Adware.GeniusBox – Detailed Report
A week ago, A PC security researcher company Symantec discovered an adware program and named it as Adware.GeniusBox, also known as simply GeniusBox is developed by TGF Interactive LLC. GeniusBox was first detected on November 24, 2014. As of now it is active again being promoted on various software online stores as a very helpful program to enhance your search experience. Adware.GeniusBox claims that using it you can quickly/easily view the most relevant search results from all your favorite websites and search engines without needing to open additional windows or going to multiple websites.
However, in reality, GeniusBox leads to many harmful action on the infected Computer and sets your system security in danger without any notification. Source code and behavior analysis of the adware reveals that it traces your online activities and steals your credentials. It connects to Attacker's C&C servers in order to hand over collected credentials. Later on, attackers may sell these informations to third parties who are using such data for marketing or promotions. Moreover, it has been reported that it can disclose your various accounts login details (ID/Password). So that, it can read your text message, personal conversation, steal your documents, companies private strategy plans or your family's photos, videos as well. Most worse, Adware.GeniusBox also substitutes your browser's default search provider, homepage links with questionable websites.
Why should you remove Adware.GeniusBox?
injects countless ads on the web pages like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail etc that you visit in your daily.
replaces your browser's default search provider google.com to advertising website.
monitors your browsing exercise and purloin your credential information and private files.
adds spyware toolbars,extensions, add on or plug in on your browsers without your consent.
Distribution of Adware.GeniusBox include following sources:
Spamming Websites – serve Adware.GeniusBox drive by downloads to infected your PC.
Bundled software/file Package – come bundled up with malicious executable file which gets installed when you open/run bundled files.
Spam Email Attachment Or Link – may look suspicious, sent from unknown sender. If you download attachment or visit links, your PC gets compromised instantly.
P2P File Sharing Platform – like Torrents where Attackers share malicious bundled files to target your PC.
Unsecured Wireless Network – may be available in public places to connect without any password. Remember, if you try to take advantage of it, hacker would get remote access to your PC.
Customized strange downloaders – suggest you download additional programs along with your specific download.
Infected USBs – can copy malicious source code from one to another computer.
Therefore, all victims are advised to terminate Adware.GeniusBox and related files from their PC immediately. Kindly, follow the adware removal guide:
How to Uninstall Adware.GeniusBox from Control Panel from Windows 10
- Click and Open Start Menu option
- Settings option is to be selected on the menu to show all the contents
- Click on System option
- On the system Menu, Click on Apps and features option
- Now Click on Adware.GeniusBox to remove it from PC.
How to Eliminate Adware.GeniusBox from Windows 8/8.1
Step 1: Press repeatedly F8 to boot PC in Safe Mode. Restart PC and select “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Step 2: Press ALT+Ctrl+Del to open Windows Task Manager. After that, search all the Adware.GeniusBox related processes and then click to “End Task”
Step 3: Type “regedit” in Run dialog box and open Windows Registry Editor. Search and delete all the corrupt registries added by Adware.GeniusBox infection.
Step 4: Go to Start and then click to open Control Panel.
After that, click Add/Remove Program
Uninstall Adware.GeniusBox associated programs from Windows 8/8.1
Uninstall Adware.GeniusBox From Window 7/vista
Tap on F8 Key to Enter Safe Mode
Restart PC and select “Safe Mode with Networking”
First of all close all running programs and open Task manager by pressing ALT + CTRL + DEL keys on your keyboard simultaneously.
Now Click on Processes menu and select all the processes associated with Adware.GeniusBox one by one then click on End Task.
Now go to the desktop, click on Start Menu on the left lower corner. Move to Control panel and use left mouse click over it.
The Control panel window will open, if are getting the view by Category find and click “Uninstall a program” below “Programs” group.
Now select Adware.GeniusBox within programs list and click on Uninstall.
Steps to Eliminate Adware.GeniusBox from Windows XP
Step 1: Restart PC in Safe Mode by continuously pressing F8 button. After that, select “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Step 2: Open Windows Task Manager by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del together. After that, find and select all the Adware.GeniusBox associated processes and then click to “End Task” button.
Step 3: Open Run dialog box and then enter “regedit.exe” to open Windows Registry. Search and then delete all the corrupt and infectious registries added by Adware.GeniusBox.
Step 4: Click Start button and then go to Control Panel, click to open Windows Add/Remove Program. Search all the Adware.GeniusBox related programs and then uninstall it from Windows XP.
How to Uninstall Adware.GeniusBox From Your Infected Browser
A. Guidelines to Remove Adware.GeniusBox From Microsoft Edge Browser
How to Reset Default Search Engine to Uninstall Adware.GeniusBox
Select Settings after selecting More (…) on the address bar
Click and select on View advanced settings option
In order to input the search engine, Click on <Add new> under option”Search in the address bar with”
Select Search engine and adds as default by clicking on Add as default option.
How to Reset Default Homepage on Microsoft Edge to Uninstall Adware.GeniusBox
- Select More (…) option on the address bar followed by settings
- Select specific page or pages under Open with option
- After selecting the Custom option, enter the URL of the homepage you wish to set as
B. How to Delete Adware.GeniusBox from Google Chrome
Click to Open Google Chrome and then click on menu icon which is on the top right corner and then select Tools → Extensions
Select all the malicious extensions including Adware.GeniusBox and then select trash icon
Again click on menu icon and select Settings and then click to Manage Search Engines under the Search section
In Search Engines, remove all the infectious search sites and set Google Chrome as Default Browser
C. How to Uninstall Adware.GeniusBox From Mozilla Firefox
Launch Mozilla Firefox and find and click “Firefox” button on the top left corner on the screen.
A drop down box will appear, navigate to Add-ons option and click on it.
In the next window select and click on “Extensions” in left pane.
Find Adware.GeniusBox add-on and click on the center area to see the border exactly and click on Disable button.
Wait a moment and let the add-on get disabled.
Now click the “Remove” button, later on uninstall the add-on Mozilla will ask you to restart the browser.
D. How to Remove Adware.GeniusBox From Internet Explorer
First of all Launch Internet explorer by clicking the Task-bar Icon on desktop.
Now Click on Tool Menu on web browser interface.
Select and click on Manage add-ons in the drop down box.
A View and manage your Internet Explorer Add-ons window will open, now click on “Toolbar and Extensions” option in left pane.
A list of all installed ad-ons will appear, select Adware.GeniusBox and click on “Disable” button and Reset IE