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Remove Netfind.com Virus (Removal Guide) - updated May 2018

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Netfind – a browser-hijacking app capable of compromising systems without authorization

Netfind.com VirusNetfind is a browser-hijacking app which modifies various browser settings to perform its intrusive actions.

Questions about Netfind.com Virus

Netfind is a browser hijacker that was developed and maintained by AOL Inc.[1] From the initial inspection, it looks like a legitimate search site named Netfind.com with a search bar and some customization settings included on the startup page. However, reputable security vendors recognize it as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is capable of installing on target PCs via freeware stacks and substituting the default startup page and search engine with Netfind.com URL. Remember, the fake search engine does not bring any true value as it usually provides misleading search results.

Name Netfind.com
Type of malware Browser hijacker
Main dangers Can redirect to malicious web domains, track personally non-identifiable data, generate intrusive ads
Main symptoms

Corrupted web browser's settings, an excessive amount of pop-up ads, redirects to irrelevant websites

Danger level Low
Browsers affected Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.
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Netfind.com browser hijacker has been included in PUP database[2] since 2017 soon after cybersecurity experts found it spreading as an attachment of various free programs. Consequently, thousands of people installed it without even being aware of that. Upon installation, the Netfind virus seeks to take control over Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, Firefox or another web browser present on the system. Thus, it does the following changes:

  • Disables confronting extensions;
  • Replaces startup page and search provider;
  • Changes a default URL address;
  • Drops tracking cookies and monitors user's web browsing activities;
  • Installs BHO (Browser Helper Objects) to evade Netfind.com removal;
  • Displays excessive amounts of ads that belong to the affiliate parties;
  • Provides altered search results that contain links to sponsored websites.

Although the PUP cannot harm the system on its own, it should not be used as equally as Google or Bing. Its purpose is to drive traffic to the websites of its partners and generate advertising revenue. You need to remove Netfind virus from your computer system before it causes any other unwanted consequences. For this case, download and install an anti-malware program such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Feel free to use any other trusted tool if wanted.

The problem is that no one ensures the security of the partner's content. By using the provided fake search engine, you risk clicking on a link that is connected to a malicious or potentially malicious web domain that contains infected ads, fake updates, survey scams, and similar content. To avoid such possibilities, perform the Netfind removal as soon as you spot the browser modifications.

Netfind PUPNetfind is a potentially unwanted program which might provide misleading search query results. Netfind is a potentially unwanted program which might provide misleading search query results.

According to NoVirus.uk[3] analysis, this kind of potentially unwanted programs can also use cookies[4] and other tracking software without authorization. Netfind.com has an ability to collect data that is related to the user's browsing experience. Such details involve your IP address, saved bookmarks, pages and sites visited, photos viewed, and other similar components.

By the way, we would also like to mention that the Netfind.com virus is related to the infamous Yahoo search, which was discontinued a couple of years ago due to data leakage and other illicit activities. As pointed out, following Yahoo ban, AOL and Yahoo have been joined and become Oath.

In June 2017, we announced that Yahoo and AOL had joined to become Oath, a digital and mobile media company and part of Verizon. We’re now bringing Oath and Yahoo together under these Terms of Service.

Netfind.com browser hijackerNetfind.com is a browser hijacker that can disrupt web browsing activities and redirect your PC to potentially dangerous websites.

Browser hijackers arrive in freeware bundles

To maximize the number of downloads, PUP developers append their products (add-ons, toolbars, extensions, etc.) to freeware and shareware as “optional components.” The whole freeware stack is installed without unfurling if the PC's user opts for Quick or Recommended installation option. Therefore, if you want to crack the bundle before installing it, you should choose Advanced installation option and check what the installation setup claims. If there's a point stating that clicking the Next button is treated as your consent to install all freeware components, unmark each additional component before hitting the Next.

Moreover, be careful while surfing the Internet as various PUPs and other serious infections might occur anywhere. Stay away from sites that are provided by secondary sources e.g. P2P networks[5]. Always be concentrated while proceeding various actions on the web. Furthermore, install an antivirus program that will detect various threats that your eye did not capture along the way.

Netfind PUPNetfind is a potentially unwanted program which might provide misleading search query results. Netfind is a potentially unwanted program which might provide misleading search query results.

Learn how to remove Netfind virus easily

Do not ignore abnormal activity of this browser hijacker. It's not only intrusive but can also expose your PC to various cyber threats and lead to malware infiltration. To restore your web browser's, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, settings as they were before the Net Find attack, you'll have to remove Netfind virus first.

Although manual Netfind.com removal possibility exists, we would not recommend doing that. It's not clear how the program responsible for the hijack means, so you may need to initiate research on most of the apps installed on your PC to find out if it's malicious or not. However, you will be able to find manual elimination instructions below the article.

Instead of that, get rid of Netfind hijack with the help of a reputable anti-virus tool. Run a full system scan, and it will eliminate all PUPs in no time. Browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and others, will be able to function properly again as there will be no more active components that might have got thru the system during the infection.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Netfind.com virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Netfind.com from Windows systems

Delete the browser hijacker from Windows by using these instructions:

  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 Netfind.com and related programs
    Here, look for Netfind.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 Netfind.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.

Delete Netfind.com from Mac OS X system

Mac users should eliminate the infection by following these steps:

  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 Netfind.com 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 Netfind.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Netfind.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 Netfind.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Netfind.com virus from Microsoft Edge

As soon as all PUPs are gone, you can restore the settings of your web browser that were set before the attack. For that, you should:

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 Netfind.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

Get rid of Netfind.com 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 Netfind.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 Netfind.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Netfind.com from Google Chrome

People whose Chrome has been hijacked by Netfind.com virus should follow this below-given tutorial to fix the current situation:

  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 Netfind.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 Netfind.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Netfind.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 Netfind.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 Netfind.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 Netfind.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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