Remove redirect (Virus Removal Guide) Search is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage to and default search engine to This in itself is not considered malicious as there are many legitimate programs that change these settings as well. What is considered malicious, though, is that it will also append the argument to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu. Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.
[Image: Qvo6 virus]
Qvo6 Search got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install vPlay, you will also agree to change your default browser home page to, and default search engine to
However, when you uninstall vPlay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Qvo6 Search from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Qvo6 Search. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Homepage – Virus Removal Guide

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove from your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Remove browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 2: Remove from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 3:Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by virus
STEP 4: Remove malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the infection with HitmanPro
(OPTIONAL) STEP 6: Reset your browser settings to remove from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

STEP 1: Remove browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for malicious files that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 2: Remove from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove browser extensions from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, and will double-check for any other compromised Windows shortcuts.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for homepage]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 3: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by virus

This infection has hijacked your browser shortcuts, so in this step we will need to manually clean them by removing the argument.

  1. Search for your browser shortcut (Desktop, Taskbar or Start Menu Shortcut), then right click on it and select Properties.
    [Image: Firefox Shortcut properties]
    To view the Properties menu for the browser shortcuts pinned to your Task Bar, right-click on the browser shortcut from the Taskbar, then right-click again on the browser icon as see in the below image. Alternatively, you can just Unpin the browser shortcut from your task bar, then you can add it back after you have removed the “” argument from the original browser shortcut.
    [Image: taskbar shortcut hijacker]
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the argument. Basically, there should be only the path to browser executable file. Nothing more.
    These are the default shortcut path that should be in your Target box, if the argument is there, then you should remove it.

    If you are using this browser: In the Target field you should have:
    Internet Explorer “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” for Windows 32-bit OR “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer (x86)\iexplore.exe” for Windows 64-bit
    Chrome “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” for Windows 32 bit OR “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” for Windows 64-bit
    Firefox “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 32-bit OR “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 64-bit

    [Image: Qvo6 Search shortcut hijack]

STEP 4: Remove virus from your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link,then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process.
    Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for virus
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed,click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 5: Double check for the infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.).

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scanning for virus
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free licenseto start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

(OPTIONAL)STEP 5: Reset your browser settings to remove from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are still experiencing issues with the redirect in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to reset your browser to its default settings. Before resetting your browser to its default settings, we recommend that you check again your browser shortcuts for the hijack, as seen in Step 3.

Remove Qvo6.comfrom Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings  to remove virus
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove 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.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings  to remove pop-up virus
  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 from Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]

Your computer should now be free of the infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.


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  • andlar

    Thanks a million, it seems I’m finally qvo6-free now.

  • Luis.

    Thank you!! Thanks to your advice I finallly removed

    I have made a small donation…

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  • Jenny

    Thank you so much for this guide to remove Qvo6. I was getting so frustrated before finding this blog but followed the process and removed it, thank goodness. Thanks for your help.

  • Princess Aries

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    Die QVO6 Die!!!!!!!

  • Siewi

    Thank you for your guide! It has helped me a lot.

  • Gen Endoh

    Thank you so so much,doumo arigatou from NARA Japan.God bless you!

  • Ck Nair

    thanks a lot and very useful suggestion. I admire your knowledge

  • Robert Badea

    is available for windows 8?

    • Stelian Pilici

      Yes, you can use this guide for Windows 8 32-bit and 64-bit.

      Stay safe!

  • Travis Edwards

    thank you the qvo6 is gone but it seems that my computer still has viruses on there. I checked from spyhunter scan and they showed me alot of things still wrong. I dont want to pay but how do i know for sure that my computer is virus-free

    • Stelian Pilici

      Did you run a scan with HimantPro and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?
      In addition, lets run these scans:
      STEP 1: Run a scan with ESET Online Scanner

      1.Download ESET Online Scanner utility.

      ESET Online Scanner Download Link :

      2. Double click on the Eset installer program (esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe).

      3.Check Yes, I accept the Terms of Use, then click the Start button.

      4.Check Scan archives and push the Start button.

      5. ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.

      6. When the scan completes, click on the Finish button.

      STEP 2: Run a scan with Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool:

      1. You can download from Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool from here :

      2. Double click the setup file to run it, then follow the onscreen prompts until it is installed

      Click the Options button (the ‘Gear’ icon), then make sure only the following are ticked:

      System Memory

      Hidden startup objects

      Disk boot sectors

      Local Disk (C:)

      Also any other drives (Removable that you may have)

      3. Then click on Actions on the left hand side

      4. Click Select Action, then make sure both Disinfect and Delete if disinfection fails are ticked

      5. Click on Automatic Scan, then click the Start Scanning button, to run the scan.

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  • Naren

    Thannx a ton _/_

  • Agalex Zander

    Really It Works Very Well, Thanks a Lot ….

  • joggeli

    Worked well and a lot of stuff was removed! Thanks!

  • Harish

    Thank you :)

  • proju khaker

    thanks it helped me a lot ^_^
    and the program i downloaded in step one has done all the steps automatically so i didn’t have to do the remaining four steps.

  • Stelian Pilici

    This is a browser hijacker, basically it has hijacked your homepage, and default search engine. Also, usually this infection may be installed with additional adware.
    I highly recommend that you remove this infection, as their is no good reason why you should not do it.

    Stay safe!

  • mahrizal

    Thanks very much

  • Shivam

    I was struggling to change my browser’s home page to Google but with this small application ,it flows so smooth .Chrome is working fine right now .I want to ask that,”with this application JRT and Adw cleaner ,we can change back our home page to Google when a software pre- installed with a package change our home page ?
    Thank you

    • Stelian Pilici

      Yes, if in the future an infection will change your homepage or search engine, you can use these two piece of software to reset them to their default.

      Stay safe!

  • shraddha

    works! thank you!! :)

  • DonEcardo

    Thank you very much! I already had removed all qvo6-entries in the registry and still… but then I read your note that ALL shortcuts are changed by adding this f******* web page and that finally solved my problem :-)

  • embarrasser

    You are awesome. It’s gone at its first step. Thanks a lot.

  • Pedram

    Thank you so much! You are great.

  • James

    thanks so much – got rid of Qvo6 without stress! Modern day hero

  • Amanda

    Thanks so much! This saved me!! :) :)

  • Stelian Pilici

    Hello Sarah,
    Qvo6 should be gone after the second step, however I do recommend the other utilities just to be on the safe side.
    If you are in a hurry, then you go through the first two steps, and you should be fine.

    Stay safe!

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  • Jag

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

  • Ptb67

    Awesome! I tried a number of other methods to get rid of Qv06 none of which worked. This time, spot on. Thanks for your help, very much appreciated.

  • Afzal John

    Dude super like this article finally managed to get rid off this Qvo6 Virus …. Thanks i urge all buddies to follow these instruction an no doubt you will get rid of this Qvo6 Virus.

  • Stelian Pilici

    Norton is a good antivirus, however it wouldn’t detect these infections as they are more in the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs than malware.
    Anyway, the good news is that you are now malware free. Stay safe! :)

  • Kennneth Chan

    Thank you so much for your good work. You are great. Help us saving so much time.

  • Garry

    Thanks a lot its a very huge problem for me thanx for your article

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  • Mohamed

    Thanks a lot

  • BariJll

    Thanks a lot I too finally got rid of it! once again thankyou very much………

  • Jep165

    Thank you so much! Using opera, and finally got rid of that shit :D

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  • Subramanian

    Fantastic .really nice to see such helpful guys on the net. Thanks again.

  • caryboy

    Had a huge problem with Qvo6 but Couldnt get rid of it allthough I spent several hours. I followed the this guide: corrected internet options and browser start page entries – then ran SHORTCUT CLEANER – then ADWCLEANER. Restart and problem was solved within just a few minutes. ADWCLEANER solved a lot of old, luring and hidden problems Thank you very very much – Caryboy (Austria)

  • Ashish Kumar

    Thanks dude.
    I am using chrome and this malware got stuck. I tried everything. Uninstall from CP and every other property. But then saw your post and i removed it from the Google Chrome property . Thanks for sharing this with us :) Awesome (Y) keep up the good work

  • SkyHD

    Thank, working!

  • Maria

    So far so good!!! You were the only one who could help me!!!!
    Maria (Brasil)

  • Dinesh

    Thanks stelian,got rid of qvo6…. :)..ur’s explanation in this post is awesome….thanks again…