This article provides removal for Search.softorama.com hijacker. By following the steps at the end you can remove Search.softorama.com from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or Safari browser and Windows system.
Search.softorama.com is a website that can infiltrate installed browsers without your permission and then replaces your default search engine with a rogue one. Changes that affect the homepage and new tab page could also be noticed after Search.softorama.com hijacks target browsers. So its main page is likely to appear each time the browser is opened. Additional adverse impacts that may be noticed are browser slowdowns, many redirects to websites of unknown origin, and many annoying advertisements. One of the main reasons why it is better to remove Search.softorama.com than keep it in the browser is the collection of sensitive details about your online behavior.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The suspicious domain Search.softorama.com can be set as homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.|
|Symptoms||The homepage and new tab page of affected browsers can display the main page of Search.softorama.com redirect. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search.softorama.com.|
Search.softorama.com – Methods of Distribution
Variety of shady techniques of distribution may be used by Search.softorama.com‘s owners. All the methods aim to trick you into installing the unwanted program unknowingly. For example, the suspicious website could be part of a software bundled packages. As it is usually hidden, you may miss its presence and install it along with the desired software. In some cases, the installation of such unwanted programs can be avoided by choosing the Advanced or Custom configuration options provided in the setup. These options could reveal more information about the additional components incorporated into the installer as well as opportunity to reject their installation. For the sake of your security, it is good to avoid downloading free apps from websites of unknown origin.
It is also possible that a suspicious extension installed in your browser cause all the redirects to Search.softorama.com‘s main page. The hijacker is believed to affect primarily users of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Safari web browsers.
Search.softorama.com – More Details
Search.softorama.com is a suspicious website with hijacking capabilities. It sneaks into computer systems and alters browser settings in order to replace the homepage, new tab page and default search engine with its main page. All the changes happen without your permission, so you understand about the infection when the domain Search.softorama.com starts to appear in the affected browser. The design of its main page could be seen in the picture below:
As you may notice Search.softorama.com provides a search engine that causes redirects to Yahoo search each time you enter a search query. Apparently Search.softorama.com’s search engine doesn’t have its own database which means it is a hoax one. In case that you enjoy using Yahoo services, you could easily make its search engine a default one by configuring your browser settings. But first, you need to remove the nasty hijacker from the browser.
Otherwise, you will still experience all the adverse impacts of Search.softorama.com hijacker. Among them are data collection, many annoying advertisements, browser slowdowns and even crashes, modified search results, many redirects to websites of unknown origin. At worst the unwanted program may be used by bad actors to deliver severe malware infections like ransomware directly on your PC.
The policy states that the company owner of this hijacker is SearchAlgo. In fact, a hijacker with the same name and a design identical to those of Search.softorama.com was reported by our team in the past. It appears that the company continues to release nasty hijackers that harass online users. One of the primary purposes of their services is the collection of sensitive details from affected users and then use the data for their business and advertising goals.
Below you can see all the details received from your affected browser and recorded automatically on Search.softorama.com’s server logs:
- Your IP address
- Browser type
- Internet service provider (ISP)
- Cookie information
- The webpages you visit
Remove Search.softorama.com Browser Hijacker
The steps listed below will help you to remove Search.softorama.com hijacker completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari browsers. In the guide that follows, you will also find how to remove this nasty program from your Windows system. There are two removal approaches – manual and automatic. In case that you still experience redirects to Search.softorama.com website after the manual removal, you need to scan the system for some leftovers. With the help of an advanced anti-malware tool, you can easily locate and eliminate all leftovers.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.softorama.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.softorama.com on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.softorama.com in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.softorama.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.softorama.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.softorama.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.softorama.com from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Search.softorama.com Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Search.softorama.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.softorama.com
Step 2: Uninstall Search.softorama.com and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.softorama.com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.softorama.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.softorama.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.softorama.com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Search.softorama.com via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Search.softorama.com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.softorama.com, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Search.softorama.com from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Search.softorama.com from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Search.softorama.com from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Search.softorama.com from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.softorama.com will be removed.
Eliminate Search.softorama.com from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Search.softorama.com from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".