Softonic Web Search (search.softonic.com) Removal Guide
Tuesday 11th February 2014,

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Softonic Web Search (search.softonic.com) Removal Guide

posted by David Washington  
Filed under Bad Toolbars, Browser Hijacker


Softonic Web Search and the softonic.com website have been deemed to be a browser hijacker that changes your web browser settings to redirect you to the newly set default home page and search site softonic.com. We have noticed that the softonic.com site and Softonic Web Search toolbar are laced with advertisements that attempt to run PPC campaigns for the purpose of earning money from your clicks.

The Softonic Web Search and search.softonic.com site appear to be a generic form of an internet search engine that may return unwanted search results. Even though the Softonic Web Search toolbar and search site are not a viable computer virus, it exhibits many unwanted actions and manipulates internet settings.

Usually Softonic Web Search and the redirects to search.softonic.com take place due to the installation of various programs downloaded from the internet including bundled software. We know for certain it is the installation application that loads the Softonic Web Search Toolbar and changes internet settings for popular browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

Installing most items rooting from Softonic, such as the Softonic Web Search Toolbar, have been known to change your default home page and search engine site. Removing these items has caused a major headache for many computer users lately as they may be required to find all add-on and extension components all throughout their system to completely eliminate Softonic Web Search. Fortunately, PC users may utilize antimalware downloads to automatically accomplish the complete removal of Softonic Web Search, which will stop the redirects to the search.softonic.com website. After removal, PC users will be able to restore default home page and search page settings.

Softonic Web Search sample image:

softonic-websearch-hijacker-redirect

Softonic Web Search Removal

Download *SpyHunter Scanner to Detect and Remove Softonic Web Search

*SpyHunter’s free scanner is for detecting malware only. If SpyHunter detects Softonic Web Search,
you will need to purchase SpyHunter to remove it and other detected malware threats.

Do-It-Yourself Manual Removal of Softonic Web Search

If you are an experienced computer user or comfortable with finding and deleting system registry keys, you may remove Softonic Web Search by locating and deleting each listing below.

Softonic Web Search files to find and delete:

  • %AppData%\[random].exe
  • %Desktop%\[random].lnk

Softonic Web Search registry entries to find and delete:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “” = “[random]“
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[random]
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]“

How to Remove Softonic Web Search Manually (DIY Tips)

  1. Go to Start menu > go to Control Panel -> select “Programs and Features” (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Select Uninstall a Program.
  2. Find ‘Softonic Web Search’ and select ‘Uninstall/Change’.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

How to Remove Softonic Web Search Manually from Web Browser Programs like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer:

  1. In Internet Explorer go to ‘Tools‘ > ”Manage Add-ons’ > ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and select uninstall Softonic Web Search.
  2. Click ‘Tools’ > ‘select Manage addons’ > select ‘Search Providers’ > select a desired search engine of your choice ie: Google.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. In Firefox go ‘Tools’ > select ‘Add-ons’ > select ‘Extensions’ > find Softonic Web Search and click ‘Uninstall’.
  2. Go to ‘Tools’ > select ‘Options’ and change the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or another desired search page.

Google Chrome:

  1. In Chrome click on the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ icon (three lined icon on the top right) > select ‘Settings’ > select ‘Extensions’ on the left and then find Softonic Web Search and click the trashcan to delete it.
  2. Change the homepage to google.com or another desired search page by going to ‘Settings’ on the left again and selecting the drop-down list under ‘Search’.
  3. Selecting Google as your search preference: Click ‘Manage search engines…’ > select ‘Google’ and make it the default search engine.

Removal of Softonic Web Search may prove to be difficult in some situations due to blocking agents of the malware. In such a case, you may choose to boot your system into Safe Mode with Networking by following the instructions below.

How to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:

  1. Bookmark or Favorite this Web Page.
  2. Restart your PC
  3. Press the F8 key (just before Windows starts to load during the boot sequence text screens) several times until it registers.
  4. Select “Safe Mode with Networking” and press Enter.
  5. Allow the system to boot into Safe Mode with Networking and then return to this page to download the spyware remover.
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