How to remove Ads by Social2Search
What is Social2Search:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Social2Search claims that when you search, it shows you what your friends have shared. If recently you have installed some free, popular program, from a software bundle, it is possible that the Ads by Social2Search came along. The Ads by Social2Search are caused by an adware infection and are generated by a malicious browser extension. Usually, these malicious extensions are installed in stealth or silent mode by the very software bundle, used to install that free and popular software program. The Social2Search is considered a vicious adware infection, by the majority of the reputable malware researchers. If you already saw Ads by Social2Search on your machine, our security experts strongly recommend you to perform a full system scan for malware infections, using an up-to-date and very reliable anti-malware product, just like the award-winning SpyHunter 4. Our security researchers performed several tests and they have concluded, that Social2Search Ads are caused by a malicious browser extension called Social2Search, which is capable of infiltrating various systems without asking for user’s permission or any other consent. After running further tests, our security analysts also found out that this malware infection has been designed very clever to earn money for its owners by intercepting web traffic then injecting various sponsor links and ads on almost every web page, requested by the user. Further tests have shown that, when active the adware starts collecting various private information from victim’s computer, including Web Searches, Browsing History, Location History, Usernames & Passwords, E-mail addresses, Cookies, Names, SSN, Credit Card information and other private data and even online banking credentials, which later will be either sold or shared with other 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. So, if your browser starts showing you various irritating ads by Social2Search , Ads by Social2Search, Social2Search Ads, Ad by Social2Search, Powered by Social2Search, Brought by Social2Search, Optimized by Social2Search or Brought to you by Social2Search – you should consider your PC infected with the Social2Search adware. The Social2Search works with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems experience various pop-up ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, sponsored link ads or other types of commercials, which are displayed on almost every requested web page. We advise you to consider even the search results compromised and manipulated – usually they are filled with 3rd party ads and/or other Link SPAM.
Social2Search is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported products and is being installed by default, while the user performs an express/default installation. That’s why we strongly advise you to always opt-out and use custom installation if possible and available. If you deselect all of the unwanted (not requested by you) software from the software bundle installer process will save you a lot of time, troubles and money wasted for the recovery process. You should leave selected (included) for installation only the initially requested software. The possible distribution of Social2Search varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, various multimedia codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking suspicious ads or banners etc.
The main goal of Social2Search is to generate as much web traffic as possible, that could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of that or similar adware will collect private information from your computer, that might be used to track your browsing habits, IP addresses, Bookmarks, Usernames, Passwords and even financial information, however often they collect much more than just that. That’s why this infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it presents a serious threat to your online, personal and financial safety.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause data loss. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
How to remove Ads by Social2Search:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Ads by Social2Search Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter in order to detect Social2Search and remove it, by clicking the download button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate a malware scan, that will detect all present threats on your system but to unlock the full potential of the SpyHunter Anti-Malware Security Suite and use it as a removal tool, you need to have an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all the present threats on your computer.
We are strongly recommending you to find out more about SpyHunter (EULA) and to learn more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files and registry entries manually, by yourself, however, we strongly advise you to purchase a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get an unlimited one-on-one phone or remote support for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove Ads by Social2Search Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Social2Search Adware manually, although you should proceed at your own risk. Any of the below-mentioned interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all the other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Social2Search Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for all entries related to Social2Search, Hohosearch.com, Searchguide.level3.com, Flirchi.com, Yeabests.cc, N121adserv.com, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, LiveAdExchanger.com, StartNewTab.com, NewPopTab.com, Outbrain.com, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, Video Converter Toolbar, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any third-party add-on, extension and toolbar. We strongly advise you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection, because most likely they came together via some software bundle. If you find something – right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Social2Search from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart browser it for the new changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the subfolders.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit the Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit the Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox Main window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Delete any files or folders related to Social2Search by checking the following locations: