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Remove 5finder.com (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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5Finder – a fake search engine which compromises users’ web browsing experience

Screenshot of 5finder.com

5Finder is a browser hijacker which presents itself as a custom Chrome Search extension. Unfortunately, similarly to many other suspicious browser add-ons, it seeks to compromise users’ browsing experience by modifying web page settings, showing sponsored search results and even tracking their personal information.

Among modifications to the browser, 5Finder virus might increase the possibility of spam in your email’s inbox too. Such activity can also cause ransomware attack, identity theft, and similar issues.

From the first sight, 5Finder.com virus might seem like a legitimate and reliable tool which was created to help users search the web easier. Unfortunately, its developer has put lots of effort into tricking users into adding this browser hijacker[1] to their web browser and convince the user of their usefulness.

5Finder targets the most popular web browsers, including users’ favorites Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Once installed, it modifies browser settings by assigning a new tab URL, the default search engine and the homepage to 5finder.com. Additionally, it might cause various unpleasant events:

  • Searches might redirect to different websites
  • The user can find many toolbars on a web browser which he/she never installed or seen before
  • The web pages might be loading considerably slower than they should
  • Many different pop-up advertisements which, when clicked on, can lead to very dangerous, malware-filled websites of
  • various content (pornographic, gambling, etc.)[2]

These changes are usually irreversible, and the user will have no choice but to put up with them. However, letting PUP remain on the system is not recommended. Security experts advise removing 5finder.com as soon as it hijacks your homepage.

5finder.com removal is recommended not only to get back control over your browser and get rid of suspicious ads but to protect your privacy as well. According to the privacy policy, this program can record:

  • IP address
  • URLs visited
  • Any private data entered while using the browser which is then sold to third parties for profit; this compromises not only
  • user’s money but also can cause identity theft which can lead to serious consequences.

The quickest way to remove 5finder from the system is to scan the device with reputable anti-malware such as ReimageIntego. However, you can also follow manual removal guide given below the article.

Image of 5finder.com browser hijacker5finder.com is a questionable search tool that might be used for redirecting users to promotional websites.

5Finder.com has an official download website but can also infect the machine while installing free software

There are few ways how 5Finder hijack might. First of all, there is an official download for this – with perfectly written terms of use and good looking website. However, most people infect their machines while installing free software downloaded from the internet.

Using the deceptive marketing method called “bundling,” 5Finder.com infiltrates the machine after the user does not use “Advanced” options while installing free software. Users tend to skip repetitive parts and usually rush to install software without properly checking what are they installing on their computers.

By rushing these steps and not paying enough attention, users typically infiltrate their machines with browser hijackers. As a result, they put their privacy at risk and expose their systems to various cyber threats, security experts from Los Virus[3] say.

Therefore, users should be extremely vigilant while installing any type of software. Only “Advanced/Custom” modes should be used, and every step analyzed while skipping any unwanted applications.

Termination of the 5Finder virus

You can remove 5Finder from the computer using anti-malware software or manually. However, using security software is quicker and easier solution. As you already know, the hijacker spreads bundled with various programs. Thus many other suspicious components may have been installed too.

However, if you feel capable of finding all these entries yourself, check manual 5Finder removal guide below. Please, follow each of the steps carefully. If you skip some of the hijacker-related entries, you might experience re-hijack.

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To remove 5finder.com, follow these steps:

Erase 5finder.com from Windows systems

To remove browser hijacker from Windows OS, follow the steps below. Furthermore, reset each of the browsers installed on your PC.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall 5finder.com and related programs
    Here, look for 5finder.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove 5finder.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall 5finder.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove 5finder.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 5finder.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove 5finder.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to 5finder.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the 5finder.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete 5finder.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow these steps to remove 5Finder virus from Internet Explorer:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 5finder.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 5finder.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of 5finder.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the 5finder.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove 5finder.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall all questionable extensions and reset Mozilla Firefox to delete all hijacker-related entires:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select 5finder.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 5finder.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate 5finder.com from Google Chrome

Check the list of Chrome add-ons and uninstall questionable entries. Browser reset is also recommended.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select 5finder.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 5finder.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase 5finder.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 5finder.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by 5finder.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete 5finder.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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