This page was made to help users remove the Finding Result redirect. If you need any help, please ask away in the comments: we are truly trying to help you.
Chances are you’ve found this page in an attempt to seek out deliverance from all the crazy ads you’ve been showered with lately. It’s like your browser has all of a sudden gone mental on you and won’t stop sprinkling you with all sorts of popups, banners, box messages, page redirects and whatnot. It’s incredibly annoying to say the least and as if it weren’t enough – you also have to deal with a changed homepage and default search engine. And they won’t even go back to the old ones, no matter how many times you have to change the settings! These are all the very typical traits of Finding Result – a notoriously irritating browser hijacker (guess where the name comes from). In this article we will tell you all there is to know about this kind of software as well as tips on preventing future contamination with it. Below is a removal guide, which will help you uninstall the nuisance and remove all of the ads that came with it.
What is Finding Result and what does it want?
To put it in simple terms, the hijacker is after your clicks. Its main purpose is to display advertising materials and get you to click on them as many times as you humanly can, without losing your mind. This might explain the enormous amount of windows and boxes, as well as their particularly annoying placement. You see, the ads are positioned so that you can barely make your way past them on the websites you visit. And the reason of it all – money. Each time you or another innocent victim like you lands a click on one of the many colorful banners or expanding box messages, the developers of Finding Result profit and this is thanks to the Pay-per-click scheme. It’s an effective online business strategy and a pretty popular one at that.
There are some risks, though
And who would have thought otherwise, right? Though browser hijackers are widely considered as nothing more than potentially unwanted programs or PUPs, they are known for some rather suspicious activities. For one, they can gather information that is related to your browsing patterns and analyze it in order to produce content that could potentially appeal to the user. This is, of course, done with the intent of gaining more clicks. However, this information is then likely to be sold to third parties for the additional few bucks, which to many looks like a major transparency issue. After all, who knows whose hands your data can land in and what will become of it later. But the negative aspects don’t end here. There’s another no less important thing to consider when it comes to programs like Finding Result.
Have you ever heard of malvertisements or malicious advertisements, to break it down? Picture clicking one of the numerous endless ads and being redirected to a very harmful-looking website and then instantly receiving notifications and alerts of a virus infection. Or, picture clicking on an ad and nothing in particular happens. That is how threats like ransomware are downloaded onto your computer without you even knowing it happened. It’s rare that you would land on a malvertisement that had been distributed by a browser hijacker, but it is a possibility nonetheless. And getting entangled with a virus just for the sake of checking some offer out is definitely not worth the risk. In addition to this, keeping a browser hijacker on your machine could affect its performance in the long run. You could notice some substantial slowdowns and even system crashes, due to the amount of resources the program uses for its ad-generating.
When online, safety should be your number one priority, especially if you’re aware of the dangers that could befall your machine. Make sure to be very careful with the locations you visit and stay away from those that are obviously unsafe or otherwise seem untrustworthy. Naturally, you should be just as cautious when downloading any kind of content and do so only from trusted sources. To improve your browsing quality, we also recommend investing in good anti-malware software that will detect and prevent harmful programs from entering your machine. Make sure to run virus scans on a regular basis and always keep your system updated to avoid any liabilities in it becoming entry points for malware or other unwanted elements.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A landslide of ads in various shapes and sizes; changed homepage and/or search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles, torrents, shady websites, spam emails, etc.|
|Detection Tool||Finding Result may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Finding Result Redirect Removal
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).
- Do not skip this – Finding Result may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 Finding Result 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 Finding Result from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Finding Result 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!