Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Softonic toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.softonic.com?
The Search.softonic.com (Websearch Powered by Softonic) website is promoted by Softonic.com using Internet browser toolbars. Softonic is a popular software download website, which recently began monetizing web traffic using browser add-ons that redirect users to the site. Computer users should express caution when downloading software from softonic.com, since each time free software is downloaded from this website, the user is forced to download an installer bundled with the Softonic toolbar. Thus, it appears that Softonic have followed the deceptive practices of cnet.download.com by bundling software downloads with browser add-ons, which redirect computer users to specific websites for monetization purposes.
The search bar presented by search.softonic.com uses customized legitimate search engines - using this should not lead to malware infections. The Softonic toolbar, however, displays deceptive offers claiming to improve your PC's performance, update drivers, or stating that you have won an iPad. Clicking on ads such as these leads to installation of unwanted software or scareware, and furthermore, may result in online surveys and other scam services being imposed. Previously, softonic.com bundled its download client with the mysearchresults.com toolbar, but recently, they have changed it to include their own toolbar. The Softonic toolbar is particularly deceptive, since frequent pop-ups also offer to enhance your computer's performance or update drivers. Pop-ups such as these are displayed whilst computer users browse the Internet and may appear at any time.
Search.softonic.com redirect is not related to malware or viruses, and is a direct consequence of downloading free software from softonic.com Having this browser add-on installed on your computer could lead to scareware installation or privacy issues. If you have installed this softonic toolbar willingly and are happy with the service received, you need take no further action. If, however, you wish to eliminate the browser redirect to search.softonic.com and remove deceptive pop-ups, use the removal information provided. Note that softonic.com is not the only website to bundle software downloads with browser add-ons - use caution with download.cnet.com and other popular download websites. Uncheck any option suggesting you change your Internet browser homepage or default search engine.
Search.softonic.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Softonic for Windows, Softonic toolbar on IE", select these entries and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Softonic for Windows, Softonic toolbar on IE", select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Softonic toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Search.softonic.com redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search.softonic.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Montera Technologies Ltd related entries (Softonic Toolbar, Softonic Helper Object) and disable them. To change your homepage from search.softonic.com to your preferred domain, click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.softonic.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Search.softonic.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Softonic Toolbar" select this entry and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from search.softonic.com to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.softonic.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove Search.softonic.com redirect from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "softonic.com". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window, remove search.softonic.com and enter 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.softonic.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Search.softonic.com 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.softonic.com Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.