Remove Softonic Search Virus and Softonic Toolbar
Softonic Search (also known as search.softonic.com) is malware application developed for hijacking internet browsers. After the computer is infected with it even the simplest internet browsing becomes complicated, for example, users will be constantly redirected from the desired web pages to the dangerous ones without any prior notifications.
Furthermore, this virus could modify browser settings, it may select another home page or change desktop image. Security and privacy of the user are also being affected because one of the features of the virus is collecting personal data which belongs to the user such as search or browsing history. Furthermore, Softonic software may gather information associated with other activities. So it is advised that instead of using this program as search engine for information retrieval users should delete it as soon as possible.
This virus migrates easily through the network and usually reaches computers when you browse suspicious web pages or after downloading some free software from untrusted websites. After your computer is infected with this malicious program it may reduce system performance, make the device vulnerable to other viruses or even cause system freezing. Furthermore, your previously installed anti-virus programs could be blocked allowing the virus act freely on your computer. That’s why you should remove this program from the device as quick as you can.
Your browser having the Search.softonic.com toolbar is the result of downloading freeware from a site called softonic.com. Having this particular add-on may cause some problems with privacy or installation of other unwanted programs which may also be malicious. Although if you’re not bothered by constant pop-ups and page redirection you could leave this add-on.
Users should also have in mind that softonic.com is not the only website which promotes such undesirable browser add-ons. Such well known sites as download.cnet.com may also include unwanted applications in the installation package. So it’s better if you always manage the installation process manually, only then you can be sure that only required programs will be installed.
Automatic Softonic Search Virus Removal
Download and install SpyHunter http://fixbrowsers.com/sh.php to detect Softonic Search virus and remove it.
- Install SpyHunter by double-clicking the downloaded file. Follow the on-screen instructions
- SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Manual Softonic Search Virus Removal
Important Note: Softonic Search can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, FixBrowsers.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
To remove Softonic Search, check your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to Softonic and then choose ‘Uninstall’.
Also remove Softonic Search from your browsers:
Tools -> Internet options -> General tab. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Settings -> Appearance. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Options -> General tab -> Startup. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Delete any folder related to “Softonic” from the following folders: