GeniusBox Adware

Also Known As: Ads by GeniusBox
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

GeniusBox - how to remove Genius Box (TGF Interactive) ads from search engines?

What is GeniusBox?

Developed by TGF Interactive, GeniusBox is a browser extension (an add-on) claiming to enhance the Internet search experience by displaying quick search results from many websites such as Flickr, YouTube, eBay, and Amazon. While this added functionality may seem useful, there is a downside to using GeniusBox: this browser extension tracks users' browsing habits and displays unwanted ads when visiting popular search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo! These unwanted ads are labelled 'About this GeniusBox ad' and 'TGF Interactive'. Users often install this browser add-on without their consent, since developers of this browser plug-in employ a marketing method called 'bundling', and in most cases it is installed together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

geniusbox adware

Today, many popular download websites (including download.com, softonic.com, etc.) use 'download clients' offering installation of additional programs with the downloaded free software. Commonly, these promoted programs are potentially unwanted browser add-ons and toolbars, which add little value to the browsing experience and cause redirect problems, unwanted ads, and privacy issues. Genius Box is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that causes diminished browser performance. Using this add-on may lead to security and privacy issues, and therefore, you are strongly advised to remove it from your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox).

Genius Box is identical to another browser add-on created by TGF Interactive called The Genius Factory. The following removal guide is effective in eliminating either of these browser extensions. Note that Genius Box is not a virus or malware, however, due to its deceptive promotion methods (including browser tracking and unwanted ads), it is categorized as adware. This software is similar to other potentially unwanted browser add-ons such as LessTabs, WebCake, SelectionLinks, and many others. To avoid unwilling installation of browser add-ons, be attentive when downloading free software, ensuring that you decline installation of additional programs and disallow any suggested changes to browser settings (homepage, default search engine, etc.) To eliminate Genius Box adware, use the removal guide provided below.

GeniusBox adware can install in these different names - “GeniusBox Media”, “GeniusBox Music”, “GeniusBox Videos”, “GeniusBox Movies”, “GeniusBox Books”, “GeniusBox Games” and “GeniusBox News”:

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Screenshot of GeniusBox application:

geniusbox application

Deceptive free software installers used in GeniusBox adware distribution:

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GeniusBox adware generating intrusive ads in Google Internet search results ('Ad by GeniusBox'):

geniusbox adware generating ads in Google search results

GeniusBox adware generating intrusive banner ads ('Powered by GeniusBox'):

geniusbox adware generating deals ads

GeniusBox adware generating coupon ads in online shopping websites ('Ads by GeniusBox'):

geniusbox adware generating coupon ads in online shopping websites

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Quick menu:

GeniusBox adware 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.

geniusbox adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "GeniusBox 2.0", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Genius Box, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Remove GeniusBox adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing geniusbox ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "GeniusBox" ( or any other recently installed suspicious plug-ins) and disable it.

Removing geniusbox ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by geniusbox, 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 geniusbox ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "GeniusBox" (or any other recently-installed suspicious plugins), select it and click the trash can icon.

Removing geniusbox ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by geniusbox, 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 geniusbox ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "GeniusBox" (or any other recently-installed suspicious plug-ins).

Removing geniusbox ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by geniusbox 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

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 didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by geniusbox from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on ads by geniusbox or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Heather

After I uninstalled GenusBox, it was still running in Google Chrome (it was not installed as an extension though. It had been installed as a program only.) After a computer restart, it appears to finally be gone, but I wasn't able to connect to the Internet because of a proxy server error. So I went into my browser's Internet connection settings (search for "proxy" in Chrome settings) and set it back to "automatically detect" my Internet settings. That fixed things and now my connection is super-fast like it's supposed to be. :) (Later, I noticed that the article mentioned all this towards the bottom of the page, telling us to reset the browser settings back to default, although that will change many more settings than necessary.)

MoonPoint

I found the GeniusBox software was installed with Vuze 5.5.0.0. It set itself up as a proxy server to intercept both HTTP and HTTPS traffic, installing a certificate it created in the root certificates list on the system, so that browsers wouldn't warn the user that something was amiss when visiting websites using HTTPS, since it inserted itself as a "man-in-the-middle" between the browsers on the system and websites, so that it could eavesdrop on encrypted as well as unencrypted web traffic..

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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