Need2find.net is a browser hijacker redirect. The developer of its website also owns MyAllSearch.com. The redirect might switch browser settings like the homepage, search engine, and new tab. When making a search query, the page redirect will filter that search, and every piece of information from it would be sent to servers connected to the hijacker. To remove the browser hijacker and all files tied to it, you should read the full article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Browser applications on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, search engine and new tab of your browsers will be altered. You will be redirected from the search results, if you do a search, access a search bar or load a new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Need2find.net |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Need2find.net.|
Need2find.net – Delivery Methods
The Need2find.net redirect could have many delivery methods. A very common one is through third-party installations of freeware and bundled applications. Typically, applications like these are media players, downloading software or converters, for instance. The install setups could put additional features on your PC, by default. Unaware, the program could install a feature like that, which will make the hijacker alter browser settings. To prevent unwanted content to be installed you need to find a Custom or an Advanced settings menu.
Other delivery methods can involve a browser add-on, extension or plug-in, put inside your browser programs. Banners, pop-ups, pop-unders or a different ad type, hosted on websites can be used as another delivery method. The hijacker could use redirect links for delivering itself as well, while scattering them across various websites. These websites might be partnered or affiliated with Need2find.net. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Need2find.net – Detailed Description
Need2find.net is the main website page of a browser hijacker that uses the same name – Need2Find. The hijacker redirects you and replaces the default homepage, new tab window, search engine amongst other settings in all of your browser programs.
The page described above is displayed in the image below:
In the screenshot under this paragraph, you can see the page with search results of Need2find.net. You are not redirected to legitimate search engines as many other hijackers do to trick people, but remain on the same search engine. However, you could be shown ads and be redirected to other websites. The platform could collect everything you input in the search bars.
Every search you do will be filtered by the Need2find.net redirect. Except that data, any interaction with search bars, advertisements, or sponsored content will be collected and stored by the developers of this website platform. Be careful if you have used the browser redirect for searching and think about removing it.
Do not give out any information, especially if it’s personal. Everything from account details to banking credentials will be obtained from you. Redirect links as well as such in the form of in-text ones might be spread while you are browsing the Web. Cookies along with more tracking technologies are also used for the gathering of information. Read below to find out what information the Need2find.net website collects.
This quote from the Policy is interesting:
“We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others…”
It is interesting because that information is collected and also shared with third parties, affiliates or business partners of Need2find.net. Thus, they are not bound by the Policy and may sell, trade or rent that information themselves. That may defeat the whole purpose of the above statement which was quoted.
In the policy it is explicitly stated that the following information could be collected by the Need2find.net site:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your Email address
- Your IP address
- Other personal and technical information
Browser cookies and other such tracking technologies like Web beacons are used for obtaining some of that data. The Need2find.net website might gather other, voluntarily provided information. So, do not provide any personally identifying details about you or your browsing activity. You should remove the browser hijacker redirect as quick as possible.
Remove Need2find.net Fully
To remove Need2find.net manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.