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Softonic Virus – How to Remove It

Softonic Virus imageWhat are Softonic Viruses? Is a Softonic Virus dangerous? How to remove a Softonic Virus from your computer?

The Softonic Virus is a popular threat which targets end users pretending to be affiliated with the popular Internet download portal. It has many versions which all propose to be official application or files associated with Softonic. The impact of the Softonic Virus can be devastating as different groups can create various threats carrying the Softonic signature or name. There a multitude of ways that the Softonic Virus can be delivered to the users. Read our article to learn more about the dangers of infection and how you can prevent them. Our guide also gives detailed instructions on removing active infections.

Threat Summary

Name Softonic Virus
Type Redirect, Browser Hijacker
Short Description Redirect Virus that takes advantage of the legitimate and famous Softonic download portal.
Symptoms The symptoms may be ranging from seeing redirects to having symptom-less Trojan on your computer.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Softonic Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

Softonic as one of the most popular download portals has recently been associated with the creation of multiple viruses, fake sites and other Internet threats. There are many campaigns which are launched by different hacking groups, this means that there may be multiple versions of the Softonic virus active at the same time.

There are several popular distribution techniques under through which the Softonic virus can be spread:

  • Macro-Infected Documents Script Installation — This is one of the most popular techniques which are used to spread PUP and malware threats like the Softonic virus. The hackers will include the installation code into macros that are made part of hacker-made documents across all popular file formats: text files, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. When they are opened by the victims a prompt will appear asking them to enable the built-in code in order to view the contents, this will trigger the infection.
  • Links in Hacker-Made Content — The hackers can send links and various multimedia content that will download the Softonic virus file to their computers. This is mainly done so via scam email messages and redirect sites.
  • Dangerous Application Installers — Malware containing the Softonic name can be inserted in setup packages of often used applications.
  • Web Browser Plugins — The strategy of embedding the malicious code into extensions that are made available for the most popular web browsers. The hackers will use fake developer credentials and upload them to the relevant repositories. The posted descriptions will promise new feature additions or performance improvement.
  • File-Sharing Networks — All Softonic virus related malware files can be disguised as legitimate, safe and useful data that is commonly shared across file-sharing networks like BitTorrent.

As soon as the Softonic virus is deployed onto a given host it wil launch its main engine. Depending on the exact type of virus it may have a different impact on the system. For example browser hijackers will mainly harvest browser data and track the users web activity via the deployed tracking cookies. This is especially dangerous as this can include sensitive information, an example may be online banking credentials or email data.

Other malware forms can scan the memory of the infected hosts in order to scan if there are any security applications installed which will be bypassed. The known technique will look for a wide variety of services and running agents including the following:

Anti-virus programs, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, virtual machine hosts and system cleanup utilities

If configured so the Softonic virus can program the same engine to collect sensitive information from the host. It is usually divided into two main types:

  • Personal Data — The Softonic virus can be programmed to harvest data that can directly expose the identity of the victims.
  • Machine Data — Any collected strings that are related to the infected hosts can be used to generate an unique ID that is to be assigned to the compromised computers.

When the intrusion has been made the Softonic virus will be free in order to cause as much system changes as necessary. This can be done depending on the local conditions (as evaluated during the information gathering phase) or by command of the hackers. Most infection types allow for the hackers to operate them remotely. This is done by triggering a Trojan component which establishes a secure connection to the operators and allows them to spy on the victims, deploy other threats and take over control of the systems at any time.

If any Windows Registry values are modified then the users may experience issues such as data loss, unexpected errors and the inability to start certain operating system functions.

Additionally the Softonic virus files may also be used to direct other threats to the compromised servers. This can range from the recruitment of the host to a worldwide botnet network to the installation of various ransomware, Trojans, miners and etc.

Remove Softonic Virus from Your Machine

In order to be able to remove Softonic Virus, you should know where it’s files and objects are hidden. The main idea is to follow the removal steps below. They are made to help you isolate the virus and detect and delete the malicious files. For the complete detection and removal of Softonic Virus, however, we strongly suggest that you download and run a free scan with an advanced anti-malware software. Such tool will automatically identify and eliminate all of the virus files and objects, related to any Softonic Virus from your computer plus protect it in the future too.

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How to Remove Softonic Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Softonic Virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Softonic Virus 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Softonic Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Softonic Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Softonic Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Softonic Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Softonic Virus and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Softonic Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Softonic Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Softonic Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Softonic Virus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Softonic Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Softonic Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Softonic Virus, 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.


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Remove Softonic Virus 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.


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Erase Softonic Virus 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.



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Uninstall Softonic Virus 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.



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Remove Softonic Virus 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Softonic Virus will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Softonic Virus 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.


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