Outfox TV has invaded my Firefox webbrowser. In the past 3 weeks, Outfox TV has hijacked my Internet Browser, and has made itself my Home Page.
I am not sure how it got there. I have not downloaded any free applications….. I swear! I found the program and delected the program file from my PC, changed my homepage back to Yahoo…..but the darn thing keeps coming back, popping up. Scanned my PC virus, nothing.
In this post, we will guide you to get rid of Outfox.tv homepage and startup page once and for all.
Outfox.tv is a website that has free access to hundreds of TV channels. Another main purpose for Outfox.tv is to promote the application Outfox TV. When you install Outfox TV, it will set outfox.tv as the homepage or startup page of your web browser. Outfox TV configures itself to start up automatically along with the boot of Windows operating system. It will display a desktop container in the right side of your desktop. What is even more annoying is the fact that Outfox.tv will notify you each time a new article is posted on their website with a pop-up notification in the lower right part of your computer.
Outfox TV is technically not a virus but a potentially unwanted program (PUP). But considering its sneaky behaviors like installing itself without your consent and tampering with your browser settings, it is ranked low in acceptance by most of computer users. Most of computer users are scared and think their computer is infected by some kind of virus when they notice that their browser is hijacked by Outfox.tv.
Outfox TV often comes bundled with other free downloads from websites like Softonic and download.com, so please be attentive when install such programs. Please always opt for custom/advanced installation and never click on Next/Accept/I Agree blindly, because all too often PUPs are contained in those installers as special offers.
Outfox.tv Homepage Removal Guide
Step 1 > Uninstall Outfox TV from your computer
In most cases, Outfox TV comes bundled with other applications, so you need uninstall not only Outfox TV but also other suspicious and unexpected programs that installed around the time your computer is infected by Outfox TV.
For Windows 8 Users:
Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.
Go to Charms bar > Settings > Control Panel > Uninstall a program
Locate Outfox TV and related malicious programs and click Uninstall/Change
For Windows 7/Vista Users:
Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features
Locate Outfox TV and related malicious programs and click Uninstall/Change
For Windows XP Users:
Go to Start button > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs
Locate Outfox TV and related malicious programs and click Remove/Change
When the Outfox TV uninstall wizard pop up, click on Next. Then check the Remove outfox as homepages option and click on Uninstall button.
Alternatively, uninstall Outfox TV with Anvi Uninstaller
Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.
1. Download and install Cloud System Booster
Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
2.To uninstall Outfox TV and related malicious program:
Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → locate malicious application under Recently Installed tab → hit Uninstall to remove
Please search for and uninstall Outfox TV and any other unwanted or unknown applications that installed around the time your computer is infected by this toolbar.
Please note that according to some computer users complaint, although Outfox TV is uninstalled from your computer, the startup item is still there on your computer. Once you start your computer, some service of Outfox TV will run simultaneously.
The leftovers detected by Anvi Uninstaller direct to the startup item added by Outfox TV. If you have deleted leftovers of Outfox TV with Anvi Uninstaller, you can skip Step 2.
The Prefect Scan function is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.
Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
3. To clean residual files: Switch to Home tab → click Quick Care button → click Clear button after scan finished
Step 2 > Uncheck the startup item for Outfox TV and delete invalid registry entries
Configure startup item
Click on the Start button, and type “msconfig” and hit Enter to open System Configuration window.
Go to Startup tab in the System Configuration window that opens and uncheck items related to Outfox TV.
Click on Apply and OK to save the setting.
Delete invalid registry entries
After remove and block the startup item for Outfox TV, there are some invalid registry entries on your computer.
Click on Start button, and type “regedit” and hit enter to open Registry Editor
When the Registry Editor is open, click on Edit and Find in the dropped-down menu.
Type “outfox” in the Find what field and click on Find Next button. Then right-click on the folders and registry entries that related to Outfox TV and delete them. Repeat this step until all the registry entries related to Outfox TV is deleted.
Please note that the registry entry named Default can not be removed.
Now, Outfox TV should have been removed from your computer completely and the Outfox.tv homepage should have gone. If the homepage of your web browser is still outfox.tv, please follow step to change the homepage to your desired domain.
Step 3 > Remove Outfox.tv hijack from IE/FF/Chrome
For Internet Explorer Users:
To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://www.outfox.tv/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
For Google Chrome Users:
Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings
1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://www.outfox.tv/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar
2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire
Alternatively, reset Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and/or Google Chrome to its default settings.
By now, Outfox TV and Outfox.tv homepage should have been removed completely from your computer and web browsers. If you have confronted any problem in the removing process, please a reply at the end of the article and we will try our best to help you.
Malware Prevention Tips
1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.
As mentioned above, Outfox TV sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.
2. Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser.
If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.
3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.
Unwanted applications like Outfox TV and malware may expose your computer to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.
Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.
Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)