Is your homepage suddenly changed to Findsee.com without your permission? This thing is affiliated with browser hijackers that can affect all kinds of browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Remove it as soon as possible to secure your computer.
Findsee.com is one of the fake search engine viruses hitting the Internet recently. It is able to infect a target computer by exploiting security vulnerabilities and then take control of the browser completely. Like other hijack viruses, it has the ability to change your default homepage and search result pages as well as install additional toolbars. Furthermore, this threat can start delivering unwanted advertisements on your computer screen, including popups and pop-unders.
Once slipped into a PC, it can modify or delete system files, which may make irrevocable damage to computer. This tricky virus pretends itself as a search site that has copied most of its template from Google and offers links to popular sites along with its generic web-searching features. However, it can put your computer in a high-risk situation if you are using this bogus search engine instead of legitimate search engines like Google or Bing, Yahoo. Links that provided by Findsee search engine may redirect you to blank websites, to advertisements or even to malicious websites which will show you misleading information and try to attack your PC. In most cases, it may display results that include advertisements, pay-per-click affiliates and other links that aren’t immediately relevant to your search queries. Therefore, for no reason should you leave this annoying thing in your computer. Once detect, you have to get rid of Findsee.com for good.
Your homepage may be changed to Findsee.com.
Your browser’s settings may refuse to change or may change back to self-destructive values after you re-open your web browser.
You may be attacked by advertisements in pop-up or audio clip formats.
Unusual error screens keep blocking you whenever you try to load a website.
Annoying pop-up alerts and advertisements always come up while a user is browsing online.
Other spywares and viruses will be installed without your permission under the help of Trojans.
Considering this malware can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. Remove all add-ons and extensions
Google Chrome: Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions
Mozilla Firefox: Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A)
Internet Explorer: Tools > Manage Add-ons
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “”%CommonAppData%\pcdfdata\[random].exe” /ex “%1″ %*”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “pcdfsvc” = “%CommonAppData%\pcdfdata\[random].exe /min
Findsee.com is a fraudulent search engine site that only displays irrelevant, malicious or useless search results. Like many other types of fake search engine sites, this threat will also use browser hijackers to force you to view AsktheCrew.net Findsee.com. This website is designed to generate revenue for the criminals. The only goal of such virus is to use the artificial traffic to boost affiliate payments. After being infected, you will be forced to go to a certain search page without your approval. Perhaps, a search toolbar has suddenly appeared at the top of your browser and it won’t allow you to uninstall it. Since this thing has no benefit for your web-browsing activities and will actively expose you to harmful websites, it is strongly recommended you to delete Findsee.com permanently without a doubt.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on June 5, 2013 2:35 pm