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Search Donkey. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Also known as Search Donkey ads, ads by Search Donkey, Search Donkey virus | Type: Adware
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What is Search Donkey?

Search Donkey is a questionable browser add-on, which can get inside your PC system either with or without your permission asked. According to official information, which is given on the Internet, this add-on is created by WebAppTech Coding, LLC for helping to improve browsing experience for PC users. However, SearchDonkey can not only show quick search links from Google, AOL, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and other websites. It can also start interrupting your browsing sessions with different kinds of pop-up ads that may be filled with various links and other components. In most of the cases, such links are displayed only for redirecting people to unknown domains that are related to Search Donkey and seek to increase their page rank or sales. In addition, this program may also be set to record users' browsing history and may collect data, which is related to their search terms, data that is entered on each of websites, email addresses, Information about PC's location, IP address, etc. In most of the cases, this information is especially important for marketing companies and other third parties but there is no guarantee that it won't show up in hackers' hands.

If you haven't installed this browser add-on consciously and now you are suffering from continuous Search Donkey ads or other issues that can be initiated by this program, you should remove it from your computer without wasting your time. You can do that with a help of manual removal guide, which is given down below, or by using automatic removal option. We think that you should select this removal option because Search Donkey virus may be hiding deep inside your PC system. This means that it may try to reappear on your computer after rebooting it. In order to avoid that, you should run a full system scan with SpyHunter and get rid of malicious files that will be detected by this program.


Search Donkey is distributed via two different methods. First one is harmless because it needs going to program's official website and downloading it from there. However, Search Donkey can also get on its target computer in one pack with other software. According to experts, this unwanted program can be installed with the Delta SearchWebCake and other freeware, which is always filled with various components. If you want to prevent its infiltration, you should pay more attention to freeware's installation and uncheck all entries that look unfamiliar for you. When this add-on is downloaded, Search Donkey affects all web browsers that are installed on the PC. In addition, it starts showing its pop-up ads with product offers and initiates other activities that may cause privacy related issues. It's highly recommended to remove Search Donkey from your computer.

HOW TO REMOVE Search Donkey virus?

When trying to uninstall Search Donkey and get rid of its annoying pop-up ads, you should go to 'Add/Remove Programs' or 'Programs and features' and eliminate suspicious entries from there. In addition, you should use these steps:

You can remove Search Donkey automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Manual Search Donkey Removal Guide

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Step 1: Uninstall Search Donkey and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Search Donkey from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove Search Donkey from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Uninstall Search Donkey and related programs
  • Here, look for Search Donkey or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Search Donkey from Mac OS X system

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Search Donkey or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Uninstall Search Donkey from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

Remove Search Donkey from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search Donkey and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search Donkey removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

Remove Search Donkey from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Search Donkey and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Search Donkey removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

Remove Search Donkey from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Search Donkey and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Search Donkey removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

Remove Search Donkey from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Search Donkey or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Search Donkey removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 3: Complete Search Donkey removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Search Donkey registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of Search Donkey

Map reveals the prevalence of Search Donkey. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States and United Kingdom.

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Comments on Search Donkey

This is out of sight i have been fighting with that POS for over a year and FINALLY got that Mo Fu off my computer, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Easiest thing ever.
It Worked
Thanks for your comment - I was able to get rid of this by doing the same.
After several weeks and many attempts at removing internet updater, I finally removed updater also and Search Donkey if finally gone. I wish they would arrest people for that kind of spyware.
I removed the updater and it still will not remove this stupid search donkey. Suggestions?
Ive had this "search jackass" on my computer for a couple of weeks now. It was disguised as an updater so I didnt realize what it was .... Thanks!
Uninstalling "Updater" was the key to completely removing this spyware. Thanks!
What you said worked thanks-Also just restart the computer to see it gone
This is really very simple to remove search donkey virus.
First step:
Uninstall SearchDonkey for add or remove feature.
Second step:
Unistall "Updater" click on this updater you will see that this is also related with this searchdonkey you just need to uninstall UPDATER
This really works I tried the same in my computer too.
Thanks Girey, I have tried for weeks to get that darn thing off my computer. I had to remove Internet Updater and Updater to get removed but it worked Thanks to you.
thanks for the info. I spent a hour looking for a way of getting this crap off.

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