Search.Snap.do Redirect

Also Known As: Snap.do Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: <strong>Moderate</strong>

Snap.do toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.snap.do?

What is Search.Snap.do?

Snap.do Toolbar is a browser add-on, which states that Internet users will rediscover the web by its use. In fact, this browser extension adds various shortcuts to users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox).  The shortcuts are associated with social networks and online applications (such as tools for taking screen snapshots or listening to online radio). While many users might find such add-ons useful, there is a downside to the use of this toolbar: when installed on your computer, it changes your Internet browser homepage and default search engine to search.snap.do, a strategy used to monetize incoming web traffic.

search snapdo redirect page

The displayed search bar returns legitimate organic search results, however, the sponsored results are managed by third parties. Clicking on these results can result in users installing unwanted software or malware on their computers. Furthermore, whilst using search.snap.do, your Internet browsing is monitored via cookies and the collected information can be sold to marketing companies and other third parties.

Snap.do toolbar has some legitimate and useful features, but the deceptive search engine, tracking of Internet browsing, and collection of private information for potentially dubious purposes, makes this toolbar an unwanted web application. The Snap.do toolbar (which causes unwanted redirects to the search.snap.do website), is often installed on users' computers without their consent and comes bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. Many popular download websites use so-called installers (download clients), which offer additional software installation on users' computers. Commonly, these download clients use deceptive strategies to coerce users into installing adware. To avoid inadvertent installation of the snap.do toolbar or other adware, always choose the 'Custom Installation' option when installing freeware. Ensure that you opt-out of installation of any additional software and disallow any changes to the homepage or default search engine settings. Snap.do toolbar is adware and should be removed from your computer. To eliminate unwanted redirects to search.snap.do (feed.snap.do), use the removal instructions provided.

Deceptive free software installer used in snap.do browser hijacker distribution:

snap.do browser hijacker installer

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Snap.do Virus

Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

snap.do toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Snap.do", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

Note that redirects to search.snap.do are also caused by a browser toolbar called Internet Turbo Smartbar (Resoft Ltd.) - if you cannot find Snap.do entry in "Add/Remove Programs", try looking for Internet Turbo Smartbar ("Internet Turbo" and "Internet Turbo Engine") and uninstall it.

After uninstalling Snap.do scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

snap.do toolbar internet explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for ReSoft LTD. related entries (Snap.Do and Snap.DoEngine) and disable them.

To change your homepage from search.snap.do to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove search.snap.do and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.snap.do , 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

 

Search.snap.do startup page in Google Chrome

To change your homepage in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "On Startup section" click on "Set pages" (open a specific page or set of pages), remove feed.snap.do and enter your preferred domain.

Search.snap.do default search engine in Google Chrome

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Web" (feed.snap.do) and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.snap.do , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

snap.do toolbar mozilla firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Snap.Do".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.snap.do and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.snap.do removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A 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 privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of snap.do virus 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.

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