Remove Social2Search “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

I wrote this article to help you remove Social2Search. This Social2Search removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Social2Search is presented as a convenient tool which enables people to share their findings on social networks. The program allows users to publish and exchange content with their acquaintances on the websites Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. You can share links from platforms like Google, Amazon, Yelp, Trip Advisor, Ebay and many others. Social2Search gives users the option to pick the social networks they want to receive results from. Although the program sounds good on paper, it was discovered to have major downsides. Social2Search has been categorized as adware. It is considered risky to use.

What problems does Social2Search involve?

Social2Search will flood your screen with intrusive commercial advertisements. This is the main task adware programs carry out. Generating the ads uses up a lot of CPU which will have a negative effect on your computer’s performance speed. Your PC will often be unable to complete more difficult tasks.

The reduced operational speed is the least relevant problem around the adware. The content of the ads is a much more significant threat. The windows link to third party websites whose security status is up in the air. Social2Search does not scan the websites it forwards to for security purposes. Any of them could turn out to be dangerous. You can contact malware by following an advertisement.

The owners of Social2Search are only interested in making proceeds. They get paid to promote third party websites. The payment method used to monetize the clandestine program’s activity is called the pay-per-click system. Every click on a supported link adds a certain amount to the total commissions, received for the promotional service. This is why Social2Search is so intent on getting users to follow the ads. The adware displays different kinds of windows, including pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, banners, coupon boxes, floating, transitional, interstitial, contextual, inline, floating and full-page ads.

Remove Social2Search
The Social2Search Virus

The company behind Social2Search has opted to disclaim all liabilities and warranties, related to the use of the program. The end user license agreement (EULA) and privacy policy address the situation. The publishers of the furtive program have established terms and conditions which benefit them. The entity behind Social2Search is called Social2Search Internet Technology Inc. Apart from the jeopardy for your computer, there is also a risk for your personal security. The adware can collect personal and financial information on you and sell it on darknet markets.

How did Social2Search get installed to my PC?

Social2Search is marketed on its official website, social2search.com. However, there is no download link available. You did not decide to acquire Social2Search due to being uninformed about its nature. You were tricked to have the shady program installed to your system. This could have happened in a couple of ways. We will explain how the propagation vectors work and how to guard your computer.

Social2Search uses the most common distribution technique, typical for many adware programs. The bundling method makes use of another program which serves as a host or download client. The covert tool gets merged with the other application and offered for install together with it. You have to locate where the option for it is listed and deselect it. If you neglect to read through the terms and conditions of a program when installing it, you could allow malicious software in without being aware of it.

The other distribution technique Social2Search makes use of is spam emails. The furtive program can be hidden behind an attachment from a bogus message. To get users to open the carrier file, spammers state it to be an important document on an urgent matter. Be advised that opening the host is enough to prompt the download and install of the adware on the spot. To be on the safe side, proof the reliability of your in-box messages. Check the name and contacts of the sender. The email account he has used is the best indication. It should belong to the entity he claims to be representing.

Social2Search Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Social2Search from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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