Snap.do (Smartbar) is dangerous to install onto the computer because it is considered running with functions of adware and spyware and thus it is categorized as a browser hijacker, with similarities to redirect virus. Although Snap.do is allegedly built and designed to simplify the way people use the web, their services can be used (mistakenly) voluntarily (where the user registers and supplies information) or without user’s consent (bundled with malware, mostly notably spyware applications). Snap.do bundles with many other dangerous malware apps and internet browser objects like toolbar,
Resoft and Snap.do claim their vision is to become the leading provider of simple, smart web solutions and complementary applications dedicated to improving browsing efficiency and simplicity using existing technologies and user interfaces. However, the truth is their products are only built to be used as malware (spyware: collecting and distributing personal data, adware: providing third party advertisements, experiments, hijacker: change internet browser settings at will).
Snap.do infects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer simultaneously using browser helper objects to alter internet browser settings (Toolbars, managed searches, homepage settings).
To sum up, snap.do, search.snap.do is unsafe for users to use and if you have got the sight of it, better hurry up to remove them all from both your computer and browsers.
Symptoms of Resoft and Snap.do
• Snap.do simultaneously hijacks internet browser settings for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. If these internet browsers are installed on your computer you must remove Snap.do from all of them.
• Snap.do installs malicious and/or unwanted add-ons, extensions, and/or toolbars: Smartbar.installer.mini, Snap.do, DVDVideoSoftTB, General Crawler, Save Valet, etc.
• Snap.do changes the default search engine to search.snap.do, or other feed based URLs which can not be manually removed until deletion using Window’s Uninstaller is successful. (There is no “X” next to the search.snap.do search settings as there is with Twitter in the image below)
• Snap.do changes the homepage (start up page) to search.snap.do, conduit.com based sites, or other snap.do feed based URLs and websites.
• Snap.do redirects inputted web searches and URLs.
How to remove Snap.do (search.snap.do, Resoft Products)-Step by Step Removal Guide
Compared to other internet browser hijackers, Snap.do (search.snap.do) is quite simple to remove, though the removal for each infected individual may differ. Here we go for the detailed removal steps to get rid of snap.do components from your computer and browsers including IE, Firefox and Google Chrome. The video below shows an example of the Snap.do removal steps (below video).
First off, to facilitate the removal processing, full scan the computer system with antivirus/ antimalware tool like Anvi Smart Defender (free version direct download) to make sure the computer is clean from any other potential infections like Trojans, etc.
First of all, you need to remove Snap.do from your computer by following below steps
a. On the Start menu, navigate to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program (Window’s Uninstaller)
b. Find the Snap.do application from the list or programs and click Uninstall (right click, or highlight Snap.do and select Uninstall)
c. After you select uninstall you will be prompted to “close all internet browsers”, click Yes.
d. You will be promoted again to change your Home Page and default Search provider to the “old settings” (Your normal, safe settings), click Yes. If another prompt appears which states your settings could not be found, etc, that is okay. You will just not have a set up homepage, but may have to delete the additional search engine settings (described below).
e. After completely removing Snap.do from your computer, if necessary, search for the executable application installer (self- exractor) file Smartbar.Installer.Mini and delete this file. This file is commonly found in the “Downloads” folder.
These 5 simple steps will remove Snap.do, Search.snap.do, and Smartbar.mini from your computer and each infected internet browser. There are no more required steps, though it is suggested to clear your internet browser’s cache and cookie load (video).
Remove Snap.do from IE, Firefox & Google Chrome Respectively
In case settings are still malformed, due to third party malware, or Snap.do please follow the directions below to Delete Additional Search Engines, Remove Malicious Extensions, and Repair Home Page Settings.
Delete additional Search Engine settings
It’s common for internet browser settings to not change back to normal after removal. These malicious “additional” search engines may be from snap.do ,conduit.com, or other malicious additional search engines.
In Google Chrome, click the wrench icon and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to any suspicious search engines including search.snap.do and/or conduit manufactured search engines.
In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove any suspicious search engines from the list by highlighting the selection and clicking remove.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer, please navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons and remove the malicious search engine from the list.
Remove add-ons and extensions
Snap.do bundles with many malware add-ons and extensions. Removing all of them is necessary from each internet browser installed on your computer.
In Google Chrome click the wrench icon, navigate to Tools > Extensions and remove any malicious extension from the list.
In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Add-ons > Extensions and remove all malicious extensions.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage add-ons and remove all malicious add-ons.
Repair Homepage (start up page) settings
In Google Chrome click the wrench icon and navigate to Settings. Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove any malicious websites and replace with your preferred URL.
In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options. Under the General tab remove any malicious URL from the “Home Page:” field and replace with your preferred home page.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove any malicious URLs from the Home Page field and replace with your preferred URL.
Delete Browser Cache And Cookie Files (Browser Data)
If you visited malicious and/or suspicious websites during the Snap.do infection, or clicked promoted third party adware links it is strongly recommended to delete your browser data to protect your privacy. You can delete your browser data, including browser cache and cookie files in your browser’s preference or settings.
Malware Prevention Tips-How to Avoid PUP like Snap.do Install
Often, you installed PUP becaue it is bundled with freeware downloaded from the Internet. To avoid such PUP install, you should always inspect every installation step of free software. When installing freeware always choose "custom" or "advanced" and disallow installation of additional software.
To prevent multiple malware infections, Anvi Smart Defender can work together with your installed antivirus program and enhance the computer security against those malware threats spreaded on the Internet. This antimalware can guard your computer in real time while it provides powerful detecting and removal solutions against malware infections of all sorts. It is worthy to mention that here is a nimble ads blocking tool integrated in Anvi Smart Defender Pro-Anvi AD Blocker, which enables ads-free online surfing that considerably reduce risks of getting infected by blocking and filtering pop up ads, flash ads as well as malicious websites, trojan planted websites, and phishing sites.
Try this ads blocker by downloading it here: www.anvisoft.com/software/adb/. (Note: this free trial will expire in 15 days.)Or you can get this tool for free use by upgrading the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender to pro version here.
Or you are supposed to basically turn on security features of internet browsers including IE, Firefox and Goolge Chrome. Learn detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Google Chrome here.
Good luck and be safe online.