Browser Redirect

Finestream Virus


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

Finestream

Finestream is a web search rerouting application that can redirect user searches to random websites. According to security professionals, Finestream is not a virus, but if not removed, this program can make unwanted changes in the web browser’s settings and stream a lot of ads during the web browsing sessions.

Finestream

The Finestream Virus will display pop up ads and notifications

Every browser hijacker, including Finestream, is about making its presence known in the most irritating manner. Unlike viruses and malware (such as Ransomware or Trojans) which hide their traces for as long as possible, a browser hijacker will integrate with your main web browser (it doesn’t matter if it is Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.), install its own homepage and/or search engine and begin to direct you to pre-defined websites. On top of that, such software may fill every webpage that you visit with pay-per-click ads, pop-up notifications, colorful banners and other aggressive commercials that prompt you to purchase some products or download some software from random sites.

And what is particularly irritating is the fact that uninstalling this software is not quite the same as the uninstallation of any other program. Even the ads that Finestream displays on the screen cannot be removed like regular ads as clicking on them only leads to more ads and reroutes to more random sites. In this post, however, we have prepared a special removal guide with instructions that prove effective in eliminating the browser hijacker and all of its changes. So stay on this page and read on.

How can a browser hijacker affect your device?

Many web users are not aware of what a regular browser hijacker can do. Therefore, they frequently consider it as some sort of a page-redirect virus. The good news is that this software is not as harmful as, say a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus, and is not able to damage the device it has been installed on in any way. Yet, security experts classify the browser hijackers as potentially unwanted, because they do have a number of features that can affect the computer’s performance.

For instance, programs like Finestream can exploit a lot of system RAM and CPU resources to perform their ad-generating and page-redirecting activities. This may result in unpleasant system lags, unresponsiveness and even sudden crashes of the hijacked web browser and other programs. Besides, apps like Finestream may indirectly expose the computer to web content that may carry real cyber threats such as Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits, Spyware, and other viruses. This can happen as a result from the constant redirects to random sites. As a matter of fact, no one guarantees the reliability of the ads and the websites on display. Therefore, people with malicious intentions may easily take advantage of that by sneaking malvertisements and infected links inside the regular ads streaming.

This being said, the easiest way to avoid the above-mentioned disturbance and an accidental encounter with malware is to take the time to follow the removal guide below and uninstall the software that fills your screen with random ads. You may also speed up the removal process by using the professional Finestream removal tool attached to the guide.

SUMMARY:

Name Finestream
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The typical symptoms include a change in the browser’s homepage or search engine, automatic redirects to random sites, and a stream of ads that cannot be removed from the screen.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers are commonly distributed in free software packages, torrents, spam messages, free download links and shareware sites.
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Remove Finestream 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


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 Finestream 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 Finestream from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Finestream 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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