Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Snap.do toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.snap.do?
Snap.do Toolbar is a browser add-on, which states that Internet users will rediscover the web by its use. In fact, this browser extension adds various shortcuts to users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox). The shortcuts are associated with social networks and online applications (such as tools for taking screen snapshots or listening to online radio). While many users might find such add-ons useful, there is a downside to the use of this toolbar: when installed on your computer, it changes your Internet browser homepage and default search engine to search.snap.do, a strategy used to monetize incoming web traffic.
The displayed search bar returns legitimate organic search results, however, the sponsored results are managed by third parties. Clicking on these results can result in users installing unwanted software or malware on their computers. Furthermore, whilst using search.snap.do, your Internet browsing is monitored via cookies and the collected information can be sold to marketing companies and other third parties.
Snap.do toolbar has some legitimate and useful features, but the deceptive search engine, tracking of Internet browsing, and collection of private information for potentially dubious purposes, makes this toolbar an unwanted web application. The Snap.do toolbar (which causes unwanted redirects to the search.snap.do website), is often installed on users' computers without their consent and comes bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. Many popular download websites use so-called installers (download clients), which offer additional software installation on users' computers. Commonly, these download clients use deceptive strategies to coerce users into installing adware. To avoid inadvertent installation of the snap.do toolbar or other adware, always choose the 'Custom Installation' option when installing freeware. Ensure that you opt-out of installation of any additional software and disallow any changes to the homepage or default search engine settings. Snap.do toolbar is adware and should be removed from your computer. To eliminate unwanted redirects to search.snap.do (feed.snap.do), use the removal instructions provided.
Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Snap.do" select it and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Snap.do" select it and click Remove.
Note that redirects to search.snap.do are also caused by a browser toolbar called Internet Turbo Smartbar (Resoft Ltd.) - if you cannot find Snap.do entry in "Add/Remove Programs", try looking for Internet Turbo Smartbar ("Internet Turbo" and "Internet Turbo Engine") and uninstall it.
After uninstalling Snap.do scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for ReSoft LTD. related entries (Snap.Do and Snap.DoEngine) and disable them. To change your homepage from search.snap.do to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove search.snap.do and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Snap.Do". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.snap.do and enter your preferred domain.
Remove Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) from Google Chrome:
To change your homepage in Google Chrome: Click "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "On Startup section" click on "Set pages" (open a specific page or set of pages), remove feed.snap.do and enter your preferred domain.
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Web" (feed.snap.do) and add or select your preferred domain.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Search.Snap.do Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Search.Snap.do Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Search.Snap.do Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.