Social2Search - How to remove?

 

Social2Search is an adware. Like most other adware programs it exhibits advertisements on websites you dwell upon. The advertisements include pop-ups, advertising banners, in-text ads (marked keywords) and coupon boxes.

Social2Search is advertised as a social search engine, introducing its users to an individualized social layer of details about their friends. Sounds like a great facility for stalkers as it is described to give more information about people. It is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Edge, Coccoc, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. The creators of Social2Search provide an explanatory statement why some people receive this application even without directly downloading it, quote: “Social2Search is sometimes bundled with other downloadable software.” As if this statement is supposed to be a stalking-horse while its application creeps upon unsuspecting users.

Furthermore, while trying to look for actual testimonies from former infected people, we find that the uninstall, provided by this application, is not a functioning option. That is why people have to take matters into their own hands and clean up their browsers using other methods.

About Social2Search

Social2Search is presented as a social search engine. A social search engine is a service which is said to customize your search results based on your online community. It may sound appealing, but apart from the search customization, Social2Search places annoying advertisements on web pages and on new web browser windows.

‘‘Powered by Social2Search’’, ‘‘Brought to you by Social2Search’’, ‘‘RocketTab powered by Social2Search’’, ‘‘Ads by Social2Search’’ or ‘‘Ads powered by Social2Search’’ – these are the lines under the pop-up.

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These advertisements encourage to install optimization tools, browser toolbars and other utilities. When clicked, these questionable ads create profit for the publisher. But the user does not seem to get any tangible benefits, on the contrary, if he orders something, he will have to pay for the service which may not be needed or useful.

Furthermore, Social2Search has features of a browser hijacker as well. It surely can modify users’ preferences so a new domain would be assigned to the places of default search providers, new tab pages and home pages. However, its affect can be noticed even if these changes are not made. While using facilities like Google, MyWebSearch, Comcast, MP3 Tube Toolbar Search, Surf Canyon, Web Crawler, you can notice that Social2Search has injected advertisements in these engines.

You will know if your computer is infected with the Social2Search adware, when you start observing these four signs:

  • You start seeing advertisements embedded into a website
  • Texts on the website include hyperlinks
  • New browser windows pop up advertising insecure updates and other software
  • Other adware is being installed (this will happen unnoticeably)
  • The ultimate result of Social2Search program’s presence on your computer will be the slowdown of the system.

Security researchers also spotted this Social2Search being advertised in quite peculiar manners. Technologieyvonlheureux.com pop-up has been noted to disturb users’ browsing and it opens up Social2Search official page. Do not place much confidence into pop-ups as they are regarded to be a rather unreliable part of the Internet. They promote quite doubtful applications that have raised some concerns regarding their safety and quality. Always remember: it is the quality that matters, not quantity. It is better to have a couple of programs but to make sure that they are loyal to their costumers.

Distribution channels of Social2Search adware

When you download and install any free software through the Internet, there is a possibility that you install not only the programs you were willing to but also such programs as Social2Search. Usually free downloads do not display the hidden software.

In order to avoid getting such adwares as Social2Search on your computer, installs should be carried out precisely. Read the license agreements carefully. Click Custom or Advanced options on installation screens whenever they are available. These options allow you to remove additional undisclosed software. Get rid of unreliable and unfamiliar programs in the first place.

If Social2Search has got on your computer, remove it with trustworthy anti-malware programs such as SpyHunter, AdwCleaner, Malwarebytes and Hitman.

Apply the clear-cut instructions below.


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How to remove Social2Search using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Social2Search install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.

  1. Start->Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key->Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
     
  2. Choose Uninstall Program;
     
  3. Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Social2Search .
     
  4. Click uninstall button.
     
  5. In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Reimage, Spyhunter or Malwarebytes to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
     

This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.

Removing Social2Search from your browsers

  Top Remove malicious extensions from Internet Explorer

  1. Press on the Gear icon->Manage Add-ons.
     
  2. Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Social2Search and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
     
  3. Close the Options.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Social2Search, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
     
  2. Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
     
  3. Select a Delete personal settingscheckbox and click on the Reset button.
     
  4. Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
     

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing Social2Search from Chrome

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Google Chrome window. Select “Settings”.

     
  2. Click “Extensions” on the left menu bar.

     
  3. Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to Social2Search. Click on the trash bin icon next to Social2Search or other add-ons you want to remove.
     
  4. Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.

     
  5. If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
     
  6. Restart Chrome.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Social2Search, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Click on Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
     
  2. Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset settings button.

     

  3. Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing Social2Search from Firefox

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
     
  2. Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Social2Search related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
     

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Social2Search , reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
     
  2. Choose TroubleshootingInformation on the Help menu.
     
  3. Click on the Reset Firefox button.
     
  4. Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
     

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How to remove Social2Search from Microsoft Edge:


Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

    1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
       
    2. In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
       
    3. Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
       
    4. Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
       
    5. In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
       
    6. In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
       
    If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

    1. Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
       
    2. Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
       
    3. When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
       


Once you finish these steps, Social2Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top Removing Social2Search from Safari (Mac OS X)

  1. Click on the Safari menu.  
  2. Choose Preferences.
     
  3. Click on the Extensions Tab.
     
  4. Click on the Uninstall button near the Social2Search . Remove all other unknown or suspicious entries too. If you are not sure whether you need the extension or not, you can simply uncheck the Enable check-box to disable the extension temporarily.
     
  5. Restart Safari.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Social2Search, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

1. Click on the Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari.
 

2. Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.

 

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual Social2Search removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Social2Search , such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

Processes:

It is impossible to list all file names and locations of modern parasites. You can identify remaining parasites, other Social2Search  infected files and get help in Social2Search  removal by using Reimage scanner. 

 

 

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December 21st, 2016 06:39, December 21st, 2016 06:39
   
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