How to remove QIP.ru (QIP Surf)

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What is QIP.ru

QIP.ru is potentially unwanted third-party russian search engine and news website, powered by Yandex.ru. It infects user’s computers along with QIP Surf browser, built on Chromium platform. It installs without user’s permission and replaces default browser. QIP.ru is also spread separately in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer and replaces default search and homepage in this browsers. Our team created this guide to help you remove QIP.ru, uninstall QIP Surf browser and restore default browsers settings.

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How QIP.ru infected your PC

QIP.ru and QIP Surf are often bundled with freeware programs. Users are offered to install additional search tools, advertising extensions, Windows optimisation applications along with popular free program. In order to remove QIP.ru, QIP Surf and protect from such threats we recommend using following anti-malware programs: WiperSoft AntiSpyware, or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as an alternative. They can not only remove adware related to QIP.ru but also block pop-ups and redirects from this website.

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To remove QIP.ru completely we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of QIP.ru and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove QIP.ru manually for free

Here is the manual step-by-step tutorial for full QIP.ru removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of QIP.ru installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Note: QIP.ru can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove QIP.ru from Control Panel

To start removing QIP.ru you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “QIP.ru”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller Pro to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Remove QIP.ru from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find recently installed suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove QIP.ru from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find recently installed suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove QIP.ru from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find recently installed suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove QIP.ru from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall QIP.ru from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall QIP.ru

In some cases QIP.ru won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall QIP.ru. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing QIP.ru folder and files. This happens, because process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall QIP.ru in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove recently installed suspicious program

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling QIP.ru from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It sometimes have browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove QIP.ru related extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find Video Downloader Pro, FB Audience Insights Plus, Panel View for Keep or Appspector extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Video Downloader Pro, FB Audience Insights Plus, Panel View for Keep or Appspector extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove QIP.ru from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable QIP.ru, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable for Video Downloader Pro, FB Audience Insights Plus, Panel View for Keep or Appspector extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, QIP.ru does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Video Downloader Pro, FB Audience Insights Plus, Panel View for Keep or Appspector extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

QIP.ru installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, new tab and search engine to default values.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

How to block ads and pop-ups from QIP.ru

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QIP.ru advertisements, in most cases, are caused by a program installed on your PC or add-on installed in browsers. However, sometimes it can appear on a clean computer when visiting a malicious website, using an advertising script. Also, apps that generate “QIP.ru” ads and banners are themselves installed from pop-ups. To protect your PC and browsers from phishing webites, pop-up ads, banners, malicious scripts it is recommended to use AdGuard. Download free trial here:

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Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

avast browser cleanup For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad rating including related to QIP.ru. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like QIP.ru may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is WiperSoft AntiSpyware. It can protect your PC from threats like QIP.ru.

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