If you are here, the www.boxo-search.com home page has overtaken your browsers. Its removal may be tricky, but uninstalling it and deleting any remaining files and registries will prove extremely important for the safety of your system. Boxo Search is a generic member of the browser hijacker virus family. Browser hijackers are generally regarded as the least dangerous virus type, but don’t let that calm you.They are annoying as hell and may open the door for other, more dangerous malware like ransomware or trojans. Removing Boxo Search as soon as possible is the best thing you can do.
How dangerous exactly are these ads?
While annoying, the ads generated by Boxo Search are pretty harmless on their own. However this may change dramatically if you start interacting with them. The ads themselves are mostly fakes, they are drawn on your own CPU (slowing down your computer in the process). Some browser hijackers may even scan your browser’s history and generate ads that target your interests. The best course of action is always to ignore them and close all windows as they pop-up.
The hyperlinks behind the ads are what’s dangerous. They will lead you copy-cat sites that claim to sell original products, but in reality just want to steal your money. Other sites may offer free downloads – which will of course be more viruses.
Another thing of importance
In addition to ordinary ads made by Boxo Search you may see any number of the following (or similar) items:
- Pop-ups warning about a missing plug-in that needs to be installed.
- Empty media player window with enticing title – which needs a certain video player installed before it will play.
- An update for an outdated program you already have – like Flash or Java.
- Free download of software – anti-virus scanners are commonly used as bait here.
All of this, no exception, is a virus. Remember these because they are one of the most common methods viruses spread around the internet. You may find them or similar hooks on many sites around the internet. They are a very good sign that something is fishy with the site they are associated with.
Another thing to be careful with are torrents/download sites. When you download a file you may see a multitude of download buttons. Only one of those, if any, will be the real download button for the thing you want and it will be the smallest most inconspicuous one. All the rest will download a virus.
WARNING! Sometimes you will be offered a file that matches what you want in name, but the file extension will be an executable file. Almost all common viruses use the .exe file extension. Unfortunately all ordinary programs use it too. That’s why it is very important to download and install .exe files only if you are absolutely sure you got the real thing. And you can only ever be 100% sure if you got it from the official site.
How to Remove Boxo Search
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Boxo Search has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Boxo Search . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Boxo Search should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Boxo Search and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Boxo Search. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here