extensions from third-party sources if they have solid reviews, are backed by a genuine company, and the developer details are publicly available. Stay away from extensions that haven’t been updated for a long time.
3. Virus-Check your device and browser regularly
Hijackers can also gain access to a system through malware infections. So, you need to scan your device and browser regularly to prevent viruses from lingering in your system and giving way to hijackers.
4. Keep your browser and operating system up to date
Keeping your browser outdated for too long creates loopholes that Trojans and viruses can exploit. As a result, hijackers will be able to infiltrate more easily. To combat them, updating browsers in time is the best remedy.
It is equally important to keep your operating system up to date. A computer with an outdated operating system is more likely to be infected with viruses. Once viruses enter, they can disrupt your computer’s functionality; hijacking your browser is one of many ways to do this.
5. Keep third party downloaders away from your computer
When you use third-party downloaders to download data, the list of downloaded items easily expands with additional files, making it easy for hijackers to gain access. Therefore, always download manually through your browser; if you need to use a downloader, make sure it is reliable.
Now that you know what Quick Search Tool browser hijacker is and how dangerous it is for your privacy, never let it stay on your browser for too long. Also, be sure to follow the tips we have provided in this article to avoid getting infected again.
Have you ever heard of clipboard hijacking? This is one of the most notorious plane hijackings by cybercriminals in which they confiscate a victim’s clipboard, which deserves further investigation.