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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage, the new tab, and search engine of your browsers are changed.|
|Symptoms||Your 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 Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages, Chrome Web Store|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by FindWide(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss FindWide(.)com.|
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.
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:
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.
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.