Remove feed.searchboxlive.com from browser settings

Also Known As: feed.searchboxlive.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

SearchBox browser hijacker removal instructions

What is SearchBox?

SearchBox (also known as SearchBoxLive) is an application that gets installed on a browser, it supposed to make web browsing easier. At the same time this app also changes browser settings to promote a fake search engine (feed.searchboxlive.com). Apps of this type are called browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Typically, users download and install them inadvertently. Additionally, most browser hijackers are designed to gather user-system information.

feed.searchboxlive.com browser hijacker

Typically, browser hijackers can be installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. After installation SearchBox appoints feed.searchboxlive.com address as a new homepage, default search engine and new tab URL. Like most apps of this type, SearchBox makes sure that its users could not change or undo these settings unless it is uninstalled. It means that people who have this app installed are forced to visit the aforementioned website when they open their browser, new tab or search the web through URL bar. Additionally, most fake search engines and browser hijackers are designed to collect various data. As a rule, they gather details such as user's IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries and other similar information. However, it is possible that they may be designed to record personal details too. Quite often their developers share collected information with third parties (possibly cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions might cause users various problems. For example, privacy, browsing safety issues or even an identity theft. There are the main reasons why apps like SearchBox should be uninstalled immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name SearchBox
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names (install.searchboxlive.com) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) SearchBox, SearchBox DS
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to make everyday web browsing easier
Promoted URL feed.searchboxlive.com
Serving IP Address (feed.searchboxlive.com) 13.84.45.249
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites
Removal

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SearchBox is similar to other apps of this type such as Your Streaming TV Now, Live Radio Now, Maps Utility and many others. Most browser hijackers are advertised as useful, legitimate apps. Nevertheless, instead of functioning as they supposed to, these apps operate as information tracking tools and promote fake search engines. To sum up, apps of this type should never be trusted and/or used.

How did SearchBox install on my computer?

SearchBox is promoted through its website and is available for download on Chrome Web Store too. However, most people download and install apps of this type unintentionally, unwillingly. They cause unwanted installations (and downloads) by clicking deceptive advertisements that usually are displayed on questionable pages or by downloading and installing software without checking information provided in their setups. Very often PUAs are added in setups of other software and are mentioned in settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. However, not all people check (and change) them, by leaving them unchanged they unknowingly give permission for some PUA to be downloaded and installed together with the desired software. This marketing method used to distribute PUAs is known as "bundling". Simply said, developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps through setups of desired, usually free programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software (and files) from official websites and use direct links for that. We do not recommend to download programs using third party downloaders, unofficial websites and other similar sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients). Download and install software appropriately: check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings that are available in any download or installation setup and opt-out offers to download or install additionally included unwanted apps. As a rule, ads that are displayed on questionable pages redirect people to untrustworthy websites. Examples of unreliable pages that often contain deceptive ads are: sites related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other websites of this kind. If a browser opens questionable pages or/and displays unwanted ads, then we recommend to check what programs are installed on a computer and extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser. If there are any unwanted, suspicious or unknown entries (apps/programs) on them, then they should be uninstalled as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with SearchBox, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting SearchBox browser hijacker:

Website used to promote SearchBox browser hijacker

SearchBox download site notifies about changes that will be made if this app will be added to a browser:

SearchBox app asks various permissions

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Quick menu:

SearchBox browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

feed.searchboxlive.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "SearchBox"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the feed.searchboxlive.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

SearchBox browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://feed.searchboxlive.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "SearchBox".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.searchboxlive.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "SearchBox DS" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "SearchBox DS", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.feed.searchboxlive.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "feed.searchboxlive.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.searchboxlive.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "SearchBox" (or "SearchBox DS"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "SearchBox" (or "SearchBox DS"), remove hxxp://feed.searchboxlive.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.searchboxlive.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "feed.searchboxlive.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with feed.searchboxlive.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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