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Remove Ads by RecommendationBox Completely from Your PC

Name Ads by RecommendationBox
Type Adware, PUP
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.

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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. 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 Ads by RecommendationBox.

    Step 2: Remove Ads by RecommendationBox 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 Ads by RecommendationBox and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    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.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Ads by RecommendationBox and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Ads by RecommendationBox 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’
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  • 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 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    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.

    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 Ads by RecommendationBox
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    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.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Ads by RecommendationBox threat: Manual removal of Ads by RecommendationBox requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

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    About the Ads by RecommendationBox Research

    The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Ads by RecommendationBox how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.

    How did we conduct the research on Ads by RecommendationBox?

    Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
    Furthermore, the research behind the Ads by RecommendationBox threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
    To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

    References

    1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
    2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
    3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
    4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
    5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates

    How to Remove Ads by RecommendationBox from Windows.


    Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ads by RecommendationBox

    OFFER

    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

    1. Hold Windows key + R


    2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


    3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
    Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


    4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


    5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


    Step 2: Uninstall Ads by RecommendationBox 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. To do that:


    1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


    2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


    3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


    Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Ads by RecommendationBox on your computer.

    The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

    You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Ads by RecommendationBox there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

    1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


    2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


    3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.

    Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

    IMPORTANT!
    Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
    This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

    Step 4: Scan for Ads by RecommendationBox with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


    It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


    2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

    SpyHunter5-update-2018


    3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

    SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


    4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

    SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

    If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


    Video Removal Guide for Ads by RecommendationBox (Windows).


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    Get rid of Ads by RecommendationBox from Mac OS X.


    Step 1: Uninstall Ads by RecommendationBox and remove related files and objects

    OFFER
    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

    1.Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


    2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


    3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Ads by RecommendationBox:

    Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


    4.Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


    5.In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Ads by RecommendationBox. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


    6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.

    Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Ads by RecommendationBox. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


    7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

    • 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 Ads by RecommendationBox 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:

    Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

    1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

    2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

    3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Ads by RecommendationBox. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

    You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

    → ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchDaemons

    Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


    Step 2: Scan for and remove Ads by RecommendationBox files from your Mac

    When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Ads by RecommendationBox, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


    Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Ads by RecommendationBox:


    Download

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    Video Removal Guide for Ads by RecommendationBox (Mac)


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    Remove Ads by RecommendationBox 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.


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    Erase Ads by RecommendationBox 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.



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    Uninstall Ads by RecommendationBox 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.



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    Remove Ads by RecommendationBox 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".

    stf-safari preferences


    Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

    stf-safari-extensions


    Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


    Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

    stf-safari uninstall

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Ads by RecommendationBox will be removed.


    How to Reset Safari
    IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

    Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

    Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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    Eliminate Ads by RecommendationBox 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.


    Remove Push Notifications caused by Ads by RecommendationBox from Your Browsers.


    Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

    To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

    Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.

    settings

    Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

    advanced settings

    Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

    Content Settings

    Step 4: Open “Notifications”:

    notifications

    Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

    Block, Edit or Remove

    Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

    Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.

    options

    Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":

    Settings

    Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

    remove push notifications firefox

    Stop Push Notifications on Opera

    Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.

    opera

    Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

    content settings

    Step 3: Open Notifications:

    notifications

    Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

    three dots

    Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

    Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.

    preferences

    Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".



    Ads by RecommendationBox FAQ

    What is Ads by RecommendationBox?

    The Ads by RecommendationBox threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.

    The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.

    What are the symptoms of Ads by RecommendationBox?

    There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:

    Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.

    Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.

    Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.

    Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.

    Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.

    If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.

    What types of Unwanted Programs are there?

    According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:

    • Rogue Antivirus programs.
    • Adware.
    • Browser hijackers.
    • Clickers.
    • Fake optimizers.

    What to do if I have a "virus" like Ads by RecommendationBox?

    Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.

    How to secure my passwords and other data from Ads by RecommendationBox?

    With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:

    Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.

    Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.

    Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.

    Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.

    Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.

    Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.

    Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.

    Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.

    Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.

    If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.

    More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.

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