What is Local Moxie?
Local Moxie can be considered a browser hijacker, because it enters your system without your consent. It is very likely that you actually download the installation file for this application on your own, as there is no sample of a Local Moxie plugin at the official website. Nevertheless, even if the one responsible for this infection is the user himself, it does not mean that you should ignore it. It is important that you remove Local Moxie from your browser as soon as you can, because constant redirections may result in a serious malware infection and an ultimate system crash.
Where does Local Moxie come from?
The official website for Local Moxie is localmoxie.com. Normally, if a website offers a browser plugin for users the plugin in question is available for download at the official website. However, that is not the case with Local Moxie. If you access localmoxie.com, you will find a customized search engine with trend search function, but there will be no download option for whatever plugin that would change your default home page to localmoxie.com. Therefore, it is possible to assume that Local Moxie is a browser hijacker that does not inform users about the oncoming browser modifications. It is very likely that users download the installation file for Local Moxie bundled together with freeware applications from third party websites.
If you cannot guarantee the legitimacy of a particular website, it would be for the best to avoid downloading files from it, because they may be bundled with additional unwanted and potentially dangerous software.
What does Local Moxie do?
Once Local Moxie is installed on your PC, it changes your default home page and search engine settings, setting your default home page to localmoxie.com. Then you are forced to use Local Moxie’s search engine that displays customized search results. In short, this search engine is part of a blackhat SEO system, and in the long run you could be redirected to malicious websites that distribute malware. In order to avoid further malware infections you should remove Local Moxie immediately.
How to remove Local Moxie?
In order to remove Local Moxie, you need to restore your browser’s settings to default and then run a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner. Do not forget that Local Moxie has not come on your PC alone. There may be other adware and potentially unwanted programs installed on your system, and you should terminate them as soon as possible. Invest in a legitimate antimalware tool to protect your computer from similar intruders.
How to reset my browser
- Press Alt+X and go to Internet options.
- Open Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- When the reset is complete, click Close and OK.
- Click Firefox button and navigate to Help.
- Click Troubleshooting information and click Reset Firefox on another tab.
- Click Reset Firefox again and when the reset is complete press Finish.
- Press Alt+F and click Settings.
- Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
- Enter a new home page address and press OK.
- Select Manage search engines under Search.
- Set a new default search engine and remove Local Moxie. Click Done.
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