Softonic is a potentially unwanted application, which can easily infiltrate computer without user’s permission asked. For that, it relies on a method that is known as bundling. While it can't be imagined without freeware and shareware, it doesn't mean that while trying to avoid this PUP you will have to stop downloading freeware to your computer. In reality, you will need the only thing - start monitoring installation of such programs. For that you should use tips that are given in next paragraph. As soon as Softonic infiltrates the system, it settles down on all Internet browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer, and starts offering its services when user starts his/hers browsing session on the Internet. No matter how reliable and trustworthy it looks, you should never use its search box and website search.softonic.com fro your searches. We say so because it may easily show you altered search results that can easily reroute you to commercial or malicious websites. 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 useless search engines, questionable browser add ons and other PUPs. if you have been dealing with this program for a while, you should waste no time and scan your computer with the reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to remove Softonic Toolbar from your computer and will also help you to avoid suspicious websites that may be promoted with its help. In this case, our recommended tool is SpyHunter.
Softonic toolbar is distributed using unfair marketing techniques or with a help of its official website. So, you can install it consciously from the sites that promote it or in a bundle with other applications. 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 want to avoid this application, you should select only Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware because these two methods are the only ones that can help you to see what optional components are hiding in a program that you want to install. If you haven’t installed Softonic virus on your computer and now you are seeing it on each of your websites, 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. For that, follow these steps to fix your browsers:
You can remove Softonic 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.
Uninstall Softonic and related programsWindows Mac OS X ↷ Step 2 Windows 7 / Vista / XP
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 Softonic or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Remove Softonic from Windows shortcuts↷ Step 3
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.
Remove Softonic from each of your web browsersInternet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari ↷ Step 4 Remove dangerous add-ons
Complete Softonic 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 Softonic 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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Information added: 03/02/15 04:07;
information updated: 03/02/15 04:07