What is Search.snap.do?
Search.snap.do is a Hijacker that modifies your search engine settings and home page of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, enabling its authors to collect and monitor your interests by gathering your search terms, search volume and other information that might be valuable for their advertisement networks and buyers. It also opens an UDP port that may allow the malware to send and receive information to a remote host.
Search.snap.do may have gotten on your computer after you have installed another software that comes bundled with it. Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP) are often included in the software installation. They are mostly present in the form of toolbars that can change the browser home page and slow Internet browsing. To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is important to follow these tips:
- Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted website.
- Do not stupidly click [Next] without paying attention to the Terms and third-party programs available.
- If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc ...), uncheck all their boxes.
- Enable detection of PUP on your antivirus.
As Search.snap.do loads very fast and then simply redirects to the corresponding Google page, a lot of users are not aware of its redirection: whenever you do a Google search, it will first go to the Search.snap.do page and only after submitting to its authors your search terms and volumes, it will load the Google search page. It doesn't affect your search results, but your privacy is affected.
Associated Search.snap.do System Entries and files
Search.snap.do Registry Entries
Search.snap.do Removal Instructions
Step 1: Remove the Search.snap.do from your browser
To remove Search.snap.do from your browser, we will use ADWCleaner.
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for:
Adware (ads softwares)
PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program)
Hijacker (Hijack of the browser's homepage)
To Delete Search.snap.do :
Download AdwCleaner to your desktop from the following link:
AdwCleaner Download link
NOTE: If you are using Internet Explorer and you get an alert that stops the program downloading click on Tools > Smartscreen Filter > Turn off Smartscreen Filter then click on OK in the box that opens. Then click on the link again.
Close your browser and click on AdwCleaner icon on your desktop:
Click on the Delete button, accept any prompts that appear and allow it to reboot the PC.
When the PC has rebooted you will be presented with the report. Just Close it.
Step 2: Check for any Search.snap.do left overs
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is simply the best known FREE malware removal tools online.
To remove Search.snap.do files:
Download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download link
Just Follow the easy setup process. Do not make any changes to the default settings
When the setup is finished, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked.
You can check or uncheck the Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO as the malware removal is FREE.
Then click on the Finish button. If Malwarebytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
When Malwarebytes is launched, it will ask you to update the databse. Just click OK.
On the Scanner tab,select Quick scan and then click on the Scan.
When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.
Then the screen results will show the various malware infections including Search.snap.do that Malwarebytes has found on your computer.
the image below is just an example, your results will be different.
Click on the Remove Selected button.
After Malwarebytes has finished the removal of Search.snap.do, you will get a message stating that you need to reboot your computer.
Just Do so, and restart your computer in Normal Mode.