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I wrote this article to help you remove FoxSearch Redirect Virus. This FoxSearch Redirect Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

FoxSearch Redirect falls under the category of browser hijacker infections. It is a malicious search engine which cannot be trusted. Do not let yourself be fooled by the pest`s logo which is very similar to the Mozilla Firefox`s one. You are dealing with a cyber infection and that is a fact. Of course, you need to take immediate actions against the intruder. It will not be helpful to you in any way. It will not enhance your online experience and it will not provide the safe and accurate search results you would hope for. Delete it as soon as possible.

Hijackers are a real menace. They are only beneficial for their owners. For you, on the other hand, they are harmful. Do not sit idly by while FoxSearch Redirect is destroying your browsing. Take matters into your own hands and delete the pest as soon as possible. The more time it spends on board, the more issues you are forced to face. The intrusions FoxSearch Redirect brings along will become more and more with each passing day. Eventually, your situation will become so bad that you will start avoiding your own PC. Don’t procrastinate. Delays lead to regrets.

Once the hijacker enters your machine, everything changes and not for the better. Your browsers are no longer under your control. All of a sudden, the FoxSearch Redirect engine replaces your previous one. Did you approve that switch? Probably not. You were not even informed of it being implemented. But you are now stuck with it. From this moment on, nothing you see on your screen can be trusted.

Do not expect this engine to show you trustworthy search results. It mostly provides quick access to malware. There are many corrupted links on your screen and most of them deliver infections. Be careful what you click on. A single wrong click and you may worsen your already unpleasant predicament by inviting more malware on board. But as surprising it may seem, the malware risk is not your biggest problem. The security risk is.

The hijacker spies on you and monitors every online move of yours. It has access to everything. Even your personally identifiable and financial credentials are not safe. What is worse is that the pest doesn’t only observe. It also records and sends everything to the cybercriminals who published it. Imagine what crooks can do with your private data. You can easily fall victim to a financial scam or even an identity theft.

Hackers are the last people who should have access to your private details. Keep them safe. Find where the hijacker is hiding and delete it ASAP. To do so manually, follow our removal guide at the end of this article. It is easy to follow and it will help you clean your computer from this plague. But act fast. Every second is important.

How did FoxSearch Redirect manage to enter your machine without you noticing? One of the most popular and commonly used techniques is called freeware bundling. Crooks attach their malware to another program and when you install this program, you get the hijacker as a “bonus”. To prevent such an outcome, opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. This way, you will be presented a list of all additionally attached apps which are about to be installed on your machine. You can also deselect them.

The Basic settings don’t give you this option. Deselect all extras as they are usually malicious programs. Then, you can still finish installing the software you originally wanted. But be more careful in the future. Use only reliable download sources. Keeping your computer infection-free requires time and attention. Your carelessness and distraction only help crooks. Don’t grant them.

FoxSearch Redirect Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove FoxSearch Redirect Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov

Daniel Stoyanov has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.

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