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Remove Geofoxip.com (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Geofoxip.com – fake search which tends to corrupt users' search results to redirect to prepaid search results

Geofoxip.com

Geofoxip.com is a potentially unwanted program that enters machine without users' notice and changes the settings of Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser. As soon as that happens, users can notice that their homepage and new tab address are set to hxxps://geofoxip.com.

Since the primary goal of Geofoxip.com hijack is to expose users to the affiliated content, the potentially unwanted program starts by showing users alternative search results to what they would typically see on search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Additionally, the sponsored links at the top of the results artificially increase the rank of predetermined sites, making users more likely to visit them.

 

Name Geofoxip.com
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Developer io-search.com
Infiltration Software bundles, third-party sites
Risk factors Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, money loss
Termination Use antivirus software or our removal guide below
Recovery To make sure your PC runs well after the infection, scan it with Reimage Reimage Cleaner

The presence of Geofoxip.com might also result in privacy issues, as certain information about users is being tracked at all times, as long as the hijacker is present on the computer. This is done in order to show users targeted advertisement,[1] further increasing chances of them visiting sponsored sites.

Browser hijackers like Geofoxip.com function very similarly, as they change web browser settings without permission and alter their settings. From that time, users are forced to search for the information via the hijacked browser, and they cannot set their preferred settings until Geofoxip.com removal is performed.

Additionally, users might also notice an increased amount of ads on all websites that they visit, even those that usually do not serve pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, deals, banners, etc. Unfortunately, clicking on Geofoxip.com-induced links might lead users to an insecure site that try to sell bogus software or scam them by displaying technical support scams. The latter might result in excessive money loss, as well as remote malware[2] installation by crooks.

Therefore, if you see suspicious ads while browsing, never click on them. Simply leave the site or keep browsing while being careful. To stop the unwanted ads, you will have to remove Geofoxip.com virus from your device – you will also be able to restore web browser settings after that.

Geofoxip.com PUP
Geofoxip.com is a browser hijacker that usually gets installed together with freeware and shareware

Finally, you should remember that Geofoxip.com browser hijacker collects not only anonymous but also personal information, as it is explained in the Privacy Policy:[3]

We may collect two types of information: 1) Personal Information, and 2) Anonymous Information. Personal Information means information that may directly or indirectly identify you, such as your name, address, email address, and telephone number. Anonymous Information means information that does not directly or indirectly identify you, such as the number of page views, link clicks, and login times. We may use both Personal and Anonymous Information to create Aggregate Information. 

This data helps Geofoxip.com to earn money, but users are exposing their personal information to unknown third-parties, which can cause privacy issues.

Thus, terminate Geofoxip.com from your computer as soon as possible, reset your browsers and then scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner for best results.

Watch out for software bundles – the potentially unwanted programs are often included

The biggest mistake that people make when installing free software from the internet is picking Recommended/Quick settings. This is because users are convinced that quick installation process will be simply faster. However, this is the easiest way to install potentially unwanted programs without noticing.

Software bundling is a well-known PUP distribution technique and has been used for years. Freeware and shareware developers are interested in including additional components within their installation wizards, as every install is paid for by PUP authors. Thus, Recommended/Quick settings help them hide PUPs; the full list of the programs can be uncovered by picking Advanced/Custom settings.

Geofoxip.com redirects
When browsing while infected by Geofoxip.com, users can end up on unknown websites that might be sometimes dangerous

Additionally, you should also make sure you have security software installed, as many vendors are now recognizing potentially unwanted programs and prevent its infiltration in the first place.

Finally, third party sites can often promote PUPs as legitimate and useful applications, so users might install them intentionally. To avoid that, make sure you read up on the app you are about to install  – reviews and forum posts can often serve as great hint whether or not it is actually useful.

Remove Geofoxip.com either manually or automatically

To remove Geofoxip.com virus, you will have to either install anti-virus software or make use of our guide below. While the latter can be just as effective removing a particular unwanted application, some PUPs might be quite deceptive. In such a case, you should opt for automatic option.

Once Geofoxip.com removal is complete, please make sure you reset each of the installed browsers. This is because browser hijackers alter web browser settings and install cookies, so intrusive ads and redirects might not go away, even if you terminate the initial unwanted application.

 

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To remove Geofoxip.com, follow these steps:

Get rid of Geofoxip.com from Windows systems

  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 Geofoxip.com and related programs
    Here, look for Geofoxip.com 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'
  5. Remove Geofoxip.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. 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.

Erase Geofoxip.com 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 Geofoxip.com 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'

Eliminate Geofoxip.com 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 Geofoxip.com 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 Geofoxip.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Geofoxip.com 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, Geofoxip.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Geofoxip.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Geofoxip.com 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Geofoxip.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Geofoxip.com 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 Geofoxip.com 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Geofoxip.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Geofoxip.com 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 Geofoxip.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Geofoxip.com, 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Geofoxip.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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