Search Donkey Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Search Donkey removal guide
Search Donkey (SearchDonkey) is a browser add-on created by WebAppTech Coding LLC, this plug-in enhances Internet users browsing experience by showing quick search links of selected text. When users of this add-on selects some text on a website Search Donkey will show a small pop-up which contains quick search links from Google, AOL, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter etc. Notice that while such added functionality may seem useful Search Donkey can be categorized as being a potentially unwanted program or adware - it ads little functionality, tracks user's Internet browsing, shows intrusive ads and greatly slow downs Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox).
Many Internet users refer to this add-on as a Search Donkey virus, such negative associations are made because most commonly this browser extension installs on user's computers without their consent - using a deceptive software distribution method called bundling. In most cases Search Donkey installs on user's Internet browsers together with some free software downloaded from the Internet. To avoid such unwilling installation users should be very attentive when dealing with freeware, not inspecting every installation step can lead to installation of additional unwanted browser add-ons and toolbars which causes browser slowdowns, privacy and redirect issues. While search donkey is not a computer virus it's an unwanted browser add-on, it's highly recommended to remove this adware from your computer.
Search Donkey add-on tracks: IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser and other software information, web-page URLs visited, and search queries entered, moreover this plug-in shows various unwanted ads: in-text, interstitial, pop-up ads etc. By it's behavior this adware is similar to Yontoo and "Ads not by this site". The best way of avoiding installation of such adware is being very careful when downloading and installing free software. Computer users should know that nowadays the majority of popular freeware download websites are using download clients and installers which offer installation of additional programs together with the free software that is being downloaded from these sites. When downloading free software be sure to decline any promoted software and when installing freeware be sure to choose "custom" or "advanced" installation options and opt-out additional software. To eliminate search donkey use the provided removal guide.
Search Donkey removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window look for "SearchDonkey", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Search Donkey scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Search Donkey from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search Donkey from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SearchDonkey" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of Search Donkey you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Search Donkey from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "SearchDonkey" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If SearchDonkey extension is greyed out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled") please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Search Donkey from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "SearchDonkey".
If you continue having problems with removal of Search Donkey you can reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.