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Remove Video Box ads (Free Instructions) - Easy Removal Guide

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What is the purpose of Video Box?

Video Box virus is a potentially unwanted program [1] which enables users to obtain videos from all around the web and store them on chosen devices. This service supports nearly 1000 different websites and allows downloading videos of various formats, including MP4, WebM, FLV, 3GP, and M4A. While the service itself may be completely legitimate and fulfill its purpose as promised, there are serious issues related its monetization [2] and distribution that the program creators must consider if they want to earn user’s trust. First, the program spreads bundled inside freeware and shareware [3] packages which ensures a broader volume of distribution but is not entirely honest regarding the users. For instance, not all users are aware that they have the ability to opt out additional software package components, so they allow Video Box to enter their computers completely unknowingly. Such strategy is far from what you would consider a straightforward promotion, and it makes us wonder why would a legitimate program employ such tactic to reach new users. In addition to the fact that this program does not even show up in the list of the installed programs, the most rational decision would be not to trust it and remove Video Box from your computer ASAP. The quickest and guaranteed elimination will be achieved using professional software such as ReimageIntego, so don’t wait and give it a try.

Image of Video Box adsVideo Box ads usually appear after an undesirable browser extension or program gets installed on the computer against the user's will. An image of Video Box and its ads can be seen above

Questions about Video Box ads

Another feature of Video Box hijack that its authors try to keep underground is the program’s monetization. Since this video download service is free, its creators have to raise funds from elsewhere to keep it running. And they’ve chosen to employ the pay-per-click technique [4] to gather revenue from affiliate advertising. Of course, this immediately signals problems for the users of this service. Soon after the program is installed, the browser will start generating Video Box ads which may not only be irrelevant but also promote questionable or potentially infectious content. Such behavior is typical to adware [5] viruses, though it would not be completely correct to label Video Box as such. Nevertheless, because of the intrusive behavior and questionable content that they advertise, ads by Video Box bare close resemblance to the dangerous advertisements promoted by adware. Therefore, to avoid the potential risks, security experts highly recommend executing Video Box removal before getting back to your regular browsing.

How do I keep my computer safe from undesirable applications?

Video Box is merely a potentially unwanted application, so it is far from being able to infect computers like more serious viruses such as ransomware do. Nevertheless, it still needs to undergo a level of concealment to be able to infect computers. As we have already mentioned, Video Box relies on freeware and shareware bundles to spread it around. Luckily, this makes the PUP prevention very easy. You will not need any special software (though antivirus protection should always be a given) to prevent undesirable applications from entering your computer. You will need to be attentive and to opt out these components manually through Advanced software installation mode. When you find unfamiliar and suspicious-looking software pre-marked for the installation, untick the checkbox next to it and continue the installation.

How to extirpate Video Box from your PC?

When you prepare to remove Video Box virus from your computer, please remember that you must look for a potentially unwanted application, potentially an adware, that has brought this program to your computer. The use of anti-malware or antivirus software is especially advisable for this task. Only a full system scan will ensure that your device is closely examined and you will not have worry about a secondary Video Box removal in case some files accidentally left on your computer.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Video Box ads, follow these steps:

Remove Video Box from Windows systems

If you do not wish to remove Video Box automatically, you may as well carry out the elimination manually. Also, do not forget to reset each of your web browser after you are done.

To remove Video Box from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to Video Box (or any other recently installed 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.

Eliminate Video Box from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Video Box from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Video Box-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 Video Box, 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 related to Video Box and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Video Box-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Video Box from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Video Box and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Video Box removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Video Box ads from Microsoft Edge

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 Video Box-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

Delete Video Box 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 plugins that are related to Video Box and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  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

In case Video Box did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete Video Box removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Video Box 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 Video Box 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Video Box-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 to complete Video Box removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Video Box from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Video Box 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

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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Olivia Morelli
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