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Should I remove HQ-Proffesional?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
87% remove it13% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0005%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.72 days
345.72 days >
Average installed length: 181.65 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.34.5.12 42.86%
1.34.5.4 57.14%

HQ-Proffesional

What is HQ-Proffesional?

HQ-Proffesional is an advertising supported (adware) extension that runs in the context of the user's web browser as well as a process in the background. This adware program is typically bundled by a third-party download manager which bundles potentially unwanted software offers in order to monetize installs. Once running, the software is designed to deliver advertisements to the browser in a number of common formats such as banner, text hyper-links, inline text ads and/or transitional. These ads are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the underlying website on which they appear. In some cases, the program's uninstaller will not function properly or will not remove the entire contents of the program and ads may still appear even after removal.

Overview

The most used version is 1.34.5.4, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is utils.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 19 files and is usually about 4.15 MB (4,350,772 bytes).

The program is built using the Crossrider framework, a cross browser monetization platform used to deploy a toolbar and extension for modern web browsers with monetization features including browser search and homepage redirection, contextual coupons and in-line text advertising. Crossrider extensions include background processes to monitor, update and automatically download new features/code without direct user interaction.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on the Crossrider toolbar platform and potentially unwanted
  • May inject ads in the web browser
  • 'Offers' to modify the browser's home and search pages by default
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in HQ-Proffesional.
HQ-Proffesional-codedownloader.exe (cf74a3698278fa1ca25a90763b600f4f) has been flagged by the following 18 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 806 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374109
Avira AntiVir 7.11.152.220 Adware/CrossRider.A.4054
Baidu-International 4.0.3.141121 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.BAC
Bitdefender 1.0.20.1625 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374109
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.14.11.21.01 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374109
ESET-NOD32 8.9889 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AC
Fortinet FortiGate 11/21/2014 Riskware/Toolbar_CrossRider
F-Secure 11.2014-21-11_6 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374109
G Data 14.11.24 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374109
Malwarebytes v2014.11.21.01 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
McAfee 5600.6940 Artemis!CF74A3698278
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6940 Artemis!CF74A3698278
MicroWorld-eScan 15.0.0.975 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374109
Panda Antivirus 14.11.21.01 Generic Malware
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.Adware.d86
Sophos 4.98 AppRider
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.325 TROJ_GEN.F47V0515
VIPRE Antivirus 29918 Crossrider (fs)
4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-3.exe (5db0428307c83675c6ef6c4447bb3e1b) has been flagged by the following 16 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 12.0.163.0 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
Avira AntiVir 7.11.152.220 Adware/CrossRider.A.4067
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.bAD
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 3.0.0.599 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9889 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AD
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Riskware/Toolbar_CrossRider
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
G Data 24 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!5DB0428307C8
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!5DB0428307C8
MicroWorld-eScan 12.0.250.0 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Generic Malware
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0515
VIPRE Antivirus 29914 Crossrider (fs)
4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-4.exe (bf9c8845d9111dd887974008adb2ba97) has been flagged by the following 13 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir 7.11.152.220 Adware/CrossRider.A.4060
Antiy-AVL 0.1.0.1 Trojan/Win32.TSGeneric
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.BAD
ESET-NOD32 9889 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AD
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Riskware/Toolbar_CrossRider
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Plush.A
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!BF9C8845D911
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!BF9C8845D911
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/PlusHD
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.Adware.f1f
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0515
VIPRE Antivirus 29914 Crossrider (fs)
4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-2.exe (855c94f0bca27892ce5ce9f82dc0b195) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir 7.11.152.220 Adware/CrossRider.A.4061
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.bAC
ESET-NOD32 9889 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AC
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Riskware/Toolbar_CrossRider
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Plush.A
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!855C94F0BCA2
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!855C94F0BCA2
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/PlusHD
Sophos 4.98.0 AppRider
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0515
VIPRE Antivirus 29918 Crossrider (fs)
82aba729-87fd-4ee2-9e57-218e3bd44e19-3.exe (21a236fe58945dd073e7d9fa6693fed8) has been flagged by the following 10 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.bAD
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 3.0.0.599 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9799 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AD
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
G Data 24 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
MicroWorld-eScan 12.0.250.0 Gen:Variant.Adware.Kazy.374062
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/PlusHD
VIPRE Antivirus 29202 Crossrider (fs)
HQ-Proffesional-bho.dll (64412e3094e2d86e82a1be6f6c6e9195) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir 7.11.150.60 Adware/CrossRider.A.3864
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.AddLyrics.aai
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Plush.B
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/PlusHD
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Win32/Virus.Adware.40d
Sophos 4.98.0 AppRider
VIPRE Antivirus 29328 Crossrider (fs)
HQ-Proffesional-nova.exe (579efa3f2b60b919a1da5839508655fe) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir 7.11.149.220 Adware/CrossRider.A.3834
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.BAE
ESET-NOD32 9805 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AE
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Plush.A
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/PlusHD
VIPRE Antivirus 29242 Crossrider (fs)
82aba729-87fd-4ee2-9e57-218e3bd44e19-4.exe (c483447e4325cfc631202d9b6582fee4) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.AD
ESET-NOD32 9799 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AD
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Plush.A
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/PlusHD
VIPRE Antivirus 29202 Crossrider (fs)
4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-5.exe (f8dd739200dee3d50594ccd1cff3bf07) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.CrossRider.bAC
ESET-NOD32 9804 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AC
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Plush.A
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.HQPro.A
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/PlusHD
VIPRE Antivirus 29242 Crossrider (fs)
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HQ-Proffesional has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: H-Q ProV1
URL: crossrider.com/install/53170-hq-video-pro-1-8
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hq-proffesional
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\HQ-Proffesional\Uninstall.exe /fcp=1
Estimated size: 4.15 MB

Program filesFiles installed by HQ-Proffesional

Program executable:utils.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\hq-proffesional\utils.exe
MD5:9ff7076afa308cf678c66a8d111cdc91
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-2.exe (by H-Q ProV1) - HQ-Proffesional (HQ-Proffesional exe)
  • (Malware detected) 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-3.exe (by H-Q ProV1)
  • (Malware detected) 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-4.exe
  • (Malware detected) 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-5.exe
  • (Malware detected) 82aba729-87fd-4ee2-9e57-218e3bd44e19-3.exe
  • (Malware detected) 82aba729-87fd-4ee2-9e57-218e3bd44e19-4.exe
  • 97eb2b16-0e50-49c7-994c-5e927252af71-2.exe
  • 97eb2b16-0e50-49c7-994c-5e927252af71-3.exe
  • 97eb2b16-0e50-49c7-994c-5e927252af71-4.exe
  • 97eb2b16-0e50-49c7-994c-5e927252af71-5.exe
  • HQ-Proffesional-bg.exe
  • (Malware detected) HQ-Proffesional-bho.dll - HQ-Proffesional BHO
  • HQ-Proffesional-bho64.dll
  • (Malware detected) HQ-Proffesional-codedownloader.exe
  • (Malware detected) HQ-Proffesional-nova.exe
  • HQ-Proffesional-nova.dll
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • HQ-Proffesional-bho.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'HQ-Proffesional' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110511311170} (CrossriderApp0053170).
8 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • HQ-Proffesional-codedownloader.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-6.
  • HQ-Proffesional-nova.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-7.
  • 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-5.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-5.
  • 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-4.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-4.
  • 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-3.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-3.
  • 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-2.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 4d0999d8-e34a-4c5d-91af-c88d9ce5bad2-2.
  • Plus 2 more

How do I remove HQ-Proffesional?

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Or, you can uninstall HQ-Proffesional from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HQ-Proffesional, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove HQ-Proffesional.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by HQ-Proffesional you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win XP 14%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 87%
Keep it 13%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.43%
Windows Vista 14.29%
Windows XP 14.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.86%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.29%
Windows 7 Professional 14.29%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.29%
Windows 7 Enterprise 14.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.23%
  Mexico 23.08%
  Spain 7.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 42.86%
Acer 42.86%
Dell 14.29%
Common models
HP-Pavilion KJ297AA-ABA a... 14.29%
eMachines eM250 14.29%
Dell Inspiron N5050 14.29%
ECS A780LM-M2 14.29%
HP Pavilion g4 Notebook P... 14.29%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 14.29%

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