Softonic toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.softonic.com?
Search.softonic.com (Websearch Powered by Softonic) website is promoted by Softonic.com using Internet browser toolbars. Softonic is a very popular software download website which recently have started monetizing their web traffic using browser add-ons which redirects users to this website. Computer users should be careful when downloading software from softonic.com Notice that every time you want to download free software from this website you will be forced into downloading an installer which is bundled with softonic toolbar. Seems like softonic have followed the deceptive practices of cnet.download.com and started bundling software downloads with browser add-ons which redirects computer users to specific websites which are used for monetization purposes.
The search bar which is presented in search.softonic.com uses customized legitimate search engines so using it shouldn't lead to malware infections, on the other hand softonic toolbar shows deceptive offers to speed up your PC, update drivers or states that you have won an iPad. Clicking on such ads will lead to installation of unwanted software or scareware, furthermore it may lead to online surveys and other scam services. Previously softonic.com was bundling it's download client with mysearchresults.com toolbar but recently they changed it to their own toolbar. What makes Softonic toolbar even more deceptive it it's frequent pop-ups which also offers to speed up your computer or uprate drives. Such pop-ups are displayed while computer users are browsing the Internet and may show up at any given time.
Search.softonic.com redirect is not related to malware or viruses, it's 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 by yourself and you are happy with the service that you receive you shouldn't follow the removal steps shown below, however if you want to eliminate browser redirect to search.softonic.com and get rid of deceptive pop-ups you can use the provided removal information. Notice that softonic.com is not the only website that is bundling software downloads with browser add-ons. Use cautious when using download.cnet.com and other popular download websites. Uncheck every tick that suggest that you should change your Internet browser's 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 left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended anti-spyware 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 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: 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 every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Search.softonic.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Softonic Toolbar" select this entry and click on a trash can icon. To change your homepage from search.softonic.com to you preferred - 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.