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How to Remove Search Donkey Virus? (Adware Removal Guide)


A box pops up when you select text in one page? It’s more and more difficult for you to open a webpage? If you have met these problems, your PC may be infected by Search Donkey virus. Please read more to get rid of it completely.


What is Search Donkey


Search Donkey actually is an adware that installs on one’s PC with free software downloaded from unknown websites. It is created by WebAppTech Coding LLC. Computer victims typically call it Search Donkey virus as such potentially unwanted program installs on their PC without their consent and will bring some bad consequences to their browsers and browsing experience. In fact, it is not a PC virus but just an annoying plug-in in your browsers.

Screenshot of Search Donkey virus



The Symptoms of Search Donkey Adware


Once infected by Search Donkey adware, there may be some popups containing quick search links related to the text you have selected when you surf the internet. These so-called useful links actually like water off a duck’s back. Furthermore, Search Donkey adware generates different type of ads, such as in-text, pop-up ads and so on. Apart from what mentioned, computer victims will discover that it takes them more time to land a page. The internet speed is obviously becomes slow.


The Bad Consequences of Search Donkey Adware


The symptoms of Search Donkey Adware are also bad consequences of Search Donkey adware. Popups not only annoy uses a lot but also slow down their internet speed. Besides, this potentially unwanted program also helps cyber criminals behind it to collect personal information, users’ important data and browsing habits, tricks IP address, etc.


How Does Search Donkey Adware Capture Your PC


Typically, Search Donkey adware installs on your computer as a bundle of free software downloaded from websites. When you install free software that seems useful for you, the truth is that you are probably installing such browser hijackers, toolbars or other type of malware. Mostly, you don’t know that there is a malicious program installing on your PC and modifying some settings of your PC system and browsers as you keep the option—Recommended installation the free software gives you during the process of installing this free software. Therefore, please always remember to select Customize installation and refuse any unknown programs’ installation.

Furthermore, you need anti-malware software to detect and remove the malicious programs in your PC now and then to offer your PC a real-time protection. Here we recommend you Anvi smart defender.

Anvi smart defender free download link:


How to Remove Search Donkey Virus

Step 1: Remove the programs related to Search Donkey adware and any other potentially unwanted applications from your PC.


Option 1: Remove Search Donkey adware via Control Panel.


For Windows XP:

Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for the programs related to Search Donkey adware and other unknown programs, select them and click Remove.


For Windows 7/Vista:

Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>Look for the programs related toSearch Donkey adware and other unknown programs, select them and click Uninstall/Change.


For Windows 8:

Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for the programs related to Search Donkey adware and other unknown programs, select them and click Uninstall/Change.


Option 2: Remove Search Donkey adware via Anvi Uninstaller.


1. Download and install the paid or free version of Cloud System Booster

Free download link:

Purchase link:


2. After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Expert tab. Then click on Toolbox in the left list.


3. Click on Download button behind Anvi Uninstaller. After it is downloaded, click on Run.



4. Choose the programs related to Search Donkey adware and any other potentially unwanted applications in the list, and then click on Uninstall. During this process, the below box will pop up, and then when the box of uninstalling Netmahal program appears, please click on uninstall. Then click on OK to finish the operation. (At last, don’t forget to click on Cancel to close the following box)




Step 2: Remove third-party malware and potentially unwanted programs by using Anvi Smart Defender


1: Install Anvi Smart Defender


Download and install the paid or free version of Anvi Smart Defender Anti-malware software.

Free download link:

Purchase link:


2: Click quick or full scan


After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Scan tab, perform quick or full scan to eliminate any possible unwanted programs.

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3. Remove malicious files form your computer


Once the scan is over, Anvi Smart Defender will display the scan results. (Click Detail to see detailed results similar as shown in below). Click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.



Step 3: Remove Search Donkey add-on from your browsers.(IE/FF/Google Chrome)


Option 1: Disable Search Donkey add-on form IE, FF & Google Chrome via Anvi Slim ToolBar.


1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.


Download link:

Purchase link:


2. Remove toolbars from browsers


After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect extensions and plugins in your browsers. When the result is displayed, select Search Donkey and any other unwanted extensions and plugins, and then click Remove button to remove them. (the similar operation is displayed below)




3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.


In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.

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Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.


Option 2: Disable Search Donkey add-on form IE, FF & Google Chrome manually. 


For Internet Explore:


1. Open Internet Explorer> click on the gear icon(for window 7 users)/Tools (for Windows XP users) at the top (far right)>click on Manage Add-ons.



2. In the Manage Add-ons box, click on Toolbars and Extensions, right click on Search Donkey plug-in and click on Disable.


For FireFox:


1. Click on the Firefox button button, and then click on Add-ons.



2. Click on Extensions, and click on Search Donkey plug-in, then click on Remove.


For Google Chrome:


1. Click on wrench or 3 bar icon (next to the address bar)>Tools>Extensions.



2. Locate the Search Donkey plug-in  and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.


Step 5: Perform Cloud System Booster to get rid of residual junk files, invalid registry entries and other leftovers in your computer system.


1. Open it and click on the BOOST button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.

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2. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click on Clean button there to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc, to make sure the computer system is clean.

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Recommended Tips


In order to prevent you from being annoyed by pop-up potentially malicious websites, links and ads, etc again when you are surfing the internet, you’d better install Anvi AD Blocker to deal with these problems mentioned. It is our ad blocker and filter software-real-timely protecting Windows system from malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites by blocking them all. Moreover, it also speed up your webpage loading meanwhile it blocks all risky or potentially risky things from the Internet.

Install Anvi Ad Blocker to protect the browsers from various pop-up ads, malicious websites.

Download and install free or pro version of Anvi Ad Blocker. Then open it and it will keep running to help you to protect your computer from various online risks and annoyance ranging from spam ads, pop up ads, flash ads to phishing, hacked websites and many other malicious websites.

Download link:




If you have any question, please send email to us below.

  • someone

    remove the updater app from add/remove in control panel ;)

  • someone else

    Hey, I downloaded Cloud System Booster and tried to uninstall Search Donkey, but every time I click uninstall, it gets to the “standard uninstall” part and then waits a few seconds and stops. What should I do?