Ad-supported and browser-hijacking software may not be malicious but it definitely can lead to serious consequences, if not removed on time. The more you postpone taking measures, the more vulnerable your system becomes to various forms of malware and spyware. Also, keep in mind that adware and browser hijackers often come bundled, which makes their removal even more challenging.
|Short Description||The two GsearchFinder browser hijackers (HoboSearch and YesSearches) add an extra Firefox profile.|
|Symptoms||Unwanted advertisements, unusual browser behavior, extra Firefox profile.|
|Distribution Method||In bundled installers.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss GsearchFinder.|
Researchers at Malwarebytes recently found out that two GsearchFinder browser hijackers, YesSearches and HoboSearch, add an extra Firefox profile on the compromised system. Continue reading, as we’re about to tell you how to fix the issue.
YesSearches Technical Resume
When YesSearches is installed on your computer, several unwanted changes may occur. The browser hijacker may change DNS settings, browser settings, including the homepage, new tab page and default search engine of all browsers. Affected browsers are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Keep in mind that YesSearches uses a secondary technique, a standalone process called “ShortcutBoost.exe”. That process rearranges the launch options of the Desktop and Quick Launch items of all browsers, so they all project “Yes Searches” upon initiating any browser. The homepage of all browsers is changed to “YesSearches.com”.
Read more about YesSearches
HoboSearch Technical Resume
As reported by Enigma Software researchers, Hobosearch(.) com is likely promoted as a customized search engine for users in Asia. However, it’s only available in English and is in fact a crooked version of Google, created to display third party advertisements that may not be safe to interact with.
Keep in mind that Hobosearch may appear in your Plug-ins Manager with the name HohoSearch Enhancer and HohoSearch Toolbar.
The browser hijackers also add a scheduled task, which means that various (unwanted and intrusive) advertisements will be displayed at set intervals. Researchers have observed the scheduled task be triggered every two hours. Here we get to the novel activity performed by YesSearches and HoboSearch – the creation of an extra Firefox profile.
This may sound as something difficult to deal with, but in fact fixing it is not that hard at all. Instead of altering your default browser profile, the browser hijackers create a new, pre-hijacked one.
How to Remove the Extra Firefox Profile Created by YesSearches and HoboSearch?
- First, make sure to close all Firefox processes;
- Then, simultaneously click Windows key + R to open the Runbox;
- Write the command Firefox –P to open the Firefox profile manager;
- Select the Firefox Default profile (not the “default” one) and select Delete Profile;
- When asked if you want to delete the fake profile, click Delete Files;
- Select Use the selected profile without asking at startup;
- Keep in mind, that in case more than one profile is in the list, you should choose the one you want to use. Nonetheless, only the default profile should be left and selected automatically.
- Click the Start Firefox button.
After you’re done with removing the extra Firefox profile, you should definitely consider scanning your system via an anti-malware program. If you’re experiencing other “classical” issues with YesSearches or HoboSearch, consider following the removal manual below.
Delete GsearchFinder from Windows and Your Browser
Remove GsearchFinder automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove GsearchFinder from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of GsearchFinder on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove GsearchFinder in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase GsearchFinder from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall GsearchFinder from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove GsearchFinder from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate GsearchFinder from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable GsearchFinder Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove GsearchFinder from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GsearchFinder
Step 2: Uninstall GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of GsearchFinder from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as GsearchFinder, 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 GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder will be removed.
Eliminate GsearchFinder 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 GsearchFinder 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".