|Short Description||It is supposed to offer free sample books, music, coupons, tickets for movies, concerts, and events.|
|Symptoms||The browser’s settings are changed to display sponsored results.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or from freeware websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By FindMeFreebies|
FindMeFreebies is a browser extension that is supposed to help you find free stuff online. It promises to deliver you offers for free sample, books, music, coupons, tickets for movies, concerts, and events, as well as for household items and furniture. This add-on may seem quite useful. However, we advise against having it on your computer. FindMeFreebies has been classified as a browser hijacker. This means that it will change the settings on your browser as soon as it has been installed on your computer.
It will not deliver any of the services that it promises. It will, however, start generating numerous advertisements. Such programs should not be kept on the computer. We recommend getting rid of it as soon as possible.
What Does FindMeFreebies Do?
After it has been installed, FindMeFreebies will attach a toolbar to your browser. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. It will also change your homepage and default search provider to mywebsearch.com. This means that FindMeFreebies is essentially the same as EasyMailLogin Toolbar and MapsGalaxy. All of these applications have been developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.
Mywebsearch.com will present numerous sponsored links among the search results. Another thing you can expect while having FindMeFreebies on your computer is to get suddenly redirected to unknown websites. Pop-up and banner advertisements can also start appearing when you browse the web. Such activities should not be tolerated. Not only can they be annoying, but they can also prove to be quite dangerous.
What Are the Harms of FindMeFreebies?
Mywebsearch.com is not a reliable search engine. The sponsored search results that it shows may take you to unreliable websites. This will not be good for your system’s security. If you are transferred to a website that is controlled by cyber criminals, you can find yourself in a lot of trouble. In this case, there are two likely scenarios:
- Cyber criminals try to scam you into sharing your personal and financial details. This can be done by them saying you have won some prize.
- An infection may also try to infiltrate your system as a result of you landing on the malicious web page. Then, all of your sensitive information will be stolen directly from your computer.
Where Did FindMeFreebies Come from?
While the application is available on its official website for all three browsers, the most likely way in which it has been installed on your computer is through bundled downloads. This means that you have recently installed some freeware. To avoid bundled downloads, you can do the following:
- Do not download free programs from third-party websites.
- Pay attention to the information you are given in the install wizard.
- Select Advanced/Custom installation to decline any additional software.
How to Get Rid of FindMeFreebies
You can deal with FindMeFreebies manually. The first step to do so is by going to Control Panel, opening the list of programs, and uninstalling the browser hijacker. Then, you should reset your browser’s settings so that mywebsearch.com is no longer your default search provider and homepage.
Even though you have removed the browser hijacker, your PC’s security is still at risk. There may be more unwanted programs on it. Some malware may have infiltrated it or is going to in the future. It is strongly recommended that you have a powerful AV program on your computer that will protect it against unreliable or malicious software.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove FindMeFreebies from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FindMeFreebies on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FindMeFreebies in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FindMeFreebies from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FindMeFreebies from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FindMeFreebies from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FindMeFreebies from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable FindMeFreebies Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove FindMeFreebies from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FindMeFreebies
Step 2: Uninstall FindMeFreebies 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by FindMeFreebies on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by FindMeFreebies there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FindMeFreebies from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FindMeFreebies and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 FindMeFreebies 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove FindMeFreebies files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as FindMeFreebies, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove FindMeFreebies 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.
Erase FindMeFreebies 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.
Uninstall FindMeFreebies 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.
Remove FindMeFreebies 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the FindMeFreebies will be removed.
Eliminate FindMeFreebies 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by FindMeFreebies from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".