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Remove FindWide(.)com Browser Hijacker

FindWide(.)com is the main page of a browser hijacker called FindWide. Read the article carefully on how to remove it. The hijacker can modify the new tab, homepage, and may set an add-on. The search engine of your browsers will be changed to a custom one. You might get redirected. Search results will show advertisements and mislead you.

NameFindWide(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe homepage, the new tab, and search engine of your browsers are changed.
SymptomsYour browsers can have their homepage, new tab, and search engine modified. A browser extension may be added. Search results can be misleading and show ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundle Packages, Chrome Web Store
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by FindWide(.)com
User Experience Join our forum to discuss FindWide(.)com.

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FindWide(.)com – Distribution Methods

The main distribution method for FindWide(.)com is through third-party installations. Without your knowledge, the hijacker can get into your computer. It hides in freeware installs and bundle packages. Additional components are selected for installation by default in those packs. The components remain undisclosed in most cases, so FindWide(.)com can install itself. Checking for a Custom or an Advanced setting in the setup is your best bet in preventing unwanted programs to be installed.

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In the picture above you can see the extension associated to FindWide(.)com. Available at the Chrome Web Store, the extension shows a search engine that looks like Yahoo. Another distribution method for this hijacker is from advertisement clicks or from unknown website visits. Such sites might be partnered with the hijacker’s developers. Affected browsers are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

FindWide(.)com – More Information

FindWide(.)com is the main website for the browser hijacker with the same name. If installed on your computer, you will notice a change in settings. Your browsers can have their new tab and homepage changed. The search engine of all browsers will be set to a custom one. The hijacker claims to keep your browsers protected by changing the search engine and make it unmodifiable when the application is active.

A browser extension related to the hijacker can be installed. Its name is FindWide Search Protection. One of the locations that is available from is at the Chrome Web Store. It could also come in bundle with various applications on your computer. The extension might redirect you to sites of affiliate partners of the hijacker. You will see targeted advertising content. The browser extension can do the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Manage your apps and extensions

Everything that you write in the FindWide(.)com search engine will be filtered through http://search(.)findwide(.)com. So, if you enter any personal information, the hijacker will collect it. The search results of the unwanted program can mislead you. On the search results page, there are advertisements and links, which are not related to the searches. An example is shown in the picture down here:

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Sometimes the browser extension can set the search engine to one that looks like Yahoo.

Redirects are a possible outcome when you browse with the hijacker installed. They can be triggered from the homepage, new tab or advertisement clicks. Pop-ups, pop-unders, text links and banners can all display on pages as advertising content. All redirects might be trying to make more traffic for sites affiliated with the hijacker, by using a pay-per-click scheme.

From the Privacy Policy of FindWide(.)com found on their site, it is clear that both personally and non-personally identifiable information is collected.

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Information that may be collected from each user:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Technical information

Information is gathered, using the services and site of FindWide in multiple ways. Cookies, tracking technologies, your personal input and anonymous technical information sent from the program are all used to collect information about you. The information might be shared and sold to trusted partners of FindWide, who are undisclosed in the policy. You should remove this hijacker.

Remove FindWide(.)com Completely

To remove FindWide(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your PC safe in the future.

Delete FindWide(.)com from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall FindWide(.)com in Windows
2.Remove FindWide(.)com from Your Browser

Remove FindWide(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

1. Remove FindWide(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to FindWide(.)com in the future
Optional: Using an Alternative Anti-Malware Tool
NOTE! Substantial notification about the FindWide(.)com threat: Manual removal of FindWide(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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