FindGoFind Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove FindGoFind. These FindGoFind removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In the text you are about to read we are going to explain the potential consequences of an infection with FindGoFind. This is a piece of software, which has recently been annoying users all over the world by generating too many unwanted ads like pop-ups and colourful boxes; causing redirections to strange webpages; or setting new homepages and search engines. The quite bad news is that these products normally affect all of your browser apps: Chrome, Firefox or/and Opera and Explorer. The really good news is that on this page we have also included a Removal Guide. The instructions inside it have been designed to help you get rid of this disturbing browser hijacker. For more essential details, continue reading the text below.

What sort of software is FindGoFind?

This program fits into the category of the popular advertising tools – browser hijackers. They are becoming the most commonly-spread cyber irritations that anyone could ever come across. However, we have to mention that browser hijackers are legitimate advertising instruments, based on legal contracts, in which their developers get paid to make them more “intensive” when promoting a product or a service. That’s the actual reason why they may behave in the aforementioned way and slightly disturb your surfing activities.

Are these advertising products somehow related to any of the known malware types?

In spite of the annoyance that FindGoFind and its brother and sister programs may become the reason for, there is really nothing horrifying or hazardous about them. They are just marketing tools and you are going to see how greatly they actually differ from malware below. The most commonly-spread sorts of malware – the Trojans and the Ransomware-like viruses, are generally programmed to harm your system. For example, Trojans can perform lots of damage-inflicting activities – personal information theft, even bank account drains; or even some sort of espionage. In general, the known Ransomware-like viruses, having invaded your PC, will begin to determine which of your files are important to you, and encrypt them all. The browser hijacker like FindGoFind, on the other hand, can only generate an overwhelming number of possibly annoying ads. Their versions may range from tabs and banners to pop-ups and variously-shaped and colored boxes. The only activity any hijacker may perform, which could be seen as suspicious, is to relate its ads to your current/ latest surfing history data. Actually, this means you will probably only see the pop-ups, which are relevant to your recent searches. Nevertheless, these marketing programs do NOT have any access to any data other than that, only to your browsing history. Don’t overreact! One more quite bothering consequence, which may result from the installation of a hijacker is a possible system slowdown, which could be happening to machines with scarcer resources and weaker processors, because of the resource-consuming ad production and redirection that the hijacker undertakes.

After all, in what ways are you likely to end up contaminated by a program like FindGoFind?

What could really confuse you when it comes to FindGoFind, as well as to the other programs from this category, are the distribution sources programmers could use to popularize such software. Despite being more or less non-damaging and just marketing-oriented, these programs are classified as potentially unwanted, because of the suspicious ways they may get spread in. Here comes the №1 hijacker source and the way to avoid such annoyances if you actually decide to use the source for any purpose:

It’s mainly about the download and installation of program bundles: The secret of this successful hijacker-distributing method is that bundles are combos of diverse software – apps, games browser hijackers, new programs. Everyone could find something appealing inside them. Actually, that’s how most of the infected users have come across the contamination: they may have been tempted to download and install such a bundle. It is vital to point out that you will NOT be dealing with any infections, in case you have simply downloaded a bundle. An infection comes from an improper installation process. When you come to this point, don’t forget that the only manual-installation oriented wizard features are called either ADVANCED or CUSTOMIZED. They are the ones to be used in order to be able to opt out of the potential hijacker program inside the desired bundle. No matter what you download and install, go with one of them and we promise you that you will never regret it.

If you have to deal with an ongoing infection:

If you have to proceed with the removing of FindGoFind, visit our Removal Guide just after this article and follow the steps inside it.

SUMMARY:

NameFindGoFind
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsBrowser modifications: many pop-ups and ads may be generated as well as some redirecting processes could be conducted. Also, the search engines and homepages might be changed.
Distribution MethodProgram bundling; torrents; spam; infected web pages; add-ons and browser extensions.
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FindGoFind Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove FindGoFind successfully!

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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove FindGoFind from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove FindGoFind from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove FindGoFind from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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