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Finding Forms Pro

Finding Forms Pro is a potentially unwanted program from the Browser Hijacker type. Finding Forms Pro has been used by software developers to generate traffic to their sites and to engage users with their sponsored commercials. 

Finding Forms Pro

The Finding Forms Pro Malware will display pop up ads and windows

A program called Finding Forms Pro has recently been disturbing a lot of web users. This is a type of software most famous for its irritating generation of pop-up ads, redirect links, and banners, as well as for the search engine/homepage changes it may impose on the users’ browsers (Safari, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.). In the cyber community, Finding Forms Pro is classified as a Browser Hijacker and if you’ve landed on this site looking for a way to remove this program, we may have something that may help you. Our removal guide, which you will find at the bottom of this page, will walk you through all the steps that you need to take to uninstall Finding Forms Pro and remove its nagging ads once and for all. Stick around to find out more about how exactly the app page-redirects work and what hidden threats there are that you may not be aware of.

Finding Forms Pro is a browser hijacker that can easily integrate with some of the most popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer with the purpose of generating tons of endless advertising material in various shapes and forms. The goal is to place the nagging ads strategically so that it would be very difficult for you to access the web page you want without accidentally clicking on them. Every single click typically means a few cents of income for the developers behind the browser hijacker. That is possible thanks to a popular online money-making business model known as pay-per-click. The programmers try to fill your screen with pay-per-click adverts (pop-ups, banners, text messages or redirect links) and land you there by manipulating your web browsing experience. But, in order to generate more clicks and, respectively, more money, they don’t rely just on random clicks. Their software does some surveillance on your browsing habits in order to find out what you are most interested in.

For that, the browser hijacker may track your search queries, the browsing history, and your favorite websites, along with your social media activity and the products/adverts you interact with. This information is then processed to generate new pop-up offers, redirect links, and deals that are more likely attract your attention. You may wonder what’s wrong with that as it actually sounds pretty normal. The thing is, all the browsing-related data collected from you may be sold to third parties, who might use it for something just as innocent as online advertising, or they may have some other intentions which may lead to instances of data misuse.

Due to these, and some other activities, a browser redirect program such as Finding Forms Pro may often be referred to as a potentially unwanted program. Some web users may go as far as calling it a virus, but this is not true. We can assure you that a Browser Hijacker like this one is far from the danger posed by real viruses or malware such as Ransomware and Trojan Horses.

Still, there is a small possibility that Finding Forms Pro may potentially expose you to these kinds of threats. For instance, if you happen to click on a misleading ad or an infected link, you may land a website compromised by viruses. Or you may directly get infected with some of the latest Ransomware or Trojan Horse representatives. That’s why we need to stress the importance of avoiding any interaction with random links and ads, including those generated by browser hijackers and adware tools.

SUMMARY:

Name Finding Forms Pro
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The most visible symptoms include a possible change in the browser’s homepage or the main search engine, plus aggressive generation of ads.
Distribution Method Most commonly, Browser Hijackers can be found inside different free software bundles, automatic installation packages, spam messages, torrents and free download links.
Detection Tool

Remove Finding Forms Pro Malware

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.


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

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. 

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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.

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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 Finding Forms Pro 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 Finding Forms Pro from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Finding Forms 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 the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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

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!


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