Do not use soap2day.to to watch movies online
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is soap2day[.]to?
soap2day[.]to supposedly allows users to watch movies online free of charge. In fact, the service provided by soap2day[.]to is illegal. Furthermore, the site uses rogue advertising networks and promotes (opens) other dubious websites. Therefore, you are advised against trusting this website or using its movie streaming service.
At the time of research, soap2day[.]to opened the easretresgen[.]club rogue web page, which is designed to open other untrusted websites or display dubious content. Commonly, these pages deceive visitors into allowing them to show notifications using 'clickbait' techniques.
Some examples of websites that are similar to easretresgen[.]club are routemob[.]com, rministencew[.]club and news-back[.]best. Another website that soap2day[.]to opened during research was a dubious download page for the Spinyon app, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) classified as a browser hijacker.
Apps of this type hijack browsers by changing settings, such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab, to the address of a fake search engine. The main purpose of browser hijackers is to force users to visit certain sites when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar.
These apps also gather browsing-related information (e.g., IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited sites), however, they might also collect private, sensitive information. The developers misuse the data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), or in other ways.
Note that soap2day[.]to might open web pages designed to promote adware, various scam pages such as "VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows", "2020 Visitor Feedback Survey", and so on. Therefore, do not trust soap2day[.]to or other similar pages.
|Name||Ads by soap2day.to|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Quttera (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More examples of web pages that use rogue advertising networks and/or offer illegal services are movies123, 320youtube[.]com and easymp3converter[.]com. If a browser opens dubious web pages automatically, this is likely to be due to an installed PUA.
How did adware install on my computer?
In some cases, users download and/or unintentionally install unwanted apps by clicking dubious, deceptive ads that execute certain scripts, however, it mostly happens when developers distribute them using the "bundling" method. I.e., when they include unwanted apps into the download/installation set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers'.
Typically, these offers are mentioned (and can be declined) in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the set-ups, however, many users fail to check and change the settings. By leaving default settings unchanged, they allow PUAs to be downloaded and installed together with the required software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to download all programs and files from official websites and through direct links. Other channels/tools such such as third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), and unofficial web pages are often used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious apps.
Also avoid third party installers. Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings and decline offers to download or install additionally-included apps. Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious web pages, since they can open untrusted websites or even cause download/installation of unwanted applications.
Remove any unknown, unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
soap2day[.]to opens easretresgen[.]club (GIF):
soap2day[.]to opens download page for Spinyon browser hijacker (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is soap2day[.]to?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes soap2day[.]to redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by soap2day.to, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by soap2day.to, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by soap2day.to removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by soap2day.to, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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