Remove Outfox.TV hijack (Virus Removal Guide)

Outfox TV is a potentially unwanted program, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add the Outfox.TV toolbar, and change your browser homepage to Outfox.TV.
[Image: Outfox.TV virus]
Outfox.TV it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

Outfox.TV got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker. This browser hijacker is also bundled within the custom installer on many download sites (examples: CNET, Brothersoft or Softonic), so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that Outfox.TV was installed during the software setup process. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that Outfox.TV is a virus.

For example, when you install “Youtube Downloader HD”, you will also agree to change your browser homepagebto Outfox.TV, and install the Outfox.TV Toolbar.
[Image: Outfox TV toolbar pop-up]
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.
However when you uninstall “Youtube Downloader HD” from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Outfox.TV, and Outfox.TV pop-ups from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Outfox.TV browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Outfox.TV (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Outfox.TV from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall Outfox.TV program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove Outfox.TV adware with AdwCleaner
STEP 3: Remove Outfox.TV browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 4: Remove Outfox.TV virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Outfox.TV infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall Outfox.TV malicious program from your computer

The Outfox.TV pop-ups may be caused by a malicious program that you have recently installed on your computer. In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  • To uninstall the Outfox.TV program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the “Start” button, then click on the “Control Panel” menu option.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select “Control Panel” from there.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows 8]
  • When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the “Classic View” of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the “Programs and Features” icon instead.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  • When the “Programs and Features” or the “Uninstall a Program” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Outfox.TV and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll though the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.[Image: Uninstall the Outfox.TV program from Windows]

Depending on what program has installed the Outfox.TV adware infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Outfox.TV program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.


STEP 2: Remove Outfox.TV adware from your computer with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for the “Outfox.TV” malicious files, browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    Click on Scan button to find Outfox.TV virus
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “Outfox.TV” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “Outfox.TV” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove Outfox.TV virus with AdwCleaner
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
    AdwCleaner removing Outfox.TV virus

STEP 3: Remove Outfox.TV browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove Outfox.TV browser hijacker from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the Outfox.TV virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for Outfox.TV virus]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 4: Remove Outfox.TV virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the Outfox.TV virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove Outfox.TV with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Outfox.TV]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 5: Double-check for the Outfox.TV infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Outfox.TV malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove Outfox.TV virus.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

Your computer should now be free of the Outfox.TV infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Outfox.TV adware from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Ely

    Thank you! It’s finally gone!

  • Weekdaygirl

    I tried to delete the thing didn’t delete now the malware stuff can’t even find it still there and it is not in my files anywhere so they done got sneaky now how I get it off.

  • cindy

    This malicious malware has been giving me fits for days. As a 50 something grandma new to the computer world I was trying to find a way to remove this annoying crap off my computer without needing a degree in programming to remove, Then Bless You .I found your article and in minutes outfoxtv was ” outfoxed” by you ! THANK YOU Cindy PS To bad something can not be done about these idiots ! Well. maybe someday ?

  • nicoledanielli

    you can skip all of this complicated stuff and just download REVO unInstaller and is will deep scan for leftover registry items so you can delete anything you want from your computer. IT

    • julian

      Thank you for the tips. This program REVO is great! No more outfox :)

  • Jack

    Perfect instructions for purging Outfox.tv from my computer. Thank you so much.

  • Jag

    Many thanks for your kind help.

  • Doktor

    Thank you man, you saved my life :)))

  • Pierrette

    Thank you this has been a tremendous help! Will definitely pass on the good word about your blog!

  • Bridgette

    Thank you so very much, it was the easiest guide I found and worked perfectly!! Appreciate it.

  • Winst

    This is a great resource. I learned about some new malware scanning tools I haven’t heard about before, especially JRT and the Hitman program which are very useful.
    Thanks for your efforts, it’s people like you that make the world a better place for everyone :)
    Cheers!

  • Jake

    thank yo so very much

  • Nabla

    Easy step by step procedure. Works perfectly. I get some issues with my anti virus now nevertheless.

  • sevint

    Worked perfectly! Thanks!!

  • HarrisonX

    :D good. I tried installing photoshop for free and then afterwards I saw on the side of my screen there was outfox.tv…. I deleted it but it wasn’t fully deleted so I searched it up and found this! :D Thanks

  • Meredith Youngson

    Thanks so much for this- thought I was doomed with a creepy homepage for life :)

  • meow zedong

    thanks, very helpful

  • WishCC

    Thank you!!! :) Super grateful to find this article!