Title: Softonic
Type: Adware

Remove Softonic
Removal instructions

Severity scale:Softonic severity is 12  (12 / 100)

Softonic is a potentially unwanted application, which can easily infiltrate computer without user’s permission asked. As soon as it does that, it settles down on all Internet browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer, and starts offering its services when user starts its browsing session on the Internet. You should never use its search box and website search.softonic.com because it tends to show altered search results that can easily reroute you to commercial or malicious website. Besides, according to many PC users, it’s really hard to get rid of anything what is associated to Softonic Toolbar. Clearly, this is one of the latest examples of aggressive marketing, which is used to promote this useless search engine. You should have no doubt that you must remove Softonic Toolbar from your computer.


Softonic toolbar is distributed using unfair marketing technique or you can install it consciously from the sites that promote it. When it comes to unfair marketing, it usually relies on freeware and shareware and gets on its target PC as a ‘component’. As soon as it is installed, it drops its own add-on and extensions and shows up on all Internet browsers. Please, avoid Softonic because it is not created for improving your web search activities! Instead of that, it will cause altered search results and will redirect you to malicious websites. Be aware that you may also be forced to enter a hacked site that promotes various malware. If you haven’t installed Softonic Toolbar but you have it on your computer, you should uninstall it without any delay. Use this guide for that:


If you haven't installed Softonic Toolbar, it is recommended to remove it from the system. First thing, which has to be done, is scanning computer with updated anti-spyware. In this case, we recommend using STOPzilla or SpyHunter and eliminating all infected files that will be reported.

After that, check Add/Remove Programs list and uninstall this program. For that go 'Start menu' -> 'Control Panel' -> 'Uninstall a Program' or 'Add/Remove Programs' and choose 'Uninstall' button if you see Softonic Toolbar in the list.

In addition, follow these steps to fix your browsers:

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘ -> ”Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Toolbars and Extensions’.
  2. Here, look for Softonic and click 'uninstall'.

Besides, change your default search provider to Google or the one you like.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’. 
  2. Find Softonic and click ‘Uninstall’.

Change the homepage to the one you like.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu button on the Google Chrome browser, select Tools -> Extensions.
  2. Here, look for Softonic extension and get rid of it by clicking on the Recycle Bin.

Automatic Softonic removal:

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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall Softonic. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

If you failed to remove Softonic using SpyHunter, submit question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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Geolocation of Softonic:

This map reveals the prevalence of Softonic. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Spain, Andorra, Chile, Mexico and Dominican Republic.

QR code for Softonic removal instructions:

Softonic 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 Softonic 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 Softonic right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2013-06-01 08:00:01
Information updated: 2013-06-01 08:00:01

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