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Remove Soap2Day virus (Free Instructions) - Easy Removal Guide

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Soap2Day is a free movie watching website that may display dangerous ads tricking into downloading malware

Soap2Day malwareSoap2Day is a movie streaming website that monetized its free service by displaying aggressive ads

Soap2Day is a website that allows visitors to view the latest movies and series online for free. It has been launched in 2018 by unknown creators and currently has millions of registered users. The growth of this domain has significantly grown especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, so the developers launched four official domains that people can use depending on their geolocation (.to, .se, .is, .im). 

However, cybersecurity experts warn that visiting the Soap2Day is highly not recommended due to several reasons. First of all, free online movie streaming is an illegal activity[1], which infringes the copyright law, so downloading illegal content you may eventually face law enforcement. Besides, even though many people praise this website for the huge supply of high-quality HD videos and lack of ads, the others[2] claim that the Soap2Day virus keeps redirecting to phishing websites saying 'Your computer has been blocked' and displays misleading popups that trick people into downloading Calendar virus and other malware. 

Name Soap2Day
Classification It's a domain name of a video streaming website. However, some sites classify it as adware or redirect virus as it displays intrusive ads that often trick people into downloading malware
Related websites  Soap2Day.org, Soap2Day.com, Soap2Day.to, Soap2Day.es, Soap2Day.im, Soap2Day.is
Accessibility While the service can be blocked by some countries, people keep using it with the help of VPN software. Thus, it can be accessed via any web browser all across the world
Symptoms Although sometimes people can be redirected to this domain accidentally by clicking on the sponsored ads, typically the domain is entered willingly with an intention to view movies
Danger The domain monetizes its free service by presenting users with misleading ads. Users reported that some of the Soap2Day ads spread malware
Virus distributed This website may be used for spreading Calendar virus, Marquise browser hijacker, or redirecting to phishing sites
Removal If you've been using the service of this domain for some time, it's advisable to scan your machine with a proper anti-virus program as it may be infected with malware or dangerous virus
Every time the malware infects the system, clean malicious entries and then perform a full optimization process with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego tool

Although video streaming websites are very popular on the Internet, using service is prohibited due to the copyright violation of cinematography. It's natural that people seek free services and bypass legitimate services like Netflix or Genflix since they require paying for the subscription. However, legitimate websites will grant the safety of the exhibited content and malware-free environment. 

Although there are many forums where people ask how to remove Soap2Day virus, this website is NOT a virus and cannot technically be a virus in any way since it's a website, not a software. It means that there's no way to delete this website. All you can do is to stop visiting it. 

Nevertheless, cybersecurity experts claim that visiting this domain poses a high risk of getting a virus on the machine. In order to monetize the free services, the Soap2Day redirects visitors to the websites of its affiliates and often exposes them to phishing sites that urge to call technical support to unlock their PCs. 

Moreover, this site earns money from aggressive advertising campaigns. Its managers collaborate with suspicious third-parties who seek to spread potentially dangerous programs that can hijack web browsers or perform other tasks, for example, create intrusive Calendar events automatically. 

Soap2Day may spread Calendar virus

In fact, clicking on any link provided on this website triggers ads or redirects to rogue websites. Some of the Soap2Day ads redirect to a new tab page saying:

eastersergen.club wants to show notifications
Click ALLOW to confirm that you are not a robot
Click ALLOW to close this page 

Such and similar push notifications trick people into subscribing useless and potentially dangerous ads by Soap2Day affiliates. Do not click the Allow button because right after that you will start seeing intrusive popups at the top left corner of the browser's page saying that your PC is at the risk or offer free tips on how to lose weight. Such ads redirect to shady websites that promote third-party software or other products. 

In general, if you have been using the service offered on this domain and experienced Soap2Day redirect to some shady sites, we strongly recommend you to check the system with a robust security tool because your device might be infected. The following types of malware could have been installed by clicking on the ads: 

iPhone Calendar virus

This type of malware distributed via Soap2Day ads is by far the most intrusive. Those who have been landing on this movie streaming site via iPhones might have been presented with banner ads offering a calendar app subscription. An accidental click on the “Subscribe” button leads to a complete hijack of the Calendar app. 

The Calendar virus is a known problem, which is directly related to the legitimate iPhone calendar application. The virus fills the calendar with the fake event links, which automatically display reminders and trick people into clicking on the URL links. Links, such as “It's your lucky day” redirect users to the web browser and opens suspicious pages by default. The problem is that there's no way to disable the Calendar virus, which is why people may be forced to perform a factory reset on the affected iPhone. 

Search Marquis

Search Marquis of Searchmarquis.com is a browser hijacker that is actively spread via third-party download websites that spread freeware and shareware. According to experts, this hijacker targets Mac PCs in particular. 

Soap2Day may spread browser hijackers

If it gets installed, Safari, Google Chrome, or another web browser is hijacked to take control over users' web traffic. For that, it replaces start page, search engine, new tab, permissions, and other browser settings. Eventually, the user starts getting sponsored links among search results, intrusive ads on random websites, and other potentially dangerous content. 

Your computer has been blocked scam

“Your computer has been blocked” is a notification positioned on rogue websites. This notification is generated by scammers who seek to make people download specific software or call for supposed “Microsoft technicians.” Usually, this scam freezes the web browser, so the less experienced users might fall for believing that the computer has been clocked. 

In order to close the Your computer has been blocked popup, users should click the x on the current tab several times. If that doesn't work, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open Task Manager. Find the process of your web browser and end its process. 

In general, if you have noticed questionable activities within your web browser, scan your machine with anti-malware to remove Soap2Day virus. Besides, reset the web browser's settings and stop using this streaming service for good. 

Soap2Day virusSoap2Day movie streaming site is often dubbed as virus due to active malware distribution

P2P networks and illegal video streaming sites are often used for malware distribution

Shady third party websites can be easily misused by malware developers for promoting their dubious programs and services. For this purpose, they may pay the commission fees for website administrators who, then, allow generating pop-ups or cause redirects by clicking on random links. 

In addition, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), such as adware or browser hijackers, can be distributed by bundling, i.e. attached to doubtful third-party apps as optional downloads. Therefore, it's important to perform the freeware installation process by selecting an Advanced or Custom installation option and removing the checkmarks that grant PUP access. 

People should also be cautious and avoid accidental clicks on Push Notification[3] popups, since clicking on one may lead to intrusive browser's behavior (redirects, banners, ads) that eventually leads to malware infiltration. In general, people should be cautious when browsing the web by not clicking on the content that they are not familiar with. 

Soap2Day ads

Eliminate the malware promoted on Soap2Day site

We have already sorted it out that the term Soap2Day virus should not be applied. That's a movie streaming website, which can be accessed purposely by anyone who seeks to watch a movie for free. However, this domain is actively involved in advertising, triggers redirects to rogue websites, promote PUPs, and performs a multitude of other malicious tasks. 

Soap2Day redirectsSoap2Day links redirect to suspicious third-party websites that display push notifications

To remove Soap2Day-related malware from the machine people should use anti-malware that is adapted to the OS type that you are currently using. For Windows and Mac OS we recommend using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes tools, but if you are using an iPhone, try looking for the most reliable utility and download it from the official source. 

Upon Soap2Day removal, LosVirus.es[4] cybersecurity experts recommend optimizing the system. Any PUP or malware leaves its footprint within Windows Registries, so regularly scanning the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego may help to prevent slowdowns, crashes, and errors. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Soap2Day virus, follow these steps:

Remove Soap2Day from Windows systems

If you've been tricked into installing ad-supported application, you can follow these instructions to remove it.

To remove Soap2Day 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 Soap2Day (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.

Uninstall Soap2Day from Mac OS X system

You can accidentally install a browser hijacker by clicking on the Soap2Day ads. In this case, follow this tutorial to delete the related application.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Soap2Day or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate Soap2Day 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 Soap2Day 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 Soap2Day removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Soap2Day virus 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 Soap2Day-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

Get rid of Soap2Day from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 Soap2Day 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 Soap2Day 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 Soap2Day removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Soap2Day from Google Chrome

If you have found your web browser hijacked or intrusive ads keep showing up during web browsing, the following tutorial will help you to clean it.

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 Soap2Day 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 Soap2Day-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 Soap2Day removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Soap2Day from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Soap2Day 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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. 

Nevertheless, there's a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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