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How to Remove Softonic Toolbar and Search.softonic.com Redirect?

 

Keeps being redirected to search.softonic.com recently and you are seeing a strange toolbar on your installed web browser? Want to get your browser work correctly again? Then read on this post and follow the step-by-step instructions to remove this Softonic Toolbar and restore the browser settings.

 

What Is Softonic Toolbar and Search.softonic.com Redirect?

 

Softonic Toolbar is a browser add-on developed by Softonic and promoted through softonic.com. Once it finds its way onto your computer, the Softonic Toolbar will be added to your web browser. In addition, it will change the homepage of your installed internet browser to search.softonic.com and the default search engine to Search the web (Softonic)/Softonic Web Search without your knowledge and consent.

Search.softonic.com

Softonic Toolbar isn’t a computer virus in itself, but considering its sneaky behaviors, it is defined as PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry.

Search.softonic.com is an ad supported search engine, so it will display ads when you land on this website, and present ads and sponsored links in your search results. Please do not click on these ads and links for they may lead you to install more questionable programs onto your computer.

Search.softonic.com redirect

 

 

How Does Softonic Toolbar Get onto a Computer?

 

As mentioned above, Softonic Toolbar is promoted through softonic.com. When you install software that downloaded from softonic.com, you may also agree to install Softonic Toolbar and set search.softonic.com as your browser homepage. So in that sense, you need to be careful when installing such software and please opt for custom/advanced installation that you can deselect unwanted progams.

 

 

How to Remove Softonic Toolbar and Restore the Browser Settings?

 

                                                                                                           

The outline of the removal guide:

 

Step 1 Remove Softonic toolar on IE and Chrome through Control Panel

Step 2 Restore the settings of IE/FF/Chrome

Step 3 Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar (Easy and fast solution)

Step 4 Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

                                                                                                           

 

 

Step 1 Remove Softonic toolar on IE and Chrome through Control Panel

 

 

Windows 8: Move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel→ click on Uninstall a Program → search for Softonic toolbar on IE and Chrome → click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Or, move the mouse pointer to bottom left corner → right click onHot button → select Control Panel from the list → click on Uninstall a Program → search for Softonic toolbar on IE and Chrome → click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

 

Windows 7/Vista: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → Search for Softonic toolbar on IE and Chrome → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

 

Windows XP: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → Search for Softonic toolbar on IE and Chrome → Click on Remove button to remove them one by one

 

 

Step 2 Restore the settings of IE/FF/Chrome


Alternative—Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 
In order to have your web browser work correctly again, you should go through the steps below to check and restore your browser settings.

 

For Internet Explorer Users
For Mozilla Firefox Users
For Google Chrome Users

For Internet Explorer Users:

 

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://search.softonic.com/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

 

2. To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → search for Softonic Toolbar and Softonic Helper Object → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

 

3. To reset search provider: Switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click Search the web (Softonic) or any unwanted search provider → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

 

 

Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state

If you think the setting process is complicated or you can’t find the items mentioned above, you can follow this solution to reset IE to its default state.

 

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

 

2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.

 

3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.

ie-reset

4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.

 

Next Step—Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

 

1. To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove softonic.com 1.6.0

 

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins

 

2. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

 

3. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate Search the web (Softonic) → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

FF-Manage Search Engines

 

 

Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

 

This solution is easy to follow, but you will lose your customized settings.

 

1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.

firefox-reset-1

 

2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.

firefox-reset-2

 

3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.

 

Next Step—Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

For Google Chrome Users:

 

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

Chrome settings

 

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://search.softonic.com/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar

 

2. To change homepage: hit Change → change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

 

3. To reset default search engine: click on Manage search engine → set a desired search engine as your default search engine → remove Search the web (Softonic) from the list

 

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → search for Softonic Chrome Toolbar → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

Next Step—Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

Step 3 Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Also, you can download and install a tool to assist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-scan results

 

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

Slim toolbar-trash bin

 

4. Modify browser settings:

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1

Step 4 Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

 

After remove Websearch.searchesplace.info redirect virus, some registry keys and junk files are still on your computer. This residual files may slow down the performance of your computer over time, so you should clean up your computer after uninstall application. Try Cloud System Booster.

 

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

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

Cloud System Booster-Boost

 

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-Clean

 

Now, websearch.searchesplace.info redirect virus should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encounter any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Recommended—Optimize your computer disk with Anvi Ultimate Defrag

 

You are experiencing a incredibly slow and computer and browser performance even if you clean up your computer system regularly? Maybe you should consider if the poor performance is caused by disk fragmentation. Files get split up into fragments as you use computer and this theoretically slows down your computer. Thus to optimize the disk performance, you need a disk defragment program, such as Anvi Ultimate Defrag, to make the fragments as contiguous as possible.

Download Anvi Ultimate Defrag by clicking this link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html

Purchase Anvi Ultimate Defrag by clicking this link: http://www.dotfab.com/audupgrade.php

Anvi Ultimate Defrag-2

 

Double click audsetup.exe file to install Anvi Ultimate Defrag

Launch Anvi Ultimate Defrag and check the disks and operations you want, then click on Start

This will take a long period of time, so you could tick “Shut down Windows after complete”.

Anvi Ultimate Defrag-3

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