This article aims to help users remove Sonic Train Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. The virus is also commonly referred to as “related search by Sonic Train” by some users, but it is in fact the same thing.
Sonic Train Ads is a type of malicious application called Adware. It’s named so, because it creates advertisements (Ads) which pop-up whenever you try to browse the internet – common triggers are starting the browser, clicking on a link and loading a new page/tab. The Ads will commonly appear in the form of banners, pop-up windows or entire new pages that may mix useful data (weather, news) with Ads. Sonic Train Ads will also occasionally change different words on any text you read into hyperlinks. Hovering the mouse over them will reveal the Ad and clicking will take you to the advertised site.
The Ads can be about a large variety of goods – both physical and digital. In order to keep the Ads as relevant as possible Sonic Train Ads will read into your computer’s browsing history and past search queries. This behavior is very suspicious as it approach the boundaries of spying on you. Adware like Sonic Train Ads will often send feedback data back to the distributor of the virus, which is another important reason to delete it as fast as possible.
How was your computer infected?
The way Adware like Sonic Train Ads infect computers is actually through subtlety or deception. Other types of viruses possess the sophistication to target system vulnerabilities, but Sonic Train Ads relies on the human factor. The human user has the ultimate authority to override any windows safety or anti-virus system. Originally Sonic Train Ads appeared as something else or was perhaps attached to the installer of another program. When you installed that program you unwillingly also installed Sonic Train Ads on your machine.
The most important rule to remember is that viruses are nearly always installed via executable files (files ending with .exe extension). If you are looking for a file on the internet and that file is not a program or should not require an installation – then the extension should be different from .exe. If you are offered to download an .exe file then most likely something is trying to get you install a virus on your machine. The source of these dangerous files are usually forums, torrents, online storage sites.
For the reasons listed above we recommend that you never install any files obtained from unsafe sources. The only sure safe source is the official site of the thing you want plus any official mirrors. Everything else is potentially dangerous and in the very least should be scanned by an anti-malware scanner.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Sonic Train Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Sonic Train Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Sonic Train Ads Removal
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Now that you have Safe Mode enabled it is time to begin the actual deletion of Sonic Train Ads. It’s functions are closely related to your internet browser and thus the browser will be our first step. To clean out Sonic Train Ads you need to run Step 2 and Step 3 separately for each browser that is currently installed on your computer. Make sure you are through with the deletion process – every copy that remains can create new copies of the virus and reinfect anything you just cleaned.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Sonic Train Ads . 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Sonic Train Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Sonic Train Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. 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 Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. 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.
Go to STEP 5.
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 THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
What follows is ahead may be both difficult and dangerous as it involves manipulation and deletion of files that could easily be mistaken with system files. Read the instructions carefully, as doing anything wrong can damage your OS or other important programs. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download the professional anti-malware software we personally recommend. It will get the job done with just a couple of clicks and it eliminates the consequences of doing something wrong. You can also use it to scan your computers for viruses other then Sonic Train Ads, which may be hiding invisible in the depths of your HDD.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, 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.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “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 the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.