Are you constantly getting redirected to Sophang8.com? Ads by Sophang8.com appear all the time, even on websites that used to be ad-free? In that case, we have some bad news for you. Your computer has been infected with adware. This shady program is displaying all types of ads and making your browsing experience hectic. The Sophang8.com adware has a website. However, it is only available for users who have the software installed. If you try to visit the website with a clean machine, all you would be able to see is an error message. This is very suspicious and leads to one conclusion: the website is used for questionable operations. Don’t trust anything you see on this website.
The Sophang8.com adware itself is not that dangerous. It is not a virus, but it can cause a virus infection if you don’t remove it promptly. The adware displays all kinds of ads. Some of them may be malicious, meaning, they can redirect you to an infected website. If this happens, a drive-by download may initiate. A drive-by download is a term used to describe a download that doesn’t require the user’s interaction. All you need to do is open an infected website for a split second. This type of download is dangerous because it can distribute any type of malware. It doesn’t show any visible signs that it is executed, and hence the user cannot stop it on time.
The Sophang8.com Virus
You may have noticed that all ads displayed by the Sophang8.com adware are appealing. That is because this utility is constantly spying on you. Yes, that’s right. Spying! Everything you do online is recorded and the data sent to the owners of the malicious app. Those people won’t hesitate to sell the data to third parties. No one can predict who will buy it. It may be some desperate marketer or it may be a dangerous hacker. This is why it is so important to get rid of the parasite as soon as possible. The Sophang8.com adware can steal your user names and passwords. If you are not careful enough and log into some banking service, you may lose your money.
All this aside, let’s not forget how annoying all those ads are. At first, they are a minor nuisance that can be ignored. However, with time passing, the ads will get more and more aggressive. Soon coupons, great deals, video ads and pop-ups will start appearing all over your screen. When clicking on some link, one or more additional tabs will open in your browser. The Sophang8.com adware may be the reason why your computer is so slow. It works on your CPU and uses RAM. The more ads you see, the more resources the adware consumes, and therefore, the slower your computer is. It may cause your system to freeze and even crash. Can you imagine getting any work done in such conditions? Don’t tolerate this intruder, delete it ASAP!
The Sophang8.com adware didn’t appear out of nowhere. It may have arrived as a bundled program to some freeware or shareware you installed on your machine. It is a common practice among developers to hide additional software under a custom/advanced tab. Users are encouraged to choose the standard/fast installation method, while the advanced option is presented as suitable for IT gurus only. There is nothing advanced in the custom method. The only difference is that it gives the user a choice. Only if you select the advanced option will you be able to see all extra programs and deselect the unwanted ones.
Other commonly used adware distribution methods are: torrents, spam emails, fake software updates and corrupted pages and links. Yet, to get on your machine all those utilities need your permission. Scammers often write emails on behalf of well-known organizations or institutions. Before downloading any attached file, make sure you know who the sender is. Torrent downloaded content is not safe. Try to download apps from reliable websites only. And, of course, whenever you are installing a program, take a minute to read the terms and conditions/EULA. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, abort the installation immediately.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner
, click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Sophang8.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.