Softonic toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.softonic.com?
What is Search.softonic.com?
The Search.softonic.com (Websearch Powered by Softonic) website is promoted by Softonic.com using Internet browser toolbars. Softonic is a popular software download website, which recently began monetizing web traffic using browser add-ons that redirect users to the site. Computer users should express caution when downloading software from softonic.com, since each time free software is downloaded from this website, the user is forced to download an installer bundled with the Softonic toolbar. Thus, it appears that Softonic have followed the deceptive practices of cnet.download.com by bundling software downloads with browser add-ons, which redirect computer users to specific websites for monetization purposes.
The search bar presented by search.softonic.com uses customized legitimate search engines - using this should not lead to malware infections. The Softonic toolbar, however, displays deceptive offers claiming to improve your PC's performance, update drivers, or stating that you have won an iPad. Clicking on ads such as these leads to installation of unwanted software or scareware, and furthermore, may result in online surveys and other scam services being imposed. Previously, softonic.com bundled its download client with the mysearchresults.com toolbar, but recently, they have changed it to include their own toolbar. The Softonic toolbar is particularly deceptive, since frequent pop-ups also offer to enhance your computer's performance or update drivers. Pop-ups such as these are displayed whilst computer users browse the Internet and may appear at any time.
Search.softonic.com redirect is not related to malware or viruses, and is a direct consequence of downloading free software from softonic.com Having this browser add-on installed on your computer could lead to scareware installation or privacy issues. If you have installed this softonic toolbar willingly and are happy with the service received, you need take no further action. If, however, you wish to eliminate the browser redirect to search.softonic.com and remove deceptive pop-ups, use the removal information provided. Note that softonic.com is not the only website to bundle software downloads with browser add-ons - use caution with download.cnet.com and other popular download websites. Uncheck any option suggesting you change your Internet browser homepage or default search engine.
- What is Search.softonic.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Softonic for Windows, Softonic toolbar on IE applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search.softonic.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search.softonic.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Search.softonic.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Search.softonic.com redirect from Safari.
Search.softonic.com redirect removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Softonic for Windows, Softonic toolbar on IE", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Softonic toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Search.softonic.com redirect 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 Montera Technologies Ltd related entries (Softonic Toolbar, Softonic Helper Object) and disable them.
To change your homepage from search.softonic.com 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.softonic.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the softonic toolbar, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Softonic Toolbar" select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from search.softonic.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.softonic.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the softonic toolbar, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings 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 "softonic.com".
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.softonic.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with softonic toolbar 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 the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.
A 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 privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of softonic toolbar 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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