Hello readers. Another day, another blog post. I just found another bundled adware named Box Rock this morning and wanted to give you some removal instructions. This seems to be a variant of CrossRider that I’ve previously written about. If the Box Rock adware is running on your computer, you will find floating ads labeled Powered by Box Rock, ads labeled Box Rock Ads in Google’s search results and a new add-on added in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox called Box Rock. Chrome seems to have remained clean. I’ll show how to remove Box Rock in this blog post with the FreeFixer removal tool.
Here’s BoxRock in Mozilla Firefox’ add-on menu:
Box Rock is distributed by a strategy called bundling. Bundling means that a piece of software is included in other software’s installers. When I first found Box Rock, it was bundled with GoForFiles. Here’s one example how it appears in the GoForFiles installer.
Generally, you can avoid bundled software such as Box Rock by being careful when installing software and declining the bundled offers in the installer.
When I stumble upon some new bundled software I always upload it to VirusTotal to test if the anti-malware scanners there find something. 7 of the anti-virus scanners detected the file. The Box Rock files are detected as BrowseFox.F by AVG, Trojan.BPlug.144 by DrWeb and PUP.Optional.BoxRock.A by Malwarebytes.
If you would like to remove Box Rock you can do so with the freeware FreeFixer tool. Select the Box Rock files for removal in FreeFixer, click Fix, reboot your system and the problem will be gone. Here’s a few screenshots to point you in the right direction:
Hope that helped you to figure out how to do the removal.
Any idea how BoxRock was installed on your computer? Please share your story the comments below. Thanks a bunch!
Thanks for reading!