Remove Snap.do
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Snap.do is also known as Snap do virus, Resoft Smartbar | Type: Browser Hijackers

Snap.do (or search.snap.do virus, Resoft Smartbar, etc.) is a malicious search engine, which has many similarities to browser hijackers. Those who are new with viruses should know that this hijacker tends to infect computers without any permission asked. After that, it immediately alters system settings and then causes continuous redirects to unknown websites or other issues. If you noticed snap.do redirects during your search sessions, you should check your PC with reliable anti-spyware because it's one of the most obvious signs showing that your PC was hijacked. If this potentially unwanted program manages to do that, it may easily alter each of your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc. In addition, it may also start initiating annoying redirects, slowdowns, pop-up ads and similar inconveniences that are typically initiated by hijackers. We highly recommend avoiding snap.do virus because you may be tricked into visiting unsafe websites. Finally, we feel that we must warn those PC users who have been trusting this search engine and using it or Resoft Smartbar for their searches. Please, take into account that this search site may easily try to show you altered search results and may try to redirect you to insecure websites. Besides, it may also cause system slowdowns, hijack your homepage or default search engine and do other things that are mostly called as 'unwanted'. 

How Snap.do virus infects computers?

In most of the cases, snap.do hijacks computers with a help of other malicious programs. However, there are lots of people who have been tricked into downloading it thru legitimate programs as well. Beware that you may easily install this program on your computer in a bundle with free programs. In order to avoid that, you should avoid illegal programs because they may be filled with malicious components. Of course, we must also recommend you to be very careful when downloading freeware and shareware. If you think that you really need one or other program, you should select Custom or Advanced installation process because it will help you to see what 'optional' components are hiding inside. If snap.do hijacker manages to get inside the system, it can easily hijack all popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and IE. After that, you may notice snap.do redirects to other websites, annoying pop-up ads and system slow downs. By the way, just like any other browser hijacker, this application may start tracking your browsing habits. Here's what the developers of this program claim about it:

Statistical Information we collect (……) including, inter alia, advertisements viewed, pages browsed, search inquiries, offers and services that interest you, the type of browser you are using, your IP address, the URL you have come from and the time spent at that URL, cookies and your domain type and server.

How can I remove Snap.do redirect virus?

If you want to remove snap.do redirect virus without wasting your time, you should immediately run one of those programs that are mentioned in the Automatic virus removal guide. Remember that only updated versions can help you find malicious files and remove them from the system! In order to remove snap.do for good, you can also perform steps that are given in manual removal guide:

Automatic Snap.do Removal Guide

You can remove Snap.do 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 Snap.do Removal Guide

Step 1

Uninstall Snap.do and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Snap.do or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are 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.

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

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

Step 2

Remove Snap.do from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3

Remove Snap.do from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
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
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Snap.do and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking 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.
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 Snap.do removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Snap.do and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose 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 Snap.do removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Snap.do and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
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.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Snap.do removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Snap.do or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Snap.do, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, 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 Snap.do removal process.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Snap.do:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of Snap.do

This map reveals the prevalence of Snap.do. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Vietnam, Norway, Australia, Spain and Chile.

QR code for Snap.do removal instructions

Snap.do qrcode QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Snap.do are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Snap.do right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-11-20 07:54
Information updated: 2014-11-20 07:54

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Users comments about Snap.do:

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Lance forrest
None of these work at removing the new snap.do... think again...
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Gene Goss
Remove anything in app data Local and Local low that says >Smartbar<
Smartbar is the application that controls snapdo
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Patrick
I have found the only way to be SURE snap.dp is gone is to competely reinstall windows from scratch on a new hard drive. Then reinstall all your usual programs. This is a pain but 100% sure. After this comes the tricky bit - before you use any personal data stored on yourold computer such as documents, pictures etc you need to scan each one individually with a trusted antimalware/antivirus program. Wich one you trust is up to you. If you dont do this you could be reinstalling snap.do when you copy it to your new disk.
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Larry
While inside "internet options" under IEs tool bar, note that the home page has been changed to something like "feed2 snap.do.com" (it goes on for about a thousand characters). Until you delete all that it goes straight to Snap.Dos online website and starts messing with you again! Im in Windows 7 home, BTW, if that makes a difference. Now Im trying to figure out how too get IE itself to start working again, it seems to have been disabled, and "reset" from the "advanced" menu did not fix it. Good grief.
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Theo
something that makes my computer slow. basically before Snap.do appearance. and when i found that Snap.do is a virus no wonder my computer is so slow.
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balzar
Has anyone found the developers and BEATEN them, with sticks if necessary
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missy
how can you knowsnap.do is completely off your computer,i no longer have it in the control panel,at first when I uninstalled it from the control panel,it was still hiding somewhere,although it didnt show on the control panel,it continued to interfere with my internet explorer,when I click on internet explorer,snap .do comes up,i went online and found some steps to uninstall this problem,now snap.do does not pop up when I use internet explorer.my problem is ,is snap.go completely off my computer,or it could be hiding somewhere?
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annie
Help, somehow snap do got on my windows 7 computer, I cant seen to get it off unless i purchase a removal program,im usually told this at the end of a "Free Scan" that can take some time! It took over explorer and chrome! Help! can I get this off myself without paying to have it removed? I cant afford a removal tool.
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Whitney
I had the same issues with uninstalling. When you get to a screen that says "Hide from Internet Explorer or Google Chrome" choose the button on the far left that says custom. You will get a new menu that has an uninstall button. When you click this it will actually uninstall.
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I
Did any one think that the real virus could be the removal software offered by 2-spyware? Just one possibility... I am not taking the risk of installing a new software just in case...
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