|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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Sogou from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Sogou from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Sogou from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Sogou from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Sogou from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Sogou from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Sogou from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Sogou from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Sogou
Step 2: Uninstall Sogou 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 Sogou 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 Sogou there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Sogou from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Sogou 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 Sogou 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 Sogou files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Sogou, 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 Sogou 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 Sogou 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 Sogou 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 Sogou 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 Sogou will be removed.
Eliminate Sogou 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.