Vantbox Virus

Vantbox

Vantbox is an invasive ad-generating app that gets itself attached to the browser and changes it without asking for your authorization. The presence of Vantbox in the browser leads to sudden redirects to promotional sites and the generation of aggressive online adverts.

Vantbox

You could get this application installed in almost any browser, including popular browsers with high levels of security such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and more. Typically, the first symptoms triggered by apps like Captcha FairiStart Search Bar that users tend to notice are the various changes introduced to the browser. For example, you will likely see there’s a new search engine tool in place of the one your browser used to have as its default. To add to that, the homepage address of the browser will also likely be changed and replaced with the address of some ad-heavy site. Next, page redirects, ads, pop-ups, and box messages will probably start to show up on your screen while you are trying to use your browser.

SUMMARY:

NameVantbox
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Vantbox!

How to remove Vantbox

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Vantbox in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Vantbox from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Vantbox.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Vantbox.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Vantbox from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Vantbox extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Vantbox and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Vantbox on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Vantbox extension
  4. Get rid of Vantbox by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Vantbox” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Vantbox

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Vantbox process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Vantbox
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Vantbox” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Vantbox

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Vantbox in there
    4. Uninstall Vantbox from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Vantbox-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Vantbox in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random


    What is Vantbox?


    The changes introduced by the invasive browser-hijacking app and the various forms of online advertising that you will get exposed to is typically enough for most people to decide to get this app uninstalled. There, however, is a problem people tend to face when they attempt to remove Vantbox from their computers. Most browser hijackers, including Vantbox, don’t make it easy on the users when it comes down to uninstalling them. Even if there is an uninstallation button for the hijacker and you find it, using it will most likely only result in a momentary removal of the hijacker. In most cases, soon after the seeming uninstallation of Vantbox, this app would return to your browser to continue bothering you with its Pay-Per-Click ads and Pay-per-View page redirects. This is because the people behind such software are interested in keeping their browser hijackers on the users’ computer for as long as possible since this effectively increases the overall amount of income earned through the display of paid advertisements. Of course, for the end user this is quite unfortunate because it could be quite difficult and confusing figuring out how to truly uninstall an app like this one.
    If you have recently found yourself in a similar struggle and you are unsure about how to proceed, be sure to check out our detailed removal instructions found at the bottom of this post – they will help you with the uninstallation of the aggressive hijacker and allow you to return the browser settings that you prefer.


    Why hijackers like Vantbox need to be uninstalled?


    The Vantbox app is not a particularly dangerous piece of software, especially if you compare it to Ransomware, Spyware, or Trojan horse threats. However, the ceaseless ads and the sudden page redirects to unknown sites might expose some unfortunate users to Trojans and Ransomware (or other viruses) because there’s usually not a whole lot of control over the quality of the advertising materials spammed by most hijackers. That is why experts consider this type of apps to be unreliable and potentially hazardous and it is also why we advise you to remove Vantbox at the earliest opportunity.

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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