What is SEARCHBOX

SEARCHBOX is a browser hijacker that installs rogue extensions into popular web browsers, altering the browser settings to promote the findflarex.com fake search engine. Once installed, it redirects all search queries typed into the URL bar to findflarex.com, which may further redirect users to other dubious sites like boyu.com.tr. These search engines often provide inaccurate results and may include sponsored, untrustworthy, and potentially harmful content. The hijacker not only changes the homepage and default search engine settings but also employs persistence mechanisms to prevent its easy removal. Additionally, it tracks user data such as visited URLs, search queries, and potentially sensitive information like usernames and passwords, which can then be sold to third parties for profit. The presence of SEARCHBOX can lead to privacy issues, financial loss, and even identity theft. It is typically distributed through bundling with free software, deceptive pop-up ads, and spam browser notifications.

SEARCHBOX

How SEARCHBOX infects computers

SEARCHBOX, a notorious browser hijacker, infiltrates computers primarily through deceptive distribution methods such as bundling with free software downloads, malicious pop-up ads, and spam browser notifications. Users often inadvertently install SEARCHBOX by rushing through installation processes, bypassing the scrutiny of terms and conditions, or opting for “Quick” installation settings, which conceal the presence of bundled malware. Additionally, rogue advertising networks and compromised websites can prompt downloads without explicit user consent. Once installed, SEARCHBOX modifies browser settings, redirecting users to its promoted fake search engine, findflarex.com, and other malicious websites. This hijacker not only disrupts the browsing experience but also poses significant privacy risks by tracking user data, including visited URLs, search queries, and potentially sensitive personal information.

  1. Download SEARCHBOX Removal Tool
  2. Remove SEARCHBOX from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove SEARCHBOX extensions from browsers
  4. Reset browser search and homepage settings
  5. Alternative way to remove SEARCHBOX search redirects
  6. Clean browser shortcuts from SEARCHBOX
  7. How to protect from threats like SEARCHBOX

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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To remove SEARCHBOX completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of SEARCHBOX and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download SpyHunter for Mac

To remove SEARCHBOX completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of SEARCHBOX and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of SpyHunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove SEARCHBOX manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full SEARCHBOX removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the SEARCHBOX an installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Note: SEARCHBOX can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy or Your browser is managed by your organization inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove SEARCHBOX from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing SEARCHBOX you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “SEARCHBOX”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, or Mac.

Remove SEARCHBOX from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find SEARCHBOX or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove SEARCHBOX from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find SEARCHBOX or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove SEARCHBOX from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find SEARCHBOX or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove SEARCHBOX from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall SEARCHBOX from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate SEARCHBOX or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate SEARCHBOX or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove SEARCHBOX from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate SEARCHBOX or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately or you will need to confirm the action and go through standard uninstall procedure.
  7. Remove SEARCHBOX from Mac:

    1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
    2. SEARCHBOX might have an Uninstaller.
    3. Otherwise, drag SEARCHBOX from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
    4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

    Cannot uninstall SEARCHBOX in Windows

    In some cases, SEARCHBOX won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall SEARCHBOX. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the SEARCHBOX folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall SEARCHBOX in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

    1. Reboot your computer.
    2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
    3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
    4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
    5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove SEARCHBOX or other suspicious program

    >> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

    Cannot uninstall SEARCHBOX in MacOS

    If you can’t uninstall SEARCHBOX using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of SEARCHBOX. Follow instructions below:

    1. Download free AppCleaner.
    2. Drag SEARCHBOX from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
    3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with SEARCHBOX.
    4. Click Delete button.

    Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

    Uninstalling SEARCHBOX from Control Panel or Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove SEARCHBOX extension from your browsers manually.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
    3. Find SEARCHBOX extension.
    4. Click the Remove button to remove them.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
    3. Find SEARCHBOX extension.
    4. Click three-dots icon near it and choose Remove in the menu.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Click Extensions tab.
    3. Find SEARCHBOX extension.
    4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) edge://extensions.
    3. Find SEARCHBOX extension.
    4. Click Remove link under the name of extension.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

    Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove SEARCHBOX from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable SEARCHBOX, please, do the following:

    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
    3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
    4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
    5. Click Disable SEARCHBOX or other suspicious extensions.
    6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Opera Browser:

    Generally, SEARCHBOX does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

    1. Start Opera browser.
    2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
    3. Find SEARCHBOX or other suspicious extensions.
    4. Click Uninstall button.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

    SEARCHBOX installs a search engine (%WEBSITE%) that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
    3. On the left panel expand Advanced options.
    4. Choose Reset and clean up.
    5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
    3. Click Refresh Firefox… button.
    4. Click Refresh Firefox button in opened dialog window to confirm.

    Reset Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
    3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
    4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
    5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
    6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
    7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
    8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
    9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser
    2. Click on 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
    3. On the left panel find and click Reset settings option.
    4. Click on Restore settings to their default values link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

    1. Start Internet Explorer.
    2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
    3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
    4. Click Advanced tab.
    5. Click Reset button.
    6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

    Opera Browser:

    1. Start Opera browser and click on Opera icon in the top-left corner.
    2. Choose Settings and click Advanced on the left side and choose Browser.
    3. Scroll down to the very bottom and click on Restore settings to their original defaults link.
    4. Confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

    avast browser cleanup For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad rating including related to SEARCHBOX. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

    Download Avast Browser Cleanup

    Cleaning browsers shortcuts

    shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

    Download Shortcut Cleaner

    How to protect from threats, like SEARCHBOX, in future

    Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like SEARCHBOX may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-virus programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like SEARCHBOX.

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