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Remove Genius Box (Removal Instructions) - Jun 2017 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Genius Box is an intrusive adware program that seeks to control your searches

Genius Box

Genius Box is a suspicious free program that aims to inject sponsored content above regular search results. It was developed by TGF Interactive, LLC. This spyware variant is set to modify search results delivered by regular search engines and integrate sponsored content into them. Ads by GeniusBox are going to appear above all search results. It is recommended that you stay away from these results because clicking them can trigger redirects to highly untrustworthy or even malicious websites[1].

Adware drops its own extension on all web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome to settle the changes and prevent the user from modifying them. Despite promises to enhance user's search experience, this ad-supported program can only pose a threat to the system and user's privacy. Due to these issues, we suggest you remove Genius Box for good. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software can complete this task safely.

You should be aware that the only goal of this obscure search tool is to serve promotional content, make users click on it, cause URL redirections to predetermined sites and increase their popularity. Each of the redirects generates pay-per-click revenue for the suspicious developer of this junkware but poses a threat to the user at the same time. External websites that can be accessed via this search engine are likely to be dangerous or simply untrustworthy, so our team recommends performing a complete Genius Box removal ASAP.

Another issue is that this adware program collects some information about the user or his/hers browsing activities. While this virtual pest doesn't collect personal user information purposely, it can collect it after the user contacts the company. The adware also collects URLs visited by the user, search queries and such pieces of data can contain personally identifiable information. The potentially unwanted program also collects such anonymous information during victim's browsing sessions:

  • Type of the browser used by the user;
  • Operating system type;
  • IP address;
  • Geographic location;
  • ISP;
  • Browsing history;
  • Search queries.

Questions about Genius Box

Collected data is shared with third-party advertising networks that use it to select and deliver targeted ads to the user. On top of that, these ad networks are allowed to use tracking cookies[2] as well. We highly suggest you reconsider if it is worth using this ad-supported program because you can never know if it stores your information securely and how it is being manipulated. If you want to prevent it from collecting and storing such data, remove Genius Box immediately.

Genius Box virus
Genius Box virus injects sponsored entries above regular search results no matter what search engine the victim uses.

In addition, this browser add-on may start acting like a traditional adware that serves ads in a form of pop-ups or banners. Soon enough you may start noticing annoying ads that may link you to unknown websites. You won't miss its continuous pop-up ads that are labeled “About this Genius Box ad”, “GeniusBox ads” and “brought to you by TGF Interactive.” These are the ones that pay for promoting them because they want to increase their page rank or sales. Beware that you can't be sure that such ads won't redirect you to an infected website that promotes malware. If you haven't installed this program consciously and now you see continuous pop-up ads, please check your computer with the reputable anti-spyware.

GeniusBox is promoted using deceptive means

This potentially unwanted application has been promoted via its official website as a useful tool for personalized search sessions. However, it has been distributed even more actively as an optional component of the freeware[3] and shareware. Despite that, you should understand that adware is not a critical virus and therefore it can't be installed on your computer without user's interaction. What programs could lead you to the installation of this browser extension? Beware that you can easily install it in a bundle with some converter, download manager, video player and similar freeware.

If you still want to install a free program on your computer, you have to monitor each of its installation steps because it may be filled with optional components. We highly recommend you to select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then uncheck pre-checked check boxes that report about this or other browser add-ons, extensions and plugins. This is supposed to help you to avoid continuous pop-up ads that are labeled as “About this Genius Box ad” and “TGF Interactive”, and similar issues that are typically caused by potentially unwanted programs.

The right way to remove Genius Box

It is not hard to remove Genius Box virus from the system. If this browser parasite showed up on your computer right after installing other application, 2spyware security experts recommend removing it from the system along with the software that brought this spyware variant into the system. For that, you can either scan your computer with the reputable anti-spyware (all tools that were used for testing this app are given below) or follow Genius Box removal instructions given below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Genius Box, follow these steps:

Uninstall Genius Box from Windows systems

Open Control Panel using instructions given below and uninstall whatever version of GeniusBox is installed on your system. It might be 2.0, 3.0 or further version of the adware.

  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 Genius Box and related programs
    Here, look for Genius Box 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'

Delete Genius Box from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Genius Box 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'

Erase Genius Box 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 Genius Box 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 Genius Box removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Genius Box 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, Genius Box should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Genius Box from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox can be cleaned manually. All that you need to do its to get rid of Firefox add-ons related to it.

  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 Genius Box 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 Genius Box removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Genius Box from Google Chrome

Check Chrome and delete extension associated with the described adware.

  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 Genius Box 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 Genius Box removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Genius Box 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 Genius Box 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 Genius Box removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Zoe says:
    November 6th, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Thats a malware program, god damn it. It is hard to remove! I will try anti-malware program, hope it wipes this parasite from my machine fast.

  2. BrittanyGQ says:
    November 6th, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I agree. Totally meaningless application!!! I wish I havent installed it… But I did it, by my choice! I was so naive. This program caused some really annoying issues for me – I COULD NOT BROWSE NORMALLY! The ads and pop-ups annoyed me to death!

  3. InspoHolic says:
    November 6th, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Hey guys did you manage to remove it at the end? I am a bit confused. I think I do not get these instructions…

  4. says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Hi InspoHolic,

    What kind of problems are you suffering from? Team

  5. Vaffanculo says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I think they just pushed an update and now are inserting ads into google search results!! As far as I know, they dont give you any option to turn this off either. not cool. Very not cool

  6. jOrreff says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Its really a virus. I cant believe I had it on my PC. Always putting random ads on any website. ANNOYING AS HELL

  7. Fiodol says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Be sure to remove it as soon as possible. I think it also does spy on the user because it did change its ads according to what I was searching for. Possibly spyware. AVOID AT ALL COSTS

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