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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Search.softorama.com is known to be a variation of searchalgo.com, so it is not surprising at all that it tends to replace users’ default search engines. In most cases, users notice that Search.softorama.com is their new default search provider after they install the extension called Search By Softorama from the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-by-softorama/egjpneeldkigoemadblidfdjmmbohacd?hl=en-US). Even though users can download the extension themselves, some of them still feel that Search.softorama.com has appeared out of nowhere. Most probably, this is because this search engine might be set after a user installs some kind or program as well. No worries, our security specialists will help you to get rid of Search.softorama.com.

The extension available at the Chrome Web Store advertises itself as a “web search that enables you quick and easy access to popular sites”; thus, it is not surprising at all that so many users (12, 265 users at the time of writing) have already added this extension. It should be noted that all of them have agreed that this extension will change the search engine to Search.softorama.com and will be able to modify and read data on all the websites by installing it. In our opinion, it is rather suspicious that it wants so many rights. If you do not want to give any permission to Search.softorama.com, do not install it. If you have already done that, delete this search provider right now. You can do that only by erasing the actual Search By Softorama extension.

Search.softorama.com belongs to Softorama.com, which is a web page that promotes different applications. Softorama.com has created one version of this search engine, so Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox users will not notice the presence of Search.softorama.com even if they install the Search by Softorama extension. As Search.softorama.com is compatible with Google Chrome only, you will notice the Search By Softorama extension in the list of add-ons. In addition, you will find it in the Extensions folder in the C: drive.

All users who install Search by Softorama notice that their default search engines have been changed. This search engine really seems to be decent because it allows users to search for images, videos, and news. Unfortunately, we cannot call this search engine 100% reliable because we have found that it can present users with the modified search results. What we have in mind by saying “modified” is the search results with third-party ads and links integrated into them. As these links and ads might be closely associated with bad web pages, users can be taken to them after clicking on any of those ads. In other words, there is a possibility that people who use Search.softorama.com will encounter malware.

Search.softorama.com will not only replace your default search engine and insert ads among search results. It has been noticed that it can also track you. If you read the Privacy Policy, you will find out immediately that Search.softorama.com “may automatically receive and record certain non-personally identifiable information.” This information includes IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, cookie information, and the webpage a user visits. As your cookies can be accessed, we believe that some important details about you might be extorted as well. It should be also mentioned that Search.softorama.com sets HTTP cookies to gain information. Privacy-minded users should be very cautious and remove Search.softorama.com completely from their browsers.

Even though Search.softorama.com is available at the Chrome Web Store, it does not matter that it cannot find other ways to enter systems. According to our team of specialists, Search.softorama.com can be spread through bundled malicious installers as well, which is why so many people feel that Search.softorama.com has appeared without permission. To protect your browsers from similar suspicious search engines, install a reputable search provider and install new software attentively. Do not forget to find out whether the program which you are going to install is beneficial too.

Search.softorama.com can only be removed via the Chrome Extension Manager, so you should not even try to erase it via Control Panel. Below are listed instructions which will help you to do that, so follow them step by step or use an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. It will do all the work for you and it will make sure that other undesirable programs are gone too.

Delete Search.softorama.com

Google Chrome

  1. Launch your browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select More Tools and then open Extensions.
  3. Select the extension you wish to erase.
  4. Click the trash button placed next to it.
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