Friday, October 25, 2013

Search.Snap.do Virus – Remove Snap.do Virus Effectively

‘I already removed the program through my control panel, already went into my google chrome settings into manage search engine but now I can't delete it anymore and can't set anything else as default, my specifics pages and search engines are always changed back to http://search.snap.do, it is driving me insane.’ – quoted from one of its victims.


FAQ: Why anti-virus programs will not detect snap.do virus?

Search.Snap.do is no doubt a virus, but it manages to cheat reputable security utilities that it is normal, as it is programmed with an intrusive process that help to hide its file attribute as an executable one, making the vicious file appear to be a folder placed under C: Windows just like any other temp folders. What’s more, its add-on is not considered by security utilities as a malicious item because an add-on is usually used to personalize functions. It is clear now that snap.do is a virus that has modified configuration deep in a computer, which can be horrible because backdoor can thus form to become attraction to other virus roaming on Internet.
Here we list down several dysfunctions that would make you to remove snap.do virus immediately:
  • Slow down overall PC performance.
  • Trigger error message.
  • Consume CPU significantly.
  • Cause more ads popping up during surfing session.

 

Steps to Remove Snap.do Virus Effectively


Step one – Exterminate running process related to snap.do so as to make the subsequent rectifications smoothly.

◆ Windows 8
  • Move mouse over the lower part of the screen.
  • Type ‘Task’ on the Charms bar and hit Enter key.
  • Select Process tab.
  • Search and select running process related to snap.do.
  • Click on ‘End task’.

◆ Windows 7/Vista/XP
  • Hold Ctrl, Alt and Delete key combination.
  • Select Process tab.
  • Search and select running process related to snap.do.
  • Click on ‘End Process’.

◆ Windows 7/XP/Vista
  • Hold Ctrl, Alt and Delete key combination together.

→ follow the same process as depicted above.

Step two – Remove startup item of snap.do virus.

◆ Windows 8
  • Bring up Task Manger again.
  • Hit Startup tab.
  • Search and select startup items of snap.do and click ‘Disable’.

◆ Windows 7/Vista/XP
  • Hit Start Menu .
  • Select ‘Run’.
  • Type ‘MSCONFIG’.
  • Check startup items of snap.do and click ‘Disable all’.

Step three – Modify configurations back to normal on infected browser manually to remove snap.do virus directly.

◆ Internet Explorer:
  • Go to Tools.
  • Select Internet option at the bottom of the drop down list.
  • Select General tab to
Empty out browse history.
Select ‘Search’ section to ‘Manage Add-on’ window and heck ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and then ‘Search Providers.
Locate ‘Tabs’ section to ‘Tabbed Browsing Settings’ and uncheck ‘Always switch to new tabs when they are created’ before pressing ‘OK’. 
◆ Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on Tools menu.
  • Enter Manage Add-ons.
  • Modify settings under Extensions tab and Plugins tab respectively.

◆ Google Chrome
  • Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon .
  • Select ‘Settings'.
  • Manage ‘Extension’.

Step four – Remove all suspicious files under C: Windows and System32 to thoroughly remove snap.do virus.

◆ Delete all executable files identical to systematic ones, such as svchost.exe and winlogon.exe in sub-directories under C: Windows.

◆ Remove temp folders under System32.
  • Double click on Temp folder under System 32.
  • Press Ctrl and A key together.
  • Right click on one of the selected items.
  • When a drop down list shows, press Shift and D key together.
    A box comes up for confirmation.
  • Press Enter key.

Step five – Empty out Dustbin to make sure that snap.do virus will not come back again.

Step six – Restart the infected computer and back to desktop normally to check if you successfully remove snap.do virus.

If error message prompts up after reboot to tell that files cannot be found, it is telling you that there still are registry keys being modified by snap.do virus. One may follow the steps below to rectify the database.

◆ Windows 8 users to follow up
  • Move your mouse over lower right screen.
  • Type ‘regedit’/‘regedit.exe’ and hit Enter key.

For IE users:

  • navigate to Explorer Bars, Extensions respectively under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
to find and select items related to snap.do virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.

For Google Chrome users:

  • navigate to Clients, ClientState and ClientStateMedium respectively under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google
to find and select items related to snap.do virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.
  • navigate to ClientState under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Update
to find and select items related to snap.do virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.
  • navigate to Common under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\
to find and select items related to snap.do virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.

For Mozilla Firefox users:

  • navigate to Extensions under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\Mozilla\ Firefox
to find and select items related to snap.do virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.
  • navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\MozillaPlugins
to find and select items related to snap.do virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.

  • navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins
to find and select items related to snap.do virus and then right click on selected item to delete it.

◆ Windows 7/XP/Vista users to follow up
  • Hold Win key and R key together to launch Search/Run box. 
  • Type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter key.
→ follow the same process as shown above for Windows 8 users.


Search.Snap.do virus should be gone by now. If one still gets snap.do virus, you may have other malicious items on your system or you may have left over some remains. Therefore, one should have to thoroughly clean up your computer so as to regain a completely healthy computer offering perfect experience.


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