Remove SnapDo browser hijacker (Removal Guide)

SnapDo is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add SnapDo Toolbar, and change your browser homepage default search engine to search.snapdo.com.
[Image: SnapDo homepage redirect]
SnapDo Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.
SnapDo Toolbar got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install SnapDo, you will also agree to change your default browser homepage and default search engine to search.snapdo.com and install the SnapDo Toolbar.
Furthermore, this program will run in a background the SnapDo.exe process, which is not essential for Windows and may cause slowdowns and other issues.
[Image: Snapdo Search virus]
However, when you uninstall SnapDo from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove SnapDo Toolbar and search.snapdo.com from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this SnapDo Toolbar. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

SnapDo Toolbar and search.snapdo.com – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall SnapDo Toolbar from your computer

  1. To uninstall SnapDo program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove Snap.Do from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall SnapDo program]

Please note that on some computers these programs might have a different name, search for any program developed by ReSoft LTD and uninstall it from your computer.
Because SnapDo Toolbar is installed with other additional programs, we recommend that you search and uninstall any other unwanted or unknown programs from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the SnapDo residual damage from your browser

SnapDo has installed a browser extensions (SnapDo Toolbar), and has changed your homepage and your browser default search engine to search.snapdo.com

Remove SnapDo from Internet Explorer

  1. Remove SnapDo extension from Internet Explorer.
    Open Internet Explorer,then click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right) and then  select Manage add-ons.
    [Image: Manage Add-ons in Internet Explorer]
    From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select Snap.Do and Snap.DoEngine then click on Disable.
    [Image: SnapDo Internet Explorer extensions]
  2. Set Internet Explorer default search engine from search.snapdo.com to Bing.
    To change your default search engine, click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] , select Manage Add-ons, and then, under Add-on Types, click Search Providers.
    Select Bing and on click the Set Default button.
    [Image: SnapDo search Internet Explorer]
    To remove SnapDo from Internet Explorer, select Web Search and click on Remove.
    [Image: search.SnapDo.com Internet Explorer removal]
  3. Change your Internet Explorer homepage from search.snapdo.com to its default
    To change your homepage, click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] , select Internet Explore options, and in the General tab,under the Home page section, click on Use default to restore Internet Explorer default home page.
    [Image: Set Internet Explorer to its default homepage]

Remove SnapDo from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Remove SnapDo extensions from Firefox.
    At the top of the Firefox window, click the orange Firefox button, then select Add-ons.
    Firefox addon menu
    Select the Extensions tab, then remove Snap.do 1.1  extension from Mozilla Firefox.
    [Image: SnapDo Firefox extension]
  2. Reset your default search engine and homepage from search.snapdo.com to their default.
    To reset your search engine and homepage to their default, we will use the SearchReset extension.This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.
    You can download SearchReset from the below link, and then we will just need to install it to revert Firefox to its default settings.
    SEARCHRESET DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open another web page from where you can download the SearchReset Firefox extension)
    [Image: SearchReset extension]

Remove SnapDo from Google Chrome

  1. Remove SnapDo extension from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove SnapDo Toolbar  and BrowserProtect extensions by clicking on the Recycle Bin at the end of the row.
    [Image: SnapDo Chrome extension]
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from search.snapdo.com to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: SnapDo Search Chrome hijack]
    Search for Web Search in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: search.snapdo.com Chrome removal]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from search.snapdo.com to its default.
    SnapDo has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove SnapDo registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
     (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.
    Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for SnapDo virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing SnapDo virus]

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scans for SnapDo virus
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove SnapDo Toolbar and SnapDo Search from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Frances Chen

    same with the others, i’ve tried a few other fix-it sites and no luck, the sneaky bastard has changed its name to awesomehp and (another?) under smart shopping search bar therefore was nowhere to be found. Glad I came across to this page before I re-install my computer system!!! (it was thattt annoying) THANK YOU!!!!

  • froghopper

    thanks a lot this guide actually worked where others failed.very clear and easy to follow and totally free unlike some that pretend to be free.i had “shit do” on chrome and this guide has worked for me on chrome.fingers crossed it does not reappear!!

  • srinivas

    Thank you sooo much, this seems that have removed it completely……. thanx a lot….

  • lucky linny

    thanks for the help. after a few days, i was wondering what is this snap-do, im trying to set chrome as my homepage to no luck. i found your page and found out how to delete it from the extensions, now google chrome is running a treat and im getting themes and apps and games. your page helped me out heaps, i have the free malware and hitman pro 30 day free trial, spose ill just delete it when im done. I highly recommend this to anyone with Crap-do snap-do browser hi-jacker malware/spyware..

  • Musashi

    No more add popup and stupid snapdo. My troubleshooting stops at the ADWCleaner. Thanks dude!!!

  • Joe

    Just the ADWCleaner program have removed it for good! Easy and simple. Thank you so much!