Remove “Ads by Qubiv” adware (Removal Guide)

By Published on September 13, 2016

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Ads by Qubiv will show in your browser if your computer is infected with Adware a Potentially Unwanted Program or a virus. Adware can be very annoying and will slow down your computer and internet experience considerably.

Qubiv will display all different kind of advertisements in your browser. Advertisements displayed by Qubiv will vary as underlined text “Ads by Qubiv“, “Ad by Qubiv“, “Powered by Qubiv” or “Brought by Qubiv“. These ads are often shown as boxes containing large in-text rectangle or horizontal blocks, video advertisements, sound advertisements, coupons with additional pop-ups.

Clicking these advertisements caused by Qubiv may result in further infections in your computer by redirecting the browser to more adware. Most of the advertisements are often based on keywords found in the content of the website you were visiting.

Clicking in the middle of the page will trigger a pop-up window, redirecting your browser to unwanted advertisements or social engineering scams such as a Flash Player, Browser or Media Player update scam.

As mentioned earlier in this article, adware not a real threat to your computer, but it can however be very annoying. Browser extensions added by adware might slow down your computer and collect personally identifiable information such as your ip address, your location, your browsing habits and are eventually used or sold for marketing or research.

Always opt for a Advanced or Custom button when installing software, these button’s reveal what software is bundled and eventually installed by third party software. Never ever, click the Quick install button as it possibly installs Adware or a Potentially Unwanted Program you probably don’t want on your computer.

Remove “Ads by Qubiv” adware (Removal Instruction)


Qubiv – Easy Removal Guide (Menu)

  • These steps include software to remove Qubiv from your computer. If you want to manually remove Qubiv, follow our Advanced Removal Guide.
    All software we advise in this instruction is free.

Step 1 – Remove Qubiv files with AdwCleaner

Step 2 – Remove Qubiv files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Step 3 – Remove Qubiv files with SurfRight Hitman-Pro

Step 4 – Remove Qubiv with AVAST Browser Cleanup

If you experience Qubiv on Apple Mac OSX instead of Microsoft Windows, follow our generic guide to remove adware from Mac OSX for free. This complete guide includes detailed instructions and a free adware removal tool for Mac OSX.

Qubiv – Advanced Removal Guide (Menu)

Click to expand Advanced Removal instructions.

Expand - Advanced Removal steps

adwcleanerRemove Qubiv files using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan for hijacks and viruses in your computer and browser.
The AdwCleaner tool will scan for malicious Services, Folders, Files, Shortcuts, Registry keys and Browser Extensions for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox. After the scan you can remove the found malicious items using AdwCleaner and clean your computer and browser(s).

download Download AdwCleaner

warningNotice: if you have problems downloading AdwCleaner, because of popups that keep opening when clicking a link because of adware
Goto this url:

  • Before running AdwCleaner, close all open programs and browsers.
  • Select the executable for AdwCleaner you just downloaded from the link above.
  • Run AdwCleaner as Administrator
  • Accept their terms by clicking the “I Agree” button

adwcleaner terms

  • Select the Scan button to start scanning your computer and browser for malicious files.


  • to remove the malicious items found by AdwCleaner using the detection Scan, select the Clean button.


  • Make sure to close all open programs and browser(s) to continue removing the detected items from your computer.
  • Click OK to continue.


  • Your computer is rebooted after the removal process.

malwarebytesRemove Qubiv files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

downloadDownload MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free’s industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. All you have to do is launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and run a scan. It’s that simple.
Or if you want even better protection, consider Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and its instant real-time scanner that automatically prevents malware and websites from infecting your PC.
Either way you’re crushing malware and foiling hackers.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware works great alongside Antivirus software, both MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and Antivirus software go along and provide the best protection for your computer.

informationInstall MalwareBytes Anti-Malware using it’s installation wizard.

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware needs no configs or specific settings, just install and you are ready to scan your computer for malware and free removal.


  • Select Scan Now to perform a anti-malware scan.

malwarebytes - scan now

  • Malwarebytes computer is scanning for malicious items, this might take a while, please wait for MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to finish.

malwarebytes - scanning process

  • When the detection scan is finished, a window appears with the malware found by MalwareBytes.
    To remove the found malware from your computer, select the Remove Selected button.

malwarebytes - remove selected

  • All found items will be put in quarantine, if MalwareBytes Anti-Malware requires to a reboot to do so, please allow MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to reboot Windows.

malwarebytes - finished

 Remove Qubiv files using SurfRight Hitman-Pro

 Wouldn’t you want to know if your virus protection software missed anything? Because each time a new virus or other malware is discovered that is not consistent with previously known threats, a new signature must be created. Depending on the antivirus vendor, this can take hours, days, or sometimes even weeks.

HitmanPro delivers confidence in a world where deemed safe computers are regularly attacked and compromised. It is designed to discover viruses, trojans, rootkits, spyware and other malware on up-to-date and fully protected computers – the early-life and next-generation malware for which your antivirus software has no immediate detection signature.

warningDepending on your system, select the 32 bit or the 64 bit version for download at the SurfRight website.
  • Open the File you just downloaded from SurfRight HitmanPro.exe


  • Click Next to continue


  • Accept the EULA by checking the “I accept the terms of the license agreement
  • Click Next to continue
  • Enter your e-mail address for a free registration and a 30 day free trial period.
  • Click Next to continue
  • Please wait for the scan to finish.
  • When the scan is done, select Next to continue for the removal process.
  • Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files.

avast_logoRemove Qubiv with AVAST Browser Cleanup

download Download AVAST Browser Cleanup

  • Open Avast Browser Cleanup
  • Review the browser extensions with a poor reputation, found by Avast Browser Cleanup. You can remove them separately or select the Remove all add-ons button in the top right corner (recommended).

avast browser cleanup - remove all extensions

  • Select your default Search Provider, either Yahoo or Bing, choose one.

avast browser cleanup - select search provider

  • All extensions are now successfully removed from your browser(s). If you would like to reset or remove other extensions from your browser, use the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome button on the left menu in Avast Browser Cleanup.

avast browser cleanup - all extensions removed

  • To Reset your browser, select Reset Settings
  • Select Exclude add-ons with a good rating to review possible other extensions that might cause ads.
  • Select Remove to remove a extension
  • Repeat this step for either Firefox and Google Chrome using the left menu.

avast browser cleanup - remove individual extensions

windows-8-logoRemove Qubiv  – Windows 10

  • Right click the Start button in the left bottom corner


  • Select Control Panel from the menu


  • Select Uninstall a program
  • Tap or click Qubiv, and then tap or click Uninstall.
  • If you can’t find Qubiv, search for software you don’t know or recently installed and remove it.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen. Make sure when you uninstall the malware that there is no extra software is offered during removal and read every pop-up before clicking any button.
    important Remove all recent installed software, sort by “Installed on” to easily find recent installed software.

windows-8-logoRemove Qubiv  – Windows 8

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
  • Enter control panel in the search box, and then tap or click Control Panel.

windows 8 control panel

  • Under View by: select Large Icons, and then tap or click Programs and features.
  • Tap or click Qubiv, and then tap or click Uninstall.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen. Make sure when you uninstall the malware that there is no extra software is offered during uninstallation and read every pop-up before clicking any button.
    important Remove all recent installed software, sort by “Installed on” to easily find recent installed software.

windows-7-logoRemove Qubiv  – Windows 7 or Windows XP

  • Open Programs and Features by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Programs and Features.

windows 7 programs and features

  • Select Qubiv, and then click Uninstall. Some programs include the option to change or repair the program in addition to uninstalling it, but many simply offer the option to uninstall. To change a program, click Change or Repair. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    important Remove all recent installed software, sort by “Installed on” to easily find recent installed software.

errorAny Problems removing software ?

If you have problems uninstalling software, you may want to remove Qubiv using Revo Uninstaller Pro
Revo Uninstaller Pro will uninstall the unwanted software and it’s traces.

internet-explorer-logoRemove Qubiv  BHO from Internet Explorer

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button f2d3a394-a4c3-4747-989e-cf3f6b782b2f_43, and then tap or click Manage add-ons.
  3. Under Show, tap or click All add-ons, and then select Qubiv
  4. Make sure to remove all BHO’s you do not know or need. If you don’t use any BHO remove everything listed in the Add-ons panel.
  5. If the add-on can be deleted, you’ll see the Remove option. Tap or click Remove and then tap or click Close. Otherwise click Disable button.

    If the add-on has a grayed out Disable or Remove option, goto to Step 1 and uninstall all potentially unwanted software.
    After removing potentially unwanted software perform a scan with AdwCleaner (step 3) and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (step 4).
unwanted internet explorer add-ons

Example: unwanted Internet Explorer add-ons (yours might look different).

google-chrome-logoRemove the Qubiv Extension from Google Chrome

Uninstall an extension to remove it completely from the Google Chrome browser. Extensions are extra features and functionality that can easily be added to Google Chrome. By using extensions, you can customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use.

Unfortunately there are also Browser Extensions that are used to collect personal and internet surfing behavior from your computer for revenue. Make sure you delete all extensions from Google Chrome that you do not need, know or trust. Keep the extensions in Google Chrome clean for the best and fastest internet experience while using Google Chrome.

  1. Click the Chrome menu SNP_2696434_en_v1 on the browser toolbar.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Select Extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon SNP_2726707_en_v0 by the Qubiv extensions you’d like to completely remove.
  5. Make sure to remove all extensions you do not know or need. If you don’t use any extension remove everything listed in the extensions panel.
  6. A confirmation dialog appears, click Remove.
    If the extension is Installed by Enterprise Policy follow this guide.
unwanted google chrome extensions

Example: unwanted Google Chrome extensions (yours might look different).

google-chrome-logoReset Google Chrome Synchronization settings

Google Chrome allows you to sync data between the Google Chrome browsers on different computers and devices as tablets or smartphones. This data, like passwords, autofills, browser extensions, and preferences, are be personal and worth securing. You can encrypt your data in Google Chrome’s browser settings, but to clear it, you’ll have to visit your Google Dashboard.

As Google Chrome also syncs the browser extensions, it is possible the malicious browser extension you removed in the previous step is coming back each time Google Chrome syncs itself. Therefor you should clear the synchronized data to get rid of the Qubiv browser extension.

  1. Click the Chrome menu SNP_2696434_en_v1 on the browser toolbar.
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click the blue hyperlink “Google Dashboard” next to “Manage your synced data on“.google chrome - dashboard
  4. Scroll to the end of the settings and select “Stop and Clear”  or “Stop and Erase“.google chrome - erase
  5. Read the informational window and confirm by selecting “OK“.google chrome - confirm erase
  6. Important to know, it might take several hours to completely remove the data from Google it’s servers.

mozilla-firefox-logoRemove the Qubiv Extension from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the menu button firefox menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions or Appearance panel.
  3. Select Qubiv
  4. Make sure to remove all extensions you do not know or need. If you don’t use any extension remove everything listed in the extensions panel.
  5. Click its Disable or Remove button. Remove button is preferred if available.
  6. Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.
unwanted mozilla firefox extensions

Example: unwanted Mozilla Firefox extensions (yours might look different).

Reset Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings

internet-explorer-logo Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

Close all Internet Explorer and Explorer windows that are currently open.

  • Note If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, start Internet Explorer from the desktop. Changing your settings will affect both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer that you start from the desktop.
    1. Start Internet Explorer
    2. On the Tools menu, tap or click Internet options. If you don’t see theTools menu, press Alt.
    3. In the Internet Options window, tap or click the Advanced tab
    4. Tap or click Reset. If you’re using Windows Internet Explorer 6, clickRestore Default
    5. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, tap or clickReset.Note Select the Delete personal settings check box if you also want to remove browsing history, search providers, Accelerators, home pages, Tracking Protection, and ActiveX Filtering data.
    6. When Internet Explorer finishes applying the default settings, tap or clickClose, and then tap or click OK.
    7. Exit Internet Explorer and again start Internet Explorer.

google-chrome-logo Reset Google Chrome to default settings

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu SNP_2696434_en_v1
  2. Select Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under the section “Reset settings,” click Reset settings.
  5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.Note: When the “Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings” checkbox is selected you are anonymously sending Google your Chrome settings. Reporting these settings allows Google to analyze trends and work to prevent future unwanted settings changes.

Settings that change

  • Default search engine and saved search engines will be reset and to their original defaults.
  • Homepage button will be hidden and the URL that you previously set will be removed.
  • Default startup tabs will be cleared. The browser will show a new tab when you startup or continue where you left off if you’re on a Chromebook.
  • New Tab page will be empty unless you have a version of Chrome with an extension that controls it. In that case your page may be preserved.
  • Pinned tabs will be unpinned.
  • Content settings will be cleared and reset to their installation defaults.
  • Cookies and site data will be cleared.
  • Extensions and themes will be disabled.

mozilla-firefox-logo Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

Note: When using the reset feature, your bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, windows, passwords, cookies and web form auto-fill information will be saved. However, your extensions and themes will be removed and your preferences will be reset.
  1. Click the menu button firefox menu  and then click help firefox help .
  2. From the Help menu choose Troubleshooting Information.
    If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:supportin your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting Information page.
  3. Click the Reset Firefox… button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  5. Firefox will close and be reset.
  6. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. ClickFinish and Firefox will open.

information If you still experience problems with Qubiv, run a scan with Emsisoft Anti-Malware using this instruction.


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