Easily and Thoroughly Get Rid of Search.Snap.do Redirect Virus

Posted by John Larkin - December 30, 2013

“My home page keeps redirecting to Search.Snap.do since I once accidentally clicked on a pop-up. My antivirus does not scan anything though redirects happen constantly. It nearly drives me crazy. Can anybody tell me how to deal with it?”

What is Search.Snap.do?

Search.Snap.do is a malicious website referred to a disgusting browser hijacker which penetrates the target computer via shady online shareware and modifies Internet browser settings by replacing one’s search provider and homepage with its own domain. Usually, Search.Snap.do redirect virus is installed together with online infected free software, with the use of a fraudulent marketing method known as bundling. Users who don’t pay much attention to freeware download steps can end up installing various insecure programs which will result in excessive ads. Accidental clicks on ads on Search.Snap.do can lead to other malware and virus infections.

On the other hand, the search results users get from Search.Snap.do fake search provider will contain a plenty of advertising links and unrelated commercial information. All these are reasons why users are not recommended to use Search.Snap.do to do one’s daily Internet searches. To avoid installation of such browser settings altering malware, computer users have to be very circumspect when downloading free software from the Internet. Inspect every downloading procedure and opt-out installation of recommended browser plug-ins by clicking on a decline button. If Search.Snap.do browser hijacker has already infiltrated in your computer, use the provided manual removal guide on this page to get it out and restore your Internet browser settings.

What damage will Search.Snap.do cause?

1. Search.Snap.do virus can add boot-up codes to the Windows registry.
2. Search.Snap.do virus will change system DNS settings and browser settings.
3. Search.Snap.do virus causes frequent redirects to unfamiliar or even risky websites.
4. Search.Snap.do virus gathers the victim’s online habits and generates annoying ads.
5. Search.Snap.do virus traces keystrokes and gathers sensitive information for illegal use.
6. Search.Snap.do virus downloads files to do update and proves difficult to remove.
7. Search.Snap.do virus consumes high system resources and degrades PC performance.

Screenshot of Search.Snap.do:

How to Remove Search.Snap.do from IE/Firefox/Chrome?

As a stubborn and malicious browser hijacker, Search.Snap.do will make changes and drop harmful add-ons to IE/Firefox/Chrome. Hence we should get rid of Search.Snap.do with step-by-step instructions.

Remove Search.Snap.do virus on Internet Explorer:
1) Click gear icon on the right top corner, and select Manage Add-ons.
2) Click Tools and Extensions, select any suspicious or related extensions of Search.Snap.do and click Disable.
3) Click Search Providers, click Live Search and click Set as default
4) Click gear icon again and select Internet Option.
5) Click General tab, type your favorite site in Home Page; click “Delete” and tick Temp, Cookie and Histories, then click Delete.

Delete Search.Snap.do virus on Mozilla Firefox:
1) Click Tools, then Add-ons, select suspicious extensions of Search.Snap.do and click Disable.
2) Click Tools, then Options, select General tab. Type your favorite site in Home Page. Click OK.
3) Click History, then Clear recent history, tick all options under Details and click Clear Now.

Remove Search.Snap.do virus on Google Chrome:
1) Click wrench icon on the right top corner, and select Settings. Click Extensions tab, select related extensions of Search.Snap.do and click Remove.
2) Click “Customize and Control Google Chrome”, click Set pages under “On startup” and then type in your favorite website URL and click OK.
3) Click History tab, and click Clear browsing data, tick all options and click Clear browsing data.

How to Delete dropped files of Search.Snap.do?

As is reported, Search.Snap.do browser hijacker injects codes or files to the system so as to activate itself and guarantee its safety in the system. Therefore, we should clean out all inserted files of Search.Snap.do and repair corrupted system files.

Step 1: End associated processes of Search.Snap.do virus. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete at the same time to run Task Manager, right click suspicious processes and End.

Step 2: Show all hidden files. Click Start, then Control Panel, search Folder Option. Click View tab, tick “Show hidden files and folders” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”. Press OK.

Step 3: Search files of Search.Snap.do and delete them. (Usually, such files include the name of Search.Snap.do or are unknown ones)

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Search.Snap.do.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\ Search.Snap.do

Step 4: Remove all dropped registry files of Search.Snap.do. Hit Win+R to launch Run, and enter “regedit”. Find files as below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Search.Snap.do
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Search.Snap.do \DisplayName Search.Snap.do

Step 5: Restart the computer.

You should be extremely careful when deleting files and registry items from your computer. If you delete some important system files by mistake, you may not log in your system. As you can see, Search.Snap.do virus is really stubborn and cunning, even your antivirus can not get rid of it, let alone you without sufficient computer expertise. To fast and safely delete Search.Snap.do virus, it’s advisable for you to start a live chat with our online experts.

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