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Nameguard-search.com
Typesearch engine, free application
Short DescriptionGuardbox promises to guard users against online frauds and phishing attacks. It installs its own search engine.
SymptomsThe search provider is changed to guard-search.com.
Distribution MethodVia freeware packages (bundling), or from its official website.
Detection toolDownload 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?

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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.

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1. Remove/Uninstall guard-search.com

1. Remove/Uninstall guard-search.com in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall guard-search.com.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove guard-search.com from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select guard-search.com and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After guard-search.com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate guard-search.com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After guard-search.com is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select guard-search.com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After guard-search.com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on guard-search.com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall guard-search.com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the guard-search.com will be removed.

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    3. Remove guard-search.com automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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