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Feb 3, 2014

Remove Outfox.tv Hijack Virus

I’ve recently downloaded a free dvd burner program on my computer and soon I uninstalled it immediately when I found it useless. However, since then whenever I open Firefox, a new tab from Outfox.tv always appears. I guess it must be something related to the program I downloaded. It comes along with “Conduit Search” which has changed my default search and homepage. I’ve searched the web till my fingers bleed but can’t seem to find a way to get rid of the thing. It is really annoying. I’ve run just about every scan on the web and nothing touches it. I hope it won’t collect any information from me. Any help to get rid of this hijacker will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Outfox.tv Description:

Outfox.tv is categorized as a browser hijacker that can change the browser search, add unnecessary add-ons/extensions or change start page and new tab page on the most popular browsers like IE, Firefox, and Chrome. It often comes bundled with various music players, video recorders and download managers. While you are installing this program and waiting for a “next step” of the installation process, you may see some options prompting you that some bundled software will be added on your computer, if you miss this step to opt-out, you can get this hijacker inside immediately. From that time, you will soon realize what you install is a disaster that makes all the web browsers run out of control.

It is very annoying that your web browser suddenly starts behaving as if it had a mind of its own. As soon as Outfox.tv hijacker installed, it opens it own page automatically as soon as you launch the browser. In addition, your default search engine and homepage are changed to other websites which you don’t want at all. Whenever you reset the homepage, it does nothing. And another annoying issue you may experience is annoying pop-up ads come every time you go online. It pops up many unwanted promotion advertisements in your search results or on the lower right corner of the browser, which are trying to make money from you, or just to attract you to click on the link in order to increase the ranking of the website. Sometimes those ads are  in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser, it makes the browsing extremely hard. Even worse, it adds Bookmarks or Favorites to the existing list in your browser. These “new entries” are usually adult, drugs-selling websites or fake online search engines. If you mistakenly click on the icon linking to these shady websites, it can make other threats install on your computer. Be all eyes and ears when surfing the web. Always read the terms of use/service/agreement for any software you want to download and be cautious about freeware downloads and e-mails coming from unknown sources. Mostly importantly, get rid of Outfox.tv hijacker as soon as you detect it.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Outfox.tv Redirect Image:

Outfox.TV

How Can Outfox.tv Hijacker Get On Your PC?

Browser hijacker infection like Outfox.tv may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.

It May Initiate the Following Symptoms:

1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Outfox.tv hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

clear browser data

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

delete browsing history

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button

Remove All Cookie

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once Outfox.tv redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window:

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

show-hidden-files

4. Remove all the malicious files related to Outfox.tv hijacker manually.

%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

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Outfox.tv is identified as a cunning browser hijacker and malicious adware which is created by cyber criminals to attack Internet users’ browsers, despite of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google chrome, or another browsers. Although it has a very convincing appearance, many people find it annoying because this page can come up itself without asking for any permission. With a browser hijacker inside, it can the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. It can also prevent you from changing them back.  Every time you go to google to search up something, it lags and then when you click a link, it redirects me to a different site. To avoid getting such bad consequences, you had better remove Outfox.tv hijacker as quickly as you can.

Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on February 3, 2014 5:20 am

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