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Socopoco is a browser hijacker that belongs to adware family. This browser hijacker often remains intact with free programs that you download off of the suspicious and malicious websites. This free application gets installed on your computer when you visit questionable third-party sites to download any program. Once Socopoco and associated adware is installed on your computer, it will directly set itself as the homepage. It may not be considered as a harmful application, specifically if it is utilizing known search provider. However, if ever it is resolving to unknown search engine other than the major ones like Google, Bing, MSN, or Yahoo, there are chances that it may cause some harm and spoilage on the machine. It may be responsible for redirecting you to dubious search portal that can be really endangering for your online privacy.

How to Remove Socopoco Search

Although, there are some valid programs also which change homepage and search settings on users’ machine, but with the permission of the user. But Socopoco is an application that may alter these important settings on the browser without asking for the user’s permission.  It makes modification abruptly while the initialization of the adware or downloading freeware. It is said that this and some other programs like this don’t disclose these proceedings and intrusive changes so most of the people assume it as if it is some kind of virus infection.

Even though knowing that Socopoco is not a type of computer virus, it is advised that make sure this unknown search should not stay there as your homepage. If it stays there on your device, it may leave not only your computer as well as your online privacy in compromised state. Thus it is highly recommended to you to get rid of this malware using a malware removal tool. Below the entire process explained to effectively remove Socopoco as well as other relevant malware fromyour computer.

How to remove Socopoco

There is a comprehensive guide to help you in removing this threat and other also from the affected machine. To effectively get rid of malware and other infections, it is highly recommended to carry out all the steps in exact order as they are explained.

Option 1: Download and install defencebyte AV Pro to scan the computer and remove the infection

defencebyte AV Pro is an excellent anti-virus and other infections removal tool which is easy to install and use. To detect the infections on your device, it scans the machine and removes any malware as well as threat like Socopoco home page hijacker, viruses, etc. It is a powerful tool which is able of finding hidden malicious programs on your device. To install the program, you need an active internet connection, so make sure that your computer is connected to the internet.

  1. Download defencebyte AV Pro and save the file to your Desktop to access the file easily.
  2. After downloading, double-click on the file that you have downloaded to start the installation process. During the installation, User Account Control will prompt do you want to run the program, click on the Yes option to continue.
  3. On the initial launch of the program, you will see a welcome window, click on the Next option to start the installation process.
  4. Accept the license agreement to install defencebyte AV Pro on your device. For that select the option, ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’, then, click on the Next button.
  5. Follow the onscreen instruction further by clicking on the appropriate button and once the program gets successfully installed on your computer, scan it to find the potential infections by clicking on the Start Scanning button.
  6. Once the tool reveals malicious and suspicious items on your device linked to Socopoco and the other files, remove them using the same program.

Option 2: Alternative Method to Clean Up Browser from Socopoco

Removing the intrusive entities and unwanted add-on/extension and cleaning the internet browser is a must while dealing with Socopoco. So below is the process how to reset various browsers to their default state.

Remove Socopoco from Google Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Please type the this string: chrome://settings/ in the address bar and then, press Enter on keyboard.
  3. Scroll down the page to see and click on the option Show advanced settings…
  4. Scroll the existing page to the bottom unless you see Reset Settings section.
  5. Click on Reset Settings button and click on the Reset option when it prompts for confirmation.

Performing these steps will reset your search engine, home page, new tab page, and other areas affected by Socopoco. This process will also remove unwanted extensions from the browser, but it will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

Resetting Mozilla Firefox will remove unwanted extension related to Socopoco from Firefox. Restoring Firefox to factory settings may also fix many browser issues without affecting your essential information like saved bookmarks, passwords, browsing history, and Internet cookies on the browser.

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser and navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.
  2. A new tab will appear and you will see a section on upper-right corner of the screen which states Reset Firefox to its default state. Click the Reset Firefox option there.
  3. Click on the Reset Firefox option to continue if confirmation window prompts.
  4. As soon as you click on the reset button, Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. Once the resetting process is completed, it will show a list of restored data. Socopoco home page hijacker will not be there now. To open a fresh version of Firefox, click on the Finish button.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

Resetting Internet explorer to default settings will not remove your data like bookmark, favorites, and history from the browser. However, this procedure will delete add-ons by Socopoco and other unknown objects.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to its top menu.
  2. In the top menu, click on Tools, and then Internet Options.
  3. On Internet Options window, choose Advanced tab.
  4. On bottom side of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click on the Reset button.

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