Do you know what Surfvox is?
Surfvox is a typical browser hijacker that is going to change your homepage and your default search engine to Surfvox.com without your permission. Even though it might not differ from other decent websites at first sight, you should know that it is not advisable to keep Surfvox.com as your homepage and search engine because it is not a reliable piece of software. Unfortunately, you will not be able to get rid of it very easily because this browser hijacker occupies all of the major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Even though the removal of Surfvox might be rather challenging, you should definitely do that because it might allow much more serious threats enter your system.
Even though Surfvox.com seems to be based on Google search engine, you should still not trust it blindly because it might still provide you with sponsored links. Keep in mind that these links might take you to unreliable websites, which means that you might infect your system with serious threats very quickly. You should also know that Surfvox browser hijacker might do other undesirable activities behind your back, for instance, it is known that it might connect to the internet without your permission. Of course, the final choice is yours; however, we do not recommend keeping this browser hijacker on your system.
Security specialists of spyware-techie.com have done a research and found out that Surfvox browser hijacker is distributed as a fake torrent Game of Thrones S04E09 HDTV x264-KILLERS[ettv]. The file itself is broken in such a way that it plays for a few seconds and then video player crashes. This tactics is used in order to lure computer users into trying codecs that are inside the zip file, e.g. communitycodecs.exe and DivX Player.exe. Even though they might help you to open the video, the browser hijacker Surfvox will be silently installed on your system. It is very likely that you will find it if you follow %AppData%\Soundmngr path.
The manual removal of Surfvox might seem rather complicated, especially if you have never tried removing malware. Thus, we recommend choosing the quickest and most reliable method, which is to scan the system with a licensed antimalware tool, for instance, SpyHunter. Of course, you can do that manually as well; however, we advise you to use the instructions that we have provided for you below the article.
How to remove Surfvox
- Tap Ctrl+Shift+Esc simultaneously.
- Open Processes tab and select Soundmngr process.
- Click End Process and then click End Process in the dialog box again.
- Tap the Windows key and type in %AppData%. Tap Enter.
- Locate Soundmngr folder and then just simply delete it.
How to restore the changes
- Launch your browser.
- Tap Alt+T and click Internet Options.
- Open the Advanced tab and click the Reset button.
- Tick Delete personal settings and then click the Reset button again.
- Open your browser and tap Alt+H.
- Select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Reset Firefox.
- Click on the Reset Firefox button again.
- Launch your browser.
- Tap Alt+F to access the menu.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- Click on the Reset browser settings button.
- Select Reset.
In non-techie terms:
In order to avoid similar undesirable applications in the future, you should definitely be very careful about peer-to-peer file sharing. Besides, you should always download programs from official websites in the future and install them extremely carefully. In addition, you should always keep an antimalware tool enabled. Make sure that you install a reliable tool on your system.