How to remove GeniusBox (Virus Removal Guide)

GeniusBox is the title of known adware that utilizes several programs, browser helper objects, and browser attachments such as the GeniusBox Video and GeniusBox Movies extensions for Google Chrome in order to display pop-up, banner, and in-text ads on the webpages you visit and sponsored search results, YouTube videos, viral videos, and more in Google search results pages. Advertisements and search results produced by this adware will usually say Ads by GeniusBox, Ad by GeniusBox, Powered by GeniusBox, or Brought by GeniusBox on them.

GeniusBox

Threat Details

Name(s) GeniusBox, GeniusBox virus
Detection Categories Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Publisher Description N/A
Symptoms The user may experience unwanted advertisements, search results, and redirects in the web browser.
Common Path C:\Program Files (x86), N/A
Removal Tool Download Malware Removal Tool (Malwarebytes)

What is GeniusBox?

GeniusBox is adware that utilizes different titles which can be promoted as different web and computer applications such as video players and radios.

Once GeniusBox is installed it will access user browsing data, schedule new tasks to run every time Windows starts, change existing browser settings, and generate pop-up and in-text advertisements in the web browser.

Common Symptoms

  • Advertisements and sponsored search results in the web browser
  • Redirects to sponsored webpages
  • Slow and sluggish computer and internet

GeniusBox Removal Guide

Follow the steps in this GeniusBox removal guide to remove “GeniusBox virus,” malware, and get rid of search results and ads by GeniusBox in your web browser.

  1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
  2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro
  3. Uninstall GeniusBox and unwanted programs
  4. Remove GeniusBox and unwanted browser add-ons
  5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

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1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes

The first step to remove this program is to download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro

The second step to remove this program is to download and install a second opinion scanner called HitmanPro by Surfright in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

3. Uninstall GeniusBox and unwanted programs

The third step to remove this program is to uninstall GeniusBox and other unwanted programs in Windows Control Panel.

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”

3. Search for GeniusBox in the list and double click it.

4. Once you have uninstalled GeniusBox search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.

4. Remove GeniusBox and unwanted browser add-ons

The fourth step to remove this program is to remove unwanted browser add-ons and extensions from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the unwanted add-on and click Remove.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for the unwanted add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

The fifth step to remove this program is to download and install CCleaner by Piriform in order to delete leftover junk files, tracking cookies, registry entries, unwanted start-up tasks, and more.

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.