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Remove FoxTab Video Converter (Virus Removal Instructions) - 2019 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

FoxTab Video Converter is a free application that might enter your computer in deceptive ways

FoxTab Video Converter

FoxTab Video Converter is a freeware application that is meant to help users convert video files from one format to another. The purpose of such action is relatively simple: some websites do not accept certain file formats, so users start looking for methods to convert video files in order to upload them.

So that is where applications like FoxTab Video Converter comes into play. Users might indeed download the app intentionally while seeking its functionality, however, it is also actively distributed on third-party sites and bundled software packages.

As soon as FoxTab Video Converter enters the computer, it might change the default search engine, homepage and new tab address on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers. Additionally, it can also display intrusive ads during web browsing sessions. Because of these features, the application is recognized as a potentially unwanted program by security experts[1] and marked as PUP.FoxTab VideoConverter by some anti-malware engines.

Name FoxTab Video Converter
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Infiltration Third-party sites, software bundles
Risks Download of other unwanted programs, sensitive information disclosure on unsafe sites, malware infections, etc.
Symptoms Changed web browser settings, intrusive ads on all visited sites, sponsored links, etc.
Termination use security software like Reimage or make use of our manual removal guide below

According to findings[2], FoxTab Video Converter might not even fulfill its primary function, and often crash or fail to convert the desired file. The reason for this is most likely due to poor development of the program – many bugs can occur. However, it should not come as a surprise, as potentially unwanted programs often fail to deliver promised functionality because they intend to monetize of advertisement that the FoxTab Video Converter virus brings.

Another pesky feature of the adware[3] application is that users claimed that they struggled with FoxTab Video Converter removal. Quite often, the uninstallation executable is missing, and the program is not showing within the installed application list. This is done to complicate its termination and increase money received from ads.

Additionally, because FoxTab Video Converter is an adware program, it might be secretly recording all sorts of information about you. For example:

  • Geolocation
  • IP address
  • Cookies
  • Technical details of the used device and all the installed applications
  • Search queries
  • Sites visited
  • Links clicked, etc.

All this data is extremely useful for online advertising schemes. The aggregated data might be sold to third parties, and you will see ads that are more relevant to your likes. However, be aware that third-parties are not always secure, so visiting sites promoted by FoxTab Video Converter is not always safe.

FoxTab Video Converter adware
FoxTab Video Converter is adware application that enters user machines without permission and starts delivering intrusive ads

To conclude, you should not use the FoxTab Video Converter, as it might completely fail to deliver the video conversion feature. Besides, if the app appeared on your computer out of nowhere, you should not try using it and proceed with FoxTab Video Converter removal steps we provide below. If you can't eliminate the PUP manually, you should scan your computer with Reimage or other security software that will terminate all the unwanted components automatically.

Software bundling technique is common and you should be aware of it

The most common potentially unwanted software distribution method is software bundling. Freeware developers have used this deceptive marketing technique for years, and it is astonishingly effective. Thousands of applications are installed on user computers without their consent every day as they are not prone to pay attention to the installation process of new apps downloaded from the internet.

Therefore, you should be aware of the tricks that freeware developers employ. For example:

  • Misleading placements of “Decline” and “Accept” buttons;
  • Pre-ticked boxes that state acknowledgement of the installation of suspicious app;
  • Deceitful naming of installation settings (“Express installation”);
  • Optional components hidden under Advanced/Custom installation mode.

Therefore, pay close attention to what you click on during the installation of free software. Be aware that even the popular sites like Download.com, Softonic, and many others bundle software – so do not put your guard down. No matter what you do, never opt for Recommended/Quick settings, as these most certainly bring in PUPs into your computer.

FoxTab Video Converter installation
FoxTab Video Converter can be installed intentionally, although most of the users find the program after the installation of freeware

Remove the useless FoxTab Video Converter from your computer

Looking for free programs online might be a real pain, as there are so many to choose from. Unfortunately, some applications are just good for nothing, as they spam user browsers with countless ads and fail to deliver their primary functions. Experts believe that FoxTab Video Converter removal is the best option for all users, no matter if the app was downloaded intentionally or not.

However, as mentioned previously, some users might find it challenging to remove FoxTab Video Converter, as the application does not show up in the installed program list. If that is the case, the best option would be installing anti-malware software and performing a full system scan. In such a way, you could delete all the traces of the app without any troubles. However, in case you want to try to eliminate FoxTab Video Converter manually, we provide the instructions below. Note that you should also reset your web browsers if the PUP changed their settings.

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To remove FoxTab Video Converter, follow these steps:

Erase FoxTab Video Converter from Windows systems

If you can find the entry of FoxTab Video Converter via the Control Panel, proceed with its termination:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall FoxTab Video Converter and related programs
    Here, look for FoxTab Video Converter or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate FoxTab Video Converter from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for FoxTab Video Converter and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete FoxTab Video Converter removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove FoxTab Video Converter from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, FoxTab Video Converter should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of FoxTab Video Converter from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Refresh Mozilla Firefox in case the PUP changed its settings:

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select FoxTab Video Converter 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
  3. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete FoxTab Video Converter removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall FoxTab Video Converter from Google Chrome

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select FoxTab Video Converter 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
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete FoxTab Video Converter removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase FoxTab Video Converter from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for FoxTab Video Converter or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 FoxTab Video Converter removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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