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TubeBox(.)org is the site of an adware. The adware shows advertisements, like pop-ups and message boxes when browsing. To remove this adware, you should read the article till the end. A browser add-on that can cause redirects may get in your browsers.

NameTubeBox(.)org
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe adware displays advertisements in your browsing programs.
SymptomsYou can see adverts: pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and others. You might get redirected.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundling
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss TubeBox(.)org.

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TubeBox(.)org – Delivery

The most common delivery method for TubeBox(.)org is via third-party installations. Being unaware, you can install the unwanted program by freeware installations and bundled packages. More components are selected for installation, by default, on a regular basis. These components are concealed. As a result, you can get the adware inside your computer. Preventing that could be done by checking for a Custom or an Advanced menu in the installation setup.

TubeBox(.)org can be delivered by unknown sites visits and from clicking on advertisements, such as pop-ups or banners. Those actions can get the adware injected in your computer. Affected browsers are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

TubeBox(.)org – Description

TubeBox(.)org is the main web address for the adware TubeBox. The site presents the program as a YouTube downloader, and a music and video converter. Also, on the website, it is written that you can watch online videos without a browser. That is technically true, but it’s again a software platform in which you can watch videos, so this functions like any browser.

TubeBox(.)org offers the program for download on this same site, but when you try to download it, you get redirected. You are shown the following download messages, prompting you to download the program:

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If you download the executable file, you will begin to see adverts all over your browsers. Not to mention that an extension or add-on related to TubeBox(.)org could be set in your browsers. They can bring even more advertisements and redirects. Most of the advertising content has these text messages shown in them:

  • Ads by TubeBox(.)org
  • Advertisement by TubeBox(.)org
  • Ad by TubeBox(.)org
  • Powered by TubeBox(.)org
  • Brought to you by TubeBox(.)org

Uploading the executable file into the site VirusTotal yielded the expected results of this being an intrusive adware program:

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The redirects might make money for the adware developers, Freetec Ltd. These redirects are most likely based on a pay-per-click basis. It is not surprising to see targeted advertising and partner site pop-ups. Advertisements associated with TubeBox(.)org can be pop-ups, pop-unders, coupons, movie ticket discounts, banners, sliders, and others.

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The Privacy Policy of TubeBox(.)org, as shown above, states that the site collects information about you and your browsing usage. This information can be personally identifying and can be used to to show you targeted adverts that you may be attracted to.

Here is a quote from the policy:

Freetec Ltd is the operator of this platform and the supplier of the services offered thereon and therefore responsible for any collection, processing and use of your personal data and compliance of this data processing with the Egyptian Law as well as other applicable provisions on data protection.

That means your information will be collected and processed, later used for different purposes according to Egyptian Law. So, be aware of all this and be careful if you are using this unwanted software.

When you visit the TubeBox(.)org site, the following will be stored automatically:

  • Your IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • The name and URL of the file called
  • The website from which the access originated
  • The OS of your PC and your browser (type / version)
  • Your country and the name of your ISP

The data is collected and then processed. If you expressly agreed to, your e-mail address will be collected and used.

If you use the software, this information is being sent on regular intervals, according to the Privacy policy:

  • The manner, frequency and intensity of usege of the software; your behaviour and habits
  • Crash and error logs of the software
  • Programs of third parties installed on your computer
  • IP adress of your computer

Cookies are also used to collect this information:

  • The browser type / version
  • Your Operating System
  • The referrer URL and page previously visited
  • The host name of your PC (IP address)
  • The time of the server request

The policy of the TubeBox(.)org makes a clear statement about information collection. Be wary if you have used the software, site or services of this unwanted program. All gathered data could be shared with third parties. Removing the adware should be a priority for you.

Remove TubeBox(.)org Completely

To remove TubeBox(.)org manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the adverts effectively, you should search for and remove any leftover files with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program should keep your computer safe.

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How to Remove TubeBox(.)org from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TubeBox(.)org

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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 TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org 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.

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

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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.

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


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Get rid of TubeBox(.)org from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall TubeBox(.)org and remove related files and objects

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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 TubeBox(.)org:

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 TubeBox(.)org. 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 TubeBox(.)org. 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 TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org. 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 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.



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Remove TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org 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".

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

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the TubeBox(.)org 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 TubeBox(.)org 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.


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