This page aims to help you remove BoxBob “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
In the following article we are going to explain what is typical of BoxBob “Virus”. You may have already suffered from its effects on your PC. Briefly, we can tell you that BoxBob “Virus” is a browser hijacker program that could be able to change the settings of all your browser apps, no matter whether you prefer Chrome, Firefox or Explorer, and cause the appearance of many advertisements (banners, new browser tabs, pop-ups); a completely different new homepage and search engine; and some quite unpleasant redirections to various online locations every time you try to use your browser.
Why does BoxBob “Virus” behave in this rather irritating way?
In fact, you should remember that BoxBob “Virus” has more harmless effects on your computer than it might have negative ones. The production of pop-ups, boxes, tabs and banners that might seem particularly disturbing to you actually does NO real harm to your machine. It is true that depending on the resources your computer has, it might slow down the entire performance of your PC. However, it may only happen to systems with less RAM and CPU. Another one of its normal activities that you could find alarming is the research on which the produced ads are based. Typically, such research represents a study of your personal interests based on your recent search requests. In this way, as you might have already noticed, the hijacker may only generate advertisements that fit what the research has concluded your preferences to be. The sudden change of your usual home page and default search engine may also irritate you a lot. The most annoying part, actually, might be the redirections to unfamiliar web pages that your browser may be suffering from. On certain rare occasions they may lead to places that contain dangerous software viruses like Ransomware.
After we have discussed all the potential negative consequences that may result from an infection with BoxBob “Virus”, we are going to explain the reasons for them. The generation of lots of pop-ups and banners, the possible redirections and the potential homepage changes are all related to the way browser hijackers could be programmed to act. Their typical behavior depends on what their developers want them to achieve. And the same developers are being paid by different vendors and goods producers to advertise what they create in the most efficient way. That’s why these programmers set such big numbers of ads to be shown by their hijackers. Mostly because they believe the more ads a user gets exposed to, the more goods they will be willing to spend their money on. Also, the new homepage and the places you might be redirected to are also subjects of advertising as the programmers are also paid to show exactly these websites and to popularize them. It is all about the potential earnings a developer may have.
Manners of distribution:
The reasons for BoxBob “Virus”‘s typical activities are also connected to the way it may get distributed. Usually, programmers find a way to distribute these money-earning ad-displaying programs by mixing them with some other software they create. The aforementioned software mixtures are called program bundles and they are the typical means of transport for all types of ad-producing software such as Adware and browser hijackers. However, we must mention here that you DON’T catch such an annoying infection simply by downloading bundles that contain a browser hijacker. Hijackers are not, for instance, Ransomware viruses, and cannot self-install on your device.
Downloading a bundle doesn’t affect your PC. Installing it right does:
It is essential that you knowingly or unknowingly install all the contents of such a bundle in order for a program like BoxBob “Virus” to function. This is where many users make a crucial mistake and get infected by such a hijacker. The desire to use a program from a given bundle makes many people select the default or the quickest way of installing it. Nonetheless, doing so often involves installing everything that might be hiding inside this software combo. The clever way of completing any installation process is to choose the feature that will take longer but in this way your system will be safer. Usually this is the advanced installation method and it will allow you to choose what exactly you want to install from a particular bundle and what you prefer to leave behind.
Is the uninstallation of BoxBob “Virus” an easy task?
Whether you will manage to remove this hijacker fast and easily depends on your particular case. However, we have prepared an uninstallation set of instructions below (See “Removal Guide”) that is designed to help you no matter what your case is. You just need to follow all the given instructions with caution and that should be enough to remove BoxBob “Virus” from your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Such programs “hijack”the control over your browser’s settings and change them so that: there may occur ad generation; redirection processes or setting of new homepages.|
|Distribution Method||Many possible sources: spam; bundles; contaminated web pages; torrents.|
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BoxBob “Virus” Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove BoxBob “Virus” from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove BoxBob “Virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove BoxBob “Virus” from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!