What is Feed Sonic Search?
Recently, many a user reported about an infamous Feed Sonic Search-infection. The main issue is that the users are noticing their web browsers’ default search engines require any queries typed and any tab opened to feed.sonic-search.com and similar sites that are not known to them.
This is the general tendency of a browser hijacker application. It occupies the web browsers installed and starts tracking the web session. The collected browsing data include IP addresses, Search queries, Viewed pages, URLs visited and etc.
With these data, the Feed Sonic Search app authors and their associate partners deliver various deals and offers with the search results and often lead the users to various phishing, scams, PUAs or even malware laden pages.
There is also a risk associated to the users’ privacy as the collected data could be shared and/or sold with third parties/ potent crooks who misuse them to generate illicit revenue. You need to remove Feed Sonic Search from the system to avoid all such issues.
More about Feed Sonic Search
If we talk about the distribution sources, the authors of this potentially unwanted application rely on the software bundling method –a deceptive method where packing of more than one app is offered to download as singular.
What the developers do is deliberately hide their apps within the Custom/Advanced and similar setups of the regular software. The users are not aware of that and the moment they go with the default Recommended/Quick mode, they lead to the inadvertent installation of the unwanted apps.
The observing the behavioral pattern, the hijacker virus is no way different from typical browser hijacker application that alerts the settings such as homepage, new tab pages and search engine options of the installed web browsers on compromised host system to promote fake search engine.
In this case, the feed.sonic-search.com is that URL. Users see this address to the said options of the affected web browsers. The hijacker virus (Feed Sonic Search) injects various helper objects to ensure that any attempts made to change the settings to the default can be undo.
In addition to doing all those changes to the web browsers’ settings, the PUA alters the system settings and start up settings, needed to conduct further actions. After doing all such actions, it starts offering the fake search engine to find the search results.
Name: Feed Sonic Search
Category: Browser hijacker/browser-hijacking app
The Main Goal: Gain revenue from victims who decide to use the PUP and its provided features
Symptoms: Default search engine is set to Feed Sonic Search. Users face dubious redirects, various browser settings including the homepage are modified
Spreading techniques: Software bundles, rogue websites
Removal: Use reputable antivirus tool or follow manual removal instruction provided below the post to remove Feed Sonic Search from the device
Fake web searchers are not capable of displaying their own search results. If you see closely, you might observe that the promoted URL in this case as well does not actually showing its own search results – the results are displayed on some legit web searchers like Google.com, Bing.com or Search.Yahoo.com.
In spite of that, the result pages are no way reliable. They often include various sponsored ads and links – which are easy to be inserted meanwhile during the redirect. They often open random third-party pages instead of providing any relevant and corresponding site.
Judging on this fact, we can say that the hijacker virus attempts to reroute the computer users to various websites that it wants. It is not surprising when its redirect will lead to some potentially dangerous pages that cause dangerous Trojan, Ransomware and other dangerous malware infection.
To prevent all such things from happening in future, you require performing Feed Sonic Search removal as soon as possible. Below the post, you will find complete guide on how this is to be done. You can use some professional antivirus tool to perform its easy and automatic removal.
Ways to prevent PUAs infection in future
If you notice feed.sonic-search.com virus instead of the default homepage, new tab pages and search engine options, you should recall whether you have performed some type of download from third party sites.
It is often observed that scammers distribute their unwanted products through these channels. The products are found in bundled with regular software that users wish to download. When they download the program, they hop through the installation stages and fail to miss any attachments.
If you want to avoid the secret installation of the unwanted application, you should choose Custom/Advanced option all the time when you are downloading any software and unmark all pre-ticked browser add-ons and apps.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Feed Sonic Search:
Remove the related items of Feed Sonic Search using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Feed Sonic Search issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Feed Sonic Search) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Feed Sonic Search removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Feed Sonic Search still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Feed Sonic Search plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Feed Sonic Search removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Feed Sonic Search (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.