What is RecommendationBox?
The RecommendationBox application claims to provide features to save time and money while shopping online (for example, comparison shopping, display of coupons and special deals/discounts on various online stores) - "The smartest way to buy online. Discover the best discounts while you are surfing on your favorite sites."
This application may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that RecommendationBox is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This is due to its behavior, which includes stealth installation, display of intrusive ads, and collection of user/system information.
As with other regular adware, RecommendationBox employs a virtual layer to display pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar ads. None originate from the visited websites and conceal underlying content, thus, diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Most redirect to websites offering certain features, online stores, and other similar e-commerce sites, however, some may redirect to malicious websites containing infectious content - clicking them can lead to high-risk computer infections.
RecommendationBox is also designed to continually track users' Internet browsing activity, gathering IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar data.
Some of this data might contain personal details that developers later share with third parties. Thus, the presence of RecommendationBox on your system can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall this application immediately.
RecommendationBox is similar to other applications offering identical features to encourage users to install. Despite their claims, neither RecommendationBox, nor Oh My Coupons, PriceFountain, Groover and other adware-type apps, provide any of the functionality promised.
They are designed to generate revenue by displaying advertisements and collecting personal data - they deliver no real value to users.
How did RecommendationBox install on my computer?
RecommendationBox is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, many users install this app inadvertently without their consent. RecommendationBox is widely distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of rogue apps with the chosen software/apps.
The developers are aware that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software, and therefore, hide applications such as RecommendationBox within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By rushing the download and installation processes, users often install PUPs inadvertently, which might lead to further computer infections or even identity theft.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All users are responsible for their own computer safety. The key computer safety is caution. Never rush when downloading and installing applications. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, follow each step, and decline all offers to install additional apps.
Deceptive free software installer used to distribute RecommendationBox adware:
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- What is RecommendationBox?
- STEP 1. Uninstall RecommendationBox application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove RecommendationBox adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove RecommendationBox ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by RecommendationBox' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove RecommendationBox ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
RecommendationBox adware 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 "RecommendationBox", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes RecommendationBox ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove RecommendationBox adware from Internet browsers:
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Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "RecommendationBox", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the recommendationbox adware, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "RecommendationBox", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the recommendationbox adware, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "RecommendationBox".
Computer users who have problems with recommendationbox adware 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the recommendationbox adware, 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.
Commonly, 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.
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