This page aims to help you remove Filefinder. These Filefinder uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Filefinder is a software program developed by Webitar Productions. However recently we have received a lot of complaints about this software, with multiple reports suggesting a direct connection between Filefinder and certain Tech-connect.biz browser redirects. Filefinder by Webitar Productions might be classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP).
You might have noticed how the online marketing industry is getting bigger and bigger with each day. There’s a lot of money involved and there are huge sites such as Facebook or YouTube that sustain themselves solely through the ads they generate on their pages. With that in mind, it should be obvious just how much money one could make by exploiting the advertising industry. Still, nobody forces people to visit those sites and get subjected to the ads that are all over them. However, there’s another type of online advertising, where the adverts are forced on your screen and it doesn’t matter what site you are visiting or whether you are using Firefox, IE or Chrome – the nagging pop-ups and banners are still going to be there with no intention of going away. This type of overly aggressive advertising is often the work of a program called Filefinder. This is essentially a piece of software that has the single purpose of feeding your browser with intrusive and irritating ads during the time it remains active on your machine. There is actually a myriad of such programs out there. A general term used to describe them is advertising-supported software or PUP for short. This type of unwanted software is extremely common and many users suffer from it. That is why, there’s a removal guide below that will help you remove any such programs from your PC. Bear in mind that this is usually the only way to make the ads stop popping-up.
Is Filefinder similar to a virus?
One very widely spread misconception regarding PUP programs in general is that they are similar to malicious viruses like Ransomware or Trojans. This is very far from the truth. Surely, Filefinder is can be very irritating and intrusive, but it is not a virus. As a matter of fact, a big part of PUP applications are actually legal and are sometimes used to promote other software of the same developer who created them. Therefore, there’s no need to panic even if your browser has become covered by the intrusive and annoying pop-ups and banners. Retain your cool and keep on reading in order to find out how you can deal with that.
As we already said, PUP programs are relatively safe and do not possess any of the malicious features of viruses such as Ransomware, for example. However, there are still some questionable features PUP applications might hold, that you need to be acquainted with. For example, sometimes those ads you see might redirect the user to some obscure and potentially hazardous online pages. This happens rarely, but it is still better if you avoid clicking on any of those adverts. Also, Filefinder might attempt to read through your browsing history and monitor your search queries. The whole point of this is that by doing so, the PUP can customize the ads it feeds your browser with. Once the adverts are modified according to your personal preferences, the chances of you clicking on any of them go up and this is exactly what the PUP developers want. Due to a revenue-earning method called Pay-Per-Click, the PUP programmers earn money for each click any of the generated ads receives. Last but not least, due to the constant flow of advertising materials in your browser, your machine might experience a significant slow-down. More powerful PC’s might not be affected as much, but if your machine is on the weaker side, this might really get on your nerves. With all that being said, it should now be obvious why it is really just better to get rid of the unwanted program as soon as possible.
How to keep it away in future
Another important thing that you should know concerning Filefinder is how it actually gets into people’s computers. Well, the techniques for that are several. For example, you might get the unwanted software through a spam e-mail attachment or some deceptive online link that would download the PUP on your PC if you click on it. Torrent files and file-sharing sites are yet another possibility. However, the method that seems to be the most successful is the so-called file-bundling. The reason for its success is the user’s lack of attention and their tendency to use the Quick installation option when installing any new program. If some unwanted PUP is bundled within that program, once the Quick option is used, the intrusive application automatically gets installed along the main program. That is why you should always make use of the custom installation settings. They not only allow you to see what added content there is, but they allow enable you to leave out anything that might turn out to be unwanted and intrusive.
|Symptoms||Irritating pop-ups, banners and box messages along with occasional browser redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Oftentimes this type of unwanted software gets distributed via spam e-mails and shady torrent files. However, arguably the most effective method is the so-called file-bundling.|
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How to Uninstall Filefinder
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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- Do not skip this – Filefinder 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 Filefinder 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 Filefinder from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the PUP/malware —> Remove.
Remove Filefinder 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.
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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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