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Remove Feed.snowbitt.com (Removal Instructions) - updated Jan 2021

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Feed.snowbitt.com might hijack web browsers installed on Mac computers

The screenshot of Feed.snowbitt.com

Feed.snowbitt.com is presented a useful and convenient search engine. However, in reality, it’s a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] that mostly attacks web browsers installed on Mac OS X[2] web browsers. After the hijack, it takes control over user’s web browser and might cause browsing-related problems.

This PUP enters the system with the help of freeware or shareware. After the attack, it makes modifications to the system and alters browser’s settings. It might add an extension to each of the web browsers in order to take control over them. For these reasons Feed.snowbitt.com removal becomes complicated.

After the hijack, users might have to deal with these problems:

  • homepage changed to snowbitt.com;
  • default search engine replaced with feed.snowbitt.com;
  • the increase of ads that promote shady programs, such as MacKeeper;
  • strange security alerts and warnings popping up when browsing the web;
  • redirects to questionable sites.

The research revealed that Snowbitt is closely related to Search.snapdo.com, which is a highly unreliable website. This search tool might also provide lots of suspicious commercial content. Some of it can be highly dangerous and even promote malware, so remember to be cautious and avoid clicking on shady links, ads,[3] and other clickable content.

Apart from suspicious Feed.snowbitt.com redirect tendencies, this PUP might also monitor user’s behavior online. While it cannot track user’s personally identifiable data, it gathers various personally non-identifiable data that can include the list of user’s visited websites, search terms used, links that the user clicked on, and similar information.

If you are a security-minded user, you should remove Feed.snowbitt.com hijacker from your PC and set another website as your homepage immediately. Use instructions provided below, or run an anti-spyware software ReimageIntego to delete it from your computer.

Questions about Feed.snowbitt.com

The image of Feed.snowbitt.com virusFeed.snowbitt.com - a suspicious search engine that works as a browser hijacker.

Suspicious search engine travels in software packages

Snowbitt tool is typically spread via bundling technique, which means it can be installed alongside other free programs.[4] When you install software, pay attention to its installation settings because this is where you can find out whether your downloaded piece of software includes any suspicious attachments or not.

Choose Advanced or Custom installation settings and if a list of “recommended downloads” shows up, deselect each item carefully. However, if you have recently installed a program under Standard or Recommended settings, it might be the time when the Feed.snowbitt.com hijack has occurred.

Instructions on how to remove Snowbitt from Mac

The browser hijacker causes the most problems for Mac OS X users. However, if your Windows machine was infected, these guidelines will work for you too. The best way to get rid of the problems caused by Snowbitt.com is to employ a professional anti-malware and scan the system.

Manual Feed.snowbitt.com removal is possible too. However, it might be challenging. According to the researchers from Viruset.no,[5] the majority of victims who try to uninstall the hijacker manually, fail. For this reason, we strongly advise you to get rid of the virus with reputable anti-malware software.

However, if you are willing to remove Feed.snowbitt.com manually, please follow the instructions below. Though, you should be careful and attentive. The hijacker may have installed numerous files, helper objects, and altered browser’s settings; and all these issues have to be fixed.

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To remove Feed.snowbitt.com, follow these steps:

Delete Feed.snowbitt.com from Windows systems

Nevertheless, Snowbitt hijacker mostly affects Mac OS X users, it might hijack Windows OS as well. In order to get rid of it manually, you have to uninstall suspicious programs from “Add/Remove programs” section in the Control Panel. These instructions will guide you through the task:

To remove Feed.snowbitt.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Feed.snowbitt.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Feed.snowbitt.com from Mac OS X system

First of all, you have to find and remove the folder that is related to Feed.snowbitt.com virus. Therefore, you have to check the “Applications” folder and move to “Trash” suspicious entries. Get rid of all programs that you do not remember installing. Some of them might be responsible for bringing the hijacker to your PC.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Feed.snowbitt.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Feed.snowbitt.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Feed.snowbitt.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Feed.snowbitt.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Feed.snowbitt.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Feed.snowbitt.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Feed.snowbitt.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Feed.snowbitt.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Feed.snowbitt.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Feed.snowbitt.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Feed.snowbitt.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of Firefox extensions. Remove all add-ons, plugins or other entries that were installed without your knowledge. Then reset the browser in order to eliminate the Feed.snowbitt.com entirely.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Feed.snowbitt.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Feed.snowbitt.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Feed.snowbitt.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Feed.snowbitt.com from Google Chrome

The hijacker may have installed browser extensions to Google Chrome that helps it to keep your browser to hostage. Therefore, you have to carefully look through the list of the installed extensions and remove each of the suspicious entries. Then reset Chrome in order to delete tracking cookies and similar items.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Feed.snowbitt.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Feed.snowbitt.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Feed.snowbitt.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Feed.snowbitt.com from Safari

These instructions will help you to remove suspicious extensions and reset Safari. These steps are crucial in order to wipe out components related to Snowbitt virus.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Feed.snowbitt.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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 Feed.snowbitt.com 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: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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  1. Chris82 says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Very suspicious search engine. At first, it seems that everything is ok with it; however, later on, it shows its real face. I would say you cannot rely on it. It functions too suspiciously. and all these redirects… no, you can definitely not rely on it. use another search engine – its easier

  2. Rositta says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Gotta express my thoughts, too! I have to say i am very disappointed with Feed.snowbitt.com. When it took over my chrome browser, I honestly thought that its a normal search engine, just like google or yahoo or whichever well-known search engine. But when I started to click on its search results, I saw that they open strange web pages. I feel insecure while searching via this site. I am not sure if it is secure. I am trying to remove it now, but it doesnt seem to be that simple though…

  3. tomss says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Thanks for preparing this report. I found it useful.

  4. Trevoir says:
    July 25th, 2016 at 9:30 am

    thanks! this hijacker is gone

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