SpecialBox is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is said to enhance search results. Its presence is revealed by the sudden appearance of various pop-up ads. The suspicious add-on works on favorite browsers like Explorer, Chrome, and Mozilla. Internet Explorer is particularly aimed – SpecialBox acts like a Browser Helper Object, and it’s harder to get rid of it once installed.
Although SpecialBox is presented as a user-friendly tool, users should pay attention if they notice content associated with its name. The function of ad-supported software or adware for short may be to analyze the user’s Internet habits and search queries in order to gain revenue for third parties. The content in the form of pop-up windows, coupons, and banners may cause further issues. If the user clicks them, he may end up at an attacker’s website.
In that relation, experts usually recommend the removal of any adware as a precaution.
How Did I Download SpecialBox?
The browser extension usually enters the system through bundled downloads of freeware. That means that SpecialBox comes in one package with software the user chose to download. If the person is more careful and always opts for custom installation, it will be harder for adware to enter their computers.
What Does SpecialBox Do to My PC?
Once the extension is at hand, it may alter the browser settings to its likings. SpecialBox is also capable of manipulating search results. Private data may also be compromised. Users should always keep in mind that adware is associated with tracking cookies. In order to avoid becoming marketing lab mice, users should always choose the custom installation option.
How Can I Uninstall SpecialBox?
One way to remove SpecialBox is manually. Although, to be completely sure the adware is gone from the system, malware researchers suggest running a legit anti-spyware tool. No matter what you decide to do, just follow the steps below.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove SpecialBox from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SpecialBox from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SpecialBox from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SpecialBox from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SpecialBox from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SpecialBox from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SpecialBox from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SpecialBox from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SpecialBox
Step 2: Uninstall SpecialBox and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by SpecialBox 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 SpecialBox there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SpecialBox from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SpecialBox 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.
- 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 SpecialBox via Step 1 above:
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 SpecialBox 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 SpecialBox 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 SpecialBox 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 SpecialBox 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 SpecialBox will be removed.
Eliminate SpecialBox 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.