Are you seeing Socopoco.com homepage in the FF, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge every time you start the internet browser? This means that your personal computer is infected with hijacker that changes the settings of the web browsers such as the homepage, new tab and default search engine. Currently, this infection are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free applications, download and install them on the machine without proper attention to the fact that the browser hijacker can penetrate into the computer along with them.
Most often, the Socopoco.com hijacker infection affects most common browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge. But such browser hijackers as well may infect another web-browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of web-browser’s shortcut). So every time you run the web-browser, it’ll display Socopoco.com site. Even if you setup your home page again, it’s still the first thing you see when you open the web-browser will be the annoying Socopoco.com web page.
The browser hijacker, which set the Socopoco.com as your startpage, can also set this unwanted web-page as your search engine. You will encounter the fact that the search in the browser has become impossible to use, because the search results will consist of a large amount of ads, links to unwanted and ad pages and a small amount of regular links, which are obtained from a search in the major search engines.
The Socopoco.com infection is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, changes web-browser settings, and blocks them from changing. Also this hijacker infection can install additional browser addons, extensions and modules that will open ads and popups. And finally, the Socopoco.com hijacker can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Therefore it’s very important to free your computer as soon as possible. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to remove Socopoco.com redirect, as well as other malware and ad supported software, which can be installed onto your computer along with it.
How to Socopoco.com hijacker get installed onto PC system
Most often, the free software installer includes the optional potentially unwanted applications such as this infection. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to choose a Custom, Advanced or Manual installation mode. Here disable (uncheck) all optional applications in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you don’t need to install the optional applications which you do not trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free applications is installed, if you uninstall this software, the homepage, new tab and default search engine of your favorite web browser will not be restored. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the instructions below.
How to manually remove Socopoco.com
This step-by-step instructions will help you remove Socopoco.com redirect. These Socopoco.com removal steps work for the FF, Chrome, IE and MS Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the web browser or reboot your personal computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Remove Socopoco.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove Socopoco.com from Firefox
- Remove Socopoco.com homepage from Google Chrome
- Get rid of Socopoco.com startpage from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Socopoco.com startpage
Uninstall Socopoco.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of unwanted ads or web-browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
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Windows XP, Vista, 7
Remove Socopoco.com from Firefox
First, open the FF. 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 press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Socopoco.com homepage from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the browser hijacker, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s homepage, new tab page and search engine by default that have been changed by Socopoco.com browser hijacker.
- First start the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is complete, your browser’s start page and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of Socopoco.com startpage from Internet Explorer
To restore the start page and search provider by default you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your PC system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as on the image below.
When the process is done, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s startpage, new tab page and default search engine to default state.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Socopoco.com startpage
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to start your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the internet browser which is redirected to the Socopoco.com or other unwanted web-page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The hijacker can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be launch when you run your web browser. Depending on the web browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text similar “http://socopoco.com” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the screen below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you run the browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the Socopoco.com web-site or any other annoying sites. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Get rid of Socopoco.com homepage automatically
You can remove Socopoco.com automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily delete browser hijackers, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer from the link below. Save it on your desktop.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, start the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, press the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Malwarebytes on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not 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 window as shown below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your machine for the browser hijacker infection that cause a redirect to Socopoco.com. When a threat is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished. Please be patient.
As the scanning ends, you can check all threats detected on your personal computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing Socopoco.com browser hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot your computer. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to delete browser hijacker, adware and other malicious applications.
Block Socopoco.com startpage and other unwanted web sites
To increase your security and protect your machine against new annoying ads and harmful pages, you need to use an program that blocks access to malicious advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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When downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist 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 personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block popup ads, web sites such Socopoco.com, as well as other harmful or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Scan your system and get rid of Socopoco.com redirect with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and delete browser hijacker such as Socopoco.com, malware and ad supported software in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and IE internet browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (startpage, new tab page and default search engine). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and delete malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Download AdwCleaner utility by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the download is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to perform a system scan for the Socopoco.com hijacker and other malware and ad supported software.
When the system scan is finished is finished, it will show a list of all items detected by this utility as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK” to begin the cleaning process. When the cleaning process is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Once you have finished the guide outlined above, your PC system should be clean from browser hijacker, adware and malware. The Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge will no longer open Socopoco.com unwanted start page on startup. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.