What is Qip.ru?
Qip.ru is a search engine which is closely associated with another legitimate application QIP IM. QIP IM itself is a good program that is available on welcome.qip.ru/im. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about Qip.ru. No, it is not a very bad search engine; however, specialists still classify it as a potentially unwanted program for several reasons. If you do not like something about Qip.ru too, or feel that it has appeared on your Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox without your permission, you should remove Qip.ru immediately and set another reliable homepage and search engine. Unfortunately, you will not get rid of Qip.ru via Control Panel. In fact, it is not easy to remove Qip.ru from browsers, for example, Internet Explorer users will have to modify the system registry in order not to see Qip.ru anymore. We know that there are many less experienced users among our readers, so we will talk about the Qip.ru removal in a greater detail further in this article.
How does Qip.ru act?
Researchers have managed to find out that Qip.ru is a Russian product. In fact, its IP address (188.8.131.52) shows that its server is located in Moscow, Russia. As it is targeted at Russian users, it is not surprising at all that the majority of people who use Qip.ru live in Russia. Some users who have Qip.ru on their browsers also reside in Belarus and Ukraine. Users who live somewhere else but tend to download programs from third-party web pages might encounter Qip.ru as well. In fact, we have checked the Alexa rank and found that Qip.ru is a really popular search engine – it is in the 172nd place (the lower, the better). If you ever notice its presence on your browsers, you should remove it because it is classified as a PUP. Of course, we cannot force you to do that, but you should know that there are hundreds of much more reliable search engines available.
Qip.ru is not an extremely bad web page. In fact, some users even find it really useful because it provides users with interesting ads, enables them to play games on their browsers, read news, access other popular web pages, and, finally, search for the information. Of course, it does not contain these games or news – it simply redirects users to other web pages. The risk of infecting the system with malicious software lies behind that. Specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have tested Qip.ru and found that this search engine might also present users with untrustworthy ads too. In addition, it is really annoying that the Start page of Qip.ru is full of ads. There is a slight possibility that third-party links will be placed among the search results too if you use the search box of Qip.ru. We have noticed that these ads mainly advertise products, websites, and services. After clicking on any of these ads, you will be taken to their official web pages. These websites might look good, but they might not be fully reliable, so you should be careful. Keep in mind that these web pages might also collect information about you, so you should not enter your personal details anywhere if you are not sure that you have ended up on a trustworthy website.
As we have already mentioned, Qip.ru is often distributed together with a legitimate application and users are informed about its installation in the setup wizard (see below).
Full installation (recommended) – Installs QIP 2005 and QIP Search
Unfortunately, it seems that Qip.ru search engine is distributed somehow differently too because it has already affected thousands of computers. Our specialists have run a few tests and found that Qip.ru might also come in malicious software installers. This explains why so many users cannot explain how and when Qip.ru has been set. Our experience shows that hundreds of other threats are distributed in the same way, so it would be clever to take care of the system’s safety in advance.
How to remove Qip.ru?
It would be best to remove Qip.ru for the sake of the system’s safety and then set another search engine. Unfortunately, Qip.ru will not disappear anywhere even if you remove QIP IM messenger which comes together with Qip.ru. Do not worry; there is still a way to eliminate it manually. We hope that below provided instructions will help you to get rid of this web page. If not, you can eliminate it automatically. All you have to do is to acquire a trustworthy security tool (e.g. SpyHunter), install it, and perform the system scan.
- Go to the Registry Editor (tap the Windows key + R, enter regedit, and click OK).
- Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- Locate the following Values and change their data, i.e. remove qip.ru: Start Page, Search Page, Search Bar, Default_Search_URL, and Default_Page_URL.
- Launch RUN and enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*.default (* - random symbols). Click OK.
- Find and open the prefs.js file with the text editor, e.g. Notepad.
- Change all the links from qip.ru to http://www.google.com in the document (you can use Search (Alt+F) for this matter).
- Change QIP Search to Google in the entire document.
- Save the file.
- Find and open the search.json file.
- Change QIP Search to Google, http://search.qip.ru/search/ to https://www.google.com/search?q=, and search.qip.ru to google.com.
- Save the file.
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