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Findgofind.com Redirect Removal

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The article will help you to remove Findgofind.com effectively. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions at the end of this article.

A dangerous browser hijacker called Findgofind.com has been found to infect computer users worldwide. The victims report serious security and privacy issues when accessing the malicious service. It is linked with other criminal services that are used to harvest sensitive data from the victims.

Threat Summary

Name Findgofind.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Every browser application which is on your computer will get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you lots of advertisements.
Symptoms Browser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and the new tab page.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Findgofind.com – Delivery Methods

Computer users can acquire the Findgofind.com redirect by falling victim to one of the typical infection strategies. The used depends depend on the criminal organization behind the attacks. The reported instances so far do not give a clear outlook on the main method, as such we suspect that the hackers are using the most popular distribution ways.

Usually the redirect is applied to web browsers using malicious extensions, also known as hijackers. They are made for the most popular web browsers including: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera and others. When the users acquire them they will see that important settings have been changed. The majority of the extensions modify the default home page, search engine and new tabs page to reflect the hacker-provided address. In addition they may cause other security and privacy issues including the following:

  • Information Harvesting ‒ Browser hijackers have the ability to harvest sensitive and private information from the compromised applications. They can steal stored bookmarks, history, account credentials, passwords and settings. When the data is sent back to the hackers via the existing servers it may be used for crimes such as identity theft and financial abuse.
  • Windows Settings Modification ‒ Advanced browser extensions can change Windows registry and other important settings which may lead to performance or stability issues.
  • Additional Malware Infection ‒ Browser hijackers can cause several infections at once or in a hacker-specified chain of actions.
  • Persistent Installation ‒ Some certain strains can perform a persistent installation. This is an advanced infection technique that actively counters manual removal methods.

Such browsers hijackers are usually advertised using spam email messages. In the majority of cases social engineering tricks are used to make the users infect themselves. There are two main types of spam campaigns:

  1. Embedded Malicious Links ‒ The criminals seek to insert links in the body contents that lead to dangerous executables. Once they download and start the downloaded program the browser hijacker is automatically started.
  2. Direct File Attachments ‒ The emails contain instructions on downloading and running attached files that contain the malicious instance. Depending on the case the hackers can resort to infected documents that serve as payload downloaders. They are usually office files (spreadsheets, rich text documents or databases) that contain built-in scripts (macros). When they are run the browser hijacker is downloaded from a remote server and executed on the local computer. In other cases the email host the malware directly.

Other infection sources include software installers downloaded from hacker-controlled sites. Hackers utilize P2P networks like BitTorrent where pirate content is usually found. The Findgofind.com browser hijacker can also be obtained from various fake Chrome Web Store extensions and other application repositories. Likewise the Findgofind.com can be found in the relevant software stores of other browsers as well.

Findgofind.com – In-Depth Overview

When the users are redirected to the Findgofind.com redirect page they are shown a familiar looking user interface. A search engine box is placed in the center along with links posted underneath it. There is a top menu bar that links to various well-known services.

Even though it may appear as a legitimate and safe website the users must beware that the use of the site imposes a tracking cookie. This has severe consequences on the privacy and security of the visitors. When the users interact with the site via the search engine they are shown sponsored results above everything else. As the operators of the site make money from affiliate links and partner networks the shown results do not represent the best results. In certain cases usage of Findgofind.com may even lead to redirects or downloads that result in dangerous virus infections.

Findgofind.com home page search results

The home page lists services that might be useful to the visitors as they point to Google-powered sites. However the users need to remember that each click and keyboard input may be monitored by the scripts. This means that the use of the browser hijacker and the website redirect can potentially leak sensitive accounts to the operators.

The site home page lists a “Contact Us” page that provides the following information about the company behind it:

Clever App, S.L.
Calle Irún 23, 1º, 1
28008 Madrid
España

Findgofind.com – Privacy Policy

The Findgofind.com redirect privacy policy is available from the site’s home page. It reads Clever App, S.L. Terms of Service and Privacy Policy showcasing that it is linked with other services controlled by the same party. It is possible that the affiliate links found in the search results redirect to other sites hosted by the company.

The document reads that when the users enter the site they agree to be bound by the services listed in the policy. Some of the dangers to the security and privacy of the victims include the following by harvesting private data. According to the policy the site and all affiliated services can collect personal information. The site does not specify the type of data. We suspect that this includes a wide variety of possibilities such as: web browsers version, operating system type and version, IP Address, your Internet service provider (ISP), geographical location, names, email or mailing addresses or other data that can identify a site visitor.

Findgofind.com home page cookies

The privacy policy does not list other cases, including how it handles the data or if it shares it with third parties. While the home page itself does not infiltrate the victim computers with a tracking cookie. Several ones are used if the victims use the search engine. We have discovered that the service automatically assigned a unique user ID which starts to create a profile of all users. Using the harvested information and the search queries it starts to build a database of their interests in an attempt to better present affiliate links as search results.

Remove Findgofind.com Effectively

To remove Findgofind.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Findgofind.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Findgofind.com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Findgofind.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Findgofind.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Findgofind.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Findgofind.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Findgofind.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Findgofind.com and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Findgofind.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Findgofind.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Findgofind.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Findgofind.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Findgofind.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Findgofind.com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Findgofind.com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Findgofind.com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Findgofind.com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Findgofind.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Findgofind.com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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