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Remove Free Download Finder ads (Free Instructions)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Free Download Finder is yet another tool that is actively spread on the Internet. These days, Internet is the best medium to spread news, services, and software all around the world, isn’t it? The problem is that not all programs that from the first insight seem reliable are trustworthy. We bet that seeing the suggestion to install Free Download Finder plug-in did not raise you any questions. The program is presented as a free download assistant. However, all the traits that it exhibits once install reveal that it’s a genuine ‘adware’ and PUP (potentially unwanted program).

What is ‘adware’? Why Free Download Finder virus is classified like that?

‘Adware’ is a term used to describe free applications like browser add-ons, plug-ins, extensions, toolbars, etc. that are supported by advertising. Besides, such programs commonly bear tracking cookies behind their backs and are used as browsing-related data collectors. Not to mention, adware-type programs are accused of the web browser’s slowdowns and distribution of malware. These are the main features that all ad-supported applications feature. Free Download Finder virus has been classified as ‘adware’ as soon as it was caught displaying commercial and non-commercial advertisements and spying on its users.

Free Download Finder ads can cause redirects to unsafe pages

Is it difficult to understand when Free Download Finder hijacks a web browser?

Questions about Free Download Finder ads

We believe that you have already recognized Free Download Finder adware hiding on your PC’s system. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this post. To recognize the presence of this ad-supported extension is easy as one two three. Once it infects the system, it hijacks web browsers and jeopardizes some of the vital settings. It’s a cross-browser add-on, what means that it is adapted to all types of web browsers, including Opera, Mozilla Firefox, IE, Google Chrome, Safari, and so on.

Right after Free Download Finder hijack, each of your web browser will be filled up with advertisements that contain information related to your recent search terms. Free Download Finder ads typically expressed in forms like banner ads, interstitial, textual links, pop-up and pop-under ads, and so on. Of course, these ads may be blended with the ads generated by the pages you are visiting, for example Youtube ads, Google ads, and so on. Nevertheless, you will easily differentiate ads by this adware because they are marked with slogans like “Ads by Free Download Finder,” “Powered by Free Download Finder,” “Brought by Free Download Finder,” and so on. Besides, as we have mentioned, each of those ads will correspond to your recent research, what means that it is using tracking cookies and collecting browsing-related information about you. Lastly, web browser will work in a sluggish manner. Unfortunately, but those advertisements can be filled with questionable data, so make sure that you avoid Free Download Finder redirects. For that, you have to remove the adware will all its counterparts permanently. This can be done using the help of Reimage or another professional anti-malware.

How can I get infected with this PUP?

Free Download Finder malware has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it is spread bundled with free programs. Software packages can be found on both suspicious third-party pages and reliable download sources (e.g. Softonic, Cnet, etc.). Therefore, to install the program that you need without unwanted additional components, don’t forget to see what Advanced/Custom settings notify you about. If you are offered to instal an add-on, toolbar or another unfamiliar freebie, uncheck its tick and only then finish the installation of a freeware. To remove this adware from your PC, find the guide in the next page.

Elimination of this adware. What should I know?

You can perform Free Download Finder removal manually and automatically. The success of manual removal depends on the fact whether this adware has been installed on your PC on its own or along with other PUPs. If it has had some additional components, Free Download Finder adware may not leave your PC easily. For this purpose, we would recommend using a professional malware removal tool.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Free Download Finder ads, follow these steps:

Erase Free Download Finder from Windows systems

  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 Free Download Finder and related programs
    Here, look for Free Download Finder 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'

Uninstall Free Download Finder from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Free Download Finder or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove Free Download Finder from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Free Download Finder and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Free Download Finder removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Free Download Finder ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Free Download Finder should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Free Download Finder from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Free Download Finder 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Free Download Finder removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Free Download Finder from Google Chrome

  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 Free Download Finder 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Free Download Finder removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Free Download Finder 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 Free Download Finder or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Free Download Finder removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. jeanrayne says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Ok, so know I know Ive been infected with adware.. Luckily my husband knows how to deal with such pests. :))

  2. devin chua says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I cant remove it manually 🙁 It seems that Im doing everything in a right sequence, but those Free Download Finder ads keep reappearing

  3. samME says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Well you must do something wrong because I just performed manual Free Download Finder removal. I bet you miss some additional components. Why dont you use SpyHunter?

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