This page aims to help you remove Feed Sonic Search. These Feed Sonic Search removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
Feed Sonic Search is the type of application you do not want on your computer, but since you are here you’ve probably discovered that for yourself already. What we are dealing with is actually an browser hijacker type of threat. It exist to spam Ads on your screen and make money out of it. Unfortunately it is very aggravating to put up with and the Ads often lead to various malicious websites. We recommend that you uninstall Feed Sonic Search as soon as possible to minimize the risks.
Core functionality of Feed Sonic Search
browser hijacker applications in general are not considered very dangerous – at least not directly. Feed Sonic Search boasts some useful functions, but if you try to explore them you’ll soon discover that it is just a ruse. The main goal of this thing is to spam Ads in Chrome, Firefox or IE. Its owner is usually linked as an affiliate and will get money every time an Ad is clicked on and a purchase of some good occurs. The Ads come in a variety of shapes and types – usually as pop-ups and banners, but they can also be added as toolbars on your browser or embedded into the code of pages that open without your permission. Feed Sonic Search may also try turn some works into Ad-linked keywords – they will turn into hyperlinks and link to the Ad if clicked on.
In any case it is a bad idea to interact with these Ads in any way. browser hijacker is notorious for its inclusion of low-quality goods that employ scam tactics in order to sell better. Reputable software is rarely advertised through such channels – anything you try to download and install on your machine is most probably be useless bloatware or more browser hijacker.
There is an especially nasty practice to create fake problem messages in order to make you believe your PC is suffering from some kind of problem. Old, but perfectly harmless registry entries are often blamed for a multitude of unrelated problems. Even though a software may claim to be free usually only the scan functionality is available – you’ll be asked to purchase it in order to fix those “problems”. What’s worse – if these bloatware programs are allowed to mess with your PC they can do some real harm.
So yeah, keep out of the Ads.
Why was your PC targeted?
In reality browser hijacker programs rarely target specific computers – they are released en masse via various infected executable files and software bundles. You have obtained one of these – through one way or another – and installed it on your computer without realizing it would also install Feed Sonic Search. We’ll try to give you some tips on how to avoid such incidents in the future.
- When you are installing programs don’t select the Default option – some installers contain extra software that will also be installed on your PC if you select default. This practice is what we refer to as software bundles. A much better alternative is to use the Advanced option – at worst you’ll only need a couple of clicks to get the same result as with default, but in the meantime you can see the list of programs that are to be installed and you can remove any unwanted extras from that list. Do it. Useful software is very rarely obtained in such a way – you are much more likely to get something in the lines of Feed Sonic Search.
- Try to never download software from unsafe locations. Software and random storage sites see no supervision or anti-virus control and the installers for different files are often loaded with nasty presents like this browser hijacker.
- Keep an ant-virus or anti-malware program present on your PC and scan all incoming files at all times. Sometimes people may send you infected files without themselves realizing they are infected
|Name||Feed Sonic Search|
|Danger Level||Medium (The Ads may link to dangerous sites or try to download bloatware applications)|
|Symptoms||Large increase in number of Ads displayed, general slowdown of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Infected executables – software bundles and files obtained from torrents etc.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Feed Sonic Search from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Feed Sonic Search Removal
Things readers are interested in:
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
The first mandatory thing is to Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders. Read here more how to do it. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. Feed Sonic Search may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
All of your browsers likely contain an Add-on created by Feed Sonic Search and that add-on is responsible for the Ads you see. To remove it please follow the instructions written below in Step 2 and Step 3.
NOTE: Be careful! Feed Sonic Search may try to create confirmation messages that lead to new software downloads or send you to various danger sites. Please terminate and such downloads as they appear and close any unwanted pages that open.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply. Also, Reset Your IE Settings
Remove Feed Sonic Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Remove Feed Sonic Search from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, delete EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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