Quick Ref is an add-on for browsers (for Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera) that is installed unnoticed together with any freeware from the web that was downloaded and installed not so long ago by the user. Quick Ref was created like a special software that will help users in their business, but actually it is going to earn some money itself with the help of your clicks to its ads and pop-ups. If you do not want to read its advertisements and you want to remove Quick Ref from your browser and from your computer, so you are welcome to read this article and to choose any uninstall method.

Automatically    Manually    From browsers

Use Quick Ref Removal Tool:

Main advantages of Spyhunter 4:

  • Eliminates all component parts created by Quick Ref.
  • Is able to solve browser problems and protect browser settings.
  • Has System and Network Guards, so you can forget about computer threats.

What is Quick Ref?

Get rid of Quick Ref

Quick Ref is a program for browser that can be downloaded by a user, but it can be installed together with a freeware as well. It displays different promotional information in the form of irritating pop-up items. Some users are not pleased with its work or are astonished that it is in the system at all. So, Quick Ref is the undesirable browser add-ons that should be removed from thesystem.

Ways of Quick Ref Removal

1. Install Quick Ref Removal Tool:

2. Uninstall Quick Ref from Control Panel:

Step 1. Click Start button
Step 2. Select Control Panel
Step 3. Find and highlight the annoying program and click Uninstall

3. Uninstall Quick Ref manually:


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  • %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\QuickRef_1.10.0.8
  • %PROGRAMFILES%\QuickRef_1.10.0.8

Registry Entries:

  • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\qrsvc_1.10.0.8
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\qrnfd_1_10_0_8
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\qrsvc_1.10.0.8
  • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\qrnfd_1_10_0_8
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\qrnfd_1.10.0.8
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\qrsvc_1_10_0_8
  • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\qrsvc_1.10.0.9
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\qrnfd_1_10_0_9
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\qrsvc_1.10.0.9
  • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\qrnfd_1_10_0_9
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\qrnfd_1.10.0.9
  • SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\qrsvc_1_10_0_9

Remove Quick Ref from browsers

Uninstall Quick Ref from Firefox:

  1. Help=>Troubleshooting Information
  2. Reset Firefox
  3. Finish

Delete Quick Ref from IE:

  1. Run inetcpl.cpl
  2. Advanced=>Reset
  3. Delete Personal Settings=>Reset=>Close

Remove Quick Ref from Google Chrome:

  1. C:\Users\”your username”\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\User Data
  2. Rename Default folder to Default2
  3. Open Google Chrome

Get rid of Quick Ref in Opera:

  1. Do not open Opera
  2. Remove Profile and Cache folders in:
    • C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable
    • C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Opera Software\Opera Stable
  3. Open Opera

Removal from Safari:

  1. Open your browser
  2. Settings->Reset Safari
  3. Reset

Is Quick Ref dangerous?

Every person should understand that all the browser extensions including Quick Ref, no matter if they are helpful, are the vulnerabilities for every browser where they are installed. The software companies that created browsers release periodic updates, due to which the safety of the browser is protected. The presence of any extension can make the attempt to defend the security of the browser infeasible. And, consequently, some internet criminals are able to infect your computer or collect your sensible info. If you are not able to imagine your computer without browser extensions, then I can advise you to download add-ons from dependable software vendors only, probably it will help you to defend the system. But you should understand that it is better not to download any extensions at all.

But if you still are eager to download any browser extension so be ready that this extension will have compliance to see your private information that you leave on diverse websites and can give it to the third person. You should know that to install a browser extension is the same case that toinstall an utility. Will you install a program if its vendor is unknown? I suggest you not to. So, you also should be careful downloading the browser add-on that you are eager to install.

Quick Ref, as a promotional extension, is more harmful, because you cannot be confident that the advertising notification is genuine and that the website that states in the ad is secure. If you are eager to have Quick Ref or any other add-on that displays you special deals then you should be ready that it can deceive you.

Quick Ref Activity Statistics
Damage Level


Data Theft 21%
System Failure 0,0003%
Manual Removal 23
Removal From Browsers 34%
Removal with Free Antivirus 43,2%
Removal with Spyhunter 99,9%
Infected computers (USA) 0,003%
Infected computers (Europe) 0,005%
Browser Infection Probability 50,3%
Is your computer infected with Quick Ref?

Quick Ref like other adware programs has some common symptoms that will help you to detect if your system is infected with it or not. Here is the list of them:

  • Many pop-ups shown by Quick Ref
  • Very slow computer
  • Antivirus software finds some dangers
  • Changes in your browser (toolbars, homepage, search engine)
  • Search results are redirected
  • Presence of Quick Ref files, folders and registry keys

Manual and Automatic Removal Methods?

You should realize that manual ways of removal that remove Quick Ref from browsers are 100% secure and you can use them not being afraid that you damage your PC. Also these ways of removal are productive, so you will reach the aim and the browser add-on will be eliminated together will all its manifestations. It is also an easy method; it yields merely to the automatic way of removal. But occasionally, using this way of removal users detect that the adware returns to the browser and they need to find any other techniques to delete it.

But there is one more manual removal instruction following which you should remove files, folders and registry entries. The described way of removal is not harmful in case if you can perform it gingerly or commit it to the experienced person who knows what and why should be done. To make this method safer you should do the backup of the registry. You should remember that only the enumerated elements of the program should be enumerated and no one more differently your PC will not load. If you do not know what registry value is and where it can be placed, then it is better to use automatic technique not to break your PC.

Automatic way of removal is the method when a user installs any software to solve the problem. The way is the most secure and effective. It is also not a difficult one. You can just find the antimalware scanner that has Quick Ref in its signature base. The described removal way is more advantageous because you will install the antivirus program that will defend the computer against the future possible computer infections.

Concerning the sums of money that users may spend on the virus removal I should say that some removal techniques are 100% free of charge, for example manual removal from browsers, manual professional removal (in the case if you will do it by yourselves), free antivirus software and the removal from Control Panel. But not all of them are powerful. The information about the effectiveness of these uninstall techniques I illustrate in the table that is called ‘Removal methods statistics’ below. Speaking about the paid techniques of virus removal, I should enumerate the Computer Repair Shop Service and paid Antivirus program.

These methods are the most effective. In spite of the great inequality in the price (Repair Shop service depends on the complication of the issue and may cost up to $300, but paid antivirus costs up to $60) these removal techniques are almost equal in the effectiveness and in the results. I should also notice that paid antiviruses always has support service (sometimes for free) that will solve your problem like in an expensive computer repair shop.

Removal methods statistics

Removal method Price Effectiveness Safety Needed Time
Computer Repair Shop $170-$240 +++ +++ up to 4 days
Paid Antivirus $25-50 +++ +++ up to 1 hour
$0 +/- +/- up to 3 hours
From Control Panel $0 +/- ++ up to 1 hour
Manual Removal (Professional) $0 + up to 4
Removal from browsers $0 +/- +/- up to 1 hour
The Best Quick Ref Removal Tool

There is a great deal of helpful tools and other antimalware software that can be used to uninstall Quick Ref and you can install any of them, but I suggest you Spyhunter. This program is the best Quick Ref Removal Tool to my mind. Deleting the browser extension you also will have the opportunity to protect the PC.

Spyhunter is a software created by Enigma Software. It involves antispyware and antimalware options, so then there are no malware objects that cannot be deleted with it. Spyhunter has a regularly updated base of signatures that defends your system from various actual viruses.

Spyhunter 4 differs from its previous versions with its striking and handy interface, its immediacy, effective defense and with the capacity not to conflict with other antivirus software installed on the computer. Thus, you can havemore than one antivirus tools at the same time if you want.

Spyhunter gives real-time protection, has Integrated SpyHunter Compact OS that let to delete the most stubborn malware examples and the ready-to-help live technical support. Spyhunter is compatible with Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Seven/8, it needs 256 MB of RAM, 75 MB of available hard disk space.

How to use Spyhunter

At first you need to download Spyhunter in your system. You can left-click the download link from this article. Next you should install Spyhunter like all possible antivirus tools. I think that this antivirus tool is very easy-to-install and it is comprehensible for most foreign users owing to the multitudinous languages that you can choose. This makes Spyhunter almost unreserved leader among all other world antimalware utilities.

When the installation is finished this program should be updated, generally this action should begin by itself, if not, so you can do it. When the update is installed, you should start a Scan. You are welcome to remove the tick in the Quick Scan check box, if you would like to scan your computer utterly. But usually Quick scan is enough to define all the viruses and this tool use sparingly your time and effort.

View the result when the scan will be completed. If you find safe tools in the list, then you need to delete the tick near it, otherwise Spyhunter will remove the software. It refers to the uncommon and special programs that users have for their work. But commonly, there is no need to remove any ticks. Thereafter you need to click Fix Threats button. If you have already purchased the license key, so the enumerated malware will be deleted. If not, then you will have the opportunity to pay for the license key.

How to protect Your Computer from Quick Ref and other viruses

I guess the guide was good for Quick Ref Removal. But if you want to guard your system from other resembling browser extensions and from all possible computer threats, then you are welcome to install any antimalware software. It is better to install software that has a enlarged signature base, daily update release and real-time protection. Merely such a program can keep the PC safe and sound. It is better to scan your system for viruses at least weekly. Should have a broad virus database and daily updates. The most modern antiviruses has real-time protection. It is the protection that can detect malware in the system when it is just going to infect your system.

Spyhunter corresponds to all the itemized demands. So, I believe it is able to defense your PC better than any other and still it is able to provide a real-time bar to all the zero-day computer threats. The described easy-to-use program will scan your computer. It will disclose all the malicious programs and even all the potentially unwanted programs. If you have any functional utility for your work, but Spyhunter reveals it as the malicious program, but you are utterly confident that this program cannot be malicious, so you can add it to Exclusions and Spyhunter will not remove it and never will determine it as a virus any more. If you need to scan only single file, so you can select Custom Scan function. You are welcome also employ Process Guard or Registry Guard of the program for your accommodation.

I also want to provide you with some helpful actions that will protect your PC from Quick Ref and other viruses in the future:

  • Do not install any free of charge software from unknown creators. If you do not want to pay for software, then you should be very watchful during the installation of this program. You should not miss the checkbox (usually small letters) that is responsible for the download of any other free programs. You should remove the tick from this checkbox.
  • Do not open any dangerous websites (porn, for adults, websites of unknown free software), they usually contain some trojans or other types of malicious programs.
  • Do not use torrents or other sharing web services, because you can download adware instead of the wanted file.
  • Do not open email attachment from unknown people. It can be one of the computer dangers.
  • Install any antivirus program and scan your system at least once a week.

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