|Short Description||Sogou hijacker may be ad-supported.|
|Symptoms||Displaying of advertised content. Changed home page.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, redirects, etc.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Sogou|
Sogou Hijacker – How Did I Install It?
One way to get this program is by being a victim of another adware program on your computer. This means that you may have been redirected to a download page or could have downloaded the program, believing it is useful.
The most efficient way of distribution for this unwanted app however, is called bundling. It is a standard practice for most third-party sites to include such PUPs as free ‘extras’ in the setup programs of legitimate applications. And most users tend to miss the opt-out boxes or choose the ‘Express Install’ option on their setup. Most users suffer from the ‘Fast Clicking Syndrome’ when they install apps, and this is how such PUPs get into their PCs.
Sogou Hijacker – More About It
To explain it briefly, such browser hijackers are created for one and the only purpose – to make a profit to their developers. This can happen either by generating traffic to sites such as 123sogou.com or by displaying different pop-ups, banners, highlighted text and other forms of ads. These ads may not only lead to Sogou’s sites. They might as well redirect the user to unknown third-party sites that could:
- Infect the user PC with different Malware (Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Malicious Scripts, etc.)
- Scam users out of their funds. (Expensive fraudulent customer support calls, SMS service subscriptions without consent, fake registration forms, etc.)
Cyber-criminals have evolved rapidly when it comes to users’ online information. Sure, according to Trend Micro’s latest research paper, cyber-attacks on public networks and smartphones have increased. But cyber-scams, concerning black traffic generating are still a lucrative sector, and online crooks still tend to make money on ransomware and financial details by spreading malware via PUPs and other methods to home computers. The reason they are so successful at it is that most users tend to feel secure when they use their personal computer at home or anywhere else. However, PUPs, like Sogou are often disregarded as low-level threats, and this is why most antivirus programs do not detect them.
To remove Sogou, it is recommended to follow the step-by-step removal manual illustrated below. Also, make sure your files are regularly backed up on an external memory carrier in case your computer becomes a victim of a devastating virus attack. Most importantly, it is good to have an advanced anti-malware protection program that is also oriented towards applications that are potentially unwanted or low-level threats. This way it will make sure you are more protected than before.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Sogou in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Sogou.
Step 2: Remove Sogou from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Sogou and click “Remove”
After Sogou is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Sogou to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Sogou has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Sogou
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Sogou. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Sogou will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Sogou.
Removing Sogou from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing Sogou from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Sogou.
Step 4: Remove Sogou automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Sogou associated objects.