Outobox virus (outobox Ads)
The Outobox virus (also found as Outobox 2013.11.12.181539, Outo box, outobox Ads virus, brought by Outobox virus, or Ads by Outobox; though not technically a computer virus) is potential malware categorized as adware and a browser hijacker that installs to a Microsoft Windows computer system and attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension with or without user consent. Outobox primarily bundles with third-party items and other potential malware that may cause further complications for users.
Once Outobox malware is installed, the unwanted program will begin to replace existing internet browser settings and displays unwanted pop-up advertisements, in-text ads, banner ads, and drop-down coupon ads on popular online retail websites including walmart.com, ebay, and others. Even our website botcrawl.com. Most of the time Outobox ads appear form the bottom right of an open internet browser window containing suspicious targeted ads in a stretched out menu that may say “Trust Rating” with a specific percentage.
Outobox adware will attempt to display targeted coupons and offers for searched items or currently viewed products on retail websites by displaying a drop down tab and menu that can be identified by text that says the user has a numerical amount of coupons or a large banner at the bottom of an open browser window. The advertisements may drop down from the top right of the open internet browser window in a light colored drop-down list that contains links to coupons. Once clicked a coupon may be applied to the visited webpage. A drop-down list may also appear on the left side of an open browser window at all times containing targeted links. This is called Topic Torch by Outobox.
Some Outobox pop-ups can be identified by a blue, green, or white tab at the top browser window as well as banners and skyscrapers that say Ads by Outobox or outobox Ads with a link to the outobox.net ad serving website.
Once a program that is used to assist in displaying Outobox advertisements is installed it will begin to change Microsoft Windows start-up settings and internet browser settings. Furthermore unwanted applications used to promote Outobox advertisements may violate user privacy by collecting and distributing sensitive user information and ruin a computer’s functionality and internet browsing experience (often associated with unwanted browser redirections and changed homepage settings).
Outobox has permission to access your data on all websites, access your tabs and browsing activity, as well as manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
Outobox malware and third-party items have also been reported to submit collected user information to third-party marketing and mailing lists without user consent. Some users have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent browser activity and history.
Outobox is also stubborn to uninstall and will make users reboot their systems and/or enter a verification code before the adware can be removed properly.
How does Outobox adware get onto a computer?
Outobox often bundles with third-party freeware and shareware from websites such as download.com. In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Outobox 2013 or 2014 adware and other items; however, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner as pictured below where the Accept button will appear where the Next button does during the installation process in order to trick users into installing excessive bloatware and malware.
Outobox adware can also be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of unethical sources including the company website.
How to remove Outobox adware
- Automatically remove Outobox virus – Scan for and automatically remove Outobox and third-party malware
- Manually remove Outobox virus – Remove/Uninstall Outobox software and third-party malware (if necessary)
1. Automatic Outobox virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Outobox adware and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Outobox adware and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Outobox (Outobox2013.11.12.181539) and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Outobox, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Outobox virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Outobox adware and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Outobox
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Outobox (Outobox2013.11.12.181539 or other similar title) and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button. Keep in mind that Outobox may use a different title name than suggested.
How to remove Outobox add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Outobox add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Outobox extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Outobox add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Outobox add-on and remove it if located.