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 malware|
|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.
Delete FindWide.com from Windows and Your Browser
Remove FindWide.com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FindWide.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FindWide.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FindWide.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FindWide.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FindWide.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FindWide.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FindWide.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FindWide.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FindWide.com
Step 2: Uninstall FindWide.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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by FindWide.com 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 FindWide.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FindWide.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FindWide.com 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 FindWide.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:
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 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.
Remove FindWide.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.
Erase FindWide.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.
Uninstall FindWide.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.
Remove FindWide.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".
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 FindWide.com will be removed.
Eliminate FindWide.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.