Your homepage and search engine are occupied by Start.findwide.com? Is it a regular website? Can it provide useful information? You are not able to change your homepage and search engine back? You should not ignore the Start.findwide.com redirect. But how to solve this problem under the situation that conventional uninstall steps do not work? Please read the post to further know about it.
Every time you open your browser, Start.findwide.com pops up? Yes, it has the ability to set its own domain as the homepage of your browser and redirect your search results. Therefore, it is called browser hijacker. Generally speaking, it hijacks your homepage and leads all newly open tabs to it own site. It pretends to be a legal search engine that provides useful information for the user. However, it gets into the computer without permission and runs automatically after the installation completes. You never set it as your homepage, and it keeps interfering with your online activities rather than providing useful information.
Start.findwide.com is often tied up in some free programs by its developers. When you download or install the programs from the Internet, it can enter your computer. Spam email attachments and unsafe websites may also contain this browser hijacker. You should be careful when surfing the Internet to avoid being tangled by it. Once it enters into the computer, it will scatter its own files in the computer system and alter the registry keys. Some useless toolbars and plug-ins will be installed to the browser in order to control the browser. Start.findwide.com is able to record your online activities. It collects your sensitive information, such as bank account, email password and communication contents, through reviewing the contents your input. In this way, your personal information may be intercepted by the cyber criminals. You are advised to remove it as soon as possible. Many users attempt to remove it with antivirus tools, but to no avail because the antivirus tools are unable to get its trace. Thus, to completely remove this hijacker, you cannot just rely on antivirus programs. The most effective way to deal with this problem is to delete all related files and records manually.
1. Your computer performs slower and slower.
2. You need to wait for a long time while opening a webpage and your browser runs much slower than before.
3. You are always redirected to some malicious websites.
4. The harmful redirect also causes poor Internet connection and system crash frequently.
5. You will get many advertisement windows when you are using the Internet.
Start.findwide.com is a high-risk browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
1. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on the Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on the Folder Options link
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose the Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
2. Delete Virus Files
(1). Delete the related registry entries through Registry Edit
Guides to open registry editor: Click “Start” menu, hit “Run”, then type “regedit”, click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete the following registry entries listed below:
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of Start.findwide.com browser hijacker.
To keep your computer away from Start.findwide.com, you had better not visit those unsafe websites such as pornographic websites or free software downloading sites and not click on unknown links. At the same time, you should pay particular attention to the installation process when you are installing some free programs. The hijacker is able to make your computer especially your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome in a mess. Once it passes the weak firewall to get into your computer, a large number of applications and annoying toolbars are added to your computer. When you are browsing webpages, there are many advertisements suddenly appearing on the screen. It pretends to be a legitimate search engine, but if you use it to search for something, you will get a lot of irrelevant results, most of which are advertising sites. In addition, some cunning cyber criminals may use the system loopholes opened by the hijacker to access your computer and steal your private data. Therefore, in order to use the computer normally and protect your privacy, you should clean Start.findwide.com as soon as possible.
Published by & last updated on November 15, 2013 12:07 pm