The article will help you to remove MusicBox Live fully. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the end of the article.
The MusicBox Live redirect is a recently discovered browser plugin that can be used for hijacker purposes. Interaction with it can hijack personal data belonging to the victims. Our in-depth article explores some of the dangers associated with its presence on infected hosts.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The hijacker redirect can alter the homepage, search engine and new tab on every browser application you have installed.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab and search engine of all your browsers will be switched to MusicBox Live. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MusicBox Live.|
MusicBox Live – Distribution Methods
The MusicBox Live redirect is caused by various infection techniques. The operators behind it are targeting users worldwide by using several different methods at once, this is being done to increase the number of affected users.
A common strategy is to rely on phishing email messages that contain elements taken from legitimate sites. In most of the cases the hackers rely on elements such as text, images and the overall design to fool users into thinking that they have received a notification from a well-known company or service. Attached directly to the messages or linked in the body contents they find scripts or applications that are disguised as legitimate apps, documents or tools. Upon interaction with them the MusicBox Live redirect infection sequence is activated.
A similar technique can be used with fake download sites that are constructed in a similar way. Along with the email messages these sites are among the primary delivery tactics for infected payloads. They represent packages that have been infected with the virus code and forwarded to the target users. There are two main groups that are the most likely culprits:
- Documents — The MusicBox Live redirect code can be inserted in files of various types such as documents, presentations, spreadsheets, databases and text documents. As soon as they are opened by the users a message will appear asking them to enable the built-in scripts. If this is done then the infection sequence will be started.
- Software Install Packages — The criminals behind the redirect can manipulate popular application installers with the infection sequence. Typically the most popular installers are chosen: creativity suites, productivity and system utilities.
In addition the threat is made available on the respective web browser repositories. In most cases they are made available for the most popular web browsers and feature extensive descriptions and (counterfeit) user reviews.
MusicBox Live – Detailed Description
The MusicBox Live redirect is devised to look like an Internet service that serves music to its clients. Once the users install the browser-based extension they will be redirected to a hacker-controlled domain. In our test cases this linked to a domain that is still not functioning directly which means that it is probable that the site is in transition or the built-in list of addresses has not been updated.
The reason why threats such as this one are discouraged by the security experts is the fact that they often change the default browser settings (by changing the default home page, new tabs page and search engine to point to the site) and can also acquire all stored information. This includes any of the following data sets:
These plugins are typically configured to perform several malicious actions on the infected machines.
First of all they may start a data harvesting campaign that is used to hijack sensitive information that can be used to optimize future campaigns or directly expose the victim’s identity. Such data can include strings that look out for their name, address, interests, location, passwords and certain operating system data — user-set regional settings, hardware components and etc.
Following this the hijacker code can institute itself as a persistent threat, this means that the underlying dangerous code will automatically start itself once the computer is booted. This action can be run alongside a command that will disable the boot recovery menu. A consequence of this is the inability to use certain manual recovery options.
These type of threats may be combined with a Trojan instance that creates a secure connection to a hacker-controlled server. It can be used to spy on the victims, install additional threats and take over control of the machines.
While the redirect does not point to a specific site at the moment, we presume that the operators behind it will soon switch addresses and point to a working site.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MusicBox Live from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MusicBox Live from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MusicBox Live from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MusicBox Live from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MusicBox Live from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MusicBox Live from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MusicBox Live from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MusicBox Live from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MusicBox Live
Step 2: Uninstall MusicBox Live and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MusicBox Live on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MusicBox Live there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MusicBox Live from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MusicBox Live and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MusicBox Live via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MusicBox Live from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase MusicBox Live from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall MusicBox Live from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove MusicBox Live from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MusicBox Live will be removed.
Eliminate MusicBox Live from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.