This page was created to help with the removal of Magical Find Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and every known version of Windows, including Windows 10.
Magical Find Ads is a type of virus called Adware that is fairly annoying and also potentially dangerous if mishandled. The aim of this article is to help you safely remove Magical Find Ads from your system and we will be covering the most popular internet browsers. Additionally we’ll try to outline the dangers associated with these viruses as well as how they infect computers. A prepared person is much less likely to become their victim again in the future.
As long as Magical Find Ads is active on your computer it will continuously create advertisements (Ads) and throw them in your face via pop-up windows, banners or maybe even whole pages loaded with Ads. These Ads are not only annoying, but dangerous as well. The hyperlinks they use do not discriminate between legitimate sites and fakes – basically whoever paid to be included. Because of this following the Ads is very dangerous and should be avoided.
Magical Find Ads will install viruses on your computer – if you allow it!
If the annoyance of the Ads wasn’t enough Magical Find Ads will also try to install viruses on your computer. Of course they will be disguised using all kinds of tricks, but you should remember that Magical Find Ads cannot is install those viruses on it’s own – it needs your permission. To get it Magical Find Ads will make you believe you are installing something else. This could be a free software installation – usually anti-virus scanners, registry fixers and PC optimizer utilities. Alternatively it could be something about a missing plug-in, required video codec or video player or basically anything else.
The virus will always be in the form of an executable file (ending in .exe) so NEVER download and install .exe files offered to you by Magical Find Ads.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Magical Find Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Magical Find Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Magical Find Ads
ATTENTION! IF YOU CAME LOOKING FOR NEW INFORMATION, CHECK OUR UPDATED SECTION BELOW!
Before we start you should know something important: all viruses can potentially have different “versions,” meaning that multiple computers may be infected by Magical Find Ads and they could all require different operations in order to remove the virus. Virus creators really like to tweak their creations in order to make them more resilient to our efforts. Some users see the virus while in safe mode, others don’t – if this happens revert to “normal” mode.
Carefully review each step that follows – if you do not get the results as described by our article don’t panic – simply make sure you’ve done everything correctly. If that is the case then you simply need that step for your version of Magical Find Ads and should simply move forward to the next steps.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
When Magical Find Ads entered your computer it also infested all of your internet browsers. Now you have to remove all copies of it from them, if you leave even a single one Magical Find Ads could just clone itself back on next PC reboot. Don’t forget that this includes ALL browsers – even those you may have installed on your computer, but you are no longer using actively. Run Steps 2&3 for each browser.
Also while you delete Magical Find Ads you might see a message suggesting that you download some free software as a replacement for Magical Find Ads. Not a good idea – this is actually an attempt by Magical Find Ads to install itself back in your PC under a different name. Don’t install anything Magical Find Ads offers you!
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Magical Find Ads . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Magical Find Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Magical Find Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
STEP 5 (UPDATED!):
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING
Ahead is probably the most difficult part of our article and it is also mandatory if you want to be get rid of Magical Find Ads for good. There are risks, however, you could damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Magical Find Ads remover software that can handle this whole process for you. In addition you can use it to scan for other viruses. There are plenty of viruses that are hard to spam by the user, but are very dangerous on their own until it’s too late.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
We have received reports that the majority of people were infected from a program called FreeMake Video Converter. We advise you to remove this program, because even if you hunt down Magical Find Ads completely, the FreeMake Video Converter may just bring it back.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.