Why do I keep getting redirected to Surfvox.com? I don’t want to use it. I just want my Google search back. But when I go to browser settings and reset all of them, it is still there. I cannot remove it. Is there any way to get rid of it?
Surfvox.com is a newly released browser redirect which is mainly used for browser hijacking. This is an annoying fake search engine that can be capable to replace the original search engine and continuously display its domain on current Webpage. When we are talking about a computer virus, Trojan virus, spamware or bad malware will immediately come into our minds. But common people will ignore fishing website which also can steal important data on victim PC. Not to mention a large amount of advertising pop-ups it brings. It looks quite normal. Browser redirect malware is the most common fishing software that we have to deal with in our daily life. This redirect will create a counterfeit search engine to treat you into believing it is a similar famous search engine like Google search.
The familiar appearance will make people believe that they are using a new legal search engine. This false impression will make them believe that they don’t need to beware of unknown fishing program. But the fact is that the search engine is not a good search engine to use. It is a fake search engine. First of all, the victim browser on the target machine will be secretly kidnapped by its website. This website can target at the most popular browser product, says Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.. The original search engine has been modified to unknown resources to add traffic and attract people’s attention. When people open a new tab in the victim browser, malicious hijacker will take over the webpage while they are trying to access the normal site. If you want to use the bad browser correctly as before, you need to remove browser hijacker as soon as possible.
The search engine such as Google or Yahoo will be redirected to its domain and your homepage will be modified to unknown resources. Your computer is responding slowly in every process and the responding process makes you feel like it stuck. You will be annoyed about the budges of pop-ups and adware that accompany with it. You have to wait for more time than usual while opening a new webpage on the infected browser because it takes more time to load process. You are always being redirected to some unsafe links or malicious websites.
Manual removal is a complicated and risky process, so please back up all important data before making any changes on your computer. Here are some instructions to handle with the Trojan horse manually, and be cautious when going through the following steps.
1 Clear all the cookies of the affected browsers.
* Google Chrome: Click on the Tools menu → select Options → Click “Under the bonnet” tab → locate “Privacy” section → browsing data” button → “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
* Internet Explorer: Click “Tools” → Click “safety” → “delete browsing history” → Tick “cookies” box and click delete
* Firefox:: Click “Tools” → Click “Options” → Click “Privacy” → Click “remove individual cookies”
2 Remove all the add-ons and extensions.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Settings → Click Manage Add-ons
(2). Click Programs tab → Click Manage Add-ons → Disable all the suspicious add-ons.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Press Win+R to get run option
(2). Type in Control Panel and hit enter to get Control Panel
(3). Click on Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on Folder Options link
(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window
(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab
(6). Click Apply to effect， then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4 stop virus processes in the Windows Task Manager.
(1). Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together to get Windows Task Manager
(2). Click More details
5. Remove all the malicious files registry entries through Registry Edit.
*Surfvox.com Redirect is a high-risk browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
(1). Using Registry Editor to delete all the related registry entries.
*Guides to open Registry Editor:
Press Win+R key together then Registry Editor will pop up.
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of Surfvox.com.
Surfvox.com is a nasty and annoying browser hijacker which can take over of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without alert. It replaces your homepage, search provider and disturb your browsing activity every time you open your browser. If you have a look at these viruses very close, you will find out that it actually looks like a new created search engine. In addition, it provides some quick links to your e-mail, Facebook, YouTube, etc.. It is trying to convince you to use its search engine for it can provide you more convenience user experience. However, you should not believe in it, as its main concern is to redirect you to its search engine and to display ads on your webpage. You need to take action for virus removal as soon as you find it.
Published by & last updated on June 6, 2014 10:18 pm