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Smilebox. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

by ,   Also known as Mystart.smilebox.com | Type: Browser Hijackers

What is SmileBox?

SmileBox is a potentially unwanted application that can be used for making slideshows, scrapbooks, invitations and other multimedia creations. This program is legitimate and compatible not only with Windows but with Mac OS as well. However, many our users have also reported that it showed up on their computers without downloading it. Please, don't think that SmileBox is a virus because it can't infiltrate your computer like viruses do. However, it can show up on your PC without downloading it because it has been actively spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware as an optional component. That's why it has been added to browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program categories. If you want to avoid such programs, you need to start monitoring installation of the freeware and forget about Quick or Recommended installation methods. As soon as SmileBox adware enters the system, it drops its own browser plugin on each of web browsers. It can also change the start page and the default search engine to Mystart.smilebox.com, which is a commercial search engine that displayed altered search results. As a result, you can notice that each of your search sessions is interrupted by redirects to SmileBox and other unknown sites. In addition, it can also initiate annoying pop-up ads, in-text links, banner ads and other notifications that are mostly used for affiliate marketing. If you want to protect yourself from them, you should remove SmileBox. The easiest way to do that is to run a full system scan with SpyHunter.

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How can SmileBox hijack my computer?

Though in most of the cases this program is downloaded by people from its official website. However, it can also infiltrate computers behind people's back because it has been actively promoted with the help of bundling. In order to avoid that, you need to monitor installation of the freeware. For that, you should opt only for Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. In addition, you should uncheck pre-checked check marks that say that you want to install browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, toolbars and similar components on your computer. If you have been suffering from SmileBox redirects, you should know that it may try to lead you to additional problems, like the loss of your personally non-identifiable information, slow downs on each of your web browsers, redirects, annoying pop-up ads and similar issues. In order to avoid them, you should use a guide below and remove Smilebox from your machine. Make sure you are very attentive while performing these steps on your computer.

How to remove SmileBox virus?

If you have installed this program on your computer manually, you may have already noticed annoying SmileBox ads during your browsing. In addition, people have also informed us about redirects that are caused by this program as well. if you don't want to be tricked into visiting unknown and unsafe websites, you should waste no time and remove this browser hijacker from the system. You can do that with the help of this guide:

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Smilebox manual removal

Kill processes:
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Manual Smilebox Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Smilebox and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Smilebox from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove Smilebox from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Uninstall Smilebox and related programs
  • Here, look for Smilebox or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Smilebox from Mac OS X system

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Smilebox or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Remove Smilebox from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Uninstall Smilebox from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Smilebox from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Smilebox and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Smilebox removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Smilebox from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Smilebox and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Smilebox removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Smilebox from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Smilebox and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Smilebox removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Smilebox from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Smilebox or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Smilebox, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Smilebox removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete Smilebox removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Smilebox registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of Smilebox

Map reveals the prevalence of Smilebox. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: South Africa, Philippines, Canada, Australia and United States.

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Comments on Smilebox

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Violet
Smilebox MyStart was installed on my computer when I downloaded a Macromedia Flash update. Why on earth did a reputable program such as Flash come bundled with this invasive piece of trash??
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Anonymous
I downloaded Smilebox awhile ago and found out that its not really what I needed. I googled on how to uninstall this program from your computer and heres what I found (go to this link): http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_uninstall_smilebox Now I have already gotten rid of Smilebox and I want to share it with those people with this same problem.
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If you wish to uninstall the Smilebox program from your computer, please do the following:

If you have Windows XP, click the Start button, then Control Panel. Select "Add or Remove Programs". When the list of programs comes up, click on Smilebox and then on the "Remove" button. If you are using a partner version of Smilebox it may have a slightly different name, such as, Hallmark Smilebox.*

If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, click on the Start button, then Control Panel. Select "Programs and Features" ("Programs" for Windows 7 users). When the list of programs comes up, click on Smilebox and then on the "Uninstall" button. If you are using a partner version of Smilebox it may have a slightly different name, such as, Hallmark Smilebox.*

If you have Mac, the uninstall is a 3 step process: 1) close the icon on the menu bar (click the Smilebox icon and then select Quit from the menu options), 2) from the Applications folder, drag the Smilebox application to the trash, and 3) from your home directory, choose Library > Application Support folder, drag Smilebox to the trash. You can then empty your trash to clear Smilebox.
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Melissa
I used Smilebox once, didnt find what I needed and it changed all of the settings on my computer. I learned latter that Smilebox has a D- rating with the Better Business Bureau, I am not surprised. I want it off my computer and out of my life too!
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Pat Lawson
Please delete smilebox off my computer and out f my checking account. I used it once.
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LLOYD ARNOLDI
PLEASE DELETE SMILEBOX ON MY COMPUTER .I NO LONGER WANT TO PAY FOR SOMETHING THAT I DONT USE .ALSO I DO NOT WANT MY CHKING ACCOUNT CHARGED IN THE FUTURE . 3-30-2013 6:00 CDT
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Adela
now delete this from my computer
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Adela
I hate smilebox. Please remove me from this service and unsubscribe me ASAP
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DARLENE ATKINS
I WOULD LIKE U TO TAKE ME OFF SMILEBOX.... I DO NOT USE IT BUT HAVE TO PAY 4 IT EACH MONTH. THANK YOU.

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