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Remove Social2Search ads (Removal Guide) - Nov 2017 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Social2Search is not worth your trust

Illustration of Social2Search ads

Social2Search virus functions as an adware program, which delivers intrusive ads to disrupt user's browsing experience. While many people might be tricked into using it by the delusional description that it includes social media posts in the search results. However, this is merely an attempt to lure gullible people into downloading the unreliable application on their system.

Note that this adware aims to stay on the compromised computer as long as possible and serve Social2Search ads for the user on a daily basis. The questionable program can present pop-ups, banners, or in-text ads, which transmit various commercial offers.

The advertisers delivered by Social2Search might include:

  • Shopping deals;
  • Price comparisons;
  • Discount codes;
  • Free software trials,etc.

Despite being very annoying, these ads can be hazardous as well[1]. Hence, computer security experts advise to ignore them. Instead of clicking on Social2Search ads and exploring websites that hide behind them, you should think about Social2Search removal. It is a wise decision because these advertisements can link you to websites that might expose your PC to various threats.

Social2Search image
While Social2Search claims to provide quick access to your social media platforms, it pushes annoying ads among the search results as well.

Questions about Social2Search ads

According to the developer of Social2Search, this application does the following:

makes best efforts to monitor and review the content presented in the Social2Search Product and Services by third parties but […] cannot and will not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy and security of any information provided to you. 

That means that some of its ads, or websites they advertise, might still be insecure, and that is a reason to question this program's reliability. If you give into curiosity and enter these websites, then it redirect you to malware-laden page. That is the reason why you should remove Social2Search. For that purpose, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego comes in handy.

Unfortunately, there are other disadvantages that characterize this potentially unwanted program quite well. Besides being an intrusive ad provider, this ad-supported program is great at slowing down the computer system[2]. It continuously uses computer resources to connect to its ad servers and load third-party pop-ups. As a result, your computer might start freezing, lagging, or even crashing.

We do not think that you want your regular activities to be interrupted by this unreliable program. Therefore, we recommend you to get rid of Social2Search adware without a doubt. It is unlikely that it can improve your browsing experience in any way, so there is no need to keep such program on the system.

Adware stealthily sneaks onto your system

Inexperienced computer users can directly download the potentially unwanted program from its official website. Since the description of the software looks extremely attractive, we think that it is very likely to happen. However, the contrivers also employ bundling method to promote their unreliable application.

Once a user downloads a new audio converter or any other free program, he or she often misses the add-on. Likewise, the adware gets installed. If you are interested in how you can block the adware or any other PUP, then remember these tips:

  1. When starting the installation process, opt for “Custom.”;
  2. Afterward, watch out for any attachments;
  3. If you find any, un-tick them.

The quickest way to uninstall Social2Search virus

Even though the developers of Social2Search virus offer to download an uninstaller to eliminate their application from your PC, we do not recommend installing it. Experts from[3] report that there is no reliable information which could prove that the uninstaller is trustworthy.

Instead, use a professional security software to initiate Social2Search removal for you. After you install the anti-spyware application, it will locate the adware and eliminate it completely. Moreover, if you take care of it and update the software regularly, then you might be ensured that your operating system is protected and you can browse without worries.

Additionally, you may use manual guidelines to remove Social2Search. It is of utmost importance to eliminate the program entirely. As you can see, such dubious applications will not deliver the utility you expect but instead bother you with its peculiar effects.

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To remove Social2Search ads, follow these steps:

Remove Social2Search from Windows systems

Learn how to get rid of Social2Search ads from the guide below:

  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 Social2Search and related programs
    Here, look for Social2Search 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'

Erase Social2Search from Mac OS X system

Clean your Mac from the adware:

  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 Social2Search 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 Social2Search from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Social2Search and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Social2Search removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Social2Search ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Social2Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Social2Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Social2Search 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Social2Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Social2Search from Google Chrome

After uninstalling Social2Search virus, you should reset your Chrome browser.

  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 Social2Search 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Social2Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Social2Search from Safari

  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 Social2Search or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Social2Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Linas Kiguolis
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  1. Adeleine says:
    May 5th, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Does anyone use such programs in the first place?

  2. Logan says:
    September 14th, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I guess not! These are so annoying.. I bet people uninstall them as soon as they notice how annoying these ads are!

  3. Anthony says:
    May 5th, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I guess only teenagers can get entangled by this deceptive virus.

  4. Lucy says:
    May 5th, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Luckily, I removed it quite fast with the anti-malware app.

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