How to remove Clipbox Tab browser hijacker
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of application is Clipbox Tab?
While testing the Clipbox Tab application, we learned that this browser extension functions as a browser hijacker. The purpose of this browser-hijacking app is to promote two fake search engines: find.asrcgetit.com and clipboxtab.com. Clipbox Tab hijacks a browser by altering its settings.
Clipbox Tab browser hijacker overview
Clipbox Tab forces users to browse the web using find.asrcgetit.com or clipboxtab.com fake search engine. They are fake because they show results generated by Bing (both find.asrcgetit.com and clipboxtab.com redirects to bing.com). Clipbox Tab promotes fake search engines by changing the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page.
Clipbox Tab may be able to prevent users from changing their default homepage or search engine settings, effectively blocking them from returning to a legitimate search engine and instead forcing them to use a fake one. This can cause significant difficulty or even render it impossible for users to switch back to a trusted search engine.
It is recommended to use reputable search engines such as Google or Bing and avoid using fake search engines. Fake search engines may lead users to websites that contain malware or prompt them to download malicious software. Also, they can display unwanted advertisements or track user activity and provide poor or irrelevant search results.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Clipbox Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Promoted URLs||find.asrcgetit.com, clipboxtab.com|
|Detection Names (find.asrcgetit.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (clipboxtab.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (find.asrcgetit.com)||18.104.22.168|
|Serving IP Address (clipboxtab.com)||22.214.171.124|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser hijacker examples
Browser hijackers often get installed on users' computers (or added to their browsers) without their knowledge. Usually, these apps modify the default homepage, search engine, and other browser settings to redirect users to unwanted or fake search engines.
Some browser hijackers may track user activity and collect personal data, which can be used for targeted advertising or other malicious purposes. Examples of different browser-hijacking apps are Qwik Search, Never Forget Tab, and My Cloud Tab.
How did Clipbox Tab install on my computer?
Browser hijacking typically occurs as a result of downloading applications from deceptive websites, clicking on deceptive advertisements that execute malicious scripts, or installing software that offers browser hijacking as an optional feature (without properly disclosing it).
If users do not modify settings such as "Custom," "Advanced," or similar ones during software installation, browser hijacking can occur because the hijacker is included as part of the installation.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
It is recommended to download applications and files from reputable sources such as official stores and pages. Avoid using third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, third-party stores, unofficial pages, and similar sources to download apps.
Before downloading and installing any program, carefully review the "Custom," "Advanced," and other settings in the downloaders and installers, and deselect any unwanted applications. Exercise caution when encountering advertisements on questionable or suspicious websites and do not allow such pages to send notifications.
If your computer is already infected with Clipbox Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Find.asrcgetit.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Appearance of clipboxtab.com:
Permissions asked by Clipbox Tab browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Clipbox Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Clipbox Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Clipbox Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove find.asrcgetit.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove find.asrcgetit.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Clipbox Tab browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the find.asrcgetit.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Clipbox Tab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Clipbox Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Clipbox Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.find.asrcgetit.com or hxxp://www.clipboxtab.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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "find.asrcgetit.com" (or clipboxtab.com), when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the find.asrcgetit.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Clipbox Tab", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Clipbox Tab", remove hxxp://find.asrcgetit.com (or hxxp://clipboxtab.com) and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and press Enter. Click "Accept the Risk and Continue".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled". Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with find.asrcgetit.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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the find.asrcgetit.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit find.asrcgetit.com and clipboxtab.com websites?
The income generated by the owners of find.asrcgetit.com and clipboxtab.com varies directly with the traffic their websites receive.
Is visiting find.asrcgetit.com and clipboxtab.com a threat to my privacy?
Fake search engines such as find.asrcgetit.com and clipboxtab.com usually collect diverse information about their visitors. Obtained data can be misused for malicious purposes.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are commonly disseminated through bundled installation setups, misleading promotional webpages, freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer networks, online scams, dubious browser notifications, and shady ads.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Clipbox Tab browser hijacker?
Manual removal may not always be effective, especially in cases where multiple browser hijackers that can reinstall one another are present. In these cases, users have to remove all browser hijackers simultaneously.
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