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Remove Sogou Hijacker from Your PC

NameSogou
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionSogou hijacker may be ad-supported.
SymptomsDisplaying of advertised content. Changed home page.
Distribution MethodBundling, redirects, etc.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Sogou

sogou-siteA browser hijacker detected by the name Adware.Sogou or Program:Win32/Sogou. It is believed to originate from China since it may change your homepage or redirect to http://123.sogou.com/ or sogou.com – a website, designed entirely in Chinese. More to it than that, the site itself uses cookies and is not encrypted. Security experts report adware.sogou to behave like a typical ad-displaying program. According to them, it may display tons of advertised content in all forms – ad-supported search results, pop-up adverts, intrusive browser redirects.

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

Once installed on your computer, this particular browser hijacker may employ various tracking technologies on the user PC. More to it than that it is highly likely that this hijacker may use different registry objects it creates on a PC to make itself harder to uninstall. More on the subject, Sogou’s site uses cookies as well and also its connection is not encrypted i.e. not safe:

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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.

Removing Sogou

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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Sogou.

    Step 2: Remove Sogou from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Sogou and click “Remove

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    After Sogou is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Sogou and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Sogou is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    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’.

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    After Sogou has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Sogou
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    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.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    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:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
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    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    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.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Sogou threat: Manual removal of Sogou requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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