Find-it.pro is an aggressive software tool for site-promotion that will change parts of your browser to make ads appear inside your search results. Find-it.pro will also keep tabs on what you do online so that it can later target you more effectively with its ads.
The development of the Internet has helped us a lot in practically everything we can think of – from searching for information about something to shopping and paying bills, or simply keeping in contact with people thousands of miles away. But this development of the Internet has also brought us threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other nasty viruses that can put our information and our computer in serious danger. In today’s article, however, instead of speaking about the file-encryption that a Ransomware can apply or the theft of data a Trojan can perform, we will focus on a rather harmless but very annoying type of software known as Browser Hijackers that can make changes to the homepage of your Chrome or Firefox (or another) browser and that can also replace their homepages and cause them to page-redirect you to unknown (and sometimes unsafe) sites.
Browser Hijackers are a type of software that is specialized in online advertising and can easily integrate with popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and more. The representatives of this software, such as Find-it.pro (the main topic of this post) are usually not dangerous, as they are not created to steal information, scam the user, or harm their machine. However, these programs can redirect users to different sponsored websites, full of ads, banners, pop-ups, and other promotional materials. In addition to that, they may place some changes in the main browser, such as homepage or search engine replacements, or install some new toolbars and shortcut buttons to certain sites. Removing those changes and uninstalling the installed components is usually a daunting task, which requires the help of professional software or that of a special removal guide. That’s why it is not surprising that many web users, when faced with programs like Find-it.pro, easily mistake them for viruses and tend to panic about not being able to easily remove them.
How can you end up with a Browser Hijacker on your computer?
As it is with most of the unwanted software that we can find today circulating the network, the usual way that users get annoyances like Find-it.pro installed on their users’ computers is through downloading a program from an unofficial page, or from a program bundle or by installing some automatic update, which contains the hijacker as an additional install. Normally, such software can be found in pages with games, freeware sites, shareware pages, or pages with adult content. Once we have installed the software on our computer, the hijacker takes control of the browser, preventing the user from reverting the imposed changes.
Oftentimes, there is a continuous bombardment with pop-up ads, redirect links, banners and other click prompts on the screen, as well as annoying ads and that are difficult to close. New toolbars are installed that offer icons or links to other websites that may be unfamiliar to you. Sometimes, this type of software may also make your entire computer work so slow that even the simplest of tasks may take several minutes to complete.
Due to these reasons, it is generally a good idea to uninstall pieces of software like Find-it.pro and to remove their related ads, and browser components. If you don’t know how to do that, below you will find a detailed guide with step-by-step instructions, as well as a professional Find-it.pro removal tool for automatic assistance.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may experience page-redirects, intrusive generation of various ads and pop-ups.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling, ads, free installation packages, shareware sites, freeware platforms.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
To try and remove Find-it.pro quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Find-it.pro extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Find-it.pro by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Find-it.pro and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Find-it.pro removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Find-it.pro from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Find-it.pro from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Find-it.pro from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!