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Remove Feed.snowbitt.com (Removal Instructions) - updated Aug 2017

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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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall Feed.snowbitt.com and related programs
    Here, look for Feed.snowbitt.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Feed.snowbitt.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

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.

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.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Feed.snowbitt.com 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Feed.snowbitt.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Feed.snowbitt.com 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Feed.snowbitt.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Feed.snowbitt.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Feed.snowbitt.com, 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. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Feed.snowbitt.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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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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