What is Search.snap.do
There are many types of malicious software, including the browser hijackers family. The browser hijacker such as Search.snap.do have a negative impact on the functioning of your computer by changing the browser’s settings. The main function of any browser hijacker is reroute you to an annoying site, instead of the one that you want to visit. Even if you try to manually open your homepage, your web-browser is anyway open another site.
A malicious software that changes the settings of web-browsers on Search.snap.do usually affects only Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The Search.snap.do infection may change the Target property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you start the browser, instead of your homepage, you will see a completely different web-page.
The Search.snap.do hijacker infection may also change the default search engine that will virtually block the possibility of finding information on the Internet. The reason for this is that the Search.snap.do search results may open a huge number of ads, links to malicious and misleading web-sites. Only the remaining part is the result of your search request, loaded from the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Also on the computer together with Search.snap.do hijacker infection can be installed an adware, which will insert a huge number of ads directly to the web-sites that you view, creating a sense that advertising has been added by the creators of the page. Moreover, a legal advertising links may be replaced on the fake advertising links, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the Search.snap.do hijacker has the ability to collect a huge amount of personal information about you, which can later transfer to third parties.
How to Search.snap.do browser hijacker get installed onto computer
How to manually remove Search.snap.do
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Search.snap.do startpage from Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge.
- Remove Search.snap.do associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.snap.do new tab
- Remove Search.snap.do homepage from Google Chrome
- Remove Search.snap.do from FF
- Remove Search.snap.do from IE
Remove Search.snap.do associated software 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 open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Click “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.snap.do new tab
Once installed, this hijacker infection may add “http://search.snap.do” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will display the annoying startpage.
Right click on the internet browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. 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 “http://search.snap.do” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe. Click OK to save changes. You need to clean all internet browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
Remove Search.snap.do homepage from Google Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click to 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, as shown below and click on the Reset settings button. Confirm your action, click on the Reset button.
Remove Search.snap.do from FF
If the Firefox settings such as startpage, new tab page and default search engine have been changed by the infection, then reseting it to the default state can help.
Run the Firefox and press button to display the Tools menu. It displays the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Click on the Help button (). In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type about:support in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. It will open the confirmation dialog box. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the Search.snap.do hijacker. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button
Remove Search.snap.do from IE
Run Internet Explorer, press ). Click “Internet Options” as shown below. In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button. You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove Search.snap.do infection, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s home page to default state.
How to remove Search.snap.do with Antimalware
Remove Search.snap.do hijacker infection manually is difficult and often infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free that are completely clean your PC. Moreover, the free software will help you to remove adware and toolbars that your computer may be infected too.
- Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below. Malwarebytes Anti-malware
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- Close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that named mbam-setup.
- Click Next and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is complete, click on the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your computer for Search.snap.do infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
- When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Remove Selected”. Once disinfection is completed, you may be prompted to Restart.
Block Search.snap.do and other similar malicious sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying advertisements and malicious sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous ads and web pages. Moreover, the software can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. After installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that 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 start your system, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, pages such Search.snap.do, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
If the problem with Search.snap.do is still remained
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove this hijacker infection, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijackers, adware, PUPs, toolbars. Also you can ask for help our Myantispyware team below.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below. AdwCleaner download
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, press “Scan” button to perform a system scan for Search.snap.do.
- Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report. Review the report and then click “Cleaning” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK”.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for Search.snap.do removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with Search.snap.do removal.
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