The Social2search ads should not be underestimated, because the reason for their appearance within your web browser is penetration an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) into your personal computer. It can bring a security risk to your system. So, do not ignore it! Social2search adware created to display intrusive and annoying ads, even without your permission and desire to see it. The annoying advertisements can be just the beginning, because your PC is hijacked by unwanted software, so the amount of ads in the future may increase. Its appearance will prevent you normally browse the web pages, and more, can lead to crash the web browser.
Most often, the ‘ad supported’ software affects the most common web browsers such as the Chrome, FF, IE and Microsoft Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another web-browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the web browser, it’ll reroute to the unwanted Social2search web page. Even if you setup a new start page, an annoying web-site will be the first thing you see when you open the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters web browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional web-browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer’s screen. Moreover, the ad-supported software may install browser hijacker that once started, will change the web-browser’s homepage and search engine. And finally, the ‘ad supported’ software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web-pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Web and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your PC from the adware as well as get rid of Social2search annoying ads from the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge and other internet browsers.
How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Ads by Social2search adware
How to manually remove Social2search ads
If you perform exactly the instructions below you should be able to delete the Social2search redirect. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your internet browser or reboot your machine.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove Ads by Social2search from FF
- Delete Social2search from Chrome
- Get rid of Social2search ads from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel as on the image below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software.
Remove Ads by Social2search from FF
First, launch the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Delete Social2search from Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, like below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Get rid of Social2search ads from IE
To delete the Social2search you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your PC.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will open the drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt as shown on the image below. Next, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, press the “Reset” button.
Once the procedure is complete, click “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
When the ad-supported software is started, it can also alter the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ad sites.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your system, it will display Social2search unwanted web-site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all tasks that have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will display a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of Social2search ads automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely delete Social2search ads from the infected computer. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ad-supported software again infect your PC and it will begin to show annoying Social2search advertisements. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove ‘ad supported’ software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the personal computer.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system. It’s an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you delete browser hijackers, malware, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Now, press the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your system. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is finished, close all programs on your computer. Next, open the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the Yes button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole system to find out ad-supported software which opens unwanted Social2search ads. When the adware or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete. Please be patient.
Once the system scan is finished, you can check all threats detected on your PC. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware that cause Social2search ads. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot your PC.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes program to get rid of ad supported software and other malware.
Stop Social2search ads and other unwanted web sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted advertisements and malicious pages, you need to use program that stops access to dangerous ads and web pages. Moreover, the application can stop the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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Once the downloading process is finished, run the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is done, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-ups, Social2search ads, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with Ads by Social2search is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove Social2search ads, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is started the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button to start checking your computer for the ad supported software that generates Social2search advertisements.
- Once the scan is done, AdwCleaner will open a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box, press “OK” button.
The following video explains the guide above on how to delete ‘ad supported’ software with AdwCleaner.
Now your system should be clean of the Social2search ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted harmful web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware and ‘ad supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new dangerous applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete Social2search from your personal computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.