This page aims to help you remove Find Search Window. These Find Search Window removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You have probably already heard of the term “adware”, but do you know what it actually means? This is a type of unwanted program that usually gets installed on your machine without your knowledge. Find Search Window is such a program. Once installed, it starts generating ads, pop-ups and banners while you are browsing and may occasionally even redirect you to pages, you didn’t intend to visit. Most of the time these are more of annoyance rather than anything that can actually be dangerous to your system. Note that Find Search Window and other adware, are not actual viruses. Most of those programs are legal and their ads – legitimate. However, it is possible, that some of the intrusive ads or page redirects might expose your PC to more harmful threats, should you interact with them. Therefore, you should avoid clicking on any of the ads, since there’s always the possibility of infecting your computer with a nasty virus – something you certainly don’t want to happen. Another characteristic of some adware programs, that ought to be mentioned, is that the some of them might track your browser activity. In most cases this is done, so that the adware can display adverts which will be more appealing to the specific user. Howbeit, some of the more aggressive programs of that type might actually collect the information they get from your browser and sell it to third-party companies afterwards. This happens quite rarely, but is still something you should know about.
Installation of Find Search Window
Maybe one of the most important things, you should know about Find Search Window and other software of that kind, is how they get installed on your PC. After everything said about them in the previous paragraph, it should be clear why you wouldn’t install such a program on your machine. Only thing is, you’ve probably already done so. Surely you don’t remember it, but there’s a reason for that. In the majority of cases Find Search Window gets on your system via other free software. It might have been a torrent you downloaded or a free program that you’ve recently installed, there are many ways for it to happen and most of them remain unnoticed by the regular user. In order to prevent this from happening, you should double-check what you download and where from. Popular sites with good reviews and trustworthy developers are probably okay. But once you get to a site that nobody has ever heard of and which generally looks suspicious, you may want to be careful with its downloadable contents. Also note that spam e-mails are also a possible way to get the unwanted program installed on your computer.
Once installed on you PC you will know it is there. Ads will start to display on your screen and your browser experience will probably be significantly affected in an annoyingly bad way. There are also other possible symptoms that might indicate the presence of Find Search Window. Slowdown of browser activity, occasional errors and in some cases your home page might get changed. These are all situational, but the main symptom is still going to be the intrusive adverts. In fact through them the developers of the obstructive software gain revenue – that is basically the main purpose of probably all adware programs. They hardly ever have any real value for the actual users. The symptoms, mentioned above, can be observed with most browsers. For example Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer are all going to be affected in pretty much the same way.
How to avoid it
As we already said, if you are not careful with what you download from the internet, Find Search Window might easily get installed on your PC without your knowledge. The most important thing you should keep in mind is to always choose the advanced menu when installing new software (especially when you don’t have enough information about its developers). In the said menu you should be able to see all added installs bundled with the main one. Uncheck anything that you might not want or that looks suspicious.
You should also remember this – it is that much easier to prevent the unwanted program’s installation, than to have it removed afterwards. The reason is because usually a simple uninstall won’t be enough and you will have to undertake other actions, in order to remove the intrusive adware. A detailed step-by-step guide, dedicated to the removal of Find Search Window, is provided below, which will help you to deal with it and any similar adware.
|Name||Find Search Window|
|Symptoms||Tons of annoying ads that prevent you from effectively using your browser.|
|Distribution Method||Spam e-mails, torrent and file-sharing sites, bundled with free software.|
|Detection Tool||Find Search Window may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Find Search Window Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Find Search Window 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.
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.
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 Find Search Window 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 Find Search Window from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Find Search Window 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
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