SmileBox is legitimate application that can be used for making slideshows, scrapbooks, invitations and other multimedia creations. This program is available not only on Windows but Mac OS as well. However, many our users have also reported it as annoying program that has some similar features to browser hijacker – it tends to redirect its users to various commercial websites, make the PC laggy and replace user's favorite search engine to Mystart.smilebox.com In addition, there are many references online describing it as rootkit-powered malware. That why many of internet users searches for information about smilebox virus removal. They treat some of smilebox activity as virus activity.
HOW DID I GET INFECTED WITH SMILEBOX?
Though in most of the cases it is installed manually, it can also be downloaded bundled with other problems without any administrator privileges required. In addition, this app changes browser settings and randomly sends its users to unwanted pages, like commercial websites or other insecure domains. As it turns out, Smilebox is not malware but rather a legitimate digital greeting/slideshow/scrapbooking desktop solution. However, if it has annoyed you to death, you may need some instructions on how to remove Smilebox.
HOW TO GET RID OF SMILEBOX?
Automatic Smilebox Removal Guide
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Smilebox manual removal
Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for Smilebox or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are 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.
Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
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.
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
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Smilebox and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
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.
Remove dangerous extensions
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.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select Smilebox and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
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.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
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.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Here, select Smilebox and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
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.
- Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
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.
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Smilebox removal.
What is browser hijacker?
Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.
Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Smilebox:
• Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
• Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
• Appearance of new tabs
• Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
Geolocation of Smilebox
This map reveals the prevalence
of Smilebox. Countries and regions that have been affected the most
are: South Africa, Philippines, Canada, Australia and United States.
QR code for Smilebox removal instructions
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than
standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the
website is that parasites like Smilebox are really hard to remove on infected computer.
you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to
uninstall Smilebox right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
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Information added: 2014-09-11 03:27
Information updated: 2014-09-11 03:27
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