Threat Database Potentially Unwanted Programs Quick Workspace Browser Extension

Quick Workspace Browser Extension

Following an extensive evaluation of the Quick Workspace extension, cybersecurity experts have identified its primary function, which centers on acting as a browser hijacker with the aim of promoting the deceptive search engine In pursuit of this objective, the extension engages in the alteration of a web browser's settings, thereby gaining the ability to exert control over its functionality and behavior without asking for explicit permission from users.

Browser Hijackers Like the Quick Workspace Take Over Users' Browsers

The Quick Workspace exerts influence over users by manipulating their browser settings, making the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. When users initiate searches, they will be taken to In turn, this fake search engine will redirect them to, a reputable and legitimate search engine. It's important to note that itself doesn't provide reliable search results.

The utilization of a fake search engine could allow the operators to surreptitiously gather user data, including search queries and browsing habits, while masquerading as a legitimate search engine. This data collection could serve purposes such as targeted advertising or even unsafe activities. Indeed, the consequences of being subjected to forced redirects and using a fake search engine could range from loss of user trust, privacy and security concerns, and an overall decrease in the quality of the browsing experience.

It's crucial to emphasize that browser hijackers like Quick Workspace may also stealthily collect a wide range of user data, which may then be sold to third-party entities without the users' knowledge or consent. These third parties could subsequently employ the acquired data for various purposes, further exacerbating privacy and security risks for affected users.

Users Rarely Install Browser Hijackers and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) Knowingly

Browser hijackers and PUPs often employ dubious distribution tactics to infiltrate users' systems. These tactics are typically designed to deceive or manipulate users into unintentionally installing unwanted software. Here are some common dubious distribution tactics utilized by browser hijackers and PUPs:

  • Software Bundling: One of the most prevalent tactics is bundling. PUPs and browser hijackers are often included as additional components within free or seemingly legitimate software downloads. Users may not notice these additional programs during the installation process, and if they do not customize the installation settings, the PUPs get installed alongside the desired software.
  •  Deceptive Advertisements and Pop-ups: Fraudulent advertisements and deceptive pop-ups can trick users into clicking on them, leading to the automatic download or installation of PUPs or browser hijackers. These ads may falsely claim that the user's system is infected or out of date, urging them to click for a supposed solution.
  •  Fake Software Updates: Some PUPs mimic legitimate software update prompts, tricking users into believing that they need to update their software or plugins. When users click on these fake update alerts, they inadvertently install PUPs or browser hijackers instead of genuine updates.
  •  Phishing Emails and Unsafe Links: Cybercriminals may send phishing emails containing links that lead to fake websites or downloads of PUPs and browser hijackers. These emails often use social engineering tactics to manipulate users into clicking on the provided links.
  •  File-Sharing Platforms: PUPs also can spread through file-sharing platforms where users may download cracked or pirated software. Unbeknownst to users, these cracked versions often come bundled with unwanted programs, including browser hijackers.
  • Misleading Installation Prompts: During the installation process of seemingly legitimate software or plugins, users may encounter deceptive installation prompts that manipulate them into unknowingly installing PUPs or changing their browser settings.
  •  Browser Extensions and Add-ons: Browser hijackers can also disguise themselves as seemingly useful browser extensions or add-ons, enticing users to install them. Once installed, these extensions may alter the user's browser settings.

To protect against these dubious distribution tactics, PC users are counseled to exercise caution when downloading and installing software, particularly from unverified sources. It's essential to read installation prompts carefully, opt for custom or advanced installation options to deselect unwanted components, keep software and operating systems up to date, and use reputable anti-malware tools to scan and protect their systems. Additionally, being cautious about clicking on suspicious links and ads can help prevent the inadvertent installation of PUPs and browser hijackers.


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