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VideosFox ads. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as VideosFox virus, Ads by VideosFox, VideosFox adware | Type: Adware

What is VideosFox?

VideosFox is yet another browser add-on that can be downloaded from the Internet for free. Many people fall into installing it intrigued by the promises to get access to various online videos and enhance their online video watching experience. However, even though this program is legitimate and can be used if desired, we highly do not recommend using it. It mainly works for affiliate marketing and may seek to promote affiliate websites, generate income via pay-per-click system, earn the money for selling users' browsing history and so on. Due to these and other factors, it has been categorized as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). VideosFox is one of those programs that display notifications about coupons, discounts, offers, the latest deals, enables comparison shopping and so on. However, security experts warn to be very careful with 'Ads by VideosFox' because they may be filled with links to sponsored websites. No matter how appealing offers these advertisements may deliver to you, in reality they are set to make people visit predetermined websites and increase their sales and page rank. By the way, it needs to be mentioned that VideosFox virus may use cookies to investigate your browsing activities and collect non-personally identifiable information. Most of the people don't mind disclosing their search queries, mostly visited websites, data entered, and similar personally non-identifiable information; however, we do not recommend disclosing such and similar information since it may be used for preparing appealing advertisements and increasing the chances that you will click on them. Knowing the fact that some of the VideosFox ads may be filled with links to unsafe websites, disclosing your browsing preferences may also pose harm to your computer's security. Thus, do not waste your time and run a full system scan with Reimage if this adware is hiding in your computer.

How can VideosFox hijack my computer?

VideosFox is a typical adware that can get inside your computer with the help of various freewares and sharewares. There are hundreds of similar adware-type programs, so we will not list them here. If you want to stay away from them all, you have to remember that unwanted programs that travel bundled with free software need to be deselected during installation. Be very careful because they may be disclosed in a very misleading manner or absolutely hidden. Thus, you should select Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully monitor the entire installation process. Keep an eye on every check box and never click the 'next' button without reading the terms. Otherwise, you may miss notifications about additional components and inadvertently accept to install an add-on, plug-in, toolbar, or extension that you certainly do not want installing. Be very careful with VideosFox redirects and avoid clicking on its advertisements because you may be tricked into visiting suspicious websites. Keep in mind that, in this way, you may be rerouted to a misleading website that may be used for spreading suspicious programs. If VideosFox adware is already hiding on your computer, then follow the guide that is given below and get rid of it either manually or automatically.

How to remove VideosFox virus?

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VideosFox ads snapshot
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To remove VideosFox ads, follow these steps:

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Eliminate VideosFox 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 VideosFox and related programs
    Here, look for VideosFox 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'
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Erase VideosFox 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 VideosFox 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'
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Remove VideosFox 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 VideosFox 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 VideosFox removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of VideosFox ads 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, VideosFox should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall VideosFox 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 VideosFox 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 VideosFox removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete VideosFox 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 VideosFox 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 VideosFox removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate VideosFox 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 VideosFox 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 VideosFox removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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