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Guardbox.net, guard-search.com, GuardboxApp.exe Removal

Name guard-search.com
Type search engine, free application
Short Description Guardbox promises to guard users against online frauds and phishing attacks. It installs its own search engine.
Symptoms The search provider is changed to guard-search.com.
Distribution Method Via freeware packages (bundling), or from its official website.
Detection tool Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By guard-search.com

Guardbox.net or guard-search.com is a search engine developed by IncrediMail, Inc. It may take over the user’s browser without his permission or knowledge. Hence, it may be regarded a browser hijacker. Guard-search uses results by Bing. However, as explained in the Privacy Policy section, the developers of the search provider may obtain certain information from its users and thus, may compromise their online anonymity.

Why Do I Have guard-search.com as My Homepage?


One of the primary reasons users end up having unpermitted search providers set as default is their downloading habits. In most cases, the average user who has decided to download a free software product, doesn’t pay attention to its Download Agreement, Privacy Policy, EULA, etc. Thus, he ends up having unwanted software installed on his machine – mostly PUPs and ad-supported applications.

This scenario applies to a prevalent number of browser ‘infections’ – because a PUP has entered the system, the browser’s settings have been changed, including its search page, error page and tabs. Browser hijackers and third party search engines are also known to redirect users to suspicious pages that may be employed for drive-by downloads or phishing attacks.

In the case of Guardbox.net and guard-search.com, a particular software most likely has been downloaded – GuardBox. The same company has developed both the product and the search engine. GuardBox promises users to protect their computers from online frauds and phishing attacks. Once the software is downloaded, the settings of the default browser will be changed, possibly registry keys will be added as well.

GuardBox Software Description

The setup package of GuardBox generally installs three files:

  • GuardboxApp.exe
  • node.exe
  • Uninstaller.exe

Should I Uninstall Guardbox?

Overall, the program doesn’t appear harmful. However, if users have it installed on their systems without noticing (via the bundling method), they may want to remove it. The website provides uninstallation steps. Nonetheless, using professional software to scan the system is always a good idea. Refer to the removal steps below the article to uninstall all files associated with GuardBox.

Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

1. Remove/Uninstall guard-search.com
2. Restore the settings in your browser
3. Remove guard-search.com automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys 'Mr. Robot' and fears '1984'.

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