How to Remove Ixquick.com Redirect (Ixquick.com Search Hijacking Removal Guide)

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How to Remove Ixquick.com Redirect (Ixquick.com Search Hijacking Removal Guide)

Postby Sophia » 2013-04-01 0:47


Wonder what Ixquick.com is and whether it is safe to use? If you are one of those who don’t want it to stay in computer, read for more on the truth of this lxquick.com redirect and follow the step by step removal guide to get rid of it with efficiency. Learn more.


What is Ixquick.com Redirect?

Ixquick.com is not a real search engine like Google, if you regard it as the true webpage, you may be cheated by this browser hijack redirect. This redirect can install in your computer when you download some unknown programs,. And this is why many victims have no idea when this redirect comes into their computers. Ixquick.com has nothing different from other browser hijack redirect, it can modify your Internet setting, such as your homepage and something else. Once it infects your computer, not only can it slow down your computer, but also download threats to your computer.


Is Ixquick.com safe to use?

Ixquick.com is not safe to use. As a matter of fact, it is a malicious website that pretends to be a real search website but actually it aims to promote advertisements and its associate websites by redirecting users to where they want. Apart from that, this website may also collect some sensitive data while you are using it. Therefore, if you encounter such hijacking your internet browser page, we recommend you remove it upon sight by following below removal instructions.

The Screenshot of the Ixquick.com Redirect

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Impact of the infection:
1Your computer will be slower and slower.
2You need to take a long time to open a webpage, your browser is much slower than before.
3It always redirects you to Ixquick.com
4The harmful redirect virus causes poor Internet connection and system frequent crash.
5You will see a lot of website popping up when you visit Internet


To get rid of such risky Ixquick.com redirect and hijacking, please follow below removal guide:


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How to Remove Ixquick.com Redirect and Search (Removal Guide)



Ixquick.com Redirect Removal Guide Outlined:

    Step 1. Uninstall Ixquick.com related program through control panel
    Step 2. Repair modified Internet settings like hosts files and DNS settings
    step 3. Remove related malware infections using Anvi Smart Defender antimalware
    Step 4. Block pop ups and the website using Anvi Ad Blocker
    Step 5. Remove Ixquick.com from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome
    Step 6. Clean residing files, invalid registry entries and junk files using Cloud System Booster
    Step 7. System Restore (optional troubleshoot)


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Step1> Uninstall related Programs from Computer through Control Panel

Ixquick.com may install some programs onto your computer, so it is necessary to check it out and go to control panel to search for any suspicious program related or unfamiliar third-party program and uninstall it. By the way, you can just normally go the standard uninstall way to get it done. However, considering enficiency, we highly recommend you using a convenient unisntaller like Anvi Uninstaller which is integrated in toolbox of Cloud System Booster to look for any program related or suspiciously related. Below we details both uninstall method for your reference.

Standard Unisntall Method:

    1. To uninstall program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.

    If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.

    2. Seach and uninstall related program from your computer.

    Please note that on some computers these programs might have a different name, search for any third party program that are unfamliar and uninstall it from your computer.


Uninstall using Anvi Uninstaller


    1. Install the free or paid version of Anvi Unintaller which is integrated for free use in Cloud System Booster by Anvisoft. Cloud System Booster Official Download link: www.anvisoft.com/software/csb/

    2. Open the program and click Expert > Toolbox tab. Run Anvi Uninstaller.

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    3. Find Ixquick.com related program as mentioned above in the list of All Installed Programs tab and Uninstall the program. (By the way, you can check out the recently installed program under the Recent Installed for convenience. )

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Step 2> Repair Modified Internet Settings like DNS settings and Hosts files

Ixquick.com hijacking redirect may change your hosts files or DNS settings that make you unable to get rid of its hijacking and redirections. So you should always check out your DNS settings and hosts files and make it right. Below will detail you how to do this.

1. Check out hosts files and make it right.

This hosts settings information is from microsoft official website:

To repair the hosts files in Windows manually, please follow below instructions:

Click Start, click Run, type %systemroot% \system32\drivers\etc, and then click OK.

Rename the Hosts file to Hosts.old.

Create a new default hosts file. To do this, follow these steps:

Right-click an open space in the %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc folder, point to New, click Text Document, type hosts, and then press Enter.

Click Yes to confirm that the file name extension will not be .txt.

Open the new Hosts file in a text editor. For example, open the file in Notepad.

Copy the following text to the file:

For Windows XP or for Windows Server 2003
Code: Select all
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1       localhost


For Windows Vista or for Windows Server 2008

Code: Select all
# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1       localhost
::1             localhost


For Windows 7

Code: Select all
# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
#       127.0.0.1       localhost
#       ::1             localhost


Save and then close the file.


2. Check out the DNS settings

Open your Internet Explorer, click Settings icon or Tools (as per the IE version), click the Internet Options in the dropped-down menu and then there comes up the window of Internet Options. Under the Connections tab, click LAN settings to open the LAN settings menu, ensure to uncheck the use a proxy server as your LAN..as shown in below picture. And then click OK to save the changes and close the winodw. Then retry the Anvi Smart Defender. If any question, please feel free to contact us.

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After doing so, you will get a righ internet connection and now you can remove Ixquick.com redirect and hijacking smoothly.


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Step 3> Remove related malware infections using Anvi Smart Defender antimalware

To make sure the computer is clean from any malware infections related Ixquick.com, you are supposed to use a trustworthy antimalware perform a full scan to remove any detected malware parts from the computer. And here we recommend you the Anvi Smart Defender antimalware and use it for demonstration.

Please download the recommended antimalware-Anti Smart Defender by clicking below download link.

Anvi Smart Defender Anti-Malware Software safe and direct download link: www.anvisoft.com/software/asd/


    1. Install the free or paid version of Anvi Smart Defender Anti-Malware software.

    2. Once Anvi Smart Defender is installed, open the program. If you are using the free version of Anvi Smart Defender you will be prompted to update the database, please do so. If you are using an existing version of Anvi Smart Defender on your computer, make sure you update the software by navigating to Settings > Update tab.

    3. On the second tab labeled “Scan” select the perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Anvi Smart Defender
    will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.

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    4. Once the scan is over, Anvi Smart Defender will display the scan results. (Click Detail to see detailed results similar as shown in below). Click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.

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Step 4> Block pop ups and the website using Anvi AD Blocker


To block Ixquick.com as well as pop ups from it, you can take all advantages of this ads blocking tool- Anvi AD Blocker, which is created to filter malicious websites, phishing websites, pop up ads/flash as well as other websites that you don't want.

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To block Ixquick.com from your web browser, you can just add this Ixquick.com to the blacklist of Anvi AD Blocker by clicking More-> Settings->under the blacklist tab, click the Add URL button->Enter Ixquick.com in the appeared window->click Add button to add the url and close the add url window-> click Apply on the settings menu to make it and click X to close the window and save the change. That's it.

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Now you can better enjoy your surfing online without any annoying pop ups or redirections to these two websites.

Anvi Ad Blocker is able to better protect the computer from various malware infections distributed via pop ups or malicious websites. Furthermore, it can even speed up the loading page when you are surfing online by filtering the needless ads. Buy it now.


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Step 5>Remove Remove Ixquick.com from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome

Remove Ixquick.com from Internet Explorer:

    1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.

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    2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.

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    3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.

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    4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.

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    5. Restart Internet Explorer to make the changes take effect.


Remove Ixquick.com from Mozilla Firefox

    1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.

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    2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Informationpage.

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    3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

    4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Ixquick.com from Google Chrome

    1. Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button on the browser toolbar, select Tools -> Extensions.

    2. In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin button) Flash Player Update 11.0 and any other unknown or unwanted extensions.



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Step 6> Clean residing files, invalid registry entries and junk files using Cloud System Booster

To remove the invalid registry entries as well as any leftovers, including cache, cookies and junk files, of this virus, please download and install the system cleaner tool Cloud System Booster by clicking below download link.

Cloud System Booster download link: www.anvisoft.com/software/csb/

After the download and install, please click the Boost button on the main screen to run a full scan. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, click clean button there to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean. (You may also click the numbers to view detailed results.)

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Step 7> System Restore (Optional Troubleshoot)

Often, Ixquick.com redirect and hijacking comes along with other toolbar or unwanted programs install, and so the complete Ixquick.com removal also requires the removal of other related malware. If you also encounter such Ixquick.com redirects come to concurrance with other redirects, hijacking or other forms of infections, that is to say, the case comes to be more complicated, to handle such, you'd better leave your detailed situation by starting a new thread in Malware Removal Assistanor just complete a reply below and our online help team will be at your services.

--or--

You can just perform a system restore to restore your computer to a pervious healthy state to heal the complicatedly infected system.

Perform a system restore to an automatic restore point created by Window’s each week and during system updates. A system restore can be used to remove new installments of unwanted software.

-System Restore Instructions-

System Restores can be used to remove entire installments without harming your computer or removing any data including documents, images, and videos.

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Malware Prevent Tips

It is necessary to mention that the above referred Anvi Ad blocker is powerful to provide real-time solution to adware pop up issues and other online surfing risks such as malicious urls or phishing websites. So you can just keep it onto your computer for convenient yet effective use. Buy it now. (By the way, it is worthy to mention that this Anvi AD Blocker is integrated for free use in the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender pro version now. Get Anvi AD Blocker for free by upgrading Anvi Smart Defender protection here and now.

The antimalware Anvi Smart Defender can provide you a extra layer of computer protection from multiple malware infections including latest pc threats.

Basicially, you are supposed to turn on Safe Browser Features:Instructions to Turn on Security Features of IE, Firefox and Google Chrome. for more secured surfing online.

You may interest: PC security tips for free


Good luck and be safe online.
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