Welcome to our Foxiebro Virus removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
If you have landed on this page due to an encounter with a program called Foxiebro, then you’re in luck. We have dedicated this article precisely to this program and others of its type. Foxiebro is what’s better known as a browser hijacker, which you may or may not have heard of before. As you might guess from the name, a browser hijacker will ‘hijack’ your browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer or something else and will make it its own. The first symptoms of an infection with a program of this type include a changed browser homepage and also a changed default search engine. And no matter how hard you try, you can’t change either of those back to their previous state as long as the hijacker remains in your system. So your only possible solution to the problem would be to remove the program responsible for all the annoying new alterations to your browser settings. How do you that? We will show. But first, read through the following few paragraphs to understand what it is exactly you’re dealing with and what potential dangers it may represent. After that you can head over to our removal guide, which will show you exactly how to locate and uninstall the necessary files.
What is the purpose of browser hijackers and what are the risks of their presence?
The point of all browser hijackers is to drive traffic to various sponsored websites by means of redirecting users to them or displaying various ads in the forms of popups, banners, in-text links, box messages, etc. This is what ensures the promotion of different sites, products and services. But it’s also what ensures the profit of the browser hijacker developers. And usually the more times users click on the said ads, the higher that profit is. However, the methods that are often exploited by programs like this are often rather unsavory and are also the reasons why many users prefer to not have them on their computers at all.
For example, programs like Foxiebro are very well known for their abilities to research your browsing history and extract certain information from it. They use that information to optimize their display of online ads and make their campaigns more appealing to the separate users. This information, in turn, includes things like your most recently visited websites, as well as the pages that you bookmark and favorite and simply those you like to spend the most time on. In addition, your social media activity can also be taken into consideration, as well as your online search requests. With the help of all this data, the hijacker can then determine which of its ads will be more likely to appeal to you and it can then arrange them accordingly. That way it will also ensure a higher number of potential clicks and therefore more profit for its developers.
However, not many people would like to be spied on like that. And that’s not even the worst of it. A very substantial issue with software like Foxiebro is that it can expose you to risks of getting infected with malware and viruses. Sadly, but the numerous page redirects it constantly initiates, as well as the online ads it displays even, could potentially have you land on insecure and infected pages. Furthermore, fake ads are becoming a more and more common way of spreading malicious programs like ransomware and Trojan horse viruses. With that in mind, it’s best to simple try and steer clear of all the online ads you may be seeing and just see to the removal of the hijacker as soon as you’re done reading here.
As for keeping programs of this type at bay from now on, your best shot would be to pay closer attention to any new programs you download and install on your PC. For starters, make sure that you use reliable download sources you know you can trust. And a no less important step is to always manually customize the installation process. You can do that by using the respective installation option (usually labelled as Advanced or Custom), which will allow you to see if there are any additional programs included in the setup and remove them if so.
Foxiebro Virus Removal
I – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
II – Uninstallation
- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
If you are unable to spot Foxiebro, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Foxiebro on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Foxiebro might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Foxiebro, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.