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Boxo-search.com Redirect

Also Known As: boxo-search.com browser hijacker
Damage level: Medium

What is boxo-search.com?

Boxo Search is another version of the Spot Search and Bit Search apps. As with these two browser hijackers, Boxo Search claims to enhance the Internet search experience by displaying advanced search results - "Boxo Search aims to provide the ultimate online search experience. Our advanced technology provides you with the best of what the web has to offer, and makes it easier than ever to find exactly what you are searching for."

Many regular users find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, Boxo Search is a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This application usually infiltrates Internet browsers without users' permission, modifies the settings, and then causes unwanted browser redirects and tracks Internet browsing activity.

boxo-search.com browser hijacker

Boxo Search assigns the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings to its associated website - boxo-search.com. In addition, it is designed to install small apps/browser extensions to prevent users from reverting these changes.

This behavior significantly decreases the Internet browsing experience, since users are continually redirected to boxo-search.com when attempting to search the Internet or simply opening new tabs. Furthermore, this application monitors Internet browsing activity and collects various software and hardware information.

According to the developers, Boxo Search does not track personally identifiable information, however, the collected information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), language settings, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, etc.) clearly includes private details.

This gathered information is later shared with third parties and can be misused, thereby causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Boxo Search is a bogus application and a threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety, and therefore, should be uninstalled immediately.

Boxo Search Privacy Policy regarding information gathering:

We do not collect personal identification information including names, phone numbers and addresses. Users might be asked to add their email address to get information about Babylon Software and other special offers from Babylon Ltd. We do collect information necessary to enable certain features in the Toolbar Platform. We do not sell, rent or trade any personally identifiable information you provide when using the Toolbar, Search Software or the Web Sites.

Boxo Search is similar to other applications of the same type. There are hundreds of browser hijackers (for example, search.snapdo.com, golsearch.com, and max-start.com) that claim to be legitimate, and yet, these applications provide none of the features promised.

Boxo Search, and other browser hijackers, are developed to generate revenue for developers by displaying ads (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model), causing browser redirects (thereby increasing traffic of certain websites), and collecting information (which is later shared with third parties).

Furthermore, they diminish browser and computer performance, and may cause further computer infections or privacy issues.

How did boxo-search.com install on my computer?

Boxo Search is commonly distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows developers to stealthily install their apps together with regular software. This method is effective, since users often do not pay enough attention when downloading/installing software.

Bogus applications such as Boxo Search are usually hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings - when users skip this section, they inadvertently install these bogus apps. The developers are concerned with the number of distributed applications, and thus, do not properly disclose installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Popular freeware download websites monetize their traffic and free services via small programs called 'download managers', which are developed to include additional programs together with the chosen software. For this reason, select the direct download link if provided.

If you are forced to use a download manager, closely analyze each step of the installation process to ensure that only the chosen software is downloaded. After download, install software with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any third party software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

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Quick menu:

Boxo-search.com browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

boxo-search.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the boxo-search.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Boxo-search.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing boxo-search.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 boxo-search.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://boxo-search.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 boxo-search.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 "Search The Web".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the boxo-search.com browser hijacker, 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 boxo-search.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing boxo-search.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://boxo-search.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing boxo-search.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "boxo-search" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the boxo-search.com browser hijacker, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing boxo-search.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 "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing boxo-search.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, remove hxxp://boxo-search.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing boxo-search.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: "boxo-search"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with boxo-search.com browser hijacker 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the boxo-search.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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.

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