Search Donkey

Search Donkey Description


Search Donkey is a browser extension/potentially unwanted program that was developed by WebAppTech Coding, LLC. Search Donkey states to provide web users with more browsing options for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Search Donkey enters the vulnerable PC together with other freeware programs without the computer user knowing about it. Once inside the affected computer system, Search Donkey makes changes to the hacked web browser when the PC user is making an online search or visiting certain websites. Search Donkey will display a drop-down menu, which is named ‘Best Search’.
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Although Search Donkey is not a malicious application, it is still included in the list of programs that security experts recommend to remove from the PC. Search Donkey can result in unwanted redirects to doubtful websites where computer users can get their PCs affected by various malware threats. Also Search Donkey can keep track of the victim’s browsing habits and, thus, violate the attacked PC user’s privacy. Search Donkey can easily get access to the target computer user’s login information and also sell the data about the victim’s most visited websites to the third parties. Search Donkey will display pop-up ads on the infected computer system.

Search Donkey Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Search Donkey? To safely & quickly detect Search Donkey we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\SearchDonkey 12
    2 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\SearchDonkey 9
    3 %PROGRAMFILES%\SearchDonkey 103
    4 %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\SearchDonkey 106

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: {44ED99E2-16A6-4B89-80D6-5B21CF42E78B}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchDonkeyService_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchDonkeyService_RASMANCSSoftware\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions, value: support@searchdonkeyapp.comSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchDonkey_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchDonkeyService_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\SearchDonkeyService_RASMANCSSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SearchDonkeyHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}SearchDonkey
Posted: June 19, 2013 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Detection Count: 50,917

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