How to remove (uninstall) Soap2Day

Soap2Day is a malicious tool, yet it isn't your ordinary virus. This is the Soap2Day's strongest advantage and the worst drawback simultaneously, and here we will define the reasons for us to say so. It's good to know that any adware is not dangerous singularly, meaning that it's not going to affect the files on user's workstation or vandalize the OS as typical viruses do. It will simply generate a lot of aggressive promotional materials in the shape of pop-ups, big banners and links appearing without any logic on the monitor. You can ignore every single one of them, but it's a big nuisance anyway. What's not so good is that as distinct from malware, promotional programs are hardly ever recognized by common AV. They're unable to spot it because of unusual behavioral patterns, and can't reject its installation because users do it all by hand.

Soap2Day

Soap2Day is used by swindlers to put up some fake visits on the web pages they have to promote and to sell the low-quality or inappropriate merchandise. We’re speaking of “rated R” content, hacked software or video files, fake programs and illegal goods. Naturally, the pop-ups from Soap2Day are very dubious and should not be clicked no matter what. We have told you previously, that Soap2Day isn’t perilous independently, but it gets hazardous if it escapes your attention. If an advertising tool spends enough time inside your computer, it assists more perilous programs to crawl in thus turning your device into a junkyard. We're sure that you have seen such computers already, littered by useless utilities, unable to boot in a few minutes, constantly freezing, etc. You’d better eliminate Soap2Day immediately, to prevent such issues with your own system.

 

How to protect your PC against Soap2Day

Before we start the elimination process, you'd better remember the ways to secure your laptop against adware. It's better to start from familiarizing with the techniques of infection. We know many penetration techniques that undesired tools use, still the most regular of them for advertising tools is the sponsored installation. This is its method of operation:

  • Internet-criminals select a good program that's sought-after among the common users and mingle it with 3-4 advertising utilities. The bundle is created in a manner that you couldn’t understand what’s inside until you begin the installation. In some cases, it becomes visible after the installation, when the victim understands that he has received not what he wanted.
  • In time of the installation, a victim notices a dialogue window where he is to select between a recommended and advanced techniques of installation. The recommended variant is pre-chosen so that each man who likes to click ”skip” choose it instantly.
  • When a user notices a package, he believes that it is a useful utility and lets it in. Some AV programs warn you about the possibly dangerous contents of an installer, but scammers have an ace up their sleeves to get through this. The useful programs used as name for bundles are in most cases the hacked versions of licensed tools. Thus users think that they might raise the alarm and just disregard the warnings.
  • The bundle gets put on a sought-after file-sharing platform. They put it on as many websites as they're able, to maximize the figure of possible victims.

If you did not uncheck the recommended installation method – you’ve installed a lot of malicious tools instead of a helpful utility, and now we will help you to eliminate them all.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You might be interested in how you may recognize an advertising tool if an AV utility failed to do so, but we’ll answer this question in a moment. The trick is that your antiviral utility (if there is one installed on your computer), detects malicious utilities by their signature. Swindlers change the code of their hazardous programs at least once in a while by uploading small changes so that they remained untraceable. We do not say that you should dig into Soap2Day’s structure, but we did a lot of thinking about how hackers would hide a dangerous utility when it stays in front of everyone’s eyes. You need to consider the species of each tool you download. Don’t ever download browser improvement utilities and tools for social networks which suggest you any kind of new advantages. System optimizers are very questionable too, as well as any pirated tools, like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, etc. If you refrain from installing these ones, the odds of infection will drop dramatically.

How to remove Soap2Day

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Soap2Day manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Soap2Day from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

When you’re going to delete Soap2Day – there are two options. You may uninstall it by hand, or via an antiviral tool. In case you prefer to deal with adware without any antiviral tools – you can do that, but you should understand that Soap2Day is not the single adware in the device. As we've told you in the above sections of this paper, Soap2Day infected the laptop through bundling, which means that there are at least 3 more advertising tools to eliminate. If you’re fine with deleting them all at one by one manually – be our guest.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Soap2Day" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Soap2Day from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Soap2Day

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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