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.
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:
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- What is Search.Snap.do?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Snap.do application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search.Snap.do redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search.Snap.do browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Search.Snap.do homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Search.Snap.do redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) removal:
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 "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.
Search.Snap.do Redirect (Toolbar) removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" 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 (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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the snap.do virus, 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:
To change your homepage in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu 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.
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the snap.do virus, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (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 (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.
Computer users who have problems with snap.do virus 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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 top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the snap.do virus, 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.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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