|Name||Ads by RecommendationBox|
|Short Description||The application should offer various shopping-related discounts, coupons, etc.|
|Symptoms||Unwanted third party ads and links will be displayed in the browser.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling unsafe browsing.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Ads by RecommendationBox|
Ads by Recommendationbox is yet another browser add-on claiming to improve your online shopping experience by administering recommended offers and discounts for your products. However do not explicitly rely on it, because it may deceive you into opening suspicious third-party websites. Security analysts report this software to be indirectly dangerous to the user and advise for its removal for several different reasons.
Ads By RecommendationBox – How Did I Get It?
One way to be affected by this application is to be redirected to a web page that prompts its install in your browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, IE). However, it may also come included as an ‘extra’ in the setup programs of some widely installed programs, downloaded from software sites. This marketing tool is called bundling, and it is generally employed by software providing firms for generating profits. The trick here is that most of them do not mind what apps they bundle. And this is how adware PUPs such as RecomendationBox become added to your browser.
More About Ads by RecommendationBox
Once added to your browser, the PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) may begin to track different information such as online searches, clicks, browsing history, etc. This is done to display targeted advertisements. Such ads may be two types:
- Ads that are generated live on the go (ad-supported search results, highlighted text, related banners).
- Ads based on aggregated information (pop-ups, redirects, website banners all based on the most sought out words/visited sites by the user from the beginning).
Such advertised content is usually third-party sites using this unwanted program as a malicious practice to boost the traffic to their website, by displaying cleverly designed ads, which convince both experienced and inexperienced users to click them. Sometimes users do not even have a choice since some apps may initiate a redirect to a site without the user’s consent and permission. Those redirects may cause certain PC slowdowns, because some of the sites may be overdesigned with animations, etc. Given the high numbers of pop-up ads plus the redirects they may cause, apps like Recommendation box add-on may be harmful to the computer in the long run.
This is mostly because of the third-party websites that are advertised. Most of those sites are of unknown origins, and this big part may either be scamming sites, new businesses wanting to penetrate the market using malicious practices or the worse – dangerous sites that infest the user PC with malware, stealing valuable information. There are many risks indirectly associated with PUAs, like RecommendationBox mainly related to personal and financial user information. This is why security researchers advise for its removal.
Removing Ads by RecommendationBox
In case, you feel unsafe with RecommendationBox, bear in mind that you should use the after mentioned instructions for its manual removal. Also, it is important to have an anti-malware program that will detect any threats that may currently exist because of such PUPs or other reasons on your computer that may be more dangerous than those. An advanced malware protection tool will also prevent any unwanted programs and viruses from entering your PC even if you miss them, because it feature active shields, detecting anything out of the ordinary.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Ads by RecommendationBox 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Ads by RecommendationBox.
Step 2: Remove Ads by RecommendationBox from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Ads by RecommendationBox and click “Remove”
After Ads by RecommendationBox is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Ads by RecommendationBox 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’.
After Ads by RecommendationBox has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Ads by RecommendationBox
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Ads by RecommendationBox. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Ads by RecommendationBox will be removed.
Step 3: Remove Ads by RecommendationBox automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Ads by RecommendationBox associated objects.