Have you encountered this kind of situation that your web browser is redirected continuously and automatically to a strange website called Isearch.SafeFinder.net? You have no way to visit your default homepage? You happen to be in the situation where the hijacker occupies the whole browser without your consent? You need to be careful when it is in your computer.
Isearch.SafeFinder.net is classified as a hazardous browser hijacker equipped with advanced technology which often interferes computer users in online activities. Relying on its pure appearance, it pretends to be a legitimate search engine. Contrary to expectations, it is just a browser hijacker or redirect and can be used to generate network traffic. Like other redirect such as Websearch.webisawesome.info and Static.Infoaxe.com, it is able to penetrate into the target computer when the user accesses to suspicious websites that may contain threat activation or download unknown free programs. When its installation finishes in the infected computer, it tampers browser settings to interrupt computer users.
When you open the browser, Isearch.SafeFinder.net will automatically pop up without any expectation. It has the ability to redirect your search results randomly to some commercial advertisements or pornographic contents, which may be bundled with many extra threats including Trojans, key-loggers, rogue software and spyware. To end its annoying symptoms, we need to remove it completely. Additional components, plug-ins or add-ons will be implanted into the computer if you delay removing it. Varieties of advertisements appear on the computer to promote virtual products and attract computer users to read them. However, once you click on them, you may encounter other ransmoware. Cyber criminals may have the chance to steal your sensitive data online such as confidential documents and account passwords. You may have strict security procedures to limit unauthorized access, but once cyber criminals are able to open a backdoor by continuously exploiting system vulnerabilities. Many computer users would like to remove the hijacker with antivirus programs, but no antivirus program can catch up with it. You are advised to get rid of it via manual removal.
1. It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely.
2. It may also install plug-ins, extensions and toolbars in the browser so as to record your search history as well as cookies.
3. You need to wait for a long time when visiting websites because the browser always gets stuck and is slow in reaction.
4. This annoying redirect may also result in unstable Internet connection and system freezes frequently.
5. You are forced to receive many advertisement windows when the computer is connected to the Internet.
Isearch.SafeFinder.net browser hijacker has the ability to change the default browser settings and redirect you to random sites (usually sites playing unreliable advertisements or even containing virulent Trojan viruses, spyware and other infections). You may have noticed that most browser hijackers won’t be detected by antivirus programs. The same goes to this one. Its considerable visitor volume benefits numerous product manufacturers, freeware developers and website promoters, thus, they are willing to maintain long-term relationship with it. Actually, the main reason for the failure detection of antivirus programs is its successful disguise. Through making use of advanced technology, it maintains the ability to combine its components with system files or to generate fake system files, which confuses computer users as well as antivirus programs. They cannot identify it accurately and timely, let alone remove it thoroughly. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to drive it away from your computer. In this case, you are advised to delete every file generated by it manually so as to spare all later trouble. The manual removal needs to be handled carefully so as to avoid any subsequent damages. Users can follow the manual guide here to have the hijacker removed instantly.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(3). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of Isearch.SafeFinder.net
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end Isearch.SafeFinder.net’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to Isearch.SafeFinder.net through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
Isearch.SafeFinder.net is an outrageous browser hijacker. It is able to twist Internet settings to hinder the innocent victims from going online as usual. The default homepage and search engine are replaced to increase more and more loopholes in the web browser and reduce the performance of the infected computer. It will provide some fraudulent ads focusing on your needs. To avoid personal or confidential data theft, you had better clear the browser hijacker quickly. Some unnecessary toolbars or plug-ins from unknown websites and suspicious free software may contain the hijacker. Thus, we need to be more careful when we are online.
The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by & last updated on February 25, 2014 12:24 pm