Choice Finder Choice Finder is a type of malware for Mac that advertises some partnering sites by hijacking user browsers and getting their traffic rerouted to said sites. To achieve its job, Choice Finder installs new elements in the browser like a new homepage, toolbar buttons, or search engine. SUMMARY: Name Choice Finder Type Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms The main symptoms these unwanted apps are known for is their ability to alter the browser withotu your permission. Distribution Method Software bundles are normally the tool used to spread browser hijackers like this one. Detection Tool This could befall pretty much any popular browser. Obviously, the most commonly targeted browsers are Firefox, Chrome, and Safari since those are the ones that Mac users use most commonly. However, even if you have another browser as your system\u2019s default, it could still get infected by Choice Finder. The goal of this app is to make a financial profit for its creators. It does that by redirecting your searches and overall browsing activity to its partnering sites, the owners of which pay a commission to have their sites promoted. The greater the number of users who get redirected to those promoted sites, the greater the revenue that gets earned by the hijacker\u2019s creators. This is what defines the overall behavior of this type of malware apps. Choice Finder for Mac Choice Finder for Mac is a specialized advertising software app that aggressively tries to bring your browser to pages that are supposed to get promoted by it. Choice Finder for Mac is able to trigger its page-redirects by forcefully installing helper elements in the browser. For instance, the new search engine that this app has placed in your browser and which is now the browser\u2019s default one will likely show you modified search results that always favor addresses that Choice Finder is supposed to advertise. The actual most relevant results of your search are likely to get pushed further down the page, or they may not even be present on the first page of search results. Also, the homepage that this invasive software has imposed on your browser is also likely related to its partnering sites, which means that each time yous start the browser, you\u2019d be automatically boosting the traffic to some of the sites promoted by the unwanted app. The main problem here is that sometimes the sites you get redirected to may be phishing pages in disguise or may contain hazards such as Trojans or Ransomware. What is Choice Finder? Choice Finder is an advertising browser extension that is optimized for spamming the browser with ads and getting it redirected to sponsored sites. Choice Finder doesn\u2019t offer its users much actual functionality and it is therefore regarded as a potentially unwanted app. The term most commonly used to describe such pieces of software is \u201cbrowser hijackers\u201d. Most users almost immediately recognize that the app installed in their browser is unwanted because of the aggressive ads and redirects that start to disrupt their browsing as soon as the hijacker gets installed. However, the majority of hijacker victims don\u2019t know how to handle this problem. The ChoiceFinder app The ChoiceFinder app is a browser hijacker able to infect any Mac browser and force it to land the user on unknown sites with questionable content. The ChoiceFinder app must be removed immediately from the infected browser or it may expose the system to viruses. If you do not wish to risk getting redirected to sites filled with Trojans or Ransomware, take a look at the guide below and follow the steps in it to uninstall this hijacker and secure your Mac. Remove Choice Finder Virus For a quick way to remove Choice Finder try to do this inside your Mac browser: \tOpen your Mac browser. \tGo to Preferences. \tNow navigate to the extensions sub-menu. \tLook for any unfamiliar entries, including Choice Finder. \tRemove Choice Finder from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon. If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Choice Finder! The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari: You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit. Alternatively you can simultaneously press \u2318 (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard). If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up. In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again. Close the dialog box\/window. WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Start Activity Monitor\u00a0by opening\u00a0up Finder, then proceed to Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the "i" button at the top. This will open up the following box: Now click on Sample\u00a0at the bottom: Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files: The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari\u2019s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key. On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures. First, Force Quit Safari again. Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac\u2019s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable. Re-Launch Safari but don\u2019t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now,\u00a0Click on Preferences in the Safari menu, and then again on the Extensions tab, Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don\u2019t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don\u2019t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation. The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using. Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab, Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication. Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer. Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again. \u00a0How to Remove Choice Finder\u00a0From Firefox in OSX: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0on\u00a0\u00a0(top right) \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons.\u00a0Hit\u00a0Extensions\u00a0next. The problem should be lurking somewhere around here \u2013\u00a0\u00a0Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings. How to Remove Choice Finder From Chrome\u00a0in OSX: \u00a0Start\u00a0Chrome, click\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>More\u00a0Tools\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Extensions.\u00a0There,\u00a0 find the malware\u00a0and \u00a0select\u00a0\u00a0. \u00a0Click\u00a0\u00a0again, and proceed to\u00a0Settings \u2014>\u00a0Search,\u00a0the fourth tab, select\u00a0Manage Search Engines. \u00a0Delete\u00a0everything\u00a0but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings. If the guide doesn't help, download the\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!