FindingHub


FindingHub

FindingHub is a browser hijacking program that can display unwanted advertisements on the screen of your web browser and can redirect you to various pages during your web browsing sessions. FindingHub can integrate with popular browsers like Chrome, Edge and Firefox, and can modify their settings to facilitate its ad generation.

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Chrome searchbar will redirect you to the FindingHub virus search engine

It is not only irritating to put up with the enormous amount of promotional banners, pop-ups and redirect links that this software can generate, but can also be dangerous for your system. This is because unwanted advertisements, such as those displayed by FindingHub, are typically one of the most common distribution methods for infections such as Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses. One click on such an ad can easily land you some nasty malware. That’s why on this page we will explain to you how to permanently remove those ads from your screen and how to uninstall their source.

The good news is that the program that stands behind all the promotional messages is not a serious online infection but a browser hijacker. That is basically a class of online advertising software which normally does not pose a security risk to the system it operates on. At its worst, a browser hijacker can be held responsible for the exposure to aggressive advertisements and for some potentially unwanted browser changes.

The FindingHub Search Engine

For instance, the FindingHub search enggine may set a new homepage address and may replace the default search engine of your browser with a different one that displays more advertisements and sponsored results during the browsing sessions. The FindingHub search engine may also add some additional toolbars and buttons that automatically redirect users to some pre-defined web locations full of more pop-up offers and banner ads.

Most of these components and ads may seem attractive and appealing. Yet, security experts advise that you should not communicate with the commercial materials that programs like FindingHub display as they may not be as reliable as they seem. Of course, there definitely are a lot of legitimate deals, but taking into account that a single click on a potentially misleading pop-up message or a fake banner can expose your computer to a malicious virus program, ransomware or a Trojan, it is just better to avoid the risk by not clicking on anything.

The uninstallation of the browser hijacker is, of course, the most effective prevention measure as this will permanently remove all the ads that come from this software, as well as the homepage and the search engine changes that have been imposed. That’s why if you want to deal with FindingHub once and for all, our suggestion is to remove it by using the instructions in the removal guide below.

How to prevent browser hijackers?

Most browser hijackers come in the form of add-ons, often referred to as browser extensions. Such elements typically claim to improve the web browsing experience of users by offering some free functionality or quick access to interactive material, online promotions and useful links. Users commonly install them along with other free applications because they are usually bundled inside the main setup package. Fortunately, browser hijackers can be left behind if users customize the setup settings and pay close attention to the EULA and the advanced options of the installer. 

SUMMARY:

Name FindingHub
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Different attractive-looking ads may cover the pages that you visit. Auto-redirects may land you on sponsored websites during your web browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers are normally distributed for free or as additional components to free program bundles, automatic installers and torrents.
Detection Tool

Remove FindingHub Search Engine

To try and remove FindingHub quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the FindingHub extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove FindingHub by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of FindingHub and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed FindingHub 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


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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).

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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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Scan Results


Virus Scanner Result
FindingHubClamAV
FindingHubAVG AV
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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.

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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.

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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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  • 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.

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FindingHub Remove FindingHub from Internet Explorer:

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

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

FindingHub Remove FindingHub from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click FindingHub ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
FindingHubRemove FindingHub from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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

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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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