How to remove iqiyi (Virus Removal Guide)

iqiyi (also searched for as iqiyi virus,爱奇艺 悦享品质) is detected as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by reputable security programs, including Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. iqiyi is typically contracted without user consent and knowledge. It can automatically install in the background while you work on your computer or browse the web. Once installed, iqiyi will open a large program window and display several types of advertisements that usually say “Ads by iqiyi” or “brought by iqiyi” on them. The program will also display pop-up video advertisements on Windows Desktop.


iqiyi is not a program to be taken lightly. The unwanted program can violate your privacy without your consent. It generates very intrusive pop-up and in-text styled ads which are defined as ‘targeted’ ads. Targeted style ads are a very big privacy conern because they use your personal browsing information (including all your data on the websites you visit and your browser history) to produce advertisements it feels you are most likely to click on. The adware essentially ‘targets’ you based off your current and past browsing habits.

The “iqiyi virus” is not technically defined as a computer virus but this adware is still a threat to your privacy and can be the sign of a very severe malware infection. In fact, our review of this adware found that it downloaded and installed alongside hundreds of malicious files and unwanted programs, which is more than most common forms of adware. The internet security community strongly recommends that you remove iqiyi if you find it installed on your machine or attached to your internet browser as a browser add-on or extension and use reputable Antivirus or Anti-Malware software to eradicate any existing malicious files.

iqiyi and programs like it are usually contracted without knowledge. iqiyi is often bundled inside third-party software downloaders and bundlers. It may arrive on a computer system once other programs have been introduced to the machine. Software that iqiyi adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, and dubious torrent files.

iqiyi overview

  • iqiyi bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • iqiyi is usually bundled inside installers and downloaders distributed as dubious torrents or as freeware programs distributed by websites similar to and
  • iqiyi injects visited webpages with pop-up and in-text advertisements.
  • iqiyi makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings (such as Windows registry) and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has been disabled it will enable itself to run.

iqiyi (Removal Options)

Option 1: Automatically remove iqiyi virus with Malwarebytes

1. We recommend that you write down the toll free number below in case you run into any issues while removing this infection. Our techs will kindly assist you with any problems.


2. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

3. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

4. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

Malwarebytes scan for iqiyi

5. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

6. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

If you are still having issues removing iqiyi we suggest that use a second opinion scanner and removal tool such as HitmanPro to locate and remove any malicious files that may be present.

Option 2: Manually remove iqiyi

How to uninstall iqiyi

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove program) in the Programs section.

remove iqiyi

3. Search for iqiyi in the list of installed programs and select it with your mouse, then click Uninstall. You can also double click iqiyi to uninstall it.

If you do not find iqiyi in your list of installed program you may need to uninstall additional programs that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove iqiyi below.

How to remove iqiyi add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the iqiyi extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the iqiyi add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the iqiyi extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

If you do not find iqiyi in your list of add-ons and extensions you may need to remove additional attachments that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove iqiyi below.

iqiyi virus removal tips

  • If you do not find iqiyi in your list of installed programs you may need to uninstall additional programs. Additional programs may include suspicious titles that may have been contracted around the same time or after the initial infection.
  • If you are still having issues removing iqiyi you should use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3. HitmanPro 3 is the best second opinion scan and removal tool. It can be used to locate and remove remaining threats.

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