snap.do virus (as known as search.snap.do virus) is a browser hijacker which often comes embedded with many download applications and installer. After it successfully sneaks into target computer, it can cause annoying redirection and make computer unstable. At the first beginning, this hijacker will modify your browser setting without your approval and has the ability to silently update itself via the Internet. And then it will change your default home page to a certain page like search.snap.do which pretends itself as a search engine. This site won’t provide you any useful information as you require after you enter the keyword. Instead, it is only designed to create advertisements.
Snap.do bundles with many other dangerous malware applications and internet browser objects like toolbar which prevents you from simply deleting it from control panel. In addition, it may keep redirecting you to those pages which contain porn–related or full of advertising banners that make creators of this parasite money. Also, these pages might force you to pay something or give away your bank account details. snap.do virus shouldn’t be considered as a trusty website. It involves a tracking cookie that helps attackers to change search results on Google and other major search engines. This hijacker aims to hijack web browsers such as Safari, IE, FireFox, Chrome. Thus, it is a must to have it removed from your computer at all costs.
Snap.do is a highly dangerous threat mainly hacks your browser to redirect your web search results and change the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice. Because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. Remove all add-ons and extensions
Google Chrome: Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions
Mozilla Firefox: Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A)
Internet Explorer: Tools > Manage Add-ons
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AdvancedShowSuperHidden = “0″
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AUNoAutoUpdate = “1″
As mentioned above, we have know that Snap.do virus is one the malicious redirect viruses that is designed by remote hackers to invade your computer aggressively. The virus not only hacks your browser but also damages the system and programs there. Can you use any programs to have it removed? Unfortunately the answer is No. Snap.do virus is a highly dangerous hijacker that keeps updating itself to prevent from detection of all the security tools. It can change your default homepage and search engine, also it won’t provide you any reliable and safe search engine services. Although there is no obvious sign that show you computer will be at risk after infected, you still need to get rid of the virus instantly from the time you detected your homepage of your browser has been changed without any permission. This virus may refer to the ZeroAccess Rootkit which can be used to steal private information or install rogue security programs. Hence, it is suggested users to remove Snap.do as early as possible.
Published by Sarah Poehler, last updated on June 11, 2013 8:15 am | Browser Hijacker Removal Guide