What kind of application is Snetchball?
While analyzing the Snetchball application, we found that it functions as adware - it shows intrusive advertisements. It is common for adware to be promoted and distributed using shady methods. We discovered Snetchball after downloading a malicious installer from an untrustworthy web page.
Snetchball in detail
Snetchball runs in the Task Manager as "Snetchball" (there are multiple processes named "Snetchball" running when this adware is active). Advertisements displayed by Snetchball can open various potentially malicious pages. Also, they can be designed to run certain scripts to cause unwanted downloads and installations.
Ads shown by Snetchball can open web pages designed to lure visitors into calling fake technical support numbers, providing sensitive information, downloading shady software, paying for unnecessary or fake software, etc. Moreover, those ads may open websites hosting malware. Thus, it is strongly recommended not to trust Snetchball and its ads.
|Name||Ads by Snetchball|
|Detection Names (Installer)||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.Generic.32907624), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GenCBL.DIJ), Kaspersky (Trojan-Banker.Win32.Bandra.cyj), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Woreflint.A!cl), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (Application)||AhnLab-V3 (Malware/Win32.RL_Generic.C4361358), Bkav Pro (W32.AIDetectNet.01), Fortinet (PossibleThreat), Panda (PUP/Adware), Symantec (ML.Attribute.HighConfidence), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
Advertising-supported applications can have traits of browser hijackers - they can be used to promote shady search engines. Browser-hijacking apps usually do so by changing the settings (default search engine, homepage, and new tab page) of web browsers. Shady search engines often promote untrustworthy pages and show unwanted advertisements.
How did adware install on my computer?
Snetchball installs via a malicious installer distributed via a shady website. Screenshots of the installer and website used to distribute Snetchball are provided below. It is also common for adware to be bundled with other software (included in installers as optional installation).
Users install adware alongside other software when they do not change "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings in installers containing adware. Deceptive advertisements can cause unwanted downloads and installations too.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not download apps and files from questionable websites, Peer-to-Peer networks, third-party downloaders, and other unreliable sources. Download them from legitimate (official) pages and stores. Also, do not trust ads on torrent sites, adult pages, and other pages of this kind, or allow such sites to show notifications.
Always deselect optional (unwanted) downloads and installations before downloading and installing software. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Website distributing installer for Snetchball:
Malicious installer distributing Snetchball:
Snetchball running as "Snetchball" in the Task Manager:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced IT skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Snetchball?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. 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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 unwanted browser add-ons:
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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by snetchball, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by snetchball 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 snetchball, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Usually, adware diminishes the web browsing experience by showing intrusive advertisements. Also, it can slow down a computer and cause problems related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
As a rule, adware displays various advertisements. Additionally, adware can be designed to promote fake search engines and gather various information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They use adware to promote various products, websites, services, etc. The main source if income usually is affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed adware-type applications. When adware is removed manually, file leftovers often remain hidden in the system. Combo Cleaner removes adware without leaving any of its data.