How To Eliminate Browser Hijacker Redirecting To Search.queryrouter.com

Query router is a very popular browser hijacker. It changes your homepage and search engine to search.queryrouter.com in order to generate more traffic to sponsored content and earn money from advertisements.

This hijacker is technically not a virus since most users install it themselves (although mostly unknowingly). However, it has parasitic behavior and if you do not know how it appeared on your computer you should remove this unwanted program as soon as possible.

The website search.queryrouter.com does not have any value as it simply redirects your queries to Google or other third party search provider. Having such intermediary only increases risk since it can track the data you submit as well as display unwanted links, advertisements or redirect to other malicious content.

Use our automatic removal tool in order to eliminate this threat and regain the control of your browsers. The tool will also protect your computer from viruses in the future. You can also follow our manual guide but you will still need to secure your PC afterwards if you choose this option.


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What is search.queryrouter.com browser hijacker?

This potentially unwanted program is designed to infiltrate computers, change browser settings and monetize the generated traffic, therefore profiting the creators. However, it has no value to the regular user as it only acts as a parasite and takes advantage of your browsing activity.

Most such adware ends up on your system by being installed together with other programs. The developers of browser hijackers bundle them with other legitimate software. When users quickly go through installation steps they often accept terms and conditions without reading and end up littering their system with unwanted programs. Once such programs get installed they place their files deep in the system in order to keep control of your browsers and revert any changes you try to make to your homepage and search engine settings. If you have this adware there are chances that other unwanted programs can be found on your system as well since such setup files are often bundled with more than one parasitic software.

Search.queryrouter.com is displayed every time you launch your browser and might also appear as your default search engine. However, it does not really have any search functionality as it simply redirects to Google or any other third party provider. While the adware creators earn revenue every time you click on sponsored search results, there is no benefit for you as the hijacker only slows down your system. What is more, it might also track your browsing activity and use it for marketing purposes or sell it to other companies.

A typical text which can be found on many other parasitic websites is displayed in the “about” section:

queryrouter is a meta-search engine, a search tool that provide users the ability 
of simultaneously search multiple search engines in one interface

There are thousands of browser hijackers. However, this one seems to be very popular as it receives over 1,400,000 pageviews and close to one million unique visitors every day. This is most likely because many computers have been infected already and users do not know how to remove the adware.

There is not much information about the creators of this website. The contact information and server location is hidden. The only provided contact is email QueryRouter@yandex.com which suggests that the browser hijacker has been most likely developed in Russia.

Use our automatic removal and protection tool to eliminate this threat. The tool will also act as an antivirus in the future by monitoring your system and eliminating potential threats. We have also prepared a manual removal guide for more experienced users. However, using these instructions requires knowledge in editing Windows system files and settings. Also, choosing this option will still require you to properly secure your computer afterwards.

Screenshots of search.queryrouter.com browser hijacker:

  


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the adware as well as other possible infections we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. Such programs also have the word “search” in their name. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Example of a program name:

QueryRouter Search

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here is an example:

queryrouter

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Remove suspicious programs from your startup config so they would not launch as soon as you boot your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

msconfig.exe

Click OK.

Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all suspicious entries. Look specifically for “QueryRouter” as well as other similar programs.

You will see locations of the files in “Command” column. Navigate to the location and delete it if a suspicious file is found.

If you are unsure you can simply leave it unselected but not delete it.

Click OK when you are finished unselecting and deleting all potentially dangerous processes.

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the adware.

Step 6:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

The unwanted addons are usually named similarly to the program you have just uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “Query Router Search” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.


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