(Improved Instructions) Removal Guide

What is – a bogus search engine that shows tons of ads and causes redirects to questionable sites virusThe browser hijacker changes the default search engine, new tab, and homepage preferences is yet another browser hijacker developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd. This search engine is considered to be a potentially unwanted program that attaches itself to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser soon after the hijack. Thus, users are forced to browse the Internet through this page each time they open their homepage and search engine.

Myutilitybox offers users an “enhanced” functionality with quick action buttons to email provider Gmail, a retail giant Amazon, and a variety of links to multiple utility pages, such as a calculator, translator, calendar, and others. Additionally, users can access local weather and news right from their browser.

Also known as My Utility Box
Type Browser Hijacker
Severity Level Low. However, might lead to malware infections with careless browsing
Symptoms A hijacked front page; multiple ads and redirects; slowdown of the computer
Distribution Fake Flash Player updates, software bundling
Removal Eliminate any intruder by scanning your device with a reliable anti-malware engine
System health Use the FortectIntego software to delete all tracking cookies and repair damaged system sections

Although some users might find this functionality useful – they are being deceived by the PUP authors. The “improved functionality” is fake and brings no benefit to an everyday user. In reality, developers of the browser hijacker are trying to manipulate search results, reroute to sponsors’ websites, display intrusive ads and record a certain amount of non-personal information.[1]

The reason for these actions is money. Polarity earns a decent amount of revenue by luring users to affiliated sites and exposing them to unwanted content. However, victims end up with a compromised browser. Thus, you should consider removal as soon as it alters your default search engine.

A browser hijacker is not considered to be malware. Nevertheless, it is incredibly annoying to deal with because the program might perform the following changes to users’ systems:

  • conceal the content of legitimate websites with a layer of pop-up ads, banners, deals, etc.
  • convert random words into hyperlinks;
  • install browser helper objects[2] without users’ permission;
  • alter or/and add favorites/bookmarks;
  • slowdown computer speed, etc.

The scariest part about using browser hijacker is that it can link victims to unknown and suspicious domains which can be potentially dangerous. Fake updates or programs, scam websites, illegal software, or even hacked websites can be a part of users’ experience. This can lead to malware installation or stolen money from a bank account.

Evidently, the best thing you can do is remove from your machine. To do that safely, you can either employ a trusted security software such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes or get rid of the PUP by checking our manual removal instructions below this article.

Whichever method you choose, please be hasty, as the longer this intruder stays on your device the more damage it could do. Once it's properly terminated, we highly advise using the FortectIntego system diagnostics tool to delete all tracking cookies stored by questionable sites and repair corrupted system files.

My Utility Box hijackerThe PUP may affect your browser in many negative ways. Do not delay its removal.

Be careful while installing bundled software

If you would go to Google Chrome or another web store and try to download one of these browser-hijacking extensions, you would notice that they are typically not popular and have just a few downloads in total. Research shows,[3] that users usually do not search for such extensions. Therefore, developers need to find a way to distribute it and make it more popular to earn money.

For that, they employ the bundling technique. It is a very popular adware, browser hijacker, and other PUP distribution method. As users typically do not pay attention to the installation process, skip steps, and never read the text in small writing; hence, they fail to see that they accepted the installation of additional applications.

Therefore, read Privacy Policy carefully and always select Custom/Advanced installation mode instead of Recommended/Quick one. The latter does not expose a full lineup of the programs about to be installed. Thus, in Advanced settings, deselect all tick marks by optimization tools, add-ons, toolbars, search engines, media players, and similar pointless software.

Remove virus with ease

When this browser hijacker is installed on your device, you are lucky enough if you're only exposed to deceptive ads. However, in most cases, users will eventually end up with an incredibly compromised browser and malware on their PCs. Therefore, remove MyUtilityBox in a way that suits you best.

For regular users who are not highly experienced PC users, we suggest installing and scanning their machines with reputable security software. A proper AV tool will eliminate all the unwanted PUPs and their components with ease. Additionally, it will keep users safe in the future.

If you are acquainted with advanced computer operation and have spare time on your hands, you can pick manual myutilitybox removal. You can follow our instructions below. Remember, if you perform the procedure incorrectly, the infection could return.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Alternative Software
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To uninstall a browser hijacker from your Windows OS, follow these steps:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Reset your MS Edge browser settings:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

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 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: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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