Findquide Virus

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Findquide

There have been a big number of reports from disgruntled users who claim that Findquide has been swarming the screens of their browsers with ads and has also been trying to alter the settings of the browser. Because of this, Findquide is categorized as a browser hijacker.

Findquide
The Findquide virus will display pop up ads and messages

And even though Findquide isn’t actually a harmful piece of software, its very presence on the computer can be a pretty irritating and unpleasant experience.

If there are invasive ads and page redirects spamming your browser that don’t allow you to reach the sites you want to visit without getting disrupted by them, you must know that there could be an unwanted app added to your browser. Normally, the app responsible for the invasion of ads would look very similar to a normal browser extension.

However, upon closer examination, you will most definitely notice that this app is indeed the one that’s responsible for the unwanted ads that are getting spammed on your screen. There may also be some unwelcome modifications in the settings of your browser, in its homepage address (Home Search Design), in its toolbar or in the search engine service (Wave Browser). These unpleasant effects could be experienced in Chrome, Edge, Firefox and even Mac users may get their Safari browser invaded by an unpleasant swarm of Internet ads. Typically, the apps that can cause this to happen fall under software categories such as adware and browser hijackers. The former of these two categories are mainly known for their ads while the latter may also introduce changes in the browser like the ones we mentioned.

Findquide on Chrome

Understandably, if you have the Findquide app on your Chrome, you may be interested in learning what methods you can use to uninstall this software so that it doesn’t mess with the settings of your browser or disrupt your online sessions. Here, however, we must tell you that even though Findquide on Chrome cannot be compared to ransomware, spyware, Trojans or other viruses since it isn’t really a harmful app, it may still be somewhat tricky to remove from a computer if you do not know where to look for it in the system. In most cases, such apps don’t really give you a direct uninstallation button that can solve things quickly for you.

This is why the guide below is what we recommend you use in order to uninstall Findquide.

One last thing – even if this isn’t a ransomware virus or some nefarious Trojan infection, it is still safer to remove the hijacker app as its adverts aren’t exactly the most trustworthy form of online content you may come across.

SUMMARY:

NameFindquide
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
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Remove Findquide Virus

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

Users that have successfully removed Findquide have tried the steps listed below:

  1. Launch the problematic browser, click on its settings and select More Tools (Add-ons), then click on the Extensions tab.
  2. Look for Findquide and other extensions, which you can connect to your current browsing interruptions.
  3. Simply click on the Trash Bin button or the Remove button next to any extension you want to get rid of.
  4. After that, you should open a new tab and search the web for a while to see whether the problem has been fixed.

If you aren’t successful in entirely removing Findquide using the methods above, please check the following comprehensive removal steps and apply them to your system in order to get rid of the hijacker completely:


Step1

First, bookmark these Findquide removal instructions while you are still on this page. It is best to have them at hand or open the page on another device where you can follow the steps because the next thing that you need to do is a system restart in Safe Mode.

You can get into Safe Mode by following the instructions in the “How to Enter Windows Safe Mode” page.

Once you restart your computer, this Findquide removal tutorial will take you through the rest of the removal process of the hijacker.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

A hijacker like Findquide may launch a slew of background processes on your machine, unbeknownst to you. If you wish to halt the annoying application’s incessant hounding, launch the Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) and examine the Processes tab for hijacker-related processes.

If you see anything fishy, right-click the questionable process and choose Open File Location from the menu:

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Then drag and drop the files in the File Location folder to a virus scanner to check for any hijacker-related code or anything else that might be harmful.

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    If the scanner warns you about a dangerous file relating to that process, you should stop the process (right-click on it and choose “End Process”) and then get rid of the dangerous file.

    Step3

    Browser hijackers like Findquide often use a method called program bundling to infiltrate your system. A hijacker is installed when a user installs and accepts suggested installation settings on a legal and appealing application without customizing them.

    If you have recently installed a new application on your system without paying close attention to its installation settings, it is highly likely that you have ended with Findquide in this way. Therefore, if you suspect that Findquide has sneaked on your system through the app that you have installed, make sure that you go to Start Menu>>>Control Panel>>>Programs and Features>>>Uninstall a program, and uninstall it.

    Also, you may want to uninstall any other programs you don’t believe you need. If you have any old software you don’t use, it’s best to remove it too, since it may provide a potentially unwanted application or virus easy access to your system.

    Additionally, we urge you to check your system for hijacker-related startup items. To do that, open System Configuration using the Windows search field by typing “msconfig” in it and pressing enter.

    Search for anything unusual in the Startup tab and uncheck it. Click Ok when you are done.

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    Step4

    In many cases, the DNS settings may be altered as a result from a browser hijacker infection. Therefore, another important step if you want to remove Findquide successfully is to check for changes there and revoke them.

    Start with searching for Network Connections in the Start menu search bar and press Enter. Then, follow these instructions to delete any rogue DNS that might have been added without your knowledge.

    1. Inside the Network Connections window, select the Network Adapter you are using, then right-click on it and choose Properties
    2. After that, highlight  Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), and click  the Properties button at the bottom right corner.
    3. Set the DNS to Obtain DNS server address automatically and click the Advanced button.
    4. Inside the Advanced window, open the DNS tab and if you see that anything has been added there in the DNS addresses field, remove everything, then click —> OK.
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    Step5

    Now, let’s clear your browser of any traces of Findquide. To carry out this task, restart all of your existing browsers on your computer and then carefully carry out the following steps.

    A NOTE: The following pictures illustrate Google Chrome, although the same instructions apply to Firefox and Internet Explorer (or Edge).

    Select the browser shortcut icon and click Properties.

    browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

    Then, in Properties go to Shortcut. Then, go to Target and make sure to delete anything else that is added after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Findquide from Internet Explorer:

    Start Internet Explorer, go to the top right of the screen, and click on the gear symbol  IE GEAR . Next, click on Manage Add-ons.

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    Make sure you disable any other add-ons that may contribute to your browsing problem in the Add-ons list.

    After that, select Internet Options from the gear icon. Feel free to remove anything on the homepage section if you notice changes in the URL. Just write a new homepage address that you trust and Apply the adjustments.

    firefox-512 Remove Findquide from Firefox:

    The way to uninstall undesirable Firefox extensions is the following:

    In the top right corner of the Firefox window, click the menu icon and choose “Add-ons” then choose “Extensions” from the left.

    If you see an extension you believe is causing trouble on the list, remove it. If it doesn’t want to get removed right away, first click on Disable and then Remove.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Findquide from Chrome:

    To clear any hijacker-related components that may be lurking in Chrome, first quit the browser and then go to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. 

    Inside, select the “Default” folder, right-click it and select Rename. Then change the name of the folder to Backup Default and save this name. After that Restart Chrome.

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    If after you complete these instructions in all your browsers, but you still experience auto redirects and pop-up advertisements during your browsing sessions, please follow the remainder of the instructions to finish the removal.

    Step6

    We also recommend that you access your Hosts file and look for suspicious IP addresses in it.

    To do this, copy the line below and paste it in the Start menu search bar, then press Enter.

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

    After that, in the Hosts file, scroll down to Localhost. Compare it to the picture below and if you see any suspicious IP addresses in your file, please copy them and send us a message in the comments below with the details. We’ll take a look at them and give you an advice on what to do next if we find out that there is something disturbing.

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    Finally, launch the Registry Editor and search for hijacker-related items in the registry that need to be removed.

    To begin, you should go to the Windows search bar, type Regedit and press Enter. To locate the browser hijacker that is disrupting you, use CTRL+F to open a Find dialog box, and type the name of the unwanted program in it. Search the registry and remove anything matching that name.

    Attention! To prevent damage to your system, use the recommended professional program to remove the hijacker from your registry.

    If nothing in the registry matches the hijacker’s name, search in these folders:

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

    If you are unable to complete the steps in the manual removal guide or if you encounter any issues, please let us know in the comments section. You may also want to download the professional anti-virus software linked on this guide, and use it to search your PC for any remainders that enable the hijacker to stay on your system.

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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