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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
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
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：
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.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Outfox.tv hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
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.
Published by & last updated on February 3, 2014 5:20 am